Tromso also known as Paris of the North, is a city where one can see more of the Northern Lights than in any other part of the world.
It is the largest city and largest urban area in Northern Norway, and second largest city and urban area north of the Arctic Circle in Sápmi. You can buy our complete Tromso City Guide on Apple Store or Google Play Store.
Most popular places to visit in Tromso are:
Arctic-alpine Botanic Garden
The Arctic-alpine Botanic Garden is the world's northernmost botanic garden, located in Tromso, Norway, and is run by the Tromso University Museum.
The garden features arctic, antarctic and alpine plants from all continents.It is home to thousands of plant species from all parts of the world. The emphasis is, however, on plants from the polar regions or the high mountains, which have difficulty surviving in the milder climates where most botanical gardens are located.
The garden is ranked among the top five botanical gardens in th world.
Address: Arctic-Alpine Botanic Garden, 9006 Tromsø
Reach: Bus 20 from Fredrik Langes gt.
Opening Hours: 24 hours a day
Entrance Fee: Free
The Arctic Cathedral also known as Ishavskatedralen, Tromsdalen Church or Tromsøysund Church is probably most famous landmark in Tromso. It is designed by architect Jan Inge Hovig.
The church was built in 1965 in the Tromsdalen valley and it is a parish church and not, in fact, a cathedral as it is commonly called. Because of the church's distinct look and situation, it has often been called the opera house of Norway.
Address: Hans Nilsens vei 41, 9020 Tromsdalen
Bus: 20, 24, 26 or 28
2nd Jan - 31st Mar: 13:00 -18:00
1st Mar - 31st May: 15:00 - 18:00
1st Jun - 15th Aug: 9:00 - 19:00 (Sun 13:00 - 19:00)
16th Aug - 31st Dec: 15:00- 18:00
Adults: 50 NOK
Children under 12: Free
Fjellheisen Cable Car
Fjellheisen Cable Car up to Mount Storsteinen (421m/1382ft) gives a fantasticview of Tromso. The Cable Car is located across the bridge from Tromso in Tromsdalen, and from the city center it is approximately 2.5 kms.
Address: Sollivegen 12, 9020 Tromsdalen
15th May - 15th Aug: 10:00 - 01:00
16th Aug - 14th May: 10:00 - 22:00
Perspektivet Museum (PEM) is a foundation established in 1996, aiming to communicate and develop knowledge as a basis for the understanding of the relationships in your life, create tolerance for cultural diversity and provide alternative perspectives on culture and society.
Address: Storgata 95, 9008 Tromsø
Tue - Sun: 11:00 - 17:00
Entrance Fee: Free
Polaria is the world's most northerly aquarium. Its centerpiece is an open pool containing a group of bearded seals, Erignathus barbatus. These are trained and there are regular displays, as much to keep the animals active and healthy as for public entertainment.
The building itself is also worthy of note. Its striking design represents ice floes that have been pressed up on land by the rough seas of the Arctic.
Address: Hjalmar Johansens gate 12, 9296 Tromsø
Reach: Bus No. 34
18th May - 31st Aug: 10:00 - 19:00
1st Sept - 17th May: 11:00 - 18:00
24th Dec - 25th Dec: 13:00 - 16:00
Adults: 130 NOK
Children: 65 NOK
The Polar Museum or Polarmuseet, situated in a wharf house from 1837, presents Tromso's past as a center for Arctic hunting and starting point for Arctic expeditions.
It presents polar seafaring tradition. At the museum you will meet men, women, ships and equipment that were essential for life on the sea and in the Arctic.
Address: Søndre Tollbodgate 11B, 9008 Tromsø
1st Jan - 14th Jun: 11:00 - 17:00
15th Jun - 5th Aug: 9:00 - 18:00
16th Aug - 31st Dec: 11:00 - 17:00
Adult: 60 NOK
Children: 30 NOK