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Tromso and the Lyngen Alps

Tromso is an Arctic city perched on its own island at the most northerly point of the Northern Lights Route. Accessed by a bridge stretching from the mainland, the island is situated in the middle of the fjords, surrounded by the imposing, snow-topped peaks of the Lyngen Alps. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Paris of the North’, the city oozes Scandinavian chic and style; there is a rich heritage and Tromso is renowned for being the gateway to the High Arctic for Polar explorers, who often embarked on their adventures from here.

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The Lyngen Alps

Access to the city of Tromso from Lapland is only possible by going through the Lyngen Alps. The majestic mountains are a worthy of a visit in their own right; the jaw-dropping spectacle is a sight to behold. The mountain peaks are up to 1,000 metres above the level of the fjords which run through them and feature cascading waterfalls, gleaming mountain lakes and deep ravines. It is sometimes possible to see the Aurora Borealis whilst journeying through the mountains, but you should remember that the Arctic climate is particularly unpredictable and this area is often susceptible to snow storms (during which time the Northern Lights will not be visible).

The journey through the Lyngen Alps is available on our Tromso and Lapland tour.

Tromso Street


Tromso is located on an island in the Arctic fjords. Whilst renowned for its modern style and Scandinavian chic, the city has also managed to preserve some of its traditional Norwegian charm: the city centre has the largest number of wooden houses in Norway, the first being built in 1789. There are an abundance of boutiques and quaint shops as well as some more familiar Norwegian favourites. On the mainland, a cable car often runs to the top of the cliff giving panoramic views over the city, the fjords and the surrounding mountains. Other notable attractions include the Polaris (a museum dedicated to polar expeditions and wildlife) which hosts daily seal shows, the Botanical Gardens, and world-famous Mack’s Brewery. The city’s most iconic building is Tromsdalen Church – more commonly known as the Arctic Cathedral, which was modelled on the Sydney Opera House and was consecrated in 1961.

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