Bearded seals and humpback whales
One of Tromsø’s most famous sights is the Arctic Cathedral, which also happens to be the world’s northernmost cathedral. This strikingly modern building is home to Europe‘s largest stained glass window. The Polar Museum provides in-depth information about Norway’s polar expeditions. The Polaria Experience Centre houses various exhibits and includes an Arctic aquarium with bearded seals as one of its main attractions. Visitors eager to experience animals in their natural habitat won’t be short-changed either. There are various tours on offer to watch arctic animals, including the highly popular whale watching tours. Orcas and humpback whales are most likely to be spotted in the waters around Tromsø in November and December.
By postal ship or cable car
The weather in Tromsø is quite pleasant. Temperatures can reach twenty degrees Celsius in summer and rarely drop below minus ten degrees Celsius in winter. There is often snow in abundance during the cold season, providing ideal conditions for dog sledge and snowmobile excursions. Those eager to travel further afield can board a “Hurtigruten” ship in the port of Tromsø. This traditional Norwegian postal ship line connects the towns along the country’s western coast that stretches for almost 1700 miles (2700 km). Nowadays, the “Hurtigruten” ships are a combination of cargo, passenger and cruise ship.