Where To Stay In Tromso, Norway – Our Favourite Areas & Hotels

Tromso, my hometown where I`ve spent most of my life, is a rather small city with its 75 000 inhabitants. It is the most prominent city in Northern Norway and the fifth-largest in Norway. During the past ten years or so it has become hugely popular as a tourist destination, as there is plenty to see and do in Tromso and its surroundings.

In winter people come from all around the world to see the Northern Lights. In summer the Midnight Sun shines all night and the unspoiled nature and wildlife are the main attractions. With direct flights from Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm, London, and Frankfurt, as well as several cities within Norway, it is easy to get to Tromso.

The increasing amount of visitors has led to a boom in the number of accommodation options in Tromso,  and visitors now have a lot more choices to consider when deciding where to stay in Tromso.

In this article, we will give you a quick overview of what we consider the best areas for visitors to stay in Tromso and why along with some suggestions for hotels at any budget.

What Is The Perfect Accommodation In Tromso?

For us, the perfect accommodation has big enough rooms so that we can store all our luggage and still have some space to walk around. We are a massive fan of big comfortable beds so that we can sleep soundly at night.  And of course, free and fast wifi is a must-have! Luckily, most hotels in Tromso meets these demands and have a high standard.

Norway is rather expensive when it comes to accommodation and Tromso is sadly no exception. Here we have collected what we think are the best accommodations for any budget. So whether you are looking for a top-end boutique hotel, a unique experience in a wilderness cabin, or a self-serviced apartment to save some money, this article is for you.

While most visitors who come to Tromso, stay in the downtown area, staying outside the city has become popular with visitors who wish to be closer to nature to go skiing, hiking, fishing or Northern Lights hunting. We have therefore included accommodation options for the most popular areas outside of Tromso.

Important: None of the hotels recommended here are paid placements or have sponsored our blog in any way. I have worked in the hotel business in Tromso so I know most of the hotels in Tromso quite well. We have also had friends and visitors stay in many of these hotels, and provide us with valuable feedback. If you book through any of our links, we make a small commission, at no extra cost to you. This helps keep our site running – so thank you in advance for your support! ♥

We hope you find this guide helpful in choosing the best place to stay in Tromso.

Where To Stay In Tromso – The 6 Different Areas

The map above: The 6 different areas to stay in Tromso (and outside the city)

We have divided Tromso and its surrounding areas into 6 areas:

  1. Tromsoya Island (downtown Tromso) – red on the map above
  2. Kvaloya Island – blue
  3. Tromdalen (mainland of Tromso) – yellow
  4. Sommaroy Island (a small island a 1-hour drive outside of Tromso) – purple
  5. Lyngen Alps (a 1,5-hour drive outside of Tromso) – black
  6. Senja Island (a 3-hour drive outside of Tromso) – green

Most visitors stay on Tromsoya Island (the red area on the map above). This is the main island of Tromso where you find Tromso’s downtown with shops, restaurants, cafes, hotels, and museums. There are plenty of accommodation options on Tromsoya, and most of them are either by the harbor or on the streets close to the main walking street Storgata.

Tromsoya Island is only 22.8-square-kilometre (8.8 sq mi), located between the mainland (Tromsdalen, yellow area on the map above) and the big island Kvaloya (meaning Whale Island in English, blue area on the map above), where I grew up.

Kvaloya, Tromsoya, and Tromsdalen are connected by bridges and tunnels and together these three are considered Tromso City. It only takes about a 10 min to drive from downtown Tromso to Kvaloya and 5 min to drive from downtown to Tromsdalen.

It`s easy to get around Tromso either by foot, bicycle, car, taxi or bus. In downtown Tromso, everything is within walking distance. There are no trains nor underground in Tromso.

If you are planning on exploring the areas around Tromso, like Sommaroy Island (the purple area on the map above), Senja Island (the green area), and the Lyngen Alps (the black area), I recommend that you rent a car as public transport is pretty limited once you get out of Tromso city.

Tromsoya Island (Downtown Tromso)

Harbor area

Tromso winter
View from the Tromso Harbor at winter

The hotels in the Tromso harbor area are the best hotels in Tromso in my opinion. They all have fantastic views of the sea, Tromso bridge, Tromsdalstinden Mountain, and over to the mainland (Tromsdalen), the cable car and the most famous landmark of Tromso – The Arctic Cathedral.


1. Clarion Collection Hotel With

Clarion Hotel With Tromso
Clarion Hotel With

Hotel With, as it is known locally, has the perfect location right by Tromso Harbour with a beautiful view over the sea and over to the Arctic Cathedral, the Tromso Bridge, Tromsdalstinden mountain, and Fjellheisen. You are right in the middle of everything if you choose to stay at this hotel, very close to all the city’s restaurants and shops.

An extra plus with this hotel is that you get free coffee/tea and Norwegian waffles with sour cream, jam, and brown cheese (Espen`s favorite!) in the afternoon (from 15 to 18 o`clock) and a free meal in the evening (from 18 to 21 o`clock). This makes this hotel a good value for your money as eating out is expensive.
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2. Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora

Clarion Hotel Aurora Tromso
Clarion Hotel Aurora

Next door to Clarion Collection Hotel With is its sister hotel Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora.

This hotel also has free waffles in the afternoon and an evening meal included in the price.

The extra plus of this hotel is the rooftop jacuzzi and sauna! Here you can relax in the evenings and watch the northern lights from the hot tub. Sounds pretty sweet if you ask me!
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3. The Edge Hotel

The Edge Hotel Tromso
The Edge Hotel

The new “star” when it comes to hotels in Tromso is The Edge. It is the newest hotel in Tromso and has an excellent bar and restaurant which is also very popular among the locals in Tromso. You really should try the hamburger; it is excellent!

Located by the harbor, but further south than the hotels above, and close to the Tourist Information office.

Next door is the new harbor building currently under construction, which will have lots of shops and restaurants.
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4.Scandic Ishavshotel

The Ishavshotel has a lovely location right on the pier and the rooms have an excellent view of the sea. They renovated all the rooms only a couple of years ago, so it`s all fresh and modern.

scandic Ishavshotell Tromso
Scandic Ishavshotell

Ishavshotel is famous for their amazing breakfast which has won the “best breakfast in Norway” award several times. The Hurtigruten anchors up just outside of the hotel, and in the open space between Ishavshotel and Radisson Blu Hotel is the pickup place for all the tour guides and tour trips. So a very convenient place to stay if you plan on booking and going on a guided trip, like a dog sledding trip, northern light trip or reindeer trip.
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Downtown Tromso (the streets around the main walking street Storgata)

The hotels in the streets around the main walking street Storgata are a bit cheaper than the ones by the harbor. They don`t have the same spectacular views as the harbor hotels but they are just as centrally located and everything is still within easy walking distance.


