Tromsø is the ninth-largest urban area in Norway by population and the largest city in Northern Norway. The municipality is located 350 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. The city is warmer than most other places located on the same latitude, due to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream.
The temperatures though can still drop below -15 Celsius degrees in winter. It is also dark (no direct sunlight) for 4 months and the opposite goes during summer with endless days for also 4 months. The city is located in a fjord and its scenery is beautiful in summer time. It is more challenging during winter but the northern lights are definitely worth a visit.
The Arctic Cathedral, a modern church from 1965, is probably the most famous landmark in Tromsø. The city is a cultural centre for its region, with several festivals taking place in the summer.
How to go to Tromsø?
Tromsø Airport Langnes is a modern, well-functioning airport. There are more than 10 daily flights from Tromsø to Oslo, and the flying time is less than two hours. There are also direct flights to Arkhangelsk and Murmansk in Russia as well as Stockholm, Sweden, during the summer.
You can also fly directly to Svalbard (Spitsbergen) from Tromsø with flysas.com.
Tromsø lies north of the Scandinavian rail network, but the stations in Narvik and Fauske can be reached by long-distance buses all year-round. The station in Rovaniemi, Finland, can also be reached by bus in summer. From Oslo, there is a 30-hour train/bus connection to Tromsø. The travelling time from Stockholm through Sweden is around 24 hours. There is also a 24-hour bus/train connection from Helsinki in Finland.
The famous Hurtigruten (The Norwegian Coastal Voyage) sails from Bergen, via Trondheim and Bodø, to Tromsø. The ship calls at Tromsø twice a day – northbound at 14:30 and southbound at 23:30.
You can also drive your own car. A 1,600-kilometre long highway (E6), which remains open all year, connects Tromsø with Oslo. Driving time is approximately 30 hours.
Getting around Tromsø and Lyngen
Tromsø is compact and can be easily explored on foot and by using the efficient city bus network. The airport, which is only 10 minutes from the centre, is well-served by the airport express bus, city buses and taxis.
A network of safe and comfortable buses and express boats connects Tromsø with the municipality of Lyngen, as well as most surrounding rural areas. However, due to the low population density, the number of departures is limited, and travelling should be planned ahead.
Hiring a car is a good idea. Most of the largest car rental companies are represented at the airport.
Travelling to other destinations in Northern Norway
Tromsø is the perfect starting point from which to explore the rest of Northern Norway. Buses, express boats and planes link Tromsø with every place of interest in Norway’s far north. However, the number of departures is again limited, and travelling should be planned ahead.
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