What to see in Tromso
The greatest tourist attractions in Tromso are the stunning arctic fjords, and the extreme weather and light displays: the seemingly mystical Northern Lights in winter; and the Midnight Sun in the summer months. Tromso is one of the most popular gateways into the Arctic landscape in Scandinavia and cruises along the coastline, or traditional snow activities like dog-sledding are popularly arranged from the city.
There is, however, some worthwhile sightseeing in Tromso for those who have some time to kill before setting off on outdoor adventures. Great museums in Tromso include the Tromso Museum, particularly renowned for its exhibition on the history and culture of the Sami people; the Polar Museum, where travellers can learn about the Arctic expeditions and explorers, among other things; the Perspektivet Museum, which exhibits art in a historic mansion; and the Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, which houses contemporary Norwegian art, including some work by Edvard Munch. Those travelling with kids in Tromso should check out Polaria, for interactive exhibitions on the Arctic environment. Another must is a visit to the unique Arctic Cathedral, but visitors should note that the church is sometimes only open for two hours a day, so visits should be carefully planned.
For a break from sightseeing, or to warm up, investigate the city's many pubs!
The spectacular design of the white and ultra-modern Arctic Cathedral is visible from afar, situated on a small hill…
Polaria is an information and experience centre for the whole family, combining interactive experiences with information…
The Tromso Museum is northern Norway's oldest and largest museum with exhibitions devoted to the cultural and natural…
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