Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Tromsø

Polar Museum

The 1st floor of this harbourside museum illustrates early polar research, especially the ventures of Nansen and Amundsen. Downstairs there's a well-mounted exhibition about the hunting and trapping of fuzzy Arctic …
Top Choice Museum in Tromsø


Daringly designed Polaria is an entertaining multimedia introduction to northern Norway and Svalbard. After an excellent 14-minute film about the latter (screened every 30 minutes), plus another about the northern l…
Top Choice Church in Tromsø

Arctic Cathedral

The 11 arching triangles of the Arctic Cathedral (1965), as the Tromsdalen Church is more usually called, suggest glacial crevasses and auroral curtains. The magnificent glowing stained-glass window that occupies al…
Top Choice Cable Car in Tromsø


For a fine view of the city and midnight sun, take the cable car to the top of Mt Storsteinen (421m). There's a restaurant at the top, from where a network of hiking routes radiates. Take bus 26 and buy a combined b…
Top Choice Norwegian in Tromsø

Emma's Under

Intimate and sophisticated, this is one of Tromsø's most popular lunch spots, where mains include northern Norwegian staples such as reindeer fillet, lamb and stockfish. Upstairs is the more formal Emma's Drømekjøkk…
Norwegian in Tromsø


You can almost lose yourself in this wonderful cafe-cum-restaurant that's all intimate crannies and cubbyholes. In a 19th-century building that functioned as a butcher's shop until 1996, it's rich in character and s…
Cafe in Tromsø


This student-run converted warehouse serves meaty burgers (try its renowned Driv burger) and great salads. It organises musical and cultural events and has a disco every Saturday. In winter you can steep yourself in…
Norwegian in Tromsø

Emma's Drømekjøkken

Upstairs from Emma's Under, this stylish and highly regarded place pulls in discriminating diners with its imaginative cuisine. Advance booking is essential.
Bar in Tromsø

Blå Rock Café

The loudest, most raving place in town has theme evenings, almost 50 brands of beer, occasional live bands and weekend DJs. The music is rock, naturally. Every Monday hour is a happy hour.
Pub in Tromsø

Ølhallen Pub

At Mack Brewery's Ølhallen Pub you can sample its fine ales right where they're brewed. Perhaps the world's only, never mind most northerly, watering hole to be closed in the evening, it carries eight varieties on d…