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4.5 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating

By Cruise Critic Staff

Port of Tromso

Tromso, also known as the Arctic Capital or the France of the North, is 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 University of Tromso; the Norwegian College of Fishery Science, 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.)

The cruise season runs from mid-February through December, which means you can choose the time of year you'd like to visit.

About Tromso


Pro

This Arctic city is one of the best places in the world to view the northern lights (best seen from September through March)

Con

Tromso is a small city that can become crowded with tourists -- especially during big festivals

Bottom Line

An excellent destination for northern lights watching, Tromso offers an alluring mix of cultural and outdoor adventures


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Currency & Best Way to Get Money

Norway is not a member of the European Union, and as such, its official currency is the Norwegian krone (NOK).

Language

The official language spoken is Sami, a type of Norwegian. The number of American visitors to Norway has nearly doubled in recent years; just about everyone in Norway speaks English, but it doesn't hurt to bone up on your Norwegian before making the trip. The effort is always appreciated.