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Top Choice Church in Tromsø

Arctic Cathedral

The 11 triangles of the Arctic Cathedral (1965) suggest glacial crevasses and auroral curtains. The glowing stained-glass window that occupies the east end depicts Christ descending to earth, while the west end is f…
Top Choice Brewery in Tromsø

Mack Brewery

This venerable institution merits a pilgrimage. Established in 1877, it produces 18 kinds of beer, including the very quaffable Macks Pilsner, Isbjørn, Haakon and several dark beers. At 3.30pm Monday to Friday year-…
Top Choice Bistro in Tromsø

Mathallen

With its industrial styling, exposed pipes and open-fronted kitchen, this elegant place wouldn't look out of place in Oslo or Stockholm. It serves some of the best modern Norwegian food in town, majoring in fish and…
Top Choice Cafe in Tromsø

Risø

You'll find this popular coffee and lunch bar packed throughout most of the day: young trendies come in for their hand-brewed Chemex coffee, while local workers pop in for the daily specials, open-faced sandwiches a…
Top Choice Cable Car in Tromsø

Fjellheisen

For a fine view of the city and the midnight sun, take the cable car to the top of Mt Storsteinen (421m). There's a terrace and (pricey) restaurant at the top, from where a network of hiking routes radiates. Departu…
Top Choice Norwegian in Tromsø

Kitchen & Table

Combining a touch of Manhattan style with Arctic ingredients, chef Marcus Samuelsson serves up some of the freshest and most original tastes in Tromsø – there's reindeer fillet with mango chutney, reindeer ratatouil…
National Park in Troms

Reisa National Park

Although technically in Troms county, Reisa National Park (803 sq km) is equally accessible by road from Kautokeino. For hikers, the 50km route through this remote Finnmarksvidda country is one of Norway's wildest a…
Pub in Tromsø

Ølhallen

Reputedly the oldest pub in town, and once the hang-out for salty fishermen and Arctic sailors, this is now the brewpub for the excellent Mack Brewery. There are 67 Norwegian ales on tap to try – including a selecti…
National Park in Øvre Dividal National Park

Øvre Dividal National Park

Hard up against the Swedish and Finnish borders, Øvre Dividal National Park is a remote, 750-sq-km wilderness area rich in woodland, high-country views and wildlife such as brown bear, wolf, Arctic fox, Eurasian lyn…
Seafood in Tromsø

Fiskekompaniet

This long-standing Tromsø fish and seafood favourite has a prime portside site and is a classy dinner option. All starters and mains, subtly prepared and enhanced, are from the ocean – the fish and shellfish soup is…