Why go to Tromso?
This Arctic city is one of the best places in the world to view the northern lights (best seen from September through March).
Tromso is a small city that can become crowded with tourists -- especially during big festivals.
An excellent destination for northern lights watching, Tromso offers an alluring mix of cultural and outdoor adventures.
Tromso Cruise Port Facilities?
A purpose-built cruise terminal, which is ultramodern and designed to serve as Tromso's central transportation hub, opened in 2018. It primarily serves Hurtigruten ships, but small and midsized cruise ships from other lines, and ferries also dock here; to the south you'll find the central bus terminal. The passenger terminal has shops, restaurants and the tourist office, Visit Tromso.
There is another port, Breivka, a little further out of town. It's more of an industrial port, which serves the larger ships.
Good to Know?
Tromso is deep in the Arctic Circle and has no sunlight from mid-November to mid-January. It can get bitterly cold during the winter months, so dress accordingly. The weather changes rapidly, and you can experience several seasons in one day.
By Bus: Tromso has an excellent bus network which will take you to all the main sights. You can pay as you go in NOK or buy a 24-hour pass card: 110 NOK (about $15) for adults and 55 NOK (about $10) for seniors or children ages 4 to 19.
On Foot: Most of Tromso's city center attractions can be easily reached on foot. From the port, you are not more than a few yards from the central square and the pedestrianized street, Storgata (see Don't Miss).
By Taxi: Taxis are easily available in Bergen. There is no Uber. Rates start at 175 NOK (about $20). A taxi from the airport (just 15 minutes away) will set you back up to 750 NOK (about $90).
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
Norway's official currency is the Norwegian krone (NOK). There are numerous ATMs around the town, which give the best rate.