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Tromso, Norway: Northern Lights Gem

Being the most dynamic hub at the Arctic Circle, Tromso is a great place for exploring the northernmost part of Scandinavia. The 9th most populous city in Norway, Tromso has a lot in store to offer.

Surprisingly, the climate in Tromso is much milder than in other places on the same latitude due to the proximity of the Gulf Stream. The average temperatures reach 13-15°C (55-59°F)in summer and -6/-8°C (21/17°F) in winter. Moreover, the location of Tromso is perfect for witnessing such natural phenomena as the midnight sun that usually occurs from May to July and the magic Northern Lights in winter. The city even hosts the annual Northern Light Festival that attracts visitors from all over the world.

Apart from natural wonders, Tromso boasts a number of other unique gems and activities to experience. The untouched wild surroundings of the city serve as a great destination for practicing hiking, kayaking, whale safaris, and dog sledding.

As for the local sights, travelers have several interesting options. The main highlights of Tromso are the Arctic Cathedral, built in the 1960s, the majestic Roman Catholic Territorial Prelature of Tromso. Plus the Polar Museum with some cultural and scientific artifacts and the amazing arctic aquarium Polaria are worth adding to your Tromso itinerary.

Visiting Tromso is a great opportunity to get the taste of the Arctic as the city is famous for its restaurants specializing in fresh ingredients of Scandinavian north. The main specialties impossible to miss include the brown cheese "brunost", lye fish "lutefisk" and sheep in cabbage "farikal".

Best Things to Do in Tromso, Norway

  • Visit the Arctic Cathedral
  • Catch the colorful Northern Lights or the Midnight Sun
  • Taste local specialties, including lutefisk
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