Summer in Tromsø

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Tromsø is the biggest city above the Arctic Circle. The city is located on an island in the Tromsøysundet and is connected to the mainland by bridges and a tunnel. Tromsø is a very popular city to study and is very often called ‘Paris of the north’. Tromsø is popular to visit in Winter to experience the northern lights. I visited Tromsø in August and I want to show you that it’s also a very nice place to visit during summer. 😄

Ferry to Tromsø

Tromsø is from the North as well as from the South of Norway very easily accessible by ferry. A ferry crossing will save you a lot of kilometers by car, will give you some time to rest and assures you of some beautiful views. 😍

Ferry Tromsø

View over the Lyngenfjord. © My Little Travel Stories

There are good ferry connections throughout Tromsø County:

  • From the South: boat crossing from Botnhamn to Brensholmen
  • From the North: boat crossing from Olderdalen to Lyngseidet and from Svensby to Breivikeidet.

Lyngen ferries go all year round. It takes approximately 20 min between Breivikeidet -Svensby and 35 min between Lyngseidet -Olderdalen.
The ferry between Brensholmen and Botnhamn (35 min) usually operates from April to August and is operated by Torghatten Nord.

Cable car to the top of Tromsø

The cable car in Tromsø runs from Solliveien in Tromsdalen up to the mountain ledge Storsteinen (421 m above sea level) in just four minutes. Many people choose to go up there to chase the Norhtern Lights.Tromsø is situated in the middle of the Northern Lights Belt and is thus  a prime spot for experiencing the Northern Lights. The best time  of the year however to see the Northern Lights is from September to April. Nevertheless, taking the cable car to the top of Tromsø is a very nice thing to do in summer. 😇

We payed 120 NOK each (stundent tickets) and went up with the cable car. There are two gondolas, known as Seal and Polar bear. 

cable car Tromsø

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The viewing platform at the upper station gives you spectacular panoramic views of Tromsø and the surrounding islands, mountains and fjords. 😍  You could spend a whole day here. Many footpaths give you the opportunity to go all the way to the top of the mountain. There is also a nice and warm restaurant where they serve drinks and food.

View over Tromsø.

View over Tromsø. © My Little Travel Stories

Visit the official website for more information about this cable car.

Polar Fjord Cruise

Benefit from pick-up in Tromsø city center and be escorted to the harbor to climb aboard a classic wooden boat called the “Fjord Queen.”

Cruise out on to the Arctic Sea and around the beautiful fjords and straits of the region. Along the way, enjoy delicious Arctic fish, drinks and snacks. Settle down in a warm cabin, or make use of the insulated body suits to stay on deck and admire the views. Keep your camera positioned at all times for some incredible photo opportunities!

Experience the wildlife of the Tromsø region as you keep a look out for birds such as sea eagles, guillemots and eider ducks. Encounter puffins (in season), cormorants, seals and otters. See small pilot whales and dolphins playing in the water. Look to the shoreline to spot reindeer, and take in the flora and fauna of Tromsø in all its diversity.

Then, journey back to Tromsø harbor, where your fantastic polar tour ends.

Botanic gardens in Tromsø

The Botanic Garden in Tromso is officially called Arctic-Alpine Botanic Garden. It is part of the Tromso University Museum and located near their campus. It is only opened during summer so I don’t need to explain why you should visit this place in summer. Entrance to the botanic garden is free.

Botanic garden in Tromsø.

Botanic garden in Tromsø. © My Little Travel Stories

The city centre

Many buildings in the city centre of Tromsø are made of wood. Wooden buildings are no longer built due to fire prevention, but the colour of the remaining buildings tells us something about their owners. White painted buildings are more expensive than red painted buildings. That has something to do with the price for paint and the used materials.

City centre of Tromsø

City centre of Tromsø © My Little Travel Stories

Tromsø harbor.

Tromsø harbor. © My Little Travel Stories

Tromsø harbor.

Tromsø harbor. © My Little Travel Stories

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