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Why not book a trip to Tromso today?

Plan and book your perfect trip to Tromso

Ishavskatedralen_VinterIf you would like to visit Tromso, but don´t fancy a package tour - read on.

In this guide I will take you through step by step, the best places to go, how to book and give you plenty of tips to help you on your way North.


Bookmark this page and go through every step until you´ve created your perfect holiday.


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Step 1) Northern Lights or Midnight Sun, Cruise or Activity Break?

Most likely you have a reason to want to go to Tromso, be it to experience the midnight sun or the northern lights, go to a festival or to go fishing.


Either way it will be crucial to plan your holiday at the right time of year. A northern lights holiday in June is a classic example of bad planning...

Important Dates for Tromso Holidays:

Northern Lights Season: Roughly October until early April. Although bear many activities such as snowmobiling and husky dog sledding are snow depending, so October/November can be a bit risky if you are keen on such activities. Flip side is that holidays then to be cheaper then.


Midnight Sun Season: The sun does not set in Tromso between the 20th May and the 22nd July, and it is a truly magical time to visit the region. Imagine nighttime fishing trips and beach barbeques where the sun doesn´t go down.. The weeks prior and after these days are also very light in the region.


Festivals in Tromso: The International Film Festival in Tromso, Buktafestivalen, Northern Lights Festival, The Reindeer Racing World Championships to name but a few - Tromso is a great destination for lovers of music, films and more. Find out more about Festivals in Tromso.


Fishing in Tromso: Although Tromso is a year-round fishing destination, if you have special desires it is worth noting a few things. Ice fishing isonly possible when it is very cold, so January-March are the safest bets. Every year the King Cod fishing in Lofoten takes place in February, which is an excellent opportunity to try the king of cods. Also bear in mind that winter is cold and dark in the Arctic, so sea fishing trips are far more pleasant in the months between April and September.

Step 2) Find your Flight to Tromso

Most websites will recommend a flight to Oslo and then on to Tromso. This is a great opportunity to stop off in the capital of Norway and have a look around.


However, if you would like the cheapest and quickest way to Tromso, the twice weekly flight to Tromso from London Gatwick with Norwegian is a good option.

If you are lucky, you can get tickets for about £150 return. The flights leave every Tuesday and Saturday, although there are fear the route will be cancelled after March 2011.


Norwegian also operate regular flights between London Gatwick and cities in Norway such as Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Aalesund.


Use the Skyscanner tool in the left column on this page to compare the best deals to Tromso from all the providers flying to Norway.


Step 3) Find Accommodation in Tromso

In Tromso you have the option of staying in a hotel in the city centre, from budget option self-catering apartments to luxury hotels with hot tubs on the roof terrace.


You might want to escape people by staying in one of the many Fisherman’s Huts or cottages on one of the islands near Tromso.


Most of these are self-catering and can sleep up to 6 people.


The companies that offer Fishermen’s Huts are mostly family run and do not offer online booking with the larger websites, but This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information on what’s available.


There is also a hostel within walking distance of the city centre, and a campsite a short bus ride away.


You can compare and book available hotels using the search box below.

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4) Car Hire

Nothing in Norway is close by. If you’re planning to stay in Tromso, the city centre is absolutely manageable by foot, and there are local buses.


However, to really be able to explore and experience this part of the Arctic, hiring a car is not a bad idea.


Car hire often turns out cheaper if you are more than one person - and – you don’t have to wait out in the cold for the bus.


Be careful when driving in the winter, and watch out for sheep and reindeer in the road. The speed limits are low for a reason. Read more about driving in Norway.


You can check car hire prices using the search box below.

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Reinsdyrkjoring5) Activities

Planning your activities in advance is a smart way to maximise your stay in Tromso.


Getting there only to realise the husky rides are fully booked and the northern lights guides over for the season is not the best start to a holiday.

Read more about northern lights activities.


Also, in the dark season it is quite natural to become both lazy and tired. Planning your days in advance will prevent you from hibernating in your hotel, which can be quite tempting when it gets dark at noon.

Read more about what to do in Tromso.


6) Find out what’s on

On the same note, there are many festivals and quirky events in Tromso all through the year.


Why not plan your trip to fit with the annual Reindeer Race Championships, or the Beer Festival? You can find out more about what’s on in Tromso in our events guide.


7) Pack for the weather

So you have booked your flights and hotel, planned your activities and sorted out the car hire.


All that is left is packing your bags. Make sure to pack for the weather.


Summertime weather changes from day to day.One day you’ll have 20degrees and sun, the next 8 degrees, rain and a cold northerly wind.


In winter the temperatures can fall below -10 degrees, which means you’ll be glad you’ve brought your thermals and ski socks.


Footwear is equally important, if you want to ensure your hips will live to see the end of the holiday, opt for shoes which can deal with icy conditions. Rubber soles and tracks are recommended – UGG boots are not. You might think they will keep you snug and warm, but trust me, they are lethal on ice.


This guide was made to help people put together their own independent holiday to Tromso. I hope you have found it useful. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us: contact@iglobetrotter.com . We’ll be happy to help you plan your perfect trip to the Arctic.