1.Radisson Blu Hotel Tromso

Radisson Blu Hotel Tromso
Radisson Blu Hotel Tromso

I used to work here on the weekends when I studied Computer Science at the University of Tromso. It is a big and nice hotel with a great location right in the middle of everything. The hotel has a sauna overlooking the harbor, which is pretty nice after a night out hunting for northern lights in the cold.

The hotel has a booking desk for information and booking of tours like dog sledding, reindeer trips, and northern light trips. Radisson Blu and the open space outside the entrance of the hotel is the pick-up place for all guided tours in and around Tromso.

The hotel is a popular conference hotel and is often booked by the University of Tromso for big conferences. So it might get fully booked if they are the host of a big conference.

This hotel owns and runs the popular pizza place Yonas Pizzeria and the famous Rorbua Pub which has live music Wednesday to Saturday. The pizza place and the pub are both located just next to the hotel.
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2.Quality Hotel Saga

Quality Hotel Saga Tromso
Quality Hotel Saga

Known to us locals as the “Gold Hotel,” due to their bright and shiny golden facade, this is one of the oldest hotels in Tromso. However, parts of the hotel are newly renovated, and that`s when they got their golden front. The rooms are spacious, but some of the bathrooms could need a facelift. All bathrooms do have heated floors, which is nice.

They offer free coffee, tea, and waffles in the afternoon at 15:00. Some of the rooms face the harbor and has a beautiful view. Saga Hotel is located close to the tourist information and the main bus stop.
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3.Enter City Hotel & Apartments

Enter City Apartments Tromso
Enter City Hotel & Apartments

This hotel is excellent value for your money! It has a central location on the street just above Tromso’s main street Storgata.

The rooms are small apartments that have a small kitchen, which is handy for making breakfast, lunch or even dinner. That way you can save some money by shopping at one of the close-by supermarkets and cook your food. You get tea and coffee for free.

There is no breakfast included in the price since all rooms have a small kitchen, but you can buy breakfast for 100 Nkr (at one of their other close by hotels) if you want. All rooms have a private bathroom.

The hotel also has a laundry room that the guests can use for free. Very handy as dry cleaning is expensive and there are no other options in town if you want to get your clothes washed. There is, however, no daily cleaning service, but you can help yourself to coffee and clean sheets and towels whenever you want from the second floor.

You can easily get here by the Airport Bus (Flybuss) from the airport.
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4.Enter Amalie Hotel

Enter Amalie Hotel
Enter Amalie Hotel

Enter Amalie Hotel is a small budget hotel with an excellent location just next to the larger and more expensive Radisson Blu Hotel. A bonus is unlimited free coffee and tea the whole day and complimentary waffles in the afternoon.

The rooms are a bit small but are clean and well equipped with kettle, tea/coffee, mini fridge, iron, and hairdryer. You have to pay extra if you want to have breakfast at the hotel (150 Nkr per person). Or you can just have breakfast at one of the many cafes close by.

They say they have a 24-hour front desk, but it does not seem to be the case. The reception at the hotel close at 23:00, and if you arrive later than that you have to do the check-in and pick up your key at one of their other hotels.
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5.Comfort Hotel Xpress Tromso

Comfort Hotel Xpress Tromso
Comfort Hotel Xpress Tromso

Comfort Hotel Xpress is a budget hotel with an excellent location in Grønnegata, the street adjacent to the city’s main street Storgata. It is probably the cheapest hotel in Tromso.

The hotel rooms are clean, modern and fresh, but a bit small. If you are out all day on tours and sightseeing, then the small rooms will not be a problem. All rooms have a private bathroom with heated floor.

There is no daily housekeeping service, they clean the rooms every fourth day, but you can pay extra if you want it cleaned every day. There is no restaurant in the hotel, but it is very close to all the restaurants and cafes that Tromso has to offer, and you can buy snacks and drinks from the lobby shop which is open 24-7.

You can get a breakfast discount of 50 % (150 KR) at their sister hotel Clarion Hotel, which is well worth the money as you can eat all you want at their excellent breakfast buffet. There is no kettle in the rooms, unfortunately, but there is hot water available in the lobby free of charge all day and night.
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North and South Tromsoya

There are not that many hotels in the north and south are of Tromsoya, but the few that are here are nice. Both areas are quiet and a good place to stay in for a good night sleep, and both have good bus connections.

In the north part of Tromsoya, you will find the University of Tromso, the hospital, the Arctic Botanical Garden and the Science Center. In the south part the city beach Telegrafbukta (Bukta), Tromso Museum and Tromso Folk Museum are the main attractions.

Mid Range

1.Hotel St-Elisabeth
I was born in this building as this used to be the main hospital of Tromso. Now it is a modern hotel and conference center with fantastic views of the city. The breakfast, which you have to pay extra for, is served on the 5th floor and the views are breathtaking. The breakfast is excellent with a wide range of food options, well worth the extra money.

St-Elisabeth is located about a 7-10 min walk from the city center (south), and it is a bit uphill so be aware of this if you want to walk from the center with your luggage. If it is icy and slippery, you should probably just take a taxi from the city center when arriving from the airport. The hotel has a very nice fitness center, sauna, and is the only hotel in Tromso with a swimming pool!

The hotel is in a quiet area so its the perfect place to have a good nights sleep. The hotel and rooms are wheelchair accessible. There are free coffee and tea, and you can access the kitchen and laundry facilities. They clean the rooms every 2nd day.
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2.Pingvinhotellet UNN Tromso
The Penguin Hotel is a new and very tall hotel located next to the University of Tromso and in connection to the hospital UNN. It is located north of downtown Tromso, in Breivika. They have a restaurant, and all rooms have a private bathroom.

There is a bus stop just outside the hotel where there is a bus going into town every 10 minutes or so. It takes about 30 min to walk into town.

The view is excellent from the upper floors of the hotel. It is located in a quiet area, close to the Science Center which is showing a spectacular Northern Lights movie – The Extreme Auroras, and Tromso Arctic Botanical Garden. The Science Center is an excellent place to hang out with lots of activities for both grown-ups and children.
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3.Sydspissen Hotel

Bukta Beach Tromso
Bukta Beach

This hotel is a good value for your money. Sydspissen Hotel, located on the south end of the Tromsoya, is close to the famous city beach Telegrafbukta (or Bukta as we locals call it).

Sydspissen Hotel is a bit cheaper compared to the hotels in the center of Tromso and breakfast is included. It is located in a quiet and remote area of Tromso city and is a great place to see the Northen Lights (less artificial lightning).

The city bus stops right outside the hotel, but if you plan on renting a car, the hotel offers free parking in front of the hotel for their guests. It takes about 30 min to walk into the center of Tromso from here, or you can rent a bicycle at the hotel and getting into town only takes a few minutes.

