It’s summer time and the idea of icy landscapes and snow just seems foreign to us living in Kuwait. Yet there is a natural occurrence that drives many travellers to this small town in the northernmost part of Norway during the winter months between September and March. Although it is only May, it is advisable to book early as the best hotels and tours get filled quickly!
#1 the MUST see…The Northern Lights of course! Nothing you see in videos online can quite prepare you for the surreal experience of seeing the lights. Tromso is in the middle of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) zone but make sure NOT to go between April and August as the aurora is not visible. This site shows the weather forecast for the Aurora – http://www.aurora-service.eu/aurora-forecast/
#2 the MUST eat…For the carnivores try ‘The Mix’ platter from the Skarven Biffhuset. There’s enough for two but you will want all this to yourself! http://skarven.no/en/branches/biffhuset/
#3 the MUST shop…Storgata Street is where you will find artwork, gifts, and Arctic delicacies like reindeer sausages or dried fish.
#4 the MUST stay…For a perfect balance of price and convenience stay at the Skansen Hotel. Located off Storgata Street, you will be centrally located to restaurants and shopping. They include breakfast and internet access in your hotel cost; plus most Northern Light tour pick-up locations are within walking distance.
#5 the MUST do off the beaten path…Dog sledding. Although the dogs can be very loud, nothing is quite as exhilarating as whipping by the breathtaking landscape while 3-6 dogs race your sled along the icy terrain. Definitely for the thrill seekers!
For more information check out http://www.visittromso.no/en/