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Love the light - City Guide Tromso

Tromso is a city for all seasons. Located 350km north of the Artic Circle, it’s the perfect destination to experience summer’s midnight sun and the Northern Lights.

Dream kitchenPhoto: Emmas Drømmekjøkken

With local raw ingredients and the friendliest waitstaff in town Emmas Drømmekjøkken is not to be missed. Spread over two floors – Emmas Under on the lower level is less formal. Don’t leave Tromso without trying the fish au gratin here.

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Appetizing authenticity

Suvi serves up genuine Vietnamese cuisine and delicious sushi. Still somewhat undiscovered, you can usually get a table without an advance booking.

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Eat, drink, be merry

Hildr boasts retro decor and modern cuisine. On warm summer days, Hildr opens the courtyard at the back and usually fires up the barbecue at the same time. Even if you’re not hungry, this is also a great place for cocktails.

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On the edge

Just a few meters from the waterfront, Clarions the Edge hotel boasts one of the best locations in town. It also offers great views if you take the elevator (or stairs) to the sky bar.

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Oldie but a goodiePhoto: Scandic Grand

The Scandic Grand Tromso is one of the oldest hotels in town, despite only dating from 1972. Smack in the middle of Tromso, it has top seminar and conference facilities, and Restaurant Gründer on the first floor serves up delicious lunches.

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Trekkie love

With a hot tub, a superb restaurant, and Arctic wellness treatments, this converted Arctic sea cutter offers an experience out of the ordinary. Vulkana takes you on a voyage and the hardy can jump into the ice-cold sea. 


Pass the pint

You haven’t experienced Tromso till you’ve drunk an ice-cold Mack beer in a sunny spot at Skarven. This outdoor bar is an institution in Tromso, and the views from the terrace are spectacular.

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Past and present

Skansen is an important historic area  for Tromso as a city. The fortress at Skansen is the only one of its kind in the north of Norway. In addition to wonderful old buildings, you’ll find exciting art galleries and perhaps the world’s smallest photography studio.

Best views

Fjellheisen, which reopened earlier this year, offers a cable car that takes you up to Storsteinen, 421m above sea level. From here you can enjoy panoramic views of Tromso. It’s also the perfect place to explore the surrounding mountains.

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Flower power

Who would imagine you could see hundreds of species of plants from different parts of the world in Tromso, above the Arctic Circle? Take a trip to the Botanical Gardens and you can do just that. Don’t forget your camera.


Text: Christine K. Hansen

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