The Tromso Museum is in within walking distance. The rooms are spacious and have a beautiful view of the sea, beach, and fjords and mountains surrounding Tromso. There are no restaurants close to the hotel, but a big supermarket.
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4.Bed & Waffles
If you want to stay at a homestay, Bed & Waffles is the perfect place! All rooms have a shared bathroom, as well as a shared living room, and some rooms have a kitchenette and, of course, a waffle maker. And the beds are super comfy!

The cozy and charming house is located right above Downtown Tromso, a 5-8 min walk up a hill from the city center. You can borrow spikes from the owner, however, if it`s icy, or you can just take the bus that stops around the corner. You can easily catch the bus no 40 to/from Bed & Waffles to the Airport. You get delicious Norwegian waffles for breakfast, yay! 🙂 The view of the city is stunning!
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Where To Stay In Tromsdalen (mainland)

Tromsdalen on the mainland is only a 15 min walk over the bridge from downtown Tromso. It is a nice and quieter area to stay in, with mainly private homes. Tromsdalen also houses Tromso’s most famous landmark – The Arctic Cathedral, the Cable Car up to Floya Mountain, a few restaurants (like Alegro Pizza), a shopping mall (Pyramiden) and Tromso Alpine Center.


Tromso Camping
Tromso Camping is a good value for your money. Here you can stay in cozy modern cottages all with beds, a seating area, and TV. The cabins have either shared or private bathroom. They all have a small patio and som has a kitchen. There is also a kitchen in the main building that everyone can use. Free parking and WIFI. You get access to a sauna and a bar, and there is a football field right by the camping.

This place is beautifully located in Tromsdalen (mainland) by the Tromsdal River, a five-minute drive from downtown of Tromso. From here you can easily step out for a hike or walk in the beautiful nature or hike up to Floya or Tromsdalstinden mountain. Kroken Alpine Center is also close by.

There are no restaurants nearby, but the bus stop is a 10 min walk away and there is a supermarket 20 min walk from Tromso Camping. It is close to the Arctic Cathedral. Tromso Camping is located in a quiet area and it`s the perfect place to watch the Northern Lights.
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Where To Stay Outside Tromso City

Kvaloya (Whale Island)

Kvaloya, where I`m from, is a big and beautiful island located just next to Tromsoya (downtown Tromso). It is connected to Tromsoya by a bridge, which is located just next to the airport. It takes about 10 min to drive from downtown Tromso to Kvaloya, and you can easily take the bus there.

Kvaloya is the perfect place for explorers and adventurers to connect with nature and go hiking, skiing, fishing, Northern lights watching, dog sledding, whale watching, kayaking and snowshoeing. Kvaloya has some of the best mountains in Tromso for hiking, climbing, and off-piste skiing, with the area Kattfjordeidet as my favorite and the place with most spectacular mountains.

Kvaloya is also the best area to watch the Northern Lights with Kattfjordeidet and Ersfjord being my favorite places, as there are few artificial lights there.

1. Farmstay at Yggdrasiltunet Gårdshotell
This beautiful accommodation is located on a farm on Bakkejord on Kvaloya, one hour drive from downtown Tromso, run by the super friendly couple Eivind and Maria. It is surrounded by sea, fjord, and mountains. It is a great place for hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, and Northern Lights watching.

You can enjoy real Norweigan outdoor jacuzzi, a sauna, go for a boat trip on the fjord with the owner Eivind, or rent ski here.

A delicious breakfast is included in the price, and you can have dinner (delicious home-cooked Norwegian dinner made by the owner Maria) here. There are free WIFI and parking on site.

You stay in cozy cabins, where some have a private bathroom and some shared bathroom. You can use the shared kitchen and lounge with a stunning view over the fjord. And if you like animals, you can help out feeding the chickens, or say hello to the goats, sheep, and horses, or play with the dogs, cats, and rabbits.

This is pretty remote so expect to have complete silence when you sleep and wake up, the only thing you can hear is the ocean and the animals of the farm.
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2. Fjordstay At Ersfjordbotn Brygge

Northern Lights Ersfjord
Northern Lights in Ersfjord

Located in the beautiful fjord Ersfjord on Kvaloya (a 30 min drive from downtown Tromso), Ersfjordbotn Brygge is a great place to stay if you want to get out of town, see the Northern Lights, have some peace and quiet and be in one with nature. It is a brand new place located right by the fjord with spectacular views of Ersfjord and its surrounding mountains.

All apartments have a private bathroom, and a sitting and/or dining area and a kitchen. The apartments are quite big and all have a balcony with amazing views over the fjord. There is free WI-FI in all units and parking on site.

Ersfjordbotn Brygge offer a transport service to the airport, city center, and supermarket, or you can take the bus out here, but having a rental car is more convenient. You have to bring your own food but the kitchen is well equipped and on your way out to Ersfjord you pass the best supermarket in Tromso – Eide Handel where you will find all the food you need and did not know that you needed. 🙂 The supermarkets are, however, closed on Sundays in Norway.

Ersfjord is one of the most popular and most beautiful fjords around Tromso and is a trendy area for Northern Lights photography. Ersfjord also has a famous and popular cafe, Bryggejentene, which is open every day except Sundays.

Ersfjord is also an excellent place for hiking, skiing and snowshoeing, and you can hike several mountains like the Nattmålstiden/Klokka Ti mountain and Buren from here.
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3. Glamping At Camp North Tour
If you are looking for a unique and special accommodation, the Camp North Tour on Kvaloya (Whale Island) offers camping where you sleep in big comfortable tents that are heated. The accommodation has shared heated bathrooms.

Camp North Tour is the perfect place for some peace and quiet, be in one with nature and for watching the Northern Lights! You are really out in the wild here. Breakfast and dinner are included in your stay. You also get free WIFI and free parking (a 1-hour drive from downtown Tromso). They also provide a pick-up service from the airport or downtown Tromso. Camp North is located in an area excellent for hiking, skiing, dog sledding, and snowshoe walking.
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Sommaroy (Summer Island)

Outside of Kvaloya is a small island called Sommaroy (Summer Island). It is connected to Kvaloya by a bridge and is a 1-hour drive from downtown Tromso.

Ornfloya Tromso
Me and our dog Frost hiking Ornfloya. Great view of Sommaroy Island
Sommaroy Island
Sommaroy Island

Sommaroy is a small fishing community with houses, cabins, a church, a school, a kindergarten, and a nice hotel – the Sommaroy Arctic Hotel.

Sommaroy is my favorite place to visit when I want to get out of the city and feel the sea air in my hair, especially during summertime, as it has some beautiful beaches and stunning views of the sea and the Senja Island. Sommaroy is excellent for a picnic and tent trip, as well as watching the Midnight Sun and hiking as there are several outstanding hiking options in the area.

