Tromsø is considered the capital of the Arctic and is located on an island, Tromsøya, almost two hours by plane from Oslo. It was the starting point of the great explorations to the North Pole since the mid-nineteenth century and the polar adventures of Robert Peary, Frederick Cook and Ronald Amundsen. The jagged shores of the fjords and the impressive steep snow-capped peaks that surround it give the impression that beyond them, nothingness begins.
This small city becomes the gateway from Norway to the Arctic, as it is about 350 kilometers north past the Arctic Circle. Its location is what allows phenomena to be as special and unique as the midnight sun – from May to July – and the polar night – between September and March. At any time of the year, it is a most exciting destination.
When landing in the small airport of Tromsø-Langnes, the best thing is to rent a car. The public transport is excellent and useful but with a car at your disposal you can freely explore the surroundings of the city, discover such incredible places as the Ersfjorden fjord – a small village, about 30 minutes east of the center of Tromsø – or go along the coast of Kvaløya -one of the many surrounding islands- , surprise yourself with the beach of Brensholmen and reach Senja by ferry to go in search of whales and killer whales.…
There are several accommodation options, but almost always everything is complete. If you plan on this trip as the trip of the year, it is worth looking at one of the best hotels in the city, the Clarion Hotel The Edge. It is located near the jetty, very close to the center, Kongeparke and the “authentic” cathedral of the city. It also has an impressive breakfast buffet, and if you ask for a room with a view, you’ll wake up looking at the Scandinavian peninsula, where the Fjellheisen cable car and the Arctic Cathedral are located after crossing the Sandnessund Bridge. And it is precisely by observing this great church of strangely futuristic cut when one begins to realize that here, the relationship between heaven and earth is not so much celestial as extraterrestrial.
It is a small metropolis, in which the historic center occupies just a few streets full of typical Norwegian colored wooden houses. Everything is concentrated on its primary and pedestrian street, Storgata. But at the same time, it is a modern, cosmopolitan city that goes far beyond its immense nature. It is the capital of art and culture of the Arctic, thanks to museums such as the Northern Norway Art Museum, where you will find an exciting collection of paintings from the 18th century to the present day and the Perspektivet Museum, dedicated to photography.