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Tromsø, Norway

Picture a colourful arctic city with a lively cultural scene, a delectable dining scene, a bustling nightlife and residents who are ready to help you in your quest for arctic fun. Winters are characterised with rides in reindeer-driven sleighs, dog sledding and ice fishing while summers offer canoeing in tranquil forests, wild bike rides down hillsides and hiking in the Lyngen Alps. All this takes place in the world's most northern-most city, 350 kilometres from the Arctic Circle, amid some of Norway's most scenic landscapes: the weather-beaten islands of the Arctic Ocean, blue fjords and glaciers. Welcome to Tromsø, Norway

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Tromsø, Norway

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Sporting Adventures

The spectacular landscape around the city allows you to experience a variety of outdoor activities. From gentle coastal mountains to the Lyngen Alps - rising 1,800 metres from the fjords – explore numerous hiking and walking paths that offer fantastic panoramas of the open seas. Take advantage of the open waters for exciting kayaking and canoeing expeditions and spend a couple of hours fishing in some of the richest waters in the world.

The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

Not far from Tromsø lie the impressive Lyngsalpene – The Lyngen Alps. Though mostly popular amongst experienced mountain climbers and extreme skiers, these alpine mountains provide stunning scenery against the blue fjords – something any type of traveller can appreciate. The region offers a great selection of outdoor activities, from cross-country skiing to scuba diving and, depending on the time of year that you visit, you can see the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Come nose to nose with a bearded seal at the arctic aquarium in Polaria. These gentle creatures are a hit with children due to their quiet disposition and intelligent nature.
  • Learn more about the city's most recognisable landmark, the Arctic Cathedral. Built in 1965, Northern Norwegian faith and nature was the ultimate source of inspiration for the distinctive structure.
  • Ride the cable car up to Storstein Mountain, 420 metres above sea level and be blown away by breathtaking panoramic views of the city. If you're lucky, you'll also see views of the Midnight Sun or the Northern Lights.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

From the cold seas to the untouched mountains, dining in Tromsø gives you a taste of everything Norway has to offer. Local specialities include fresh cod caught from the Barents Sea, prawns, shellfish and king crabs; reindeer, goat and elk that get their taste from the forests and mountains and fresh strawberries ripened under the Midnight Sun.

Shopping for Bargains

Home-made arts and crafts following old techniques and patterns based on Sami or coastal traditions, knitted garments, woven rugs, stair runners, paintings or prints. Whatever you're looking for, Tromsø's main pedestrian street, Storgota is your source for a memorable shopping experience and unique buys.

Local Currency

The Norwegian Krone (NOK) is the official currency of Norway. Many shops and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember that Value Added Tax is added to most purchases.

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