Tromsø

NORWAY

"KNOW BEFORE YOU GO"

1. GETTING AROUND

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Tromsø City and Tromsdalen (25 minute walk across the bridge) are very accessible by foot. Visiting in Winter?  Wear shoes with extra grip - the pathways can be layered with frozen snow & very slippery!

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Airport and city taxis are available if you require an immediate service. Tromsø Taxi AS is the main taxi provider.

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Alternatively, there are frequent bus services  linking Tromsø City centre to the airport and neighbouring Tromsdalen.

2. MUST-HAVE APPS

"Google Maps"

Travel & Itinerary Planner

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"Currency Converter Plus"

International Currency Converter

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Googe Maps App iPhone Download

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"Norwegian Travel Assistant"

Norwegian Airlines flight tracker, manager and easy check-in.

Click here for Android app link.

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3. QUICK FACTS

Norwegian Krone

£1 (GBP) = 12.40 (NOK)

(figures as per May 2020)

Supermarkets

The best and most convenient Tromsdalen supermarket is Eurospar: Large, plenty of choice and just 4-minute walk from Artic Cathedral.

Vaccinations

Click here for Norway vaccination recommendations. Always consult your local travel nurse for the latest advice.

Plug Adaptors

You will require an adaptor to suit Type C & F (Europlug). Their standard voltage is 230V.

4. ACCOMMODATION

Our Review

✔    Rated 9.7 Exceptional on Booking.com.

✔    Modern Scandinavian apartment.

✔    Located in Tromsdalen.

✔    3 minute walk from Artic Cathedral.

✔    5 minute walk from Eurospar grocery store.

✔    5/10 minute walk from Fjellheisen Cable Car.

✔    If you're lucky, spot either wandering reindeer             or the Aurora from your bedroom window!

Tips

•    Request the room on the second floor for better        views of the Tromsø bridge!

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5. TRIP ITINERARY

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1. FJELLHEISEN CABLE CAR

For breathtaking views of Tromsø from above, take a ride up to Tromsdalens viewpoint via the Fjellheisen Cable Car. Return trip price is 210 NOK per adult (approx. £19). Online pre-booking is available, but not necessary. In the Summer months, you can walk up to the viewpoint for free. Step onto the cantilevered viewing deck for unspoiled views of Tromsø, its vast seas and snow-capped mountains beyond.  There is also a good sized, licensed and (most importantly) warm café to retreat to if the cold wind gets too much. Grab some lunch, wine or a hot beverage. The panoramic windows still offer great views. 

Tip: Be sure to to visit on a clear day for undisturbed views. If a snowy or cloudy day, visibility will be significantly reduced.

Tip: Try to arrive 30 minutes before sunset. Get three views for the price of one: Clear daytime, dreamy hues of Dusk and Tromsø illuminating at night!

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Fjellheisen Cable Car - Tromso Viewpoint

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Fjellheisen 'Fjellstua' Cafe

2. FEED A WILD REINDEER HERD!

Seize this rare opportunity to visit a traditional Sámi tent and feed their wild reindeer herd! Shake your bucket of pellets and watch 200+ reindeer trot towards you for their breakfast! Some may gently eat from your hand, while others shove their head straight in! Once fed, head into a traditional "Gamme" for a hot drink & soup boiled by the fire whilst hearing fascinating stories of indigenous Sámi history and culture. This experience is the "Sami Reindeer Feeding" experience by Tromso Safari, available only November-April.

Tip: Book the morning slot, as this is when the reindeers are most hungry and likely to come over for feeding!

Fun Fact: The reindeer herd are brought down from the mountains during the Winter for protection (November-April). The rest of the year they roam wild & free!

Fun Fact: The unique patterns on a Sámis clothing reveal immediate facts about them, including their age, family name or marital status!

Fun Fact: A "Joik" is a unique song dedicated to honour a Sámi and their achievements, a very proud gift to receive. 

Sami Reindeer Feeding

Sami Reindeer Feeding

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Spotted Wildlife!

Norwegian Reindeer

The Sámi people have been herding reindeer for 000's of years, relying on them for clothing and food. It is a particularly important way of life in Northernmost Norway. Reindeers have a lifespan of up to 18 years.

3. WITNESS THE AURORA BOREALIS!

You're in luck, Tromsø is one of the best places in the world for the Northern Lights (it is possible to see them dancing above Tromsø City)! Maximise your chances by venturing to the dark Fjordland skies with Tromsø Safari 'Aurora Safari Minibus'. Driving to multiple locations, their incredible guides follow live solar forecasts with sheer determination to find the lights. Once found, stand mesmerised, stunned and riddled with goosebumps as you witness the magical Aurora for the first time. You will be rendered speechless!

