Top things to do

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 on fish and…
Top Choice Museum in Tromsø

Polar Museum

Fittingly for a town that was the launchpad for many pioneering expeditions to the Pole, this fascinating museum is a rollicking romp through life in the Arctic, taking in everything from the history of trapping to …
Top Choice Museum in Tromsø

Polaria

This Arctic-themed attraction provides a multimedia introduction to northern Norway and Svalbard. Kick things off by watching the two films In the Land of the Northern Lights and Spitsbergen – Arctic Wilderness, the…
Top Choice Norwegian in Tromsø

Emma's Under

Homely and down-to-earth Norwegian cuisine is the dish of the day here. You'll find hearty dishes like fish gratin, king crab and baked clipfish on the lunch menu, served in a cosy space designed to echo a tradition…
Top Choice Cafe in Tromsø

Riso

You'll find this popular new 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 sandwic…
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 restaurant at the top, from where a network of hiking routes radiates. You can buy a combined bus a…
Church in Tromsø

Arctic Cathedral

The 11 triangles of the Arctic Cathedral (1965), aka Tromsdalen Church, suggest glacial crevasses and auroral curtains. The glowing stained-glass window that occupies the east end depicts Christ descending to earth.…
Pub in Tromsø

Ølhallen Pub

Reputedly the oldest pub in town, and once the hangout for salty fishermen and Arctic sailors, this is now the brewpub for the excellent Mack Brewery. There are 67 ales to try, including around 8 on tap – so it migh…
Bar in Tromsø

Verdensteatret

Norway's oldest film house will satisfy both cinephiles and those in search of great cafes. The bar is a hip place with free wi-fi and weekend DJs. At other times, the bartender spins from its huge collection of vin…
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, providing traditional Norwegian dishes married with top-quality local ingredients such …