Best Things to Do in Tromsø

Published on 4th October 2017 by Shing Yoong

Although Tromsø is most famous for seeing the Northern Lights, what else does the largest Arctic city in Scandinavia have to offer? 

We head to the city to find out...

Cable Car Up Mount Storsteinen

Cable car, Tromso
Take the cable car to the top of Mount Storsteinen for breathtaking panoramic views overlooking Tromsø at 420 meters (1,380 ft) above sea level. At the top of the mountain you'll find a cosy cafe serving warm waffles with jam and cream - the ideal accompaniment to keep you feeling toasty while exploring these lofty heights.

 

The Arctic Cathedral

Arctic Cathedral, TromsoTromsdalen Church stands proudly at the end of Tromsø bridge, it is clearly visible from the center of the town from almost all directions. Tromsdalen serves as the parish church for mainland Tromsø, however, on account of its striking shape and daring architecture, the church became known as Ishavskatedralen (The Arctic Cathedral) as soon as it was opened in 1965. The catherdral often hosts a variety of evening concerts led by local choirs and musicians to offer any visitor a unique and pleasant experience. See their website for times and concert listings: www.ishavskatedralen.no/en/

 

Husky Sledding

Tromso Villmarkssenter, dog sledding

Make friends with lively, trained husky dogs while enjoying the Arctic nature. On a typical sledding trip you'll pass snow-capped mountains, forests and long fjords. Depending on your comfort, you can choose to sit in the sled or drive your own team of huskies - we suggest trying both! On our tour with Tromsø Villmarksenter, you'll return to the ranch where you will meet some gorgeous puppies - just don't forget to use your camera amid all the excitement! 

 

Northern Lights Watching

Northern Lights watching

You didn't expect us to exclude this Northern Lights from our list, did you? The Northern Lights shot to the top of everyones' wish-list when the BBC featured Joanna Lumley’s hunt for them in ‘The Land of the Northern Lights’. Since then the city has become one of the world's most popular destinations to see the ethereal celestial phenomenon. For a truly unique opportunity we offer you the chance to chase the Northern Lights with Kjetil Skogli, the man who found the Northern Lights for Joanna Lumley during her trip to Tromsø for the BBC! You can read our internview with him here. 

 

Emma's Dream Kitchen

Emmas Dream Kitchen, romso

If you're looking for fine-dining above the Arctic Circle then you've come to the right place: Emma's Dream Kitchen also know as Emmas Drømmekjøkken. Each course is presented by your waiter/waitress so you know where it is from and how it has been cooked to the finest detail. All products are fresh and the chef will base the menu on what looks good on the day. It's the perfect place for a special occasion or just to celebrate the first or last night of your holiday in style.

Polaria

Polaria Museum, Tromso

Every good city has a strong collection of museums and Tromsø is no exception. If you only have time to visit one, then we'd suggest Polaria which has a little bit of everything to indulge your Arctic curiosities. It holds inside the world’s most northernly aquarium where the main attractions are the bearded seals.

If you'd like to do everything and more on this list, take a look at our winter short-break holiday to Tromsø here, and our Christmas special here.