Head North for an expedition like no other. Tromsø, and indeed the whole of Northern Norway provide sublime views that are out of this world making it mandatory for your bucket list. Here are our top reasons why you should visit this region:
“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” – Ray Bradbury
1. Unrivalled tours
There is an array of different tours to take while visiting the area, all are unique and provide unrivalled scenery. The choice is yours both when it comes to the means of transportation or time of day. If you want a tour of the fjords and the beautiful surrounding areas, Tromsø Individuell offers an amazing eight-hour tour. Foodies should check out the food tour with the best fish dishes you have ever tried, through Tromsø Friluftsenter. They also offer the perfect Zodiac tour for those who want to get up close to whales. In addition to the breathtaking scenery, you may have the chance to see humpback whales and orcas, as well as white tailed eagles and an array of seabirds.
The Polar Park allows you to see native Norwegian animals up close. If you want to improve your photography skills, try the photoguide, allowing you to get up close and personal with animals in the park so that you get the ‘money shot’ you have always wanted. Animals in the park include majestic wolf, foxes, lynx and many more. If you are more interested in a wildlife cuddle you can try WolfVisit, where you have one-on-one time with socialized and friendly wolfs. See more of these charming animals on @polarpark.
3. Mountain Cable Car
Take the cable car up Mount Storsteinen, 421m, and take in the stunning birds-eye view of Tromsø. This four-minute ride makes the perfect photography spot, immortalizing these incredible vistas.
Psst! Discover these top photo spots in Tromso by photographer Levanterman!
4. Ishavskatedralen – The Arctic Cathedral
This landmark is easily recognizable with its glass façade and glass mosaic depicting God’s hand. Within the Arctic Cathedral is a grand organ, which has been adapted to the architecture of the church. Check out the event calendar before visiting to make sure you do not miss one of the many concerts.
5. Northern Lights
The natural phenomenon known all around the world as Aurora Borealis is rarely brighter and easier to see than in Tromsø and Northern Norway between September and December. Arctic Explorers take you on a once-in-a-lifetime hunt for the mysterious but yet stunning light show. It may look incredible on print and photo, but nothing beats the real thing.
6. Midnight Sun
The phenomenon of the Midnight Sun occurs in the summertime in the areas north of the Arctic Circle , where natural sunlight illuminates the sky and never leaves the horizon. In Tromsø and the Northern parts of Norway, the sun does not set for about six months, giving a pleasant contrast to the rather dark winters.
After witnessing nature and attractions like this, you may never want to leave this Arctic region. However, you will need a place to sleep after a long day of lasting impressions. Stay at Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromsø for easy access to all of these natural wonders, in addition to a superb downtown location.