Tromsø is the gateway to the Arctic. It is the major town in Arctic Norway, a communication hub, an administrative centre, and historically also the point of departure for Polar expeditions, sealing and whaling vessels en route to the seasonal hunting grounds, and for hunters and trappers embarking on an isolated winter in the Spitzbergen archipelago.Today, Tromsø is a thriving modern town of over 70,000 inhabitants, supplemented by about 9,000 students.
Things to see and do in and around Tromsø
We invite you to check the following websites for things to do during your stay: the Arctic Philharmonic; the Northern Norway Art Museum; Tromsø University Museum (next door to the conference venue); the Polar Museum; the Kulturhuset; Hålogaland Teater; Perspektivet Museum; and more.
If you want to explore the surrounding countryside, e.g. go on a Northern lights tour or a whale-watching trip, Visit Tromsø has a number of links for you to explore.
Weather and Northern Lights
If the weather is cold, there is often also a clear sky and once night falls there should be good chances of seeing the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. There is also a service providing a forecast of Northern Lights activity.
In early April you should plan for cold weather, but follow the weather forecast service. The current weather can be followed from a weather station (on the main university campus) with a live web camera facing south.
Whatever the weather, we can promise you that it won’t be warm, so you will need warm clothing and solid shoes.
April weather in Tromsø is hard to predict, but there will likely be snow. Take sturdy shoes or boots that can handle some 10 cms of freshly fallen snow (Tromsø council is geared up for clearing snow, but not continuously) and icy pavements. It is worth noting that the pavements in the city centre are heated and are thus not icy; around the conservatoire, however, this is not the case. For comfort, we recommend you bring some light indoor shoes and change into them when you arrive at the conference.
We hope you enjoy your stay in Tromsø!
(Adapted from the advice given prior to the 12th annual Munin Conference on Scholarly Publishing, Tromsø, November 2017)