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Tromso

Country
Norway
State
Troms
City
Tromso
Type of Location
Multiple
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How to Reach

By Air

All international and domestic flights land at the small, modern Langnes Airport (IATA: TOS).There are about 10 daily departures to Oslo, by SAS and the low cost Norwegian.There are flights to Svalbard (Spitsbergen), and the city also has connections to Murmansk and Arkhangelsk (Nordavia) several times a week. In summer, there may be flights to Stockholm as well.The low cost airline Norwegian has a direct route to London/Gatwick, going through London may be the cheapest option for getting to Tromso.From April 2009 AirBaltic has a direct route from Tromso to Riga.SAS commuter airline Wideroe has routes to several other North-Norwegian airports, mainly STOLports.

By Car

The roads up to Tromso are in good condition, but it is a long drive from Southern Scandinavia. When in Tromso, renting a car is an option.In June, July and August, prices are high and reservation is a must. The rest of the year, it is relatively cheap (around NOK 1000) for a small car for a whole weekend.Make the reservation in the office hours before 4pm on Friday.

By Train

There is no train all the way to Tromso.Take a bus from the railheads in Fauske, Narvik and Rovaniemi.The Swedish railway network has a branch line to Narvik, some 4 hours by bus south of Tromso.There are 2-4 buses a day to Narvik, depending on the day of the week. The train from Stocholm to Narvik may be both good and cheap, while the bus from Narvik to Tromso may be rather expensive.

Key places to visit
Aurora Borealis, Tromso University Museum, Tromso Cathedral, Tromsdalstinden, Arctic-alpine Botanic Garden


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Aurora Borealis

The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights is a natural light phenomenon in the night sky.Tromso is very favorably located for viewing the Northern Lights, but you cannot see the aurora at all times.Tromso is within the aurora belt mostly between 6pm and midnight, occasionally between 4pm and 2am.Clouds obstruct the view of the Northern Lights.October and November are humid autumn months, and often you don't see the lights.From December onwards, the weather is drier.

Tromso University Museum

Is the oldest scientific institution in North-Norway.It was established in 1872 and incorporated in the University of Tromso in 1976.The museum has 80,000-90,000 visitors annually.The museum consists of six departments Geology,Botany,Zoology,Archaeology,Cultural History and Sami Ethnography.The museum publish the popular science magazine Ottar (Norwegian only) and an English language publication called Way North.

Tromso Cathedral

In Tromso, Norway is the seat of the Diocese of Nord-Halogaland.Tromso Cathedral is the only Norwegian cathedral made of wood.The church is in Gothic revival style, with the church tower and main entrance facing west. It is likely to be the northernmost Protestant cathedral in the world.With 800 seats, it's one of Norway's biggest wooden churches.The oldest object is a Madonna figure, possibly from the 15th. C.The interior is dominated by the altar with a copy of the painting Resurrection, by the noted artist Adolph Tidemand.

Tromsdalstinden

Is a mountain east of the city Tromso, Norway.The summit measures 1,238 meters (4,062 ft) above sea level. Snowfall varies from one year to another, but the peak is usually snow free only for a few months in the summer.The mountain is easily spotted from the city centre of Tromso.The summit is a popular hike, requiring nothing more than good shoes, normal physical condition and plenty to drink.Hikers may summit Tromsdalstinden either from the suburb Tromsdalen, or from Ramfjorden. The slopes up are not technically difficult, though fog and rain can make the ascent complicated for those not familiar with the terrain.When approaching the mountain from the southeast (Ramfjorden), though, hikers and skiers must at one point move over the southwestern or northwestern (city-facing) sides of the mountain as the mountain becomes too steep.The best season for hiking is May through September.Skiers usually take the Fjellheisen aerial tramway to Storsteinen, and begin their ascent from there.There are two main treks, the Winter trek and the Summer trek.

Arctic-alpine Botanic Garden

The Arctic-alpine Botanic Garden (Arktisk alpin Botanisk hage) is the world's northernmost botanic garden. It is located in Tromso, Norway, and is run by the Tromso University Museum.It opened in 1994, and is open from late May to early October.The garden displays Arctic and alpine plants from all over the northern hemisphere.Entrance is free of charge.From May 15 until July 27, the sun is continuously above the horizon in Tromso.The two months of midnight sun provide some compensation to the plants for the short growing season and the low temperatures. In the months of May, June and July the theoretically possible number of hours of sunshine is 623, 720 and 695, respectively.The average hours of actual sunshine is about 200 for each of these months. From November 21 until January 17 the sun never rises. Snow generally covers the ground from October or November on, and will accumulate until the beginning of April.Snow then gradually melts and the ground will usually be bare around mid May at sea level, while lingering on far into the summer at higher altitudes.The season in the Botanic Garden is usually from end of May until mid October.

Right Time to Visit

April - August
September - December

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