Wednesday, 26 October 2011 08:23
Tromsø is placed on Tromsøya Island, connected in the east by Tromsøbrua to mainland and in the west by Sandnessbrua (Sandnessund Bridge) to next island Kvaløya.
Kvaløya - means Whale Island, it has an area of 737 square kilometres (285 sq mi), making it the fifth largest island in mainland Norway. Kvaløya is a very mountainous island, with at least ten mountains higher than 700 m, and three reaching an elevation of more than 1000 m making it excellent hiking area with all levels of difficulty. From easy sunday walks like Stor-Kjølen (795m) to almost vertical climbing wall of Store Blåmann (Big Blueman, 1044 m). Which can be also climbed without equipment, only last part is quite steep). There are also several small fjords, offering excellent fishing oportunities, both from shore or the boat. Some fjords almost divide the island in two or three parts. Between mainland there is tida current Rystraumen. Near this current, on the Kvaløya side, is Straumhella (30km / 19miles from the city), a very popular recreation area with very good fishing opportunities, especially at high tides without direct sunshine. Ryøya is an small island in the midst of Rystraumen, with a small population of protected musk oxen grazing in the pine forest, the only such population in North Norway.
Sommarøy at the southwest coast, is a popular recreation area with great coastal scenery. It is a populated island in the western part of the municipality of Tromsø, about 36 kilometres (22 mi) west of the city of Tromsø. The island is connected to Kvaløya with the Sommarøy Bridge. The village of Sommarøy covers the island as well as the neighboring island of Hillesøy and many smaller surrounding islands.
The north and western coasts of Senja are facing the open sea. Here, steep and rugged mountains rises straight from the sea, with some fishing villages (like Gryllefjord, Husøy) wherever there is some lowland. The eastern and southern parts of the island are milder, with rounder mountains, forests, rivers and agriculture land. It is often referred to as "Norway in miniature", as the island's diverse scenery reflects almost the entire span of Norwegian nature. Senja is well known domestically for its beautiful scenery, and is marketed as a tourist attraction.
Among the sights of the island are Ånderdalen National Park with coastal pine forests and mountains, traditional fishing communities, and the "Troll of Senja" (Norwegian: Senjatrollet)- the world's largest troll. The southernmost municipality Tranøy also has several small museums documenting local history, among these the Halibut Museum ("Kveitmuseet") in Skrolsvik.
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 07:59
The midnight sun is a natural phenomenon occurring in summer months at latitudes north and nearby to the south of the Arctic Circle, and south and nearby to the north of the Antarctic Circle where the sun remains visible at the local midnight. Given good weather, the sun is visible for a continuous 24 hours.
The opposite phenomenon, polar night, occurs in winter when the sun stays below the horizon throughout the day.
At the poles themselves, the sun only rises once and sets once each year. During the six months when the sun is above the horizon at the poles, the sun spends the days constantly moving around the horizon, reaching its highest circuit of the sky at the summer solstice.
Midnight sun is over the northern horizon in Tromsø from May 18 until July 26, but mountains north from the city block the view so the period is shorter few days, which means that one can see the sun 24 hours a day from approximately May 21 to July 21. Due to Tromsø position near the top of the globe, twilight is much longer and can last for hours in period before and after polar nights. There is always anough time to take a good shot of sunset or sunrise.Meaning also there is no true darkness between late April and mid-August. During this time city is a host for many cultural events and tens of thousands of tourists. You can imagine so called "night life" with sun shining all the night...
Panoramas featuring Midnight Sun
Fjellheisen - is a Tromsø cable car, it takes you up for about 420m m.o.h. in just few minutes from easily accesible from city center by bus 26 (stop Fjellheisen), in summer you can buy combined ticket for bus and cable car at bus driver. Lower station located at 50 m.o.h. From the upper deck (Fjellstua) you can enjoy the great panoramic view of Tromsøya island, with mountains on Kvaløya in the background. For tourists/hikers looking for even more interesting view there is easy to get and not very steep path going thru Storsteinen 487 m.o.h., Fløya 671 m.o.h. to Bønntuva 776 m.o.h.
Tromsø Marina - panorama taken at 11PM. Midnight sun is over the northern horizon from May 18 until July 26, but mountains north from the city block the view so the period is shorter few days, which means that one can see the sun 24 hours a day from approximately May 21 to July 21. Due to Tromsø position near the top of the globe, twilight is longer, meaning there is no true darkness between late April and mid-August. During this time city is a host for many cultural events and tens of thousands of tourists. You can imagine so called "night life" with sun shining all the night...
