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About Tromso

Up until a few years ago, Tromso was a little-known city (outside of Norway), where hotels would close down over the bleak midwinter months.

Then came the 2008 BBC TV show "Joanna Lumley in the Land of the Northern Lights" -- and all that changed.

Tromso was featured heavily in the documentary and was thrust firmly into the spotlight. The city's fortunes changed overnight, with tourist numbers swelling at the very time of the year the hotels used to close -- deep midwinter -- searching for the aurora borealis.

New hotels opened, a brand-new cruise terminal -- which also houses Visit Tromso, the tourist information center -- and a number of new restaurants, shops and cultural attractions also opened to cater for this influx.

Tromso, also known as the Gateway to the Arctic and the Northern Lights Capital, is one of the largest city north of the Arctic Circle.

Spanning more than 965 square miles, this Norwegian city is nearly as large as the entire country of Luxembourg. Established in 1794, Tromso now has about 72,000 inhabitants, many of whom are students attending a handful of local institutions, including the Norwegian College of Fishery Science at the University of Tromso, one of only two colleges in the world dedicated solely to fishing as a livelihood, and the Centre for Peace Studies.

Although the locals refer to Tromso as an island, the city actually comprises the island of Tromsoya, Kvaloya and parts of the mainland to the east. (Tromsoya is connected to the mainland by the iconic Tromso Bridge, where you'll also find the iconic Arctic Cathedral.)

It's worth noting that if you think Oslo is pricy, prepare yourself for Tromso. Taxis start at 175 NOK (about $20); in the supermarket, burgers are also $20 -- and do not even think about purchasing alcohol (wine starts at around $50 a bottle). A meal for two in a restaurant can take you north of $300 with wine. This can be debilitating, particularly if you want to experience the town. Our tip is to budget accordingly.

Hurtigruten ships run year-round; other ships start calling from mid-February through December.

It's well worth spending a few days in this beautiful city and getting to know it and the surrounding area.


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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Tromso

    Leaving:
    Southampton
    Visiting:
    Alesund, Tromso ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Cunard Line
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    12 Night Cruise to Tromso Route (Cunard Line)
    • Day 1
      Southampton
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Alesund
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Tromso
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Narvik
    • Day 9
      Narvik
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Stavanger
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Southampton
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    Queen Victoria - Cunard Line

    Pros

    Stylish and sophisticated, offering world-wide itineraries

    Cons

    Passengers who don't like to dress up will feel out of place

    Bottom line

    Queen Victoria is more traditional and formal than most ships, with an elegant atmosphere

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    Queen Victoria Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Queen Victoria enjoyed a $40 million refurbishment in 2017, which involved slicing off the back...

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    jjessie
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Third time on Victoria and still good
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    littlemisscouchsurfer
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Like P&O with bells on, except for the restaurant which was abit crap ..
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  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Tromso

    Leaving:
    Southampton
    Visiting:
    Haugesund, Olden ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    16 Night Cruise to Tromso Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Southampton
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Haugesund
    • Day 4
      Olden
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Tromso
    • Day 7
      Honnigsvag
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Spitsbergen (Svalbard)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Trondheim
    • Day 13
      Andalsnes
    • Day 14
      Skjolden
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Southampton
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    Island Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Comfortable, mid-sized ship; peaceful adults-only sun deck; good variety of food.

    Cons

    Ship generally feels cramped; bathrooms and standard balconies are also small.

    Bottom Line

    Ideal for those looking for a traditional cruise ship experience with no surprises.

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    Island Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Island Princess is one of the two 92,000-ton Coral-class ships -- the other is Coral Princess -...

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    Victoria Riddle
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    We demand a 100% refund! Worst cruise possible! Princess knew before we sailed!!
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    catmommy7
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Rough time as pandemic breaks out in the world
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    • Basic Drinks
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    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Tromso

    Leaving:
    Hamburg
    Visiting:
    Flam, Molde ... see more
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    MSC Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Tromso Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Hamburg
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Flam
    • Day 4
      Molde
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Tromso
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Spitsbergen (Svalbard)
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Honnigsvag
    • Day 11
      Honnigsvag
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Hellesylt
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Hamburg
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    MSC Preziosa - MSC Cruises

    Lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere and Mediterranean style

    Family-friendly with free kids fares and water play areas

    Good choice for budget-conscious cruisers

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    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    The 2013 debut of MSC Preziosa moved the family-owned Italian company MSC Cruises up another no...

