It’s difficult to appreciate the stunning natural setting of Tromsø, the island-based city surrounded by snowcapped mountains. For the best view, take the recently renovated cable car up to the Storsteinen mountain ledge, 1,381 feet above sea level. The journey takes just four minutes, but it’s a different world atop the mountain, the starting point for brisk hikes and thrilling ski trips. Be prepared for strong winds and stunning views across Tromsø island and the Tromsdalstinden mountain that soars more than 4,000 feet high. It’s a popular spot to catch the northern lights in the winter and the midnight sun during the summer.

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