Surrounded by towering mountains, Tromsø is nicknamed the 'Paris of the North'. This remarkably cosmopolitan city in the Arctic has a fascinating history. It has been the starting point for numerous polar expeditions, it served briefly as Norway's seat of government in 1940, and has been a destination for timber transport from Russian rivers. Today Tromsø is a small yet vibrant metropolis with a rich cultural life. It is also the center of research and education in the north.
Our tour begins with a ride on the city's famous cable car up to the mountain ledge of Storsteinen (1,377 ft above sea level). From here, marvel at the spectacular panoramic views of Tromsø and its surrounding islands, mountains, and fjords. Take a short walk around the mountain plateau, or enjoy something to eat or drink at the Fjellstua restaurant. We also visit the Polaria visitor center, which features an Arctic aquarium, seal pool, educational displays, and a panoramic theatre. The tour also includes a stop at the famous Arctic Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece and town landmark.