The Ultimate Tromso Travel Guide

Tromso Trip Planner

If you’re visiting the Capital of the Arctic for the first time or you want to plan the ultimate Northern Lights getaway, you need this Tromso trip planner. Below, you’ll find everything you need to plan a trip to Tromso, from the best activities and hotels, to what to pack and how to get around.

Planning a Tromso trip step-by-step

There are countless things to do in Tromso, from chasing the Northern Lights to reindeer sledding and scenic hikes. There are also lots of museums and attractions to discover, so check out the top activities in Tromso below!

Tromsø Northern Lights tours may be the most popular, but there are lots of other incredible excursions in Tromso. Whether you want a sporty adventure, a whale-watching cruise, or a chance to explore the natural landscapes, we’ve got you covered.

Northern Lights in Tromso - Fact Sheet

You’ll have the highest chances of seeing the aurora if you book one of the best Northern Lights tours from Tromso.

Check out our tips on how to see the Northern Lights in Norway, including when to go and where to see the most beautiful displays.

Plan your trip for the best time to see the Northern Lights, when the sky conditions and solar activity are optimal.

Find out what makes Tromso one of the top places to see the Northern Lights.

If you want to photograph the Northern Lights, read our tips to help you capture stunning images of the aurora borealis.

Check out our lineup of the best cameras for Northern Lights photography with the perfect settings and lenses to shoot the Green Lady.

Stay at one of the best Northern Lights hotels in Norway for an unforgettable adventure and a comfortable place to watch the show!

Don’t forget to check the Northern Lights forecast so you get the best light conditions possible!

The best time to visit Tromso depends on what you want to do. There are lots of things to do in Tromso in summer, thanks to the midnight sun and the nice weather. However,  if you go during winter, you can see the Northern Lights and wild orcas, and of course, spend Christmas in Tromso!

Tromso weather by month

To help you plan your trip, below is a chart of Tromso temperature and weather by month:













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Average precipitation (rain + snow)

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How many days to spend in Tromso

It’s a long way to Northern Norway, so to make your visit to Tromo worth it, plan to spend about a week there. I recommend spending at least 4 days traveling in Tromso so you can take the most popular tours and see the top attractions.

3. How to get to Tromso, Norway

Once you decide on the dates for your Tromso trip, it’s time to book your flight. 

The flights to Northern Norway are usually expensive and require a layover. Some of the most popular layover stops are Oslo, Copenhagen, and Frankfurt. I recommend checking Kiwi or Skyscanner for the best deals on flights.

As for ground transportation, there aren’t any direct trains to Tromso, so you’ll have to fly into Tromso Airport.

After booking your flight to Tromso, be sure to get travel insurance for Europe and a Schengen visa, if necessary.

Depending on the Tromso attractions and activities you’re interested in, you may want to stay in the heart of the city or closer to the great outdoors. We’ve got you covered with our guide on where to stay in Tromso.

5. How to get around Tromso

As for Tromso’s public transportation, the city has a very reliable bus system. You can even download the Troms Billet app to purchase tickets on your phone.

Renting a car in Tromso

Even with a great bus system, there are lots of remote locations around the city that are worth visiting, so renting a car in Tromso is a good idea.

Tromso airport to city

After landing in the Arctic Capital, you can take bus lines 40 or 42, or a taxi, into the city center. The Airport Express Coach, Tromso’s airport bus, is another way to get to your hotel.

As a coastal city, Tromso serves up plenty of fresh fish and seafood, although you can find options for all dietary preferences.

Despite its small size, the city has lots of places to eat, and I recommend dining at one or two of the best restaurants in Tromso.

best restaurants in tromso fiskekompaniet

These Scandinavian and Norwegian restaurants focus on regional food with lots of fresh, local ingredients. So, check out our article and dig in!

The most popular foods in Tromso, Norway center around fish and seafood, but you can find vegetarian options and meat-based dishes, too. Of course, the national dish, Fårikål (mutton stew), is a must-eat in Tromso! Here are some other foods to try during your visit:

  • Tørrfisk (dried cod)
  • King crab
  • Salt cod stew
  • Smoked salmon
  • Herring
  • Seagull eggs
  • Reindeer meat
  • Brunost (brown goat cheese)
  • Rømmegrøt (sour cream porridge)
  • Raspeball (potato dumplings)

7. How much is a holiday to Tromso?

Everyone has different preferences, time constraints, and budgets, so calculating the cost of a trip to Tromso isn’t always easy. Here is a price breakdown to help you out, as well as some Tromso travel tips to help you make the most of your visit!

  • The best time to visit Tromso depends on what you want to do during your trip, although if budget is a concern, January to March is the cheapest time to go.
  • Many of the best things to do in Tromso (visiting the Arctic Cathedral, seeing museums, taking tours, etc.) are in the city center. Staying in a centrally-located Tromso hotel will help you cut down on transportation costs.

8. Tromso packing list - What to wear in Tromso

Warm clothing is a must if you’re visiting Tromso, Norway in the winter. You’ll want to pack woolly layers to keep you cozy in the cold Tromso climate. Even the summer temperatures in Tromso are on the cooler side, so layers are still a good choice. Think light, windproof jackets, a heavier jacket for when the temps dip, and a hat to shield you from the midnight sun.

