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The Summer Guide to Tromsø, Norway

What to do, what to see, where to eat, drink & sleep in the land of the midnight sun

Tromsø, Norway is a very magical destination that has been recognized as one of the best places to marvel over the Midnight Sun. With direct flights from Oslo, Stockholm, Frankfurt and London, explorers from all over the world are able to connect with nature in a city that nearly 70,000 people call home.

 

This guide to Tromsø will help you plan the most ideal stay while exploring the North. From quaint and cozy coffee shops sprinkled throughout the town, fusion gastro bars, and adventurous day excursions, Tromsø has a lot to offer a variety of travelers & locals.

If you are looking for more tour information, you can find a list of all our summer tours by clicking the button below

Day Tours around Tromsø

What to do during your days in Tromsø

Arctic Fjord Sailing  

While many marvel over the cozy candle lit streets & quaint coffee shops of Tromsø, true travelers will witness the magic, thriving wildlife & mystery  of Tromsø while out at sea. On this tour, you will be able to sail through the fjords surrounding Tromsø, enjoy a fresh lunch and learn about the wild life in the region. 

Daily, 3 Hours, 09:00 / 1250 NOK
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Eco-Fjord Hiking & Tesla Experience   

The Arctic Fjords provide a breathtaking landscape for those looking to reconnect with nature. The blend between ocean and mountains is a unique feature of this region.  Your guide will choose a mountain to hike when driving out in a Tesla Model X. This excursion is catered to your physical wants and needs. This is a photogenic tour, with epic scenery customized for family, photographers and adventurers alike.

Daily. 3 Hours. 09:00 – 13:00. June – September.
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Fishing Tour in Tromsø  

On this fishing tour in Tromsø, we will sail through the mighty Arctic fjords under the summer sun to catch and prepare your own fresh fish in the world famous fishing grounds surrounding Tromsø. Lunch is served on this tour and is the perfect way to see the fjords, and get out of the city.

Daily. 3.5 Hours. 13:30 – 17:00.
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Explore Tromsø by Night

Adventure at night around Tromsø under the midnight sun

Tesla x Fjord Sightseeing  

On our Fjord Excursion, we provide an environmentally friendly way to get to the mountains in our Tesla Model X. This is a photogenic tour, with epic scenery customized for family, photographers and adventurers alike.

Daily. 4 Hours, 15:00-19:00. June – September.
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Midnight Sun Sailing 

Epic fjords, midnight sun and an unforgettable cruise aboard our comfortable catamaran. The golden moments created will create lifelong memories regardless of whether you are sailing with your friends, family or traveling solo. Pukka Travels’ Midnight Sun Sail is the perfect place to get inspired by the North.

Daily 22:00 – 01:00 3 Hours / 1250 NOK

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Tromsø by foot

Must see activities while wandering around Tromsø

Fjellheisen (cable car)

For those who are into panoramic views this is a must do while in Tromsø. The cable-lift will take you 421 meters above the sea in just 4 minutes. From the top you will experience the most beautiful view of Tromsø along with the surrounding fjords.

Open daily
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Ishavskartedalen (cathedral)  

Head across the Tromsø bridge and you will reach the Ishavskartedalen, one of Tromsø’s most beautiful churches. The best way to explore this church is to go to a midnight mass, listen to the Norwegian melodies and take in the atmosphere of a beautiful place in the middle of the Arctic.

Mack’s Brewery

 Since 1877 this brewery has been recognized as the most Northern Brewery in the world. Mack’s also produces incredible soda, water and cider for those who may have a different beverage of choice.

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If you are looking for more tour information, you can find a list of all our summer tours by clicking the button below

Our favorite cafes & coffee shops

Stay warm at these cozy spots around town

Risø mat & kaffebar  

An Atmospheric cafe that serves hand-brewed coffee and excellent lunch. They turn regular coffee brewing to art. The decor is reminiscent of London with a Scandinavian touch.

Get directions here 

 

Smørtorget

A genuine café with fresh sandwiches, coffee and freshly baked Scandinavian sweets that offers a calm yet lively atmosphere. Inside of the café there’s a second hand shop where you can find clothes, books and other small trinkets to take back home. 


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Lugar 34

Lugar 34 is a new addition to Tromsø’s long list of cafés and bars. Regardless of the competition, this place has managed to crack the code. With really friendly employees and awesome bagels, Lugar 34 provides a lovely atmosphere. Locals might go here for just a afternoon break or in the evening when the cafe turns into a bar.

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Our favorite restaurants in Tromsø

Where to wine and dine in the Paris of the North

Hildr Gastro Bar 

One of our absolute favorite spots in the area. Hildr focuses on both international and locally inspired snacks, creatively crafted cocktails that are based on the season and chefs mood. A must try spot when visiting Tromsø.