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    cruiserky95
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Avoid completely - terrible food, terrible service, even got food poisoning
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Won’t be returning
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
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    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
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    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 34 Night
    Cruise to Tromso

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Halifax, Akureyri ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    34 Night Cruise to Tromso Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Halifax
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Akureyri
    • Day 12
      Isafjord
    • Day 13
      Reykjavik
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Kirkwall
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Cobh (Cork)
    • Day 18
      Cornwall (Falmouth)
    • Day 19
      Southampton
    • Day 20
      Cruising
    • Day 21
      Haugesund
    • Day 22
      Olden
    • Day 23
      Cruising
    • Day 24
      Tromso
    • Day 25
      Honnigsvag
    • Day 26
      Cruising
    • Day 27
      Spitsbergen (Svalbard)
    • Day 28
      Cruising
    • Day 29
      Cruising
    • Day 30
      Trondheim
    • Day 31
      Andalsnes
    • Day 32
      Skjolden
    • Day 33
      Cruising
    • Day 34
      Cruising
    • Day 35
      Southampton
    Ship Details

    Island Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Comfortable, mid-sized ship; peaceful adults-only sun deck; good variety of food.

    Cons

    Ship generally feels cramped; bathrooms and standard balconies are also small.

    Bottom Line

    Ideal for those looking for a traditional cruise ship experience with no surprises.

    Reviews

    Island Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Island Princess is one of the two 92,000-ton Coral-class ships -- the other is Coral Princess -...

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    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Made the Best of It!
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
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    • Shore Excursions
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    • Room Service
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
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    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Tromso

    Leaving:
    Bergen
    Visiting:
    Floro, Maloy ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Hurtigruten
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    11 Night Cruise to Tromso Route (Hurtigruten)
    • Day 1
      Bergen
    • Day 2
      Floro
    • Day 2
      Maloy
    • Day 2
      Torvik
    • Day 2
      Alesund
    • Day 2
      Molde
    • Day 3
      Trondheim
    • Day 3
      Seven Islands (Svalbard)
    • Day 3
      Kristiansund
    • Day 4
      Kristiansund
    • Day 4
      Bronnoysund
    • Day 4
      Sandnessjpen
    • Day 4
      Nesna
    • Day 4
      Ornes
    • Day 4
      Bodo
    • Day 4
      Lofoten
    • Day 5
      Stokmarknes
    • Day 5
      Sortland
    • Day 5
      Risoyhamn
    • Day 5
      Harstad
    • Day 5
      Finnsnes
    • Day 5
      Tromso
    • Day 5
      Skjervoy
    • Day 6
      Oksfjord
    • Day 6
      Hammerfest
    • Day 6
      Havoysund
    • Day 6
      Honnigsvag
    • Day 6
      Kjollefjord
    • Day 6
      Mehamn
    • Day 6
      Berlevag
    • Day 7
      Batsfjord
    • Day 7
      Vardo
    • Day 7
      Vadso
    • Day 7
      Kirkenes
    • Day 7
      Berlevag
    • Day 8
      Mehamn
    • Day 8
      Kjollefjord
    • Day 8
      Honnigsvag
    • Day 8
      Havoysund
    • Day 8
      Hammerfest
    • Day 8
      Oksfjord
    • Day 8
      Skjervoy
    • Day 9
      Finnsnes
    • Day 9
      Harstad
    • Day 9
      Risoyhamn
    • Day 9
      Sortland
    • Day 9
      Stokmarknes
    • Day 9
      Lofoten
    • Day 9
      Tromso
    • Day 10
      Tromso
    • Day 10
      Bodo
    • Day 10
      Ornes
    • Day 10
      Nesna
    • Day 10
      Sandnessjpen
    • Day 10
      Bronnoysund
    • Day 10
      Seven Islands (Svalbard)
    • Day 11
      Trondheim
    • Day 11
      Kristiansund
    • Day 11
      Molde
    • Day 12
      Alesund
    • Day 12
      Torvik
    • Day 12
      Maloy
    • Day 12
      Floro
    • Day 12
      Bergen
    Ship Details

    Trollfjord - Hurtigruten

    Part of Hurtigruten's newest "Millennium Class" of ships

    Offers access to beautiful coastal scenery year-round

    Midnight sun in summer, northern lights in winter

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    Trollfjord Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Some ships aim to keep passengers entertained 24/7 with everything from midnight pizza buffets and...

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    Helsbels1960
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Amazing Experience
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    Jodokus Bartas
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Spectacular landscape and views
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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Tromso

    Leaving:
    Bergen
    Visiting:
    Bergen, Narvik ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Viking Ocean Cruises
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    12 Night Cruise to Tromso Route (Viking Ocean Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Bergen
    • Day 2
      Bergen
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Narvik
    • Day 5
      Alta
    • Day 6
      Alta
    • Day 7
      Tromso
    • Day 8
      Tromso
    • Day 9
      Bodo
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Stavanger
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      London (Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Tilbury)
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    Viking Venus - Viking Ocean Cruises

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    0.0/5

    Back in 2015, Viking Cruises introduced [Viking Star](/reviews/review.cfm?ShipID=748), the long-st...

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