Tromsø, a city in northern Norway, is a major cultural hub above the Arctic Circle. It’s famed as a viewing point for colorful Northern Lights that sometime light up the nighttime sky. The city’s historic center, on the island of Tromsø, is distinguished by its centuries-old wooden houses. The 1965 Arctic Cathedral, with its distinctive peaked roof and soaring stained-glass windows, dominates the skyline.
We have put together a guide for you with recommendations for your perfect stay in Tromsø. Whether you are visiting during the winter to chase the Northern Lights, or in the summer to witness the Midnightsun, you will find this guide helpful!
Explore On Your Own
(The 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. We strongly recommend you to go on a day with no low clouds, so that you get a nice view from the top (if you can see the mountain top from centrum you will see Tromsø island from the top!).
(The Arctic Cathedral)
Head across the Tromsø bridge and you will reach the Ishavskatedralen, one of Tromsø 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.
Since 1877 this brewery has been recognized as the most Northern Brewery in the world. Mack also produces incredible soda, water and cider for those who may have a different beverage of choice.
Our favourite Cafe's, Bars & Restaurants
Risø Mat & Kaffebar
(Premium coffee & light meals)
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.
(Cozy café & second hand shop)
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.
Hildr Gastro Bar
(Great cocktails and awesome food)
One of our absolute favorite spots in the area. Hildr focuses on both international and locally inspired snacks, creatively crafted cocktails and carefully selected wines and beers. Their menu is constantly changing, based on both the season and the chef’s mood and they strive to create fun dishes that surprise and inspire.
(Premium French cuisine with an Arctic touch)
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.
(The go-to place for a seafood dinner)
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. Our favourite picks on the menu are King-crab, Halibut and Lobster.
(Best cocktails in town)
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.
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 a night out in Tromsø.
(Tromsø's oldest pub)
Norwegian for “beer hall”, 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.
Clarion Hotel The Edge
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.
The Smart Hotel in downtown Tromsø. Central, comfortable & modern for those looking for a simple, budget option for th
The Smart Hotel in downtown Tromsø. Central, comfortable & modern for those looking for a simple, budget option for those who do not even like being in their hotel room (but when they are, they want to be central and comfortable). The rooms have everything you will need for a comfortable stay including a bathroom with shower, plush pillows free wifi and a TV. The room is ventilated with self-regulated heating and allergy friendly carpets.
Travel to Tromsø
Flying to Tromsø
(Make sure to get a window seat, you will not regret it)
Flying to Tromsø is the easiest way to get to get here. Scandinavian Airlines, Norwegian Air, Widerøe and Lufthansa are some of the airlines that fly here. You can get here directly from several big European cities such as Oslo, Stockholm, London, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Munich, Helsinki.
Travel by Ferry
(Great way to see more of the Norwegian coast)
If you wish to travel with ferry, the classic 'Hurtigruten' is a cruise line operating routes along the Norwegian coast. You can purchase a ticket for a set route, or buy a port-port ticket for your selected destination. There are also express-ferries going both north and south within Tromsø county, most of these ferries are operated by Torghatten Nord.
Getting From The Airport
(Choose between bus, shuttle or taxi)
It takes about 10 minutes to the city center and you can choose between three ways of traveling from the airport:
Local 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 with stops at the most common hotels in 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 for a standard card.
If you prefer to have a pre-arranged transfer this can be booked through us.
(Great local buses)
Tromsø is very small and if you are staying in the city center you will most likely not need to travel that much by car or bus. However, 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. When the buses are not running, the taxi's are a great alternative and you can easily find a taxi at one of the designated stops or ask your hotel to call one for you.