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Emma’s

A lovely little restaurant near the Tromsø Cathedral that can be both intimate and formal, but homey and relaxing. Known for its flair on traditional French cuisine, they appreciate real food that makes one feel like they are back at home.


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Fiskekompaniet

This restaurant has an excellent location alongside the harbor near the city center. Their food and service is known for some of the most genuine and healthiest food that they harvest from the ocean.

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Where to grab a drink in Tromsø

Sit down and relax at one of Tromsø's best bars

Bardus 

Whether you have a desire for a well-crafted cocktail, a great glass of wine, a beer you have never heard of or maybe you have the desire to flirt with the finest examples of aged distillation. Bardus will make you feel at home. If you are looking for a bite to eat you can slide into their bistro next-door and enjoy one of Tromsø’s finest kitchens.

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Sky Bar

Tromsø’s only sky bar on the eleventh floor of the Clarion Edge Hotel. Fantastic views over the city, relaxed rooftop bar in a trendy hotel. We think it is the best place to start (or finish) a night out in Tromsø.


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Ølhallen

Norwegian for “beerhall”, was founded in 1928 as the official brewery tap for Mack Bryggeri and located in the basement of a neoclassical building erected in 1890 as home for the brewery founder, Ludwig Mack. The interior is slightly worn, from the clawless, stuffed polar bear to the brown, wooden furniture. This place is perfect for those looking to kick back and relax.

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Where to sleep in Tromsø

Our favorite hotels in the downtown area

Clarion “The Edge” Tromsø 

Thanks to its interesting architecture this hotel certainly stands out on the skyline of tromsø. A conference hotel with both basic and luxurious suites, these rooms have an amazing view over both the harbor and the mountains. This hotel provides the restaurant Kitchen & Table where Tromsø meets Manhattan, the relaxed meeting point called “the living room” and the only rooftop bar existing in Tromsø.

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Clarion “Aurora” Tromsø 

Clarion Aurora Hotel Tromsø has comfortable yet modern feeling that is located in the center of downtown Tromsø. With modern, sleek and simple interiors, this is the perfect spot for those wanting to spend their time exploring town. 

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Airbnb 

If you are in the mood to make your stay feel as cozy, we recommend browsing through some of the incredible apartments and home Tromsø has to offer. What better way to end the day than lighting candles, gathering around the dinner table and cooking with friends in family in your very own Scandinavian home.

 

Scandic “Ishavshotel”  

As a guest at this hotel you live just by the waterfront with Hurtigruten as your closest neighbor. This incredible property provides an lavish breakfast buffet and a delicious restaurant, Roast. Choose between affordable double rooms and the most luxury suites with your own 180 degree Living room, relaxing area and private balcony.

Clarion Collection “With”  

This is a nice hotel that’s a bit smaller than it’s competitors. The interior is inspired by the old boathouses and some of the rooms have a amazing view of the harbor. For the frozen explorer there’s a relaxing area including sauna and steam-hot tub where you can enjoy the view of the mountains. 

 

Getting there & Getting around

How to get to Tromsø & How to get around the city

Flying to Tromsø   

Flying to Tromsø is the easiest way to get to get here. Scandinavian Airlines, Norwegian Air, Widerøe and Lufthansa are the major airlines that fly here. You can get here directly from Oslo (daily flights), Stockholm, London, Frankfurt and Copenhagen (starting this winter on SAS). 

*Make sure to get a window seat, you will not regret it.

 

Cruise ship

If you are considering traveling by boat, there are a variety of cruise lines that stop in Tromsø including Princess, Hurtigruten, and Aida.

Getting around 

The public transportation system in Tromsø is incredible. With bus stops all over town and its surrounding areas, this is the most convenient and affordable way to get around the city. You can download their app, where you will find the timetable and map here.

 

Getting from the airport to town

Bus: When landing in Tromsø, go to the far end of the parking garage and take bus number 40 or 42 to Sjøgata S3 (this will take you to the center of town), and will cost you around 50 NOK per person.

Flybussen (airport express coach): There is a big red bus right outside of the terminal which will also drop you off in the center of town. This will cost around 100 NOK per person.

Taxi: There is a taxi stand outside of the airport terminal that will take you into town. This will cost around 200-300 NOK.

*It takes about 10 minutes to drive from the airport to the city center. 

Your Pocket Guide to Tromsø

Wifi is readily available in most cafe’s, restaurants, hotels & coffee shops, so no need to worry about getting lost in Tromsø. Simply download the map and you are good to go!

/ words by Perri Rothenberg
/ images by Perri Rothenberg, Max Lander, The Travel Creatives & Joonas Linkola 

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