Stop at the excellent shop Eide Handel on your way out to Sommaroy, and buy some of their delicious and famous sausages “Eidepølsa” and have a barbecue on Sommaroy.

Sommaroy Arctic Hotel

Sommaroy Arctic Hotel
Sommaroy Arctic Hotel

Sommaroy Arctic Hotel is the perfect place to stay if you want to have a modern and comfortable stay with the service of a hotel, and at the same time have peace and be in one with nature. Sommaroy Arctic Hotel is located on the beautiful and small island Sommaroy just outside of Kvaloya (a 1-hour drive from downtown Tromso).

This hotel offers both standard hotel rooms, apartments, and cabins (Rorbue) right by the sea and beach. The cabins have several bedrooms and can house a big family or group of friends.

Part of the hotel is newly refurbished and has excellent views of the sea. All rooms and apartments have a private bathroom.

The hotel has a restaurant where you can have delicious breakfast lunch and dinner, and you can enjoy a wood-fired sauna and an outdoor hot tub where you can enjoy the Northern Lights (if you are lucky) or the Midnight Sun in the summertime.

You can book many activities at the hotel, like a fjord boat trip, whale safari, and kayak trip. The hotel is perfect as a base for outdoor activities like hiking, and you can hike both Ørnfløya and Hillesøy Mountain from here.

The hotel is popular for conferences and workshops, and I have stayed here several times with my work at the Univesity of Tromso.
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Senja Island

Another popular area to visit and stay at close to Tromso is Senja Island (a 3-hour drive from Tromso). Senja is a beautiful island with stunning nature, beaches, fjords, and mountains. It is the perfect place to see the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun.

You can drive there either by the road inland or out to Sommaroy and take the ferry over to Senja (Botnhamn) from Brensholmen. The ferry runs from 30. April till 30. August. You can find the driving route from Tromso Center to Senja Island here (Google Maps).

Hamn i Senja
The drive from downtown Tromso to the hotel Hamn i Senja takes about 3 hours and is breathtaking! You drive through a beautiful landscape of fjords, mountains, and islands.

Hamn i Senja is my favorite place to stay on Senja. The property is stunning, modern and well maintained, and offers apartments (with two or three bedrooms) and rooms (double, twin or triple room), with great views over the sea and fjord. All rooms have a private bathroom.

You get free WIFI and free parking. They also have a great restaurant and bar, as well as a nice gift shop. This hotel is excellent for outdoor activities, like hiking, fishing, skiing, kayaking and snowshoeing, and you can rent a bicycle at the hotel and explore Senja Island yourself. The hotel arranges many different tours for their guests.
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The Lyngen Alps

Lyngen with its peaky mountains that go straight down into the fjord is a breathtaking area north of Tromso, about an hour and a half from Tromso with car and ferry. Lyngen is excellent for hiking, ice climbing, glacier trekking, skiing, kayaking, fishing, and mountain or road biking. We drive through the Lyngen Alps on our way to our family cabin in Kvaenangen, and I just love this Arctic and alpine landscape.

Lyngen Alps
The ferry trip from Tromso to the Lyngen Alps

To get to The Lyngen Alps, you must drive from Tromso to Breivikeidet (a 1-hour car ride). Take the ferry from Breivikeidet to Svendsby in Lyngen (the ferry trip takes 20 min). To take the ferry is well worth the trip in itself as it is a beautiful ferry trip across a fjord with a fantastic view of the Lyngen Alps with its breathtaking mountain and fjord landscape.

From Svendsby you can drive through Lyngen to Lyngseidet, and take another ferry from Lyngseidet to Olderdalen. From Olderdalen you can drive back to Tromso, the drive from Olderdalen back to Tromso City takes about 2,5 hours (without taking any ferries).

You can find the full driving route Tromso City – Breivikeidet – Lyngseidet – Olderdalen – Tromso City (about 5 hours in total), including the two ferries, here (Google Maps).

1. Magic Mountain Lodge
The Magic Mountain Lodge is located in Lyngseidet, the center of Lyngen Alps. It has a restaurant and a bar, and you can order a packed lunch to bring with you on hikes. Lyngseidet is the perfect base for skiing, hiking, climbing and biking trips in the Lyngen Alps area. The fjord view from the rooms is breathtaking!

They have a shared kitchen and chill out area, a sauna, and there is a supermarket in the area. Since there is not much artificial lighting, this is the perfect place to watch the Northern Lights. The Magic Moutan Lodge is run by the friend and welcoming couple Henrika and Patrik.
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2. Fjord Stay At Lodge Koppangen Brygger

The new and modern Koppangen Brygger is located right by the fjord and seaside and is a 20-minutes drive from the Lyngseidet town center. Here you will stay in comfortable and modern rooms with amazing views of the fjord and mountains of Lyngen Alps and it is the perfect place to view the Northern Lights.

You can choose between apartments (2, 3 or 4 bedrooms) perfect for families or a group of friends, or double rooms. Each room/ apartment has free WIFI, private bathroom with a shower, a TV and a patio where you can sit outside and enjoy the spectacular views. You get access to a full kitchen including a dishwasher and a microwave. Koppangen Brygger also has a hot tub that you can use for free as much as you want, as well as barbecue facilities, meeting rooms, ski storage, and ski equipment hire. You get free parking.

You can hardly stay any closer to nature than at Koppangen Brygger and this is the perfect place to stay if you want to go fishing, skiing and mountain hiking or biking.
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3. Solhov
Solhov is, like Magic Mountain Lodge, located at Lyngseidet, the center of Lyngen Alps with shops and a gas station. Lyngseidet is also where the ferry leaves for Olderdalen.

Solhov Hotel used to be a school but is now a lovely accommodation with rooms, shared kitchen, free WIFI, and free parking.

It is beautifully located right by the sea with a private beach. It also has a restaurant and an outdoor hot tub right by the sea where you can sit and enjoy the stunning fjord view. Solhov is a perfect base for skiing trips, hiking or kayaking, as well as Northern Lights watching or enjoying the Midnight Sun.
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4. Glass Domes At Lyngen North
At Lyngen North you will spend the night in a glass igloo perfect for watching the Northen Lights! It is beautifully located by the fjord with amazing views of the sea and mountains of Lyngen Alps.

The modern and comfortable glass domes are like small houses with comfortable beds and a well-furnished seating area with a TV and satellite channels. There is a full kitchen with a dishwasher and a refrigerator. You get a private bathroom with everything you need including a shower.

