Tromsø's Top Ten
Collected by David Nikel, AFAR Local Expert
Hansine Hansens veg 17, 9019 Tromsø, Norway
Satisfy your scientific curiosity about this fascinating region at northern Norway’s center for scientific research. The planetarium shows movies that reveal what makes the aurora borealis dance above our heads, some of the secrets of the universe...
Sjøgata 1, 9008 Tromsø, Norway
As the art center of the vast arctic Norway region, Tromsø’s principal art museum is large and spread out over three floors. Ever-changing visiting exhibitions complement the permanent collection, which focuses on life in northern Norway. Over 100...
Kobbevegen 5, 9100 Kvaløysletta, Norway
The majestic fjords and rugged coastline of northern Norway are spectacular sights from any angle. To gain a truly unique perspective, do as the Norwegians do and rent a kayak. Kayaking is a popular sport in this region and an experienced local...
Søndre Tollbodgate 11B, 9008 Tromsø, Norway
A beautiful red-stained wooden building raised on stilts above the harbor is the picturesque home to the city's Polar Museum. Whaling and seal hunting may be controversial today, but they were once the bedrock of the regional economy, and this...
Myrengvegen 65, 9011 Tromsø, Norway
Northern Norway suffered greatly in the early years of World War II. Learn the details of the dramatic sinking of Tirpitz, the giant German battleship that kept the British Royal Navy in the region busy for three years. The museum is not located...
Hans Nilsens vei 41, 9020 Tromsdalen, Norway
Many visitors are surprised to learn this cathedral's striking modern design dates to the 1960s. The soaring triangular structure is visible from downtown Tromsø, although taking a bus or cab is recommended as the walk across...
Lars Thørings veg 10, 9006 Tromsø, Norway
The university museum brings the best of the city’s history, culture and society under one roof. Experience the magic of the aurora borealis even during the height of summer, when the midnight sun makes it impossible to see the phenomenon...
Hjalmar Johansens gate 12, 9296 Tromsø, Norway
The striking architecture of Polaria is designed to reflect arctic ice floes, hinting at the regional focus of the aquarium inside. Bearded seals are the highlight of the aquatic life on display, alongside the most common fish from the seas...
Richard Withs plass 2, 9008 Tromsø, Norway
For an authentic arctic experience, nothing beats spending time out in the wilderness with man’s best friend. Arctic huskies are magnificent creatures with wolflike speed yet a playfulness that will ensure a memorable visit. After traveling away...
Sollivegen 12, 9020 Tromsdalen, Norway
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...