You might know that I've been living in Tromsø for 3 years and while that doesn't naturally make me an expert when it comes to accommodation in town, I can assure you that I've experienced a fair share of hotel stays in the city.
I visited twice before moving here, had various staycations whenever I needed a break from the daily grind, and also had visitors over whose hotel stay I organized, so I know a thing or two about accommodation in Tromsø.
And yes, Tromsø is quite an expensive place to visit but that doesn't mean that a budget stay is impossible. If you've read my guide on free things you can do and see in town, you already know that activities don't have to make up the biggest chunk of your spendings.
Accommodation however is a different story but I hope I can help you out a bit with this overview of where to stay in Tromsø if you're traveling on a budget!
1. Tromsø Camping
Tromsø Camping is usually the first place I recommend whenever people ask me about budget accommodation in Tromsø. Of course, camping is generally the cheapest way to stay anywhere but Tromsø Camping also offers affordable cabins in case you don't bring a tent or campervan.
The smallest ones, called Economy Cottages, are about 10 square meters big and have 2 bunk beds - however no bathroom and no running water. If you live here, you'd have to share the common bathroom and kitchen facilities in the administration building.
The Timber and River Cabins are a bit more expensive as they have space for 5 persons and include an en-suite bathroom and kitchen. They are the oldest cabins but probably also the most charming ones. I mean red little cottages covered with snow just scream SCANDINAVIA, don't they?
2. Enter Backpack Hotel
Enter Backpack Hotel (the former ABC Hotell) is actually a hostel situated 5 minutes from the city centre on a lovely hill overlooking the town. There are single, double, and 3 bed rooms, all with or without private bathroom. The rooms are pretty modern and stylish, making you feel like you're in a hotel and not a hostel, and they also come with a sink which is a huge plus if you opt for the cheaper rooms without private bathroom.
During my own stay there, I found the bedroom and bathroom very clean, and the hotel generally very quiet as it's situated on a little trafficked road. You can get breakfast for an additional fee but it's not worth it as you also have access to a kitchen where you can just prepare your own food.
3. Comfort Hotel Xpress
Comfort Hotel Xpress is situated right in the city centre and offers an amazing view on the fjord and the mountains from its rooms on the upper floors. It's a stylish hotel that is affordable thanks to self service check in and no serving facilities. You can grab a sandwich, coffee or fruit in the kiosk at the reception but there's no breakfast buffet or kitchen.
The rooms are quite small but clean and modern and more importantly, absolutely cosy! Plus, the reception area is a cool place to hang out and have a beer or play games after a long day of activities so it's all about hygge at Xpress!
4. Tromsø Bed and Books
Tromsø Bed and Books is a charming B&B situated close to Polaria in the southern part of the city centre. All rooms come with shared bathroom facilities and kitchen access, and as the name suggests, lots of books for you browse on those Arctic winter nights.
5. Enter Viking Hotel
I stayed at Viking Hotel twice and thoroughly enjoyed my stay each time. It's situated in the city centre, close to the main shopping street and the Hurtigruten harbour, but in a quiet alley without any traffic noise. The rooms are spacious, clean and incredibly comfy with motifs of the local landscape on the wall.
Breakfast and afternoon waffles are included and delicious, and the staff was always really friendly and helpful.
If you're staying for more than just a couple of days, Airbnb can be a great alternative to hotels and has the big advantage of having access to a kitchen so that you can prepare your own food, rather than having to eat out (which is really expensive in Norway).
If you've never heard of Airbnb, it's a platform where people can rent out their spare room or flat while they're on holiday to make some extra cash and I've been using the site for my own travels around Scandinavia for several years. I stayed with a family in Stockholm for 4 weeks, with a couple of international students in Copenhagen for 3 weeks and with two charming Danes in Greenland for 1 week, all through Airbnb, and can thus 100% recommend the platform!
In fact, you can get $40 in travel credit if you decide to sign up for Airbnb and use the link below, saving you even more money on your visit to Tromsø!
More Information on Visiting Tromsø
You can also check out my guidebook to the city below if you're looking for more detailed information and itineraries!