You also get access to a beautiful garden with barbecue facilities and a lovely terrace where you can sit and enjoy something to drink while enjoying the spectacular fjord and mountain view. This area is great for hiking and skiing, and you can easily walk to a coastal fort from the World War 2.
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5. Farmstay At Solheim Fritidsgård
If you love animals and nature and have always dreamt of staying at a farm, then Solheim Fritidsgård is the place to stay at! It is located on Svendsby, close to where the ferry from Breivikeidet arrives and is beautifully located by the sea and in between mountains.

The units have a fully-equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, dining area, and a terrace. The owners of the farm can organize a dog sledding trip or a snowmobile trip for you. You can also say hi to the cows or take the dog for a walk, or try some fresh cow milk.
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Unique Specialty Lodgings/ Tours

Tromso Ice Domes

Spending a night at the amazing Tromso Ice Domes Hotel will for sure be a night to remember! This is probably the most unique Arctic accommodation ever! The entire hotel is made of ice, even the bar, hotel rooms, and restaurant. How cool is that?! 🙂

Included in this overnight stay, is the transport from and back to Tromso (a 75 beautiful drive each way through a mountain and fjord landscape), a guide for your entire stay, a guided snowshoeing/ Northern Lights trip in the evening, dinner cooked on an open fire, a non-alcoholic drink in the super cool ice bar, breakfast the next morning, and all the warm clothes and equipment that will make this a comfortable and fun experience.

You get picked up at Clarion Hotel The Edge in downtown Tromso at 17:00 in the afternoon and will arrive at the Ice Domes Hotel at 18:30 where you will be greeted by your personal guide that will help you through your entire stay. At night you will be sleeping on a real, normal, and comfortable mattress (not of ice or snow) covered in reindeer skin. So warm and comfortable! So don´t worry, you will not freeze to death during the night! It is actually quite warm inside the ice rooms.

The next morning, after a warm and comfortable night, you will be served a delicious breakfast at 08:00. You can then go for a walk in beautiful surroundings of mountains, and if you want you can join a dog sledding, snowmobile, or reindeer sledding/ feeding tour. If you don´t want to do any tours, however, you can head back to Tromso with the bus at 09:00 a.m. This is a unique and memorable winter wonderland adventure that you will never forget!
Click here for information and the latest prices on an overnight stay at Tromso Ice Domes Hotel

Overnight Sailboat Tour

Why not combine a tour out on the sea and fjords around Tromso with an overnight stay onboard? You stay and sleep onboard a luxurious and comfortable catamaran sailing boat with comfortable warm beds, kitchen, and bathroom, and all food is included.

You have good chances of seeing the Northern Lights as well if you do this trip during the Northern Lights season (September – April) as you get the whole night to see the Northern Lights. During the summer (May-August) you get to enjoy the Midnight Sun.

You get dinner, breakfast, and lunch onboard, as well as hot drinks and snacks. If the weather is ok and you want, you can even fish your own lunch or dinner! The chances are high of seeing some Arctic wildlife like eagles, whales, and seals. A great opportunity to get a four-in-one-package of both fjord cruise, wildlife, Northern Lights, and an overnight stay!
Click here for information and the latest prices on the Overnight Northern Lights Sailing Tour

Overnight Northern Lights Snowshoeing Cabin Tour

If you want to see the mountain landscape of Tromso and have a unique experience and mountain adventure, then a snowshoeing trip with Northern Lights to a mountain cabin is perfect! The adventure starts at 18:00 (6 pm) when you get picked up at Clarion Hotel The Edge, and your guide drives you to where the snowshoeing trip starts (a 30 minutes drive).

Then you walk along a path for 1,3 km (about a 20 min easy walk) to a cozy cabin. Here you will be served a delicious hot traditional Norwegian dinner (bacalao, tea/coffee, and dessert).

You spend the night at this warm, comfortable and cozy cabin, where you get the whole night to see the Northern Lights from either outside or inside the cabin. The cabin has two shared dormitory rooms, one with 4 beds and one with 6 beds, with the beds being arranged in alcoves of 2.

The next morning you will be served delicious breakfast and go on a snowshoeing hike in daylight where you will have a spectacular view of mountains and fjords. You are back in downtown Tromso at approximately 11:30.
Click here for information and the latest prices on the Overnight Northern Lights Snowshoeing Tour

Whale Watching & Northern Lights Fjord Cruise 2-5 Days

Whales and Northern Lights, can it be more perfect? On this trip, you go on a fjord cruise north of Tromso to Skjervoy, the Lyngen Alps, and even as far as Kvaenangen, where the whales are. Here you get away from the street lights of Tromso city and get to fully enjoy the spectacular view of mountains and fjords surrounded by amazing Northern Lights.

We have a family cabin in Kvaenangen, and the landscape in this area is awesome with steep arctic mountains, waterfalls, beautiful falls, glaciers, and plenty of whales and Northern Lights. I highly recommend that you do a fjord trip to this area, at least on a day trip if you don´t want to or have the time to spend the night.  You will see animals like White-tailed Eagles, Humpbacks Whales, and Orcas from the ship. Depending on the weather, you will visit beautiful places like Reinfjord, Spildra, Skorpa, Jøkelfjorden or Valanhamn.

You can choose the number of days that is suitable for you and your itinerary:

Overnight Dogsledding Tour

I love dog sledding! The feeling of silently gliding through the stunning landscape of mountains and fjords that surrounds Tromso, pulled by huskies, is a fantastic experience! I highly recommend that you go on a dogsledding trip when you are in Tromso as it is great fun! You can, of course, do it as a day trip or an evening Northern Lights tour, but you will have an even more adventurous wildlife experience if you do it as a 2-day trip. Transportation, all food and drinks, as well as the overnight stay is included.

And if you want to fully learn the skill of mushing and dog sledding, then the ultimate tour is this 6 days/ 5 nights dog sledding tour through Northern Norway.

Overnight Fjord Kayaking Tour

A big part of Tromso is the sea and islands as Tromso city consists of several big and small islands. To truly experience this city by the sea, you should head out to the fjords and experience the landscape and wildlife at sea. Kayaking is a great way of seeing the fjord and island landscape of Tromso and has become extremely popular among both tourists and the locals.

You can, of course, go on a Kayaking day trip, but it is even more fun and awarding to also spend the night at a remote island. You can choose a two or three-day tour where you get to experience the islands north of Tromso city, to the nature reserves island called Rebbenesøya.

You will sleep in a comfortable and warm Yurt (a portable, round tent covered with skins or felt) on a remote island with no roads. If you are lucky, you can even sleep under the Northern Lights. During the kayaking trip, you will see Arctic sea animals like white-tailed eagles, otters, seals – even dolphins pass the camp from time to time.

Although Tromso is a relatively small city, it has a lot of accommodation options to choose from, everything from hotels and hostels to private homes, apartments, glass domes, ice domes, tents, Norwegian rorbue or cabins.

