Tromsø is a city in northern Norway above the Arctic Circle. It is famous for Northern Lights that sometime light up the night time sky and the midnight sun that can be witnessed in summers.
Tromsø has so much to offer and in winters the most thrilling experience is to witness northern lights dancing all over the sky. The Northern Lights is sometimes so strong that you can even see it in the downtown of Tromsø. But it will be more intense if you head out of town to remote areas where no artificial lighting and the sky is more clear. The northern light chasers often say chase for clear sky and stars you will find northern lights.
Here we have listed a few of the best things to do in Tromsø in winters.
1. Northern Lights
Northern lights also known as Aurora Borealis is a natural light display in the sky, seen in high altitude regions. Tromsø is one such region and is famous for being one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights. It is an experience for a lifetime. Witnessing the green lady dancing over the sky is a marvellous sight and everyone should have it once.
How to experience Northern Lights in Tromsø?
There are many different ways to experience northern lights like booking a tour, taking the help of local or your BNB host or if you are on your own then by yourself. We would recommend if you are a newbie and needs guidance to understand the phenomena and camera settings and most importantly to chase the northern lights, you should consider booking northern lights tour because of following reasons-
- The tour guides are skilled and highly experienced in reading weather forecasts, northern lights forecast and predict the best place to witness the phenomena.
- The tour people know where and how to chase northern lights effectively and that ensures that you would experience the northern lights someway as they put their best efforts to take you to places with most chances of witnessing northern lights which you might not know.
- They would help you out with the camera settings and then once you know the settings, nest time you can plan your trip on your won.
- They will also tell you all the local stories, myths and science behind the phenomena which are really good to understand as what is the significance of watching if you don’t know about it.
Our recommendation – Chasing Lights
2. Roadtrips to nearby Islands
There are many islands nearby Tromsø like Kvaløya, Sommarøy etc. A small road trip can lead you to reach any of these beautiful islands. There are many tour operators who might provide such trips, but we would recommend the best way to ask local or your BNB host to guide you as they know the best things to do in these islands and they can definitely help you out to gain best of experience.
Kvaløya is Norway’s fifth-largest island, and it’s connected to the city of Tromsø by a bridge. The island is beautiful, and the snow-covered mountains offer spectacular views. Also, you can have some memorable wildlife encounters with reindeers.
3. Visit the Arctic Cathedral
Tromsdalen Church, also known as Ishavskatedralen (The Arctic Cathedral) was built in 1965. It is the image of the Tromsø. The cathedral is a landmark visible from the Tromsø Sound, the Tromsø Bridge and when landing in Tromsø by aircraft. This is a must-visit place in Tromsø.
4. Polaria Arctic Experience Center And Aquarium
Polaria is an Arctic experience centre and Aquarium which provides you experience about various Arctic animals and birds. You can watch films at Polaria about the Arctic – “Northern Lights in Arctic Norway” and “Svalbard – Arctic Wilderness”. You can also witness Arctic fish of all kinds like seals, king crabs, cod, and wolffish.
There are two seal feeding and training sessions per day:
– Summer: 12:30 (12:30 am) and 15:00 (3 pm)
– Winter: 12:30 (12:30 am) and 15:30 (3:30 pm)
Tip – Make sure to visit Polaria during this time. It is a fun session.
5. Visit the Tromsø Cathedral and stroll the downtown
Tromsø Cathedral is located on the main walking street of the Tromsø. It is notable as it is the only Norwegian cathedral made of wood. A great way of seeing and experience Tromso Cathedral is by attending the daily concert “Sounds Of The North” by Arctic Vibe.
6. Reindeer Feeding
Reindeers in Norway are mostly tame and not wild. You can easily go near them and feed them. Reindeer Feeding is one of the best experience and excursion one can have in Tromsø in winters.
How to reach Tromsø?
Tromsø is well connected to major cities and one can easily reach Tromsø via a flight.
How to reach the city centre from the airport?
The airport is quite close to the city. There is an airport express bus which could take you to the city centre. The trip takes about 15 minutes and tickets can be purchased from a machine in the arrivals hall or onboard. Another option is the local buses which have frequent departures to the city centres. Tickets can also be purchased from app.
How to explore Tromsø?
There are many options to explore the city. In case you want to rent the car, there are many car rentals available. Also, the city can be explored by public transportation. To use public transportation in Tromsø download the Troms Mobillett app.
Tromsø is a lovely city to explore and experience a lot of new things like northern lights, midnight sun, dog sledging, whale watching etc. Plan your visit to have these life experiences.
Read our first northern lights experience here.
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