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Things to Do in Tromso

Tromso—land of fjords, snow-capped mountains, and the Northern Lights—is the Norwegian gateway to the Arctic, sitting almost 250 miles (400 kilometers) north of the Arctic Circle. The quaint city, sometimes viewed as just a jumping-off point to nearby destinations, is worth exploring in its own right. Landmarks include the Polar Museum and two of the world’s northernmost cathedrals, the Arctic Cathedral and Tromso Cathedral. See the sights on a guided walking tour of the city, which will give you a look at this little slice of life in northern Norway, includeing a stop at Olhallen, Tromso’s oldest pub. After exploring the town, it’s time to set out and experience arctic nature. Dogsled tours, with a stop at the husky farm, zip you through nature, as do snowmobiles, which fly over trails used by polar explorers. Or travel under your own power by strapping on some snowshoes and following a guide through the snow-capped mountains. And of course, you can’t experience winter in Tromso without witnessing the main draw: the Northern Lights. Travelers the world over come to Tromso, one of Norway’s best vantage points, to see the aurora borealis. In contrast, the short summer season brings opportunities around the region’s spectacular fjords for biking, camping, hiking, kayaking, and even lounging in a traditional wooden sauna hut.
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Tromso Fjords
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Thanks to its spectacular location among a series of islands and skerries laced with waterways and scalloped inlets, and to its backdrop of snow-clad peaks, Tromsø is the epicenter of day trips out into fjords bordering the Norwegian Sea. These long, narrow sea inlets are characterized by steep, mountainous slopes carved out by glaciation during the last Ice Age. Within easy reach of Grøtfjord, Erdsfjord, Balsfjord, Lyngsfjord and Kattfjord on the neighboring island of Kvaløya, the city is connected to this spectacular seascape with a network of ferries, buses and bridges.

From half-day sightseeing trips to the sharp peaks of Balsfjord or into the pristine waters of Erdsfjord, surrounded by steep mountains; to fishing for cod, salmon and halibut in the deep fjord waters; and crewing yachts into the calm, sheltered waters, there’s a choice of tours from Tromsø.

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Lyngen Alps (Lyngsalpene)
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Located 300 km (186 miles) into the Arctic Circle northeast of the city of Tromsø, the Lyngsalpene (Lyngen Alps) are a 90-km (56-mile) range of untamed mountains stretching from Lyngenfjord in the south and heading north to Ullsfjord almost on the border with Sweden. They form a spectacular landscape of deep gorges, gleaming icy glaciers and wild, boulder-filled rivers, with cliffs rising sharply up to 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) from the sea.

With the highest mountain of Jiekkevarre reaching 1,833 meters (6,104 feet), in winter the Lyngen Alps are a paradise for experienced climbers and extreme skiers. Their gentle, lower slopes become a snowy haven perfect for dog sledding, snow safaris and spotting the elusive Northern Lights, which dance merrily across the winter skies. In summer the mountains are illuminated by the eerie glow of the midnight sun; sailors flock to the calm, sheltered waters of the fjords; and fishing becomes the most popular sport.

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Kvaloya (Sállir)
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Kvaløya is Norway’s fifth-largest island, covering 740 square km (285 square miles), and its name translates from Sami to "Whale Island" thanks to its cluster of central mountains. Lying west of Tromsø and connected by the elegant spans of the Sandnessund Bridge, the eastern shores of Kvaløya now form a suburb of the city, known as Kvaløysletta and home to a population of about 10,000.

Of its snow-capped peaks, Store Blåmann is the highest at 1,044 meters (3,425 feet) and can be scaled by intermediate climbers. Kvaløya is also indented by fjords and wild coastal scenery, with its western fringes hitting the untamed Atlantic, while the island of Sommarøy – famous for its glorious white sandy beaches – hangs off its southwestern coast. Humpback whales can be spotted offshore from late November until January, and the little settlement of Ersfjordbotn, dominated by the sheer cliffs of its fjord, is one of Norway’s top destinations for spotting the Northern Lights.

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