Northern lights, Tromsø. 
Photo: Bjørn Jørgensen.Northern lights, Tromsø. Photo: Bjørn Jørgensen

See the northern lights in the capital of the Arctic - go on a winter vacation to Tromsø

Last updated: 07.02.2014 // Tromsø, also known as the capital of the Arctic is surrounded by picturesque islands, fantastic fjords and dramatic mountain peaks. The city is packed with culture and history and is considered by many as one of the world’s best winter travel destinations.

If you would like to experience the city in its winter coat, there is still time this year. Expect moderate temperatures, loads of snow, skies lit up by the northern lights and a hectic cultural scene.

There are a wide range of outdoor activities you can join while in Tromsø. These include whale safaris, ice fishing, dog sledding, guided snowshoing or cross-country skiing trips, but most spectacular are probably the northern light expeditions. The northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, occur most frequently in late autumn and early spring. October, February and March are the best months for observing this phenomenon. However, remember that you are at the complete mercy of nature. Local weather can suddenly decide to obstruct your view with clouds. If the Aurora Borealis is your main reason for coming to Tromsø, it is highly recommended to go on a tour with a dedicated guide. With a wide range of northern lights tours available, make sure you choose one that suits your interests.

If you also would like to spend some time indoors you can find several fascinating museums, including the Polar Museum, which offers an insight into the history of Arctic expeditions, and the Tromsø Museum, which is famous for its Sami exhibitions. It is also recommendable to visit the many restaurants which serve local delicacies fresh from the sea.

You can find more information on Visit Norway – or Visit Tromsø’s websites.  


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