Today I want to take you on a stroll through my new home Tromsø.
You probably know this by now but I first visited the town in October 2013 and then a second time in November 2013. There wasn't any snow yet in Tromsø at that time and the weather was rather grey and rainy - typical for Norway in autumn!
Both times I visited Tromsø, I stayed at the Viking Hotell, which I can absolutely recommend and which is where my tour will start.
From there it's only a 2-minute walk to the northernmost brewery of Europe (or the world? Tromsø has so many northernmost things, it's confusing), however we start this tour in the morning and you can't drink beer before noon, right?
So another 3 minutes (if it's not icy and slippery and you land on your butt which is what I did on exactly that route) and you're at Polaria. The Polaria is an aquarium, which hosts bearded seals, and where you can also watch a film about the Northern Lights in a panoramic cinema.
It furthermore has a lovely cafe on the upper floor where you should definitely have a cup of tea while looking at some gorgeous Northern Lights pictures.
Isn't that building gorgeous?! Right next to it, you'll have the most wonderful view on the yacht harbour with snowy mountains in the background.
Right next to Polaria, there also is a part of the Tromsø University Museum, that is to say an ancient arctic vessel.
The University Museum also includes the Tromsø Museum, which is 10 minutes outside of the city centre by bus and which focusses on the indigenous people of Norway, and the Polar Museum which is right in the city centre and where we'll be headed to next.
It takes about 10 minutes to get there from Polaria by foot.
You'll eventually get to the waterfront and the harbour, that is to say the place where the Hurtigruten cruise ships dock. If you happen to stroll by around 2.20 pm you can watch the Hurtigruten dock at the harbour.
I love this area of Tromsø especially because of all those colorful buildings!
And because you have a great view on the Arctic Cathedral from there.
Now it's time to move on to the pedestrian area of Tromsø and the market square at Stortorget.
Once you're in the city centre there's a lot you can do:
- visit the Polar Museum
- visit Perspektivet (an arts museum focussing on cultural photography, highly recommended!)
- shop till you drop at H&M, Vero Moda, the Jelly Beans shop or one of the many souvenir shops
- have some cake for afternoon tea in one of the many cafes, and fish for dinner at one of the many restaurants.
You should also visit one of the many pubs and bars as Tromsø apparently is the town with the most pubs and bars in regard to its inhabitants in the whole of Norway. Of course, prices for alcohol are high so if you're not Rockefeller you'll hardly get drunk.
Even better as this way you can take an evening stroll along the harbour which is an absolute must as it's so beautiful!