Tromso is a city that really does stand on its own and it cannot be compared to any other city in Europe. Located in the Arctic Circle, the city is surrounded by rugged mountains and the Atlantic Ocean but it is the place to come if natural beauty is something you appreciate. From the Aurora to Whales and Fjords, the city is a personality that captures everything and it provides visitors with a completely magical experience.
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and if you head to Tromso between September and April, you have a great chance of seeing them for yourself. Head here between November and January and you will also see the Polar night which is the time where the sun never makes it above the horizon, however, if the Northern Lights are what you want, this is the place for capturing this amazing sight. To get the best view should you see it, you need to limit light pollution and that means you need to get away from the city. If you want to make the experience even more special, then you can also take part in activities such as dog-sledding to cruises to see it in all its glory.
From May to July, the city is coated in perpetual sunlight. This is hard to describe and something you have to see for yourself and while the Polar Night apparently leaves residents feeling low in mood, the Midnight Sun gives them an uplifting feeling. The Storsteinen mountain ledge is the best place in Tromso to see this amazing spectacle but from here, you can see the sun hanging in the sky beyond the Soltindan peak on Ringvassoy island to the north. In June, the Midnight Sun Marathon takes place.
When it comes to marine life, Norway and Tromso, in particular, has it all on offer. During October and February, you can see whales and dolphin species such as killer whales, humpback whales as well as harbour porpoises come for their fill of herring. However, if you want to get up close and personal, then a marine wildlife expedition is the trip for you. A trip can take anything from 3 to 7 hours depending on your needs but on the way out you will learn all about the species you will see before seeing them for yourself.
There are a number of Fjords located close to Tromso such as Malangen, Ullsfjorden and Balsfojorden. Take a cruise to explore them and their majestic views where you will see snow-capped mountains and gorgeous waterfalls while you can spot seals, reindeer and sea eagles and even humpback whales if you come at the right time of the year. You won’t have to brave the cold as the trips give you a touch of luxury with a warm cabin but you can head outside if you want to get a closer view. You are provided with warm clothing and you will be fed Arctic fish and hot drinks to keep you satisfied.
Fjellheisen (Tromsø Cable Car)
Take a trip across the famous Tromso Bridge to Tromsdalen and go to the lower station for the aerial tramway that will take you to the summit of the Storsteinen mountain ledge that stands 420 metres above sea level. The journey is only four minutes in length but when you get to the summit, you will be met with a view that will etch itself into your memory forever. There is a viewing platform for you to take some amazing photographs and when you want a warm meal, there is a restaurant on hand. During winter, if you want to see the Northern Lights then this is one of the best places to visit.
The museum opened in 1978 exactly 50 years after the death of famous explorer Roald Amundsen and here you can learn about how polar pioneers explored the area as well as animal trappers and explorers. You will learn about famous navigators such as Willem Barentsz who discovered the Svalbard Archipelago during the 16th century but you can also discover all there is to know about the trappers who would hunt polar bears, reindeer and seals in the 20th century. At the museum, you can see a real trappers cabin that was built in 1900 and has been moved to the museum but the exhibition about Roald Amundsen is every bit interesting as he was the first man to reach the South Pole in 1926 and the first person to pass through the Northwest Passage from 1903 to 1906.
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