Lost among Norway’s stunning fjordland, 400km north of the Arctic Circle, Tromsø is one of the world’s more isolated city-break destinations. Yet, against all the odds, it’s a place that revels in a richness of cultural delights, from a vibrant arts and music scene to a roaring pub route and cutting-edge restaurants. The surrounding stage set of stunning snow-capped peaks and regular aurora spectaculars adds a seriously exciting edge to this stylish Scandinavian city. See itinerary ideas
But there’s far more to Tromsø than just long weekends spent hunting the Northern Lights. A short hop from downtown, you’ll find plunging fjords and islands home to a dazzling array of wildlife, as well as the new Tromsø Ice Domes, open for overnight stays for the first time this winter. In the Lyngen Alps, there’s everything from snowmobiling and husky sledding to guided tasting sessions at the world’s northernmost brewery. Also nearby, Malangen Resort offers a crowd-pleasing blend of first-class food, fabulous views and the chance to hunt the aurora from a camp deep in the wilderness. And, while Tromsø has traditionally been a one-stop shop for snowbound adventure, there’s plenty to see in the wider region, too. Over the next few pages we’ll show you how to combine a stay in the city with a journey further afield; there’s a trip out to the island of Sommaroy, and even a border-hopping jaunt to Sweden’s ICEHOTEL.
Why we recommend:
- Tromso is situated at the centre of the Northern Lights ‘zone’, which rings the Magnetic North Pole
- Malangen Resort guests typically see the Northern Lights on 80% of nights during their Camp Nikka Northern Lights excursions
- Tromso’s scenic location – locked between fjords and rugged mountain ranges – offers calmer weather than the coast, insulated from high winds and stormy weather
- Range of excursions on offer, led by experienced operators
- Direct flights from London Gatwick twice weekly