People that visit Tromso also tend to want to see the surroundings of Tromso and get out into the arctic nature to see the Northern Lights or the Midnight Sun. It can be nice to spend a night or two in the outer and more remote parts of Tromso like Kvaloya, Sommaroy, Senja or Lyngen. I, therefore, think it`s best to rent a car, although there are bus and boat options as well.

There is plenty to see and do in Tromso City itself, so if you only have a couple of days or a weekend in Tromso, you should choose accommodation in the downtown of Tromso. You will have more than enough activities to choose from by staying in Tromso city itself.

Since it`s pretty cold in Tromso year round, you should pack a little differently than on your usual city trip to a city in further south Europe.

Hopefully, you now know a little bit more about Tromso, it’s areas and surroundings, and what accommodations Tromso has to offer, and it has become easier for you to decide where to stay in Tromso. Good luck and have a wonderful stay in the capital of Northern Norway Tromso – The Paris Of The North and The Gateway To The Arctic! 🙂

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Written by Maria Wulff Hauglann

Maria is a Norwegian travel nerd who has explored more than thirty countries on four continents. She holds a master's degree in Computer Science, as well as an MBA. In 2014 while on a year-long trip across South East- Asia, Maria co-founded the travel blog Nerd Nomads to help others get out and explore the world. In 2018 she left her day job permanently for a life of full-time travel. See our about page for more about Maria.


  1. Hi Maria

    It was a wonderful blog .. Every picture you have posted in your blog that Tells a story.
    Looking forward to read your other wonderful travel experience.
    Travel blogger from India

    • Hi Ruma Dey,

      Awww, thank you soooo much! Really appreciate it! Thanks for commenting!

      Happy travels and blogging! 🙂


  2. Hello Maria,

    Just found out your blog about Tromso. Enjoyed all those tips where to stay in Tromso.
    Will be visiting Tromso in March 2019.
    Now i have a clear idea where to stay.
    Thank you so much.

    • Hi Franklin,

      Thank you so much for your nice comment! Great to hear that you will be visiting Tromso in March! March is the perfect time to visit Tromso, the sun is back and warming, there is still Northern Lights, and the skiing conditions are great. March is actually my favorite month in Tromso.

      Have a great trip to Tromso in March! Crossing my fingers that you will see the Northern Lights! 🙂


  3. Hi Maria, this is my second message to you( first one was unanswered) . I shall be in tromso from 7th November to 14th November and have already booked an airbnb accommodation in the heart of tromso city. I want to travel to kvaloya, sommaroy and lyngen alps by bus as we will not be renting a car. Could you pls help me with the details of the available bus services and their links to book the ticket? Also would like to know if I would be able to do a round trip to these destinations from tromso in a same day or will I have to book an accommodation over there?
    Please help me with these queries as am really confused. Thanks a lot in advance

    • Hi Meenal,

      Great to hear that you will be visiting Tromso at the beginning of November! Then the Northern Lights season has started, so there is a good chance you will get to see the Northern Lights. So sorry for my late replay, I got infected by a tropical virus in Bangkok in July, the Chikungunya, so I have been really sick. Will try to answer your questions as best I can. 🙂

      1. Bus services and links to book the ticket in Troms District

      You should download the free mobile app called “Troms Reise”. There you can easily find routes, bus stops and when the bus departs (also in real time, if the bus is delayed it will show up in the app).

      You can also find routes on this webpage: (press the tab Travel Planner and you can search “From” and “To” a place)

      As for booking bus tickets, there is a great free mobile app called “Troms Mobillett” (just search for it in App Store or Google Play) where you can buy tickets for all buses in the whole area of Troms District, as well as all ferries and speedboats (Hurtigbaat). A bus ticket for the city buses in Tromso only cost NOK 29,60 (adult) with this app, while a child is NOK 19. Buying tickets onboard the bus actually cost 50% more! You can also buy bus tickets on all kiosks in Tromso center.

      2. Kvaloya

      To get to Kvaloya you should take bus route no. 42. The bus 42 leaves from the bus stop S4 in the downtown of Tromso (the street Sjogata), every 20 minutes or so.

      You can do a bus trip to Kvaloya as a day-trip. The round-trip bus 42 to Kvaloya takes about 1 hour from downtown Tromso (bus stop S4) to the end bus stop Eidkjosen on Kvaloya and back to downtown Tromso.

      To check departure times for bus no. 42: In the Travel Planner, type “FROM: S4” and choose the first option “Sjøgata S4 (Tromsø)”, “TO: Eidkjosen” and choose the first option “Eidkjosen (Tromsø)”. Fill in the date you want to go, the approximate time, and press “Search”.

      If you want to do some hiking on Kvaloya, I recommend that you take bus no. 42 to the bus stop “Storelv Snuplass” on Kvaloya and go hiking on Rodtind. It is a nice and easy hike with great views of the fjords around Tromso.

      3. Sommaroy

      Take bus no. 420 from the Bus Station, also called “Prostneset”, in the downtown of Tromso (right outside the Tourist Information).

      In the Travel Planner, type in: “From: Prostneset” and choose the first option “Prostneset (Tromsø)”, “To: Sommaroy” and choose the first option “Sommarøy (Tromsø)”, enter a date and approximate time you want to go, and press Search.

      The bus trip from downtown Tromso (the Bus Station Prostneset) to Sommaroy takes about 1,5 – 2 hours one way. So the bus round-trip to Sommaroy takes about four hours. If you take the bus no. 420 in the morning, it should be no problem visiting Sommaroy on a day-trip.

      If you want to stay the night on Sommaroy, however, there is an excellent hotel on Sommaroy – The Sommaroy Arctic Hotel which I really recommend! We have stayed there several times and it has always been wonderful. They serve delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Check the latest prices and book it HERE

      4. Lyngen Alps

      To find buses to Lyngen: In the Travel Planner, type: “FROM: Prostneset” and choose the first option “Prostneset (Tromsø)”, “TO: Lyngseidet” and choose the first option “Lyngseidet ferjekai (Lyngen)”. Fill in the date and approximately time, and press Search.

      The bus route no. 150 goes directly from the Bus Station Prostneset to Lyngen, but it does not run that often each day so you will have to check the departure times. You can also take bus route no. 100, and change to bus route no. 460 at bus stop “Nordkjosbotn”. Just search in the Travel Planner and you will find the departure times.

      The bus trip takes about 1,5 hours one way with the direct bus no. 150.

      It is possible to do a day-trip to Lyngen on weekdays (Monday – Friday) if you take an early bus from Tromso. You can, for instance, take the 06:10 departure from “Prostneset (Tromsø)” (bus no. 100, change to bus no. 460 at Nordkjosbotn) on weekdays. There are no morning buses from Tromso to Lyngen Saturdays and Sundays, so on the weekends it is impossible to do Lyngen as a day-trip and you will have to book an accommodation in Lyngen.

