Here's how to make the most of a three-day trip to this Arctic city.
Day One: Cable Cars and Cathedrals
Head straight up the Fjellheisen cable car for spectacular views of Tromsø’s fabulous island location, surrounded by the sparkling Norwegian Sea and backed by mountains, islands and craggy skerries. Enjoy the panorama over hot chocolate in the Fjellstua Café before heading back down to sea level and peeking at the wacky architecture of the Arctic Cathedral. Head back over the Tromsø Bridge to the city center and sample a local ale or two at Mack’s Beer Hall, the city’s oldest pub, which dates from 1928.
Day Two: The Great Outdoors
All aboard for a fishing trip to the islands in search of salmon, char and grayling in the pristine waters of the Norwegian Sea; alternatively take in breathtaking alpine landscapes on an overland trip to the remote Lyngen Alps to discover a world of inky blue glaciers, deep ravines and tumbling rivers. If you’re visiting Tromsø in winter, join a nighttime tour to spot the Northern Lights under the starry skies of the island of Sommarøy or around the Ersfjord on Kvaløya. In summer take advantage of the endless summer sun to attend a midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral.
Day Three: Museums and Movies
Brace yourself for the slightly disturbing hunting and trapping implements at the Polar Museum, and stroll along the harbor front to Polaria to enjoy the seal feeding at 12:30 p.m. Take lunch along Tromsø’s main street of Storgata and admire its traditional wooden houses before walking north to explore the multi-colored displays of alpine and Arctic plants at Tromsø Arctic-Alpine Botanic Garden. If you’re traveling with kids, head off for an afternoon of interactive fun at the Science Centre of Northern Norway, which also offers visually stunning movies of the Northern Lights in Norway’s largest planetarium.