Tromso winter packing list

  • Hat, gloves, and scarf
  • Long underwear & wool socks for layering
  • Wool sweaters
  • Parka
  • Hiking boots
  • Crampons for snowy or icy hiking trails
  • Skiing/snowboarding gear
  • Camera

Tromso summer packing list

  • Summer hat
  • Light, windproof jacket
  • Jeans
  • Hiking boots/sneakers
  • Hiking backpack
  • Gloves for chilly days
  • Long johns for layering
  • Camera

9. Download a tourist map of Tromso

Tromso may be small, but it has lots to offer, so keep track of all the details with this map of Tromso:

10. Other tips for visiting Tromso

Here are some final tips to keep in mind while you’re doing your trip planning for Tromso:

  • The supply voltage in Norway is 230V (50Hz), and they use Type C and Type F plugs with round prongs, so you’ll want to bring an adapter for your electronics if you’re visiting from a country that doesn’t use the Europlug.
  • In Tromso, as in the rest of Norway, the local currency is the Norwegian krone (NOK). The current exchange rate is 0.10 USD for 1 NOK; 0.13 CAD for 1 NOK; and 0.081 GBP for 1 NOK. Bank cards are accepted just about everywhere; just be sure to notify your bank!
  • The official language in Tromso is Norwegian, although you can get by with English, as most locals speak some level of it.
  • The price of eating out in Tromso can really add up, so if you want to buy groceries during your trip, it might be a good idea. There are different supermarkets in Tromso‘s city center, including Rema 1000 and Kiwi. The price of groceries in Tromso is about the same as food prices in the U.S. Most grocery stores are closed on Sundays.
  • There is free roaming in Norway if you use a SIMCard from Europe. However, if traveling from somewhere else, we recommend the Holafly eSIM card. You can keep your phone and get unlimited Internet access for as low as $19 for a 5-day trip.

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  • Tipping in Tromso isn’t common, but if you want to leave a tip for good service, 10% is sufficient.

Tromso travel guide FAQ

To finish up this Tromso trip planner, here are the answers to some common questions about the Capital of the Arctic:

Absolutely! This beautiful city offers incredible scenery and unique experiences like the Northern Lights, whale tours, and majestic fjords.

Tromso isn’t a cheap city but it’s a much cheaper alternative to Oslo.

Plan your Tromso trip for at least four days, but ideally one week.

It’s worth visiting Tromso any time of year, so the best time to visit Tromso depends on what you want to do.

For the Northern Lights, visit Tromso between September and April. If you want to go whale-watching, visit between November and January. To see the midnights sun, plan your Tromso trip for late June or early July.

The Northern Lights in Tromso are a huge tourist attraction, although the city is also known for its whale tours, the midnight sun, and the polar night.

Tromso is one of the best places in the world to see the aurora borealis, although you must plan accordingly to make sure you have the highest chances. The best way to ensure you see the most spectacular aurora display is by booking a Northern Lights tour in Tromso.

Tromso is about a two-hour flight from Oslo.

Yes. Tromso is a small city with friendly locals, so you shouldn’t have any problems during your trip.

The temperatures in Tromso in the summer aren’t cold, but they may be chillier than you’re used to. July is the hottest month of the year, with an average temperature of 54°F.

Tromso is 220 miles north of the Arctic Circle.

Regardless of when you visit Tromso, pack plenty of layers. You’ll want wool sweaters, socks, and long johns for the winter, and lighter jackets for the summer months. A hat, gloves, and a scarf are also essential.

Most of the locals speak English in addition to their native Norwegian.

If you have any other questions about our Tromso travel guide, feel free to leave a comment below. I hope you found this trip planner useful and that you create unforgettable memories during your visit to Tromso!

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Hey there, I'm Ascen, your personal trip planner on a mission to help you craft the most incredible adventure of your life. While I'm based in Las Vegas, you won't find me there often. As a full-time traveler, I'm always on the go, exploring new destinations and capturing the world through my lens. From the enchanting shores of Almeria, Spain, where I grew up, to the far reaches of the globe, I'm here to provide you with detailed travel guides and practical tips to make your trip planning a breeze. Find out more about me here.

8 replies on “Tromso Travel Guide – Plan your Visit to Tromso, Norway

  1. michele says:

    Hi. I am spending 3 days in Tromso in August. Can you help me figure out what are the most interesting nature places to visit outside of the city? For example: Senja or Knivskjelodden or the Lyngen alps? I can rent a car. How long should I spend in the city?

    • Ascen Aynat says:

      Hi Michele,
      I recommend spending at least 4 days in Tromso so you can check out the city and explore the surroundings. If you like to hike, we have a great guide to hiking trails in Tromso. Some of my favorite outdoor things to do in the area are whale-watching tours and visiting the ice domes.

  2. cheri says:

    Thanks for this great article Ascen. Looking forward to my visit here and the information was well laid out and so helpful! Appreciate your time.

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