Beautiful landscapes and wonderful sea views
In the 19th century, the Norwegian town of Tromso was known as the ‘Paris of the North’ because people of the area apparently appeared far more cosmopolitan than foreign tourists had expected them to be!
The largest Norwegian town north of the Arctic Circle, the last inhabited town before the hostile polar region and the starting point for many polar expeditions, Tromso is another destination along your Northern European cruise vacation that is worth leaving the ship for.
Tromso has the biggest concentration of historic wooden houses north of Trondheim, some of which date back to the 17th century. These, together with other main sights such as the Tromso Museum are covered in our programme of excursion packages.
By joining us on one of these tours, you can benefit from the best deals and gain real insight into the local culture thanks to informed guides and carefully-planned outings. Nature lovers will adore Tromso, not least because it is uniquely situated among verdant woodland.
Be sure to take the cable car trip to experience Tromso’s landscapes and wonderful sea views.
Another reason to leave your luxury MSC cruise ship for the day is to see the Polar Museum and Wilderness Centre; you can learn about intrepid polar expeditions and children will love meeting the huskies in the local kennels!
Cruises to Norway are now one of the most popular destinations with travellers, and the picturesque town Tromso is a fine example of why this region is so popular.
Port average temperature
Tromso experiences a continental subarctic climate because winter temperatures are just cold enough to qualify and the summer season is short. However, the weather and precipitation amount and pattern, with maximum precipitation in autumn and early winter, as well as lack of permafrost, are atypical for subarctic areas, so this climate is sometimes called maritime subarctic or oceanic boreal.
Tromso has a reputation in Norway for getting a lot of snow in the winter, although this varies a lot from one year to the next. The all-time record was set 29 April 1997, when the meteorological station on top of Tromsøya recorded 240 centimeters of snow. The lowest temperature ever recorded is −20.1°C, on 16 February 1985. However, the January average daily maximum is −2°C.
This is due to the warming effects of the North Atlantic Current, an extension of the Gulf Stream. The proximity to the sea moderates temperatures; Sommaroy, on the west coast of Kvaloya, has January 24 hours average of −1.9°C. Summer is rather cool, with a July 24-hour average of 12°C, daytime temperatures are usually slightly warmer, but vary from 9°C to 25°C. The summer of 1972, which is the warmest in the record, had a mean temperature of 12.9°C and the highest temperature reached was 30°C. The warmest year on record is 2005, with a mean temperature of 4°C, compared to the current annual average of about 3°C. Large areas in the municipality are above the tree line and have an alpine tundra climate.
The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.