Fun Fact: The Northern Lights do not always appear green to the human eye. Weak solar activity can be a grey 'arched shaped' cloud in the night sky. If you see this, take a slow-shutter speed photograph - if it is the Aurora - your photograph will capture green! Likewise, strong solar activity are vibrant greens, whites and even purples seen very clearly by the human eye. 

Tip: The best time to see the lights is during darker Winter months between October - March. 

Tip: All Tromsø Safari tours are checked in / picked up / dropped off at Tromsø Radisson Blu hotel.

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Tromso Safari 'Aurora Safari Minibus' tour

Above the 'Tromsø City Apartments'!

4. WANDER ALONG THE HARBOUR

Marvel at the array of boats docked at Tromsø Harbour, from trusty fisherman's vessels to the modern-day freight loaders! Colourful wooden buildings offer cafés, bars and restaurants to sit and enjoy watching ferries sailing past!

Tip: Fancy exploring further afield? Catch a daily express boat to nearby islands and villages from the Harbour.

Tromsø Harbour

Tromsø Harbour

5. REACH POLARIA AQUARIUM

At the very end of  Tromsø Harbour, you will find Polaria - the worlds northern-most aquarium.  An architecturally intriguing building designed to replicate large ice floes being stacked up against the shore! We didn't enter the aquarium itself on hearing reviews of its small seal enclosure. Directly opposite is 'MS Polstjerna', a historic seal-hunting vessel showcased in glass. Capturing approx 100,000 seals in its sailing days, though a difficult fact to swallow, it holds vast importance for Tromsø's cultural history.

Fun Fact: Polarias design is said to have originated by the architect creating strokes testing his pen ink!

Tip: The Motorcycle Club ("Pengebingen") is covered in artwork so bold and vibrant, it is as impossible to miss and as it is to walk past without taking a photograph!

Polaria Aquarium

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The Motorcycle Club colourful walls!

6. GET LOST IN THE CITY

Spend an afternoon weaving through the diverse 'Scandinavian meets modern' high street of Tromsø. From bars, cafés, independent boutique gift shops, the northernmost cathedral and a even huge library, there is something for everyone. There is a distinct sense of slow, calm living here which is a joy to immerse yourself in.

Tip: There is also a large shopping mall in downtown Tromsø called 'Nerstranda'. It has 46 stores (fashion, gift and interiors), restaurants, cafés, a pharmacy and ATMs. 

Tip: Love home interiors? Be sure to visit 'Ting' - a beautiful Scandinavian store, located on Tromsø high street and collaboratively in 'Nerstranda' shopping mall.

Tromsø High Street

7. PERSPEKTIVET MUSEUM

Delve back in time in the Perspektivet Museum, through exhibitions of Tromsø's history. A collection of over 500,000+ amateur and professional photographs rotate to piece together the captivating evolution of Tromsø from mid-1800s up to the present day. Check for scheduled exhibitions during your visit. 

Tip: The Perspektivet Museum is free to enter and explore. Allow roughly 1 hour to explore all of its floor levels.

Perspektivet Museum Exhibition

8. ØLHALLEN: TROMSØ'S OLDEST PUB

Fancy a drink? Stop off at Ølhallen, the oldest pub in Tromsø (and the northernmost pub in the world)! Since 1928, Ølhallen has embodied a place of community for local townspeople and fisherman of all ages. Todays, it still resonates this rich history. Chose between 72 taps of Norwegian beer, or even opt for a cider (try the strawberry cider, it's delicious)!

Tip: As most goods are imported, Norway is renowned for being extremely expensive - specifically alcohol. Be prepared to treat yourself to a £10+ pint. Our beer, cider and two packets of crisps came to £27!

Ølhallen - Tromsø's oldest pub!

9. SUNSET AT TELEGRAFBUKTA BEACH

Believe it or not, Tromsø has a gorgeous seaside destination - Telegrafbukta Beach. Don't expect a suntan in the Winter, however do expect a empty snow covered beach, snow capped hills and the most gorgeous sunsets! Walk 30-minutes or catch the local #33 or #34 bus from Tromsø centre.

Tip: Telegrafbukta Park is a hotspot for the Northern Lights (Winter months only) due to its minimal light pollution.

Tip: If visiting in Summer, this is a popular - sandy (not snowy) - local beach destination for tourists and residents. 

Sunset at Telegrafbukta Beach

OTHER ACTIVITIES TO CONSIDER:

Set sail on a Whale Watching Cruise to search for Humpbacks and Orcas.

Fly through the snow on a 'Snowmobile Safari'

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