Norway is a country that embodies many aspects of a Utopian society, with its well-balanced society, natural beauty, and rich cultural heritage. One of the most fascinating places in Norway is Tromso, a city located above the Arctic Circle that offers a unique blend of adventure, culture, and natural wonders.
Tromso is famous for its stunning Northern Lights, which can be seen between November and March. To witness this natural spectacle in all its glory, it’s best to go on a bus tour, where you’ll be taken far from the city lights to view the Northern Lights in all their splendor. The tour lasts usually four hours.
In addition to the Northern Lights, Tromso also offers the Midnight Sun, a natural phenomenon that occurs from May to August, where the sun is visible for 24 hours a day. Storsteinen is one of the best places to witness this incredible natural event.
During the day in Tromso, there are many activities to keep you busy. You can drive a sled pulled by huskies, take the cable car (Fjellheisen) for a stunning view of the city, visit the Arctic Cathedral (Tromsdalen Church) with its pyramid-shaped glass and Sami shop, and explore the many museums such as the Perspective Museum of Art, Polar Museum, and House of Culture. You can also try reindeer hot dogs at the smallest bar in the world, visit the Wooden Cathedral for just 2 euros, and check out the Science Centre of Northern Norway and its planetarium, which recreates the Northern Lights for visitors.
Of course, no trip to Tromso would be complete without a visit to its most famous bar, Olhallen, which offers the best beers on its 72 different taps. The variety of beers is so vast that they offer tasting boards of 5 beers, and the local Mack beer is a must-try. The culinary scene is also diverse, with options like Egon, which has menus in five different languages, T-Tapas, which offers tasty reindeer bites with spicy sauce, and Matthallen, a market hall that offers local food, drinks, and crafts.
When it comes to typical dishes in Tromso, there are many delicious options to try, including Foricol lamb and cabbage stew, semi-sweet brown cheese, bitter almond candy, reindeer, whale, and goat meat, tomato soup with cream and fish, fjord cod, and smoked salmon with fermented herring.
In summary, Tromso is a city that offers a unique and unforgettable experience for visitors. From the stunning Northern Lights and Midnight Sun to the many cultural and culinary attractions, there is something for everyone in this charming city above the Arctic Circle.