The mountain landscape near Tromso, Norway

Cruise to Tromso, Norway

Tromso, Norway's gateway to the Arctic, is surrounded by deep blue fjords and snow-capped mountain peaks. Explore this lively city, linked to the mainland by a gracefully arched bridge. Visit the fascinating Polar Museum or the arctic aquarium Polaria. Be blown away by panoramic views on a cable car ride up to Storstein Mountain, or hike up one of the trails that run through the Lyngen Alps. Cruise to Tromso, Norway and stop into a cafe and refuel with carrot and cardamom marmalade on toast. If you visit between September and April, you might be lucky enough to spot the Northern Lights.
National Language Norwegian
Currency Accepted Norwegian Krone (NOK)

Things To Do in Tromso

Two cod fish in an aquarium in Norway

Tromso, Norway, Cod fish in aquarium

Arctic Wonders

Arctic Wonders

Learn more about the Artic, northern Norway and Svalbard in the Polaria Museum. Watch the fascinating info video, and then follow the Arctic walkway past exhibits on shrinking sea ice and the aurora borealis. Admire cold-water fish, and come nose-to-nose with bearded seals at the arctic aquarium.

Close up view of the Arctic Cathedral in Tromso, Norway

Tromso, Norway, Arctic Cathedral close up

Inspired by Nature

Inspired by Nature

The city's most recognizable landmark is the huge concrete Arctic Cathedral built in 1965. The distinctive structure contains 11 triangles that suggest glacial crevasses and auroral curtains, as well as an impressive, modernistic stained-glass window. The west end of the church is filled with a futuristic organ. Don't miss the Northern Lights Concerts here.

View of Tromso, Norway from Storstein Mountain

Tromso, Norway, View from Storstein Mountain

Ride With a View

Step in the Fjellheisen cable car for a ride up to Storstein Mountain, 420 meters above sea level. You'll enjoy a panoramic view of the city and the fjord. There's also a restaurant at the top that serves meals based on mouth-watering local produce.

A filet of arctic cod with clarified butter foam on a white plate

Tromso, Norway, Arctic cod filet

Local Cuisine

In Tromso, many restaurants also function as cafes and pubs, simultaneously or at different times of the day. Most of the restaurants are located along the main street, Storgata. Cruise to Tromso and try fresh-caught Barents Sea cod with cauliflower and butter sauce, or keep it simple with steamed Arctic king crab. Seek out the comfort factor of rustic fish gratin or the Tromso happy-hour specialty: seagulls eggs with a locally brewed beer.

Various hand crafted necklaces for sale in Norway

Tromso, Norway, Hand crafted necklaces


The main pedestrian street, Storgota, is the best place to go for shopping in Tromso during your Norway cruise. Browse the little shops selling hand-made arts and crafts following old techniques and patterns based on Sami or coastal traditions. Bring home some knitted garments, woven rugs, paintings or prints.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Go to the Tourist Office, housed in a wooden building by the harbor, for the comprehensive Tromsø Guide and free Wi-Fi.
2 The Norwegian Krone (NOK) is the official currency of Norway. Many stores and restaurants also accept major credit cards.

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