Tromsø, The Arctic Capital – Summer
Explore the remarkable polar heritage, modern culture, and extraordinary panoramic summer views of Tromsø, the ‘Paris of the North’.
Get to know this cosmopolitan Arctic city through three of Tromsø’s key sights.
Ride the cable car up Mount Storsteinen for spectacular views across the city and the sea.
See the Arctic Cathedral, a daring architectural masterpiece and city landmark.
Visit Polaria and learn all about life in the Arctic, from wildlife to polar research.
Spring, Summer (May 1–September 30)
Level 1: Easy - suitable for most people
3 hours 30 minutes
Over the centuries, Tromsø has been the starting point for numerous polar expeditions. It has also served as Norway’s seat of government and been a destination for timber transport from Russian rivers. It’s no surprise that it has become a vibrant hub for culture, research, and education.
Your tour begins with a ride up Tromsø’s famous cable car to the top of Mount Storsteinen (1,377 ft above sea level). Get your bearings as you take in the spectacular views across the city and the fjords, mountains, and islands that surround it. Explore the plateau or have a snack while you admire the view from Fjellstua restaurant.
After, we stop at the Arctic Cathedral. Dominated by glass mosaic windows, its structure was inspired by Arctic nature.
Next is Polaria, where you can watch Arctic bearded seals and harbor seals swimming around the underwater tunnel. Glimpse life in the Arctic Sea in the aquariums and experience Arctic phenomena in the panoramic cinema. We finish our tour with some sightseeing around the island on our way back to the pier.