Tromso is at the centre of the northern aurora zone, and dazzling celestial displays circle the sky above the city with great and regular abandon. Anyone who’s been to Tromso will assure you that there’s more to the city than what goes on above, with an animated street scene and creative culture reflecting the vibrant colours of the pulsating Aurora Borealis.
Northern Lights City Break, Tromso
Day by day itinerary
Day 1 » Tromso: Exploring the city
Fly from London Gatwick to Tromso and check in to the Thon Tromso hotel, situated on the south of Tromsoya Island in the heart of the city centre. Spend the rest of the day exploring the centre on foot, visiting the city’s museums and galleries – the Tromsø Kunstforening, home to an exceptional collection of Norwegian contemporary art, is just a five-minute walk from the hotel. So too is Polaria Museum, with a fabulous cinema where short films of the Northern Lights can be viewed in comfort.
Tromsø’s picturesque harbour is nearby, providing another visual feast. Later, fall in with the city’s fashionable set and sample the town’s best local brews at one of the city’s many drinking holes. You’ll be spoilt for choice – there are more pubs per capita in Tromsø than anywhere else in Norway.
Days 2-3 » Tromso: Excursions & activities
Tromso’s extreme northern location allows for an array of exciting excursion opportunities – from epic husky sledding to snowmobile safaris, reindeer sledding and whale watching trips.
In the evening, enjoy an Aurora Safari to one of four base stations to view the Northern Lights. Your guide will select the station based on weather and wind forecasting, based on more than 15 years of experience bringing travellers to see the Lights. Once there, you’ll have a warm shelter to wrap up in, and a local host who will share their culture and history with you.
The city is famous for the auroras and is widely regarded one of the world’s best places to spot them. Tromsø is also featured as one of our favourite places to see the Northern Lights.
Day 4 » Tromso: Last day
After breakfast at your hotel, have a final wander around Tromso or opt for a final excursion in this majestic fjordside city before flying back to London Gatwick.
Looking for more inspiration?
Take a look at our guide for all Norway Northern Lights holidays to find even more itineraries, inspiration and information on how best to enjoy this wonderful region and experience.
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