About Tromsø

Tromsø — in the Land of the Midnight Sun

Tromsø at midnight

Trom­sø at mid­night

For more infor­ma­tion on Trom­sø, please see Vis­it Trom­sø

Locat­ed 350 kilo­me­tres north of the Arc­tic Cir­cle, Trom­sø is the cap­i­tal of the Arc­tic, sur­round­ed by beau­ti­ful fjords and moun­tains. Human set­tle­ment dates back more than 10,000 years, whilst the local Sami cul­ture is at least 2,000 years old. Trom­sø was found­ed in 1794. Trom­sø has a pop­u­la­tion of about 70,000 and cov­ers an area of 2,516 square kilo­me­tres.

In the 1850s, Trom­sø became the cen­tre for trap­ping in the Arc­tic region. In the ear­ly 1900s, it was the start­ing point for expe­di­tions to the Arc­tic and Antarc­tic regions, hence its nick­name — “Gate­way to the Arc­tic”.

Sea­sons and cli­mate

In spite of its loca­tion so far north, Trom­sø enjoys a mod­er­ate ocean­ic cli­mate. From 20 May to 22 July, the mid­night sun is a spe­cial expe­ri­ence, with day­light 24 hours for two months.

Between 21 Novem­ber and 21 Jan­u­ary, the sun dis­ap­pears below the hori­zon and the polar night sets in. It is not com­plete­ly dark in the mid­dle of the day, how­ev­er, and the light and colour in the sky dur­ing

that time of year is very spe­cial — it is called the blue twi­light.

The win­ter in Trom­sø is not espe­cial­ly cold. The aver­age Jan­u­ary tem­per­a­ture is ‑4°C. There is often a lot of snow and the rel­a­tive­ly mild win­ter is per­fect for out­door activ­i­ties.

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North­ern lights over Trom­sø

North­ern lights

Trom­sø is among the best places on earth to observe the north­ern lights, with a sea­son that lasts from Sep­tem­ber through­out March. How­ev­er, chances of spot­ting the north­ern lights depend on the cloud cov­er and the amount of solar activ­i­ty and are there­fore dif­fi­cult to pre­dict.

For more infor­ma­tion on Trom­sø, please see Vis­it Trom­sø

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