      But you have to check the Travel Planner what time the bus heads back from “Lyngseidet ferjekai” to “Prostneset (Tromsø)”. It looks like the last bus back from Lyngseidet (bus no. 150) leaves from “Lyngseidet ferjekai” at 15:45 on weekdays and Saturdays, while the last bus leaves at 19:15 on Sundays.

      If you want to stay a night or more in Lyngen, there are some great places to stay:

      If you want a guided tour in Lyngen, AscentDescent offers different tours. Lyngen is great for mountain hiking, ice climbing, glacier trekking, skiing, kayaking, fishing, and biking.

      Have an awesome trip to Tromso in November! Crossing my fingers that you get to see the Northern Lights! 🙂

      Kind regards,

  4. Hi Maria, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out accommodation in Tromso, but with no luck. Your blog is really helpful. Thank you!

    • Thank you so much, Bharati! Glad to hear that our post could be of help to you when planning your Tromso trip.

      Have a fantastic trip to Tromso!


  5. Hi Maria
    Thanks for such a excellent article. We are planning a trip to Tromso for northern light in March 2019. May we seek your kind advise the best base for northern lights please? We are keen to stay in the glass igloo you recommended in Lyngen North. This is a good area for northern light? Thanks in advance. We will be renting a car from Tromso airport.

    • Hi Ann,

      Thank you so much! Great to hear that you are visiting Tromsø in March! March is a great month to visit Tromsø as the sun is back so you get warm light days. It is still dark during the evenings and nights so you get to see some excellent Northern Lights.

      If the sky is clear (no clouds) and there are Northern Lights, you will be able to see it from basically anywhere in Tromsø and its surrounding area. But the Northern Lights is more intense and stronger if you get away from the city with the lights from houses, streetlamps and so.

      Kvaloya and Lyngen are both great areas to stay in to see the Northern Lights better as it is completely dark with few artificial light sources. Lyngen North with its beautiful glass igloos is an excellent choice. Then you can lay in your warm comfortable bed all night long watching the Northern Lights dancing above your head. 🙂 Senja Island and Sommaroy Island are also good areas to stay in to see the Northern Lights.

      Have a great trip to Tromso and Lyngen in March! Crossing my fingers that you will see plenty of Northern Lights!


    • Thank you so much, Levia! Glad to hear that you like Tromso! I totally agree, of course. 🙂 Tromso is a fantastic place with so much to do both winter and summer.

      Happy travels! 🙂


      • Maria, We plan to visit Bergen, Tromso and Oslo in January and are very interested in dog sledding. Do you think it best that we book a self-guided tour or would it be best and more economical to go on our own where make all of our own decisions? Thanks.

        • Hi Steven,

          Yay! Great to hear that you are visiting Norway and Tromso in January! You should definitely book a dog sledding tour, it is great fun and you will love the cute, sweet, and furry huskies.

          To do dog sledding you will have to book a guided tour. No husky owners/ camps will allow you to just rent their dogs and go by your self on your own into the wilderness. That would be too dangerous both for you and the dogs.

          On the dog sledding tour, you will be handling and driving the dog sled yourself. You will be two people on each sled, one passenger that sits in the sled and one driver/ musher. Then you will switch (if you want) along the way. There will be a professional English speaking musher guide driving in front of you who looks after you and help you along the way if something happends (like if you fall off the sled). You get to borrow warm and comfortable winter boots and insulated suits.

          I recommend that you do one of these two dog sledding tours listed below. One is during the day-time when there is a little bit of lightning (although there is no sun in Tromso in January as it is below the horizon) and the other one is in the evening where you will have the chance of seeing the spectacular Northern Lights:

          Day dog sledding tour 09:45 – 16:00 (6 hours, including transport from/ to your hotel and the husky camp, and warm lunch)

          Evening dog sledding tour 18:15 – 22:00 (4 hours, including transport from/ to your hotel and the husky camp, and warm dinner)

          Have a fantastic trip to Norway and enjoy the dog sledding!


      • Hello Maria,

        I am planning to visit Norway in start of February on my anniversary,reading you article has made me more excited.My objective to visit Norway is to see the northern lights, I am planning to visit on 1st Feb.I am planning to stay at Farmstay at Yggdrasiltunet Gårdshotell which is actual run by you.
        Please let me know what adventure we can do staying there and can you arrange that for us.
        Can we get a airport pickup and drop.
        Wanted to talk to you in person so please reply back on my email.

        • Hi Ankit,

          Awesome that you are going to Norway and Tromso in February! Sorry, the Yggdrasiltunet Gårdshotell is not owned and run by me, but another Maria. Maria is a quite popular and common name in Norway so you will find a lot of Marias there. 🙂

          You should contact Yggdrasiltunet and ask about airport pick-up and tours. You can book your stay and contact them here (

          Have a fantastic trip to Tromso in February! Crossing my fingers that you will see plenty of Northern Lights!


  6. Hi Maria,
    We are planning a visit to Tromso in last week of January 2020. Your blog was extremely helpful and gave us a good idea to book accommodation. Considering staying at the Clarion hotel in Tromso with one night at either the Ersfjordbotn Brygge or Camp North Tour. Especially interested in Northern lights and hoping for some good weather and clear skies.

    • Hi Abhijit,

      Thank you so much! Awesome that you are visiting Tromso at the end of January! It is the perfect time to see the Northern Lights, the sun has just returned (21st of January) but it is still dark outside most of the day so great conditions for spotting the Aurora.

      Clarion Hotel is a great choice, the hotel has an excellent location right in the middle of downtown and is a modern and comfortable hotel.

      The Camp North Tour is a unique and amazing place to stay where you will be sleeping in warm and cozy luxury tents. You will have a fantastic opportunity to see the Northern Lights at the Camp North Tour as there are very little lights (houses, street lights and so) in the area so you can easily see the Aurora and it will appear stronger there than in Tromso city.

      Ersfjordbotn Brygge is also a great place to stay, but a more common and normal kind of place as you will be staying in a modern apartment with a kitchen and bathroom. The view from Ersfjordbotn Brygge is, however, spectacular as you will be staying right by the fjord and sea.

      Crossing my fingers that you will see plenty of Northern Lights!


    • Hi Pim,

      Awesome that you are going to Tromso this May!! I’m afraid that the Northern Lights season is over by then but Tromso is fantastic in May and you will have plenty to see and do.

      May is springtime here in Tromso, and the sun is up almost all around the clock (although the Midnight Sun season officially starts on the 20th of May). The temperatures are mild and the snow is mostly melted in the city. The mountains are, however, still covered in white snow, making it a beautiful sight with the white in contrast to the green trees and grass in the lowland. It is my favorite time of the year in Tromso.

