Tromsø city life
Tromsø is a regional centre for northern Norway, as well as one of the largest Nordic cities situated close to the Arctic Circle. It has an elegant blend of modern architecture and traditional Norwegian wooden houses. The main attractions and landmarks in the city are
- The Polar Museum
- Tromsø Cathedral
- Verdensteatret, Northern Europe’s oldest cinema still in use
- The Polaria Aquarium
- The Tromsø Museum
- The Arctic-alpine Botanic Garden
Tromsø is a great place for nature lovers interested in sightseeing and outdoor hiking. The Tromsdalstinden mountain and its glacial lake called Prestvannet are the main destination for photography enthusiasts and trekkers.
The city also offers opportunities for skiing, ice hockey and also football, Tromsø having a regional team in the Norwegian Premier League.
International atmosphere in Tromsø
Tromsø is a multicultural city, with large Sami, Russian and Finnish minorities, as well as other 100 nationalities. Among them, there are also international students which complete the cultural mosaic of the Nordic town. English is widely used as a communication language among the communities, as well as in the university classes.
Tromsø weather is generally very cold, with lots of snow and temperatures below freezing in the winter. Tromsø sees 25 cm of snow for 160 days a year. The average temperature for January is -2.2 °C (28.0 °F), while the average summer temperature is 15.3 °C (59.5 °F) in July. Being so far north, Tromsø experiences polar night (from 26 November to 15 January) and midnight sun (between 18 May and 26 July).