You have decided to visit Northern Norway to experience the Northern Lights or just to escape the tourist crowds of the south and explore the true wilderness of Norway? You’ve done a bit of research and have come to the conclusion that the Lofoten Islands look gorgeous as well, but you’re not quite confident to drive a car abroad - especially not during winter? Or maybe you’d just like to combine a Nordic city trip with exploring Norway’s great outdoors? Whatever it is that puts you in the position of having to decide between Bodø and Tromsø, I’m going to give you the rundown of both cities and tell you the good, bad and ugly about them, so that hopefully, you’ll be able to make a decision in no time!
Winter is approaching and you are planning a trip to Tromsø? You've maybe heard of the ice hotel in Kiruna or Kirkenes? As of last winter (2017/2018), there is also such an ice hotel near Tromsø. Initially not designed as a hotel, demand soon required the option to stay there and this should be possible from this winter onwards. Last winter I took part in an organized bus trip from Tromsø and experienced the following:
Nonetheless, vegetarianism, veganism and food allergies are all widely known in the country and if you're visiting, you shouldn't have to lose any sleep over where and what to eat during your trip. Therefore I decided to give you the rundown of allergy-friendly Norwegian dishes and restaurants in the biggest cities of the country that cater well for anyone on a special diet - whether you're vegetarian, vegan, lactose-intolerant, or suffering from an IBD/IBS or celiac disease.
Now, Tromsø might be situated way above the Arctic Circle and transportation options to and from the city might not be as frequent as they are for Oslo, but it's not impossible to get to Tromsø on a budget. There are in total 5 ways to travel to Tromsø - some of them rather fast and easy, and others rather slow and scenic - which I'd all like to present to you in this article, along with their pros and cons!
Are you looking for a last-minute summer getaway somewhere off the beaten path? Or have you been dreaming of the 24-hour summer days of the Arctic for ages? Either way, I know the perfect place for you: Malangen Resort near Tromsø! I was fortunate enough to stay at the resort on a work trip 2 years ago and couldn't help but fall in love with its surroundings. I mean, red cabins with a fjord view? Yes, please!
I totally get the wish, of course, but I'd also like to make sure that if you go, you choose a tour operator that cares well for the animals. What you need to consider before booking that trip and what to look out for before choosing a dog-sledding/reindeer-sledding or whale-watching tour, will thus be the topic of this article!
With its location as an island nestled in between fjords and mountains, Tromsø is an extremely good place for any landscape photographer and Instagrammer. Apart from the Northern Lights at night, there are so many other motifs for a great snapshot - whether that be the wooden buildings downtown or the view of the mountains in the distance.I've lived in and photographed the city for 3 years and came across plenty of hidden gems during that time. In this article, I'd thus like to spill a few secret Instagram spots in Tromsø that I'm sure you'll love!
Seeing the Aurora is on everyone's bucket list and I'm being asked questions about where and when it's best to see them, on a weekly basis. The honest answer, however, is that there is no such thing as "the best place to see the Northern Lights".There are pros and cons to all the tourist hubs in the European Arctic, which I'd like to explain in this article - along with information on what else there is to do and see besides hunting the Aurora.
Are you headed to Tromsø? The Paris of the North (much like the actual Paris) has plenty of restaurants, bars, and, of course, cafes to choose from - no matter whether you'd like to splurge a little on your vacation or if you're on a budget.In this article, I'm showing you 7 of my favourite cafes in the city that I'm sure you'll absolutely love when you come to Tromsø!
A lot of the questions I get, I've heard before: "How much snow is there?", "What do I need to pack?", "What can I do in Tromsø on New Year's Eve?", and the list goes on and on.So I thought I'd make it easier for all of us and provide you with everything you need to know about visiting Tromsø between November and January in this post - after all, surviving 3 polar nights as a Tromsø resident should make me somewhat of an expert?!
Are you planning to visit Tromsø to see the Northern Lights? To go hiking in the mountains? Or just to experience what the Arctic is like? Well, you've certainly come to the right place by browsing my blog posts on the city but those can only give you so much info. If you're looking for all the information you could possibly need for your trip to Tromsø, then my e-guidebook to the city is all you need!
Visiting Tromso? The mountains on the mainland are the perfect place if you’d like to go mountain hiking and take in the view on Tromso from above, without having to leave town or rent a car. There’s several trails you can choose and two peaks you can climb: Storsteinen (“the big rock” at 421 metres above sea level) where the cable car station is situated, and Mt Fløya (671 m) which sits on top of Storsteinen.
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!
The portions were more than enough for us and we were very satified with the food. Simon even claims that his was the best burger he's ever eaten in Tromso and I can say that my veggie burger was one of the best I've ever had as well. Furthermore, the friendly staff and the extremely cosy and fun environment also had a share in us having a great evening at Burgr Bar!
So you've finally decided to head to Tromso to hunt the Northern Lights, spot some whales, experience the Midnight Sun or simply enjoy the gorgeous Arctic nature. You've booked your flights and hotels and possibly a few tours but what else is there to do? Let me give you a quick rundown of everything you need to do before heading to Tromso!
It's no secret that the weather in the Arctic is by no means predictable. You dream about and plan your trip to the North for so long and in the end, you might not even get to see the winter wonderland you'd hoped for. Or worse, you spend half the night outside in the cold, trying to get a glimpse of the Northern Lights and fall to bed frozen and exhausted and wished you'd just visited a spa instead.
Are you planning to visit Tromso in winter? Well, as is the case for summer, Tromso is best explored away from the city and out in the nature. Now understandably, the snow and ice might scare you away from going for a walk or hike but with proper clothing and equipment that you can read all about here, you can very easily explore the most scenic spots in and around Tromso! I'd even go so far as to say that these places are even more special when there actually is snow around.
If you're following my Youtube channel, you already know that the sun has made its way back to the Arctic which means my favourite part of winter has only just begun! Yes that's right! While some parts of Europe already prepare for spring, we here in Northern Norway prepare for the best part of winter - the bright one! As you may know, Northern Norway experiences polar night between late November and late January which means that during this time, we don't get any sunlight at all and only 2 hours of daylight each day.
Where has December gone? Seriously! I'm off to travel around Ireland in a couple of days but I wanted to show you around Tromso during the festive season before I go on a blog hiatus. And even though we don't currently have snow in the city (this winter has been so warm so far), all the festive decorations make the city look so magical anyway! So, are you up for a little stroll around town?