      May is when nature and wild animals and birds awaken after the long and dark winter. It is the perfect time to head out to sea and join a boat tour or a kayaking tour.

      May is also a great time to go hiking and here you will find my 7 favorite hikes in Tromso with amazing views.

      Check out my list of recommended things to do in Tromso here – both the chapter “all year round” and “summer” will be suitable in May.

      Have a fantastic trip to Tromso in May!


  7. Hi Maria,

    Thank you for such a helpful article!

    My hubs and I be visiting Tromso end Feb 2020 and super duper hoping to catch the Lights! It’s my bucket list ???? Will be in Tromso only for 5 days and I am torn deciding between

    A) staying downtown and book a chasing tour ( but a tour doesn’t guarantee the Lights, obviously) or

    B) staying away from the city centre, rent a car and go chase the Lights ourselves with fingers crossed that we’d go to the right spots

    What would you recommend?


    • Hi Randi,

      Thank you so much! Awesome that you are visiting Tromso at the end of February!

      If the weather is good, with a clear sky, you will have no problem going out on your own and try to find some Northern Lights. If the conditions are perfect (no clouds and strong solar wind), you can see the Northern Lights in downtown Tromso, even from your hotel window. You don’t have to head out of the city at all. 🙂

      But if the weather is not that good, with clouds and if worst case there is rain or snow, joining a Northern Lights Tour is your best shot at seeing the Northern Lights. As you will then have a professional Northern Lights guide that will be able to interpret the weather forecast and Northern Lights forecast all over Northern Norway, Northern Finland, and Northern Sweden. The guide will then take you to the area with the best chances of seeing the Northern Lights. But, of course, there is no guarantee.

      But since it is too early now to see what the weather will be like at the end of February, one option for you could be to book a Northern Lights Tour at Get Your Guide. For instance, this bus tour that we recommend. Get Your Guide has free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts. That goes for all their activities. That way you can book the Northern Lights tour now, and wait and see until you get to Tromso (or a few days before) how the weather will be like. And if it looks like perfect conditions, you can just cancel the tour and try to find the Northern Lights on your own to save some money.

      Have you thought about doing a special kind of Northern Lights Tour? Not a regular bus tour, but one where you get a special experience no matter if the Northern Lights show up or not? One option for you could be to book a “special” kind of Northern Lights Tour that will be a unique experience even if you don’t get to see the Northern Lights:
      – Dog sledding tour
      – Reindeer sledding tour
      – Sailing/ boat tour
      – Snowshoeing hiking tour
      – Snowmobile tour
      Stay overnight at Tromso Ice Domes

      You can read more about these tours and my recommended places for seeing the Northern Lights on your own here.

      The best place to check the weather forecast for Norway is at (or download their free app).

      You can see what the weather is like in Tromso right now at this live camera.

      Have a fantastic trip to Tromso in February! Crossing my fingers that you will see plenty of Northern Lights! We have plenty of snow here in Tromso at the moment. It has been snowing like crazy the whole of January and so sadly hardly any Northern Lights in January due to the clouds. I hope the weather will improve in February.


  8. Hi, this blog was so helpful, I was so confused where to stay until this!
    Can I ask, in your opinion, what is the likelihood of seeing the lights in December? I am planning to be there around 20th. I will do 3 or 4 nights, and maybe I could stay in the town area for 2 and then out on whale island for the other?

    Many thanks

    • Hi Rae,

      Thank you so much!

      December is a good month to seeing the Northern Lights, as the sun is under the horizon (from mid-November until mid-January), so it is dark both day and night. But you have to get lucky with the weather to see it. It also has to be solar winds (solar particles create the Northern Lights), and of course, it has to be a clear sky.

      You can check the aurora forecast HERE (Norwegian Center For Space Weather) and the weather forecast HERE (

      The 24th of December is Christmas Eve here in Norway, so shops close early that day. The shops, museums, many restaurants and cafes, and many tour operators are closed on the 25th of December, and many are also closed on the 26th.

      It sounds like a great idea to spend some nights in the city and stay out on Kvaloya for one night.

      Have a fantastic trip to Tromso in December! I hope you get to see plenty of Northern Lights!


  9. Hi Maria,
    Thanks a lot for taking the time to write down all this information, it is a great guide indeed!
    I have just booked a trip for December 4th to Tromso and I am hoping we are lucky enough to get to see the northern light!!!
    I am really interested in the Overnight Northern Lights Snowshoeing Tour. Based on your description it is exactly what I am looking for, however I don’t think its available anymore because when I click on the link below the description the tour isn’t there.
    Do you know the name of the tour agency so I can contact them directly and ask if they are still offering that one or could you please recommend a similar one with the overnight stay at cabin.

    Once again thanks a lot !

    • Hi Marlene,

      Thank you so much! So happy to hear that you like our Tromso guide! 🙂

      Awesome that you’re visiting Tromso at the beginning of December! Sadly, it seems like the tour company Polar Cabin has stopped doing it’s “Overnight Northern Lights Snowshoeing Tour”, at least for now. Hopefully, they will start doing this tour again when the pandemic is over and the tourists are back.

      An alternative could be this snowshoeing evening hike where you stay at Tromso Ice Domes. On this tour, you go on an evening snowshoeing hike in the wonderful valley Tamokdalen where you (hopefully) get to see the Northern Lights. The valley Tamokdalen is located outside of Tromso city so you will have a much better chance of seeing the Northern Lights as there are no lights from buildings or streetlights. You spend the night in an ice dome on comfortable and warm reindeer skin. Breakfast and lunch are included. But it seems that they won’t build the snow hotel until the end of December, so it is sadly not open at the beginning of December when you are visiting Tromso.

      The same tour company that did the overnight snowshoe trip does, however, have a snowshoe day trip if that is of your interest? You can find the snowshoeing day trip here.

      Two other great snowshoeing day trips are:
      Snowshoeing excursion on Kvaloya Island from Tromso (I live on Kvaloya Island and often go snowshoe hiking in this area, it is a beautiful landscape and fantastic hiking area!)
      Arctic snowshoeing excursion in Tromso (this is run by Tromso Wilderness Center and here you also get to go snowshoeing on Kvaloya Island)

      There is an overnight whale trip from Tromso where you get to sleep in a warm and comfortable cabin with a glass roof where you can see the Northern Lights while laying in your bed. You also go on a whale safari on this tour if that sounds interesting. You can find that .

      Have a wonderful trip to Tromso in December! Crossing my fingers that you will have nice weather with a clear sky so that you get to see the Northern Lights! The Northern Lights are dancing outside my windows here in Tromso right no actually. 🙂 Such a spectacular sight!

      All the best,


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