Tromso

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!

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.

 

Cruise to Tromso - Norway - Northen Europe - MSC Cruises

Directions


The Prostneset dock (Hurtigruten) is right in the city centre. The Breivika dock is 4 km north of town.

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.

TROMSOMonths
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Average low °C-6-5-5-226873----3-5
 TSO01 - CITY TOUR (approx. 3 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Cultural  The pretty and bustling Norwegian town of Tromsø, situated on the small island of Tromsøya, is a place of art, history, excellent cuisine and a sophisticated nightlife. But the feature for which Tromsø is best known is its northerly location, some 350 kilometres further up from the start of the Arctic Circle and one of the best spots on earth to witness the curious phenomenon known as the Northern Lights. Your tour of the town begins with a stop at Tromsø Museum for a look at its collection of Sámi artefacts, archaeological finds, religious art exhibits and an intriguing machine that simulates the Northern Lights. The tour then continues towards the so-called “Arctic Cathedral”, a place of worship that is actually a church. Built in 1965, the distinctive triangular architecture of the pure white structure has given it the nickname “the Opera House of Norway” due to a certain likeness to the famous Sydney Opera House. A drive-by tour of the city’s main attractions then brings your excursion to a close. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only.

Price per person $73.00 Adults $51.00 Children

   


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 TSO02 - TROMSO & POLARIA CENTRE ( approx. 3 hours ) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Cultural  With the vibrant Norwegian town of Tromsø mainly being known for its extreme northerly location some 350 kilometres up from the start of the Arctic Circle and one of the best places on earth to observe the fabulous natural phenomenon called the Northern Lights, it is perhaps no surprise that it is also home to a major university and the Polaria Centre, which this tour will give you an opportunity to explore. Thanks to its spectacular setting on the island of Tromsøya, the town enjoys all-round views of the amazing surrounding landscape – wild, rugged and snow-capped. An enjoyable sightseeing tour of Tromsø begins this outing, after which you will pay the fascinating Polaria Centre a visit. Try a polar walk, check out the various aquariums showing marine life in polar areas and watch a wide-screen film about arctic life. You will then continue on to the so-called “Arctic Cathedral”, which is in actual fact a parish church. The striking building – pure white and triangular in shape – was constructed in 1965 and is often called “the Opera House of Norway” because of its distinctive look that somewhat resembles the famous Sydney Opera House. This arctic tour comes to a close with your return to the pier and your ship. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. The order of the visits may vary.

Price per person $79.00 Adults $55.00 Children

   


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 TSO04 - CITY TOUR, TROMSO MUSEUM & CABLE CAR (approx. 3.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Cultural  Tromsø is considered to be the gateway to the Arctic and is beautifully located on a forest-covered island linked to the mainland by a long bridge. Your tour begins with a stop at Tromsø Museum. Among the various Sami, archaeological and religious art exhibits, the museum also has an intriguing Northern Lights machine. The tour then continues towards the Arctic Cathedral. This parish church was built in 1965 and is often called “the Opera House of Norway” because of its distinct look. Next you will continue on towards Lake Prestvannet, a small body of water that was originally built as a reservoir in 1867 and ultimately turned into a nature reserve in 1921. A ride up by cable car will then take you to Mount Storsteinen, which presides over the countryside below at a height of 420 metres above sea level and affords spectacular views of Tromsø and the surrounding islands. Your scenic tour concludes with a leisurely journey back to the port and your ship. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair and will be available only during your cruise.

Price per person $84.00 Adults $59.00 Children

   


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 TSO05 - POLARIA CENTRE & WILDERNESS CENTRE (approx. 3.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Cultural  Thanks to Tromsø’s location some 350 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, the town is popular as a starting point for many arctic expeditions and considered to be the gateway to the Arctic. This entertaining excursion combines a visit to the fascinating Polaria Centre with a trip to a husky farm and wilderness camp. First up is the Polaria Centre, where you can go for a polar walk, take a look at a range of aquariums supporting marine life typically found in polar areas and enjoy a wide-screen film about “life in the freezer”. Then you’ll make your way to the wonderful wilderness camp run by Tove Sorensen and Tore Albrightsen, along with their 3 children. The camp is also home to a pack of more than 300 Alaskan huskies, which the couple successfully breeds in these pristine surroundings. A short whistle-stop sightseeing tour is also scheduled to bring this polar-themed tour to a perfect close. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.

Price per person $90.00 Adults $63.00 Children

   


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 TSO07 - NATURE WALK WITH HUSKIES (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Tasting included  Experience Northern Norway's unique arctic landscape with a trekking offering your lovely views. We leave the pier by coach and cross over the forest clad island of Troms where Tromsø was founded in 1794 on the way to the Sandnessund bridge to reach the island Kvaløya (Whale island). The island is mountainous with some very characteristic peaks more than 1.000 m high. Our destination is the Wilderness Center where the couple Tove Sørensen and Tore Albrigtsen lives with their children, assistants, and over 300 Alaskan huskies. Upon arrival the dogs and puppies are excited to meet you – and you will have time to get acquainted with them. An experienced outdoor guide and huskies will take you on a trek through the rolling arctic hills. Before we start exploring the surrounding area on foot, you will be given the option to take along “your own” husky on the trek. Back at the Wilderness Centre you will be offered coffee and cake in the Lavvo (Sami Tentlike building). Your experience in nature concludes with your coach drive to the port. Please note: dogs are changing their fur in the summer and may look a little scruffy; this is not a sign of neglect, but a natural process. Dogs will be happy to see guests and may jump up in joy; guests should therefore be prepared that they might get dirty, especially if it has been raining. It is also possible to view the dogs from a distance for those who prefer so. It’s advisable to dress according to the weather and preferably in layers. Comfortable walking/hiking shoes are recommended as the trek is on a nature trail; with uneven grounds that can be muddy of it has been raining. The tour is not suitable for guests with a heart condition or limited physical abilities. Information are provided only in English.

Price per person $252.00 Adults $227.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.