Arctic Cathedral - The Tromsdalen Church (Tromsdalen Kirke), commonly known as The Arctic Cathedral (Ishavskatedralen - "The Cathedral of the Arctic Sea"), is a church built in 1965. It is a parish church and not, strictly speaking, a cathedral. Due to its shape like ice hill it got its famous nickname. With Tromsø Bridge and Tromsdalstinden it became a most recognizable landmark of Tromsø. With its sharp form it create very interesting composition with mountains in the background.
The church was drawn by Jan Inge Hovig, and its build mainly of concrete. Because its distinct look and situation, it was often called "the opera house of Norway" (allusion to famous Sydney Opera House). Tromsø have another church of interest, the Tromsø Cathedral (Domkirke), which is probably the only wooden cathedral in Norway.
Tromsø Maritime School - panormama taken about 2AM, June 2008.
Maritime School official web page
Quay 11 - in city center during Midnight Sun period. panormama taken about 2AM, June 2008.
Storgata - (Main Street) during Midnight Sun period. Panormama taken about 2:30AM, June 2008.
Tromsø Harbour - during midnight sun period. Panormama taken about 3:30AM, June 2008.
Vessel M/S Polstjerna - during midnight sun period. Panormama taken about 4AM, June 2008.
Polar Bear - statue during midnight sun period. Panormama taken about 4AM, June 2008.
Polaria - during midnight sun period. Panormama taken about 4AM, june 2008.
Tromsø Gallery of Contemporary Art - during midnight sun period. Panormama taken about 4AM, june 2008.
Sculpture on Storgata - during midnight sun period. Panormama taken about 4AM, june 2008.
Mack Brewery - during midnight sun period. Panormama taken about 4AM, june 2008.
Roald Amundsen - during midnight sun period. Panormama taken about 4:30AM, june 2008.
Stortorget - during midnight sun period. Panormama taken about 4:30AM, june 2008.
Top of Tromsdalstinden under midnight sun, 19 May 2009, 2AM.
On the way to Tromsdalstinden under midnight sun, view #1, 18 May 2009, 11PM.
On the way to Tromsdalstinden under midnight sun, view #2, 18 May 2009, 1AM.
Fløya under midnight sun, 7 june 2009 1AM.
Midnight Sun over Tromso seen from Ramnberget, midnight july 2010.
Midnight Sun Marathon 2009 will be held 20 June.
Every year runners from over 30 different countries meet in Tromsø to run in the arctic and under the midnight sun. Midnight Sun Marathon is held at night, but still its bright like during day. Event take place at 70°N and is the world`s northernmost AIMS certified marathon. The pure feeling of the midnight sun in astounding surroundings is part of the reason why great number of runners from all around world come to participate every year. There are 5 different competitions: the marathon, halfmarathon, a 10km race, a 4,2km show-race and a children`s race. Panorama taken about 9PM 21 june 2008.
Midnight Sun Marathon 2009 will be held 20 June.
Second View. Panorama taken about 10PM 21 june 2008.
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 10:56
Fjellheisen - cable car. One of most visited attractions. Taking you in just few minutes to 421m(1382ft) above sea level, offering spectacular panoramic view over all Tromsø (Tromsøya) and surrounding islands - Kvaløya, Ringvassøya. See/Read MORE...
Polaria - Centre of arctic flora and fauna. World's most northerly aquarium. In large fish tanks you can see the most common species of fish in the Barents Sea and around Svalbard. See/Read MORE...
Tromsø Gallery of Contemporary Art (Tromsø Kunstforening) - is a central venue for the arts in Northern Norway, and focuses on recent experimental and contemporary art in their program. In the exhibitions and projects work Art Association, both with international artists, with a focus on artists and topics specifically related to the North.See/Read MORE...
Art Museum of Northern Norway (Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum) - Art about and from Northern Norway, early 19th century to the present, along with national art history and temporary exhibits.See/Read MORE...
The Arctic Cathedral - build in 1965 is a dearing piece of architecture, inspired by Arctic nature. Composed into Tromsdalen valley, with Tromsdalstind at the top. The "Return of Christ" glass mosaic dominates the interior. Is a host to summer and winter concerts. See/Read MORE...
Perspektivet Museum - Temporary exhibitions about Tromsø's past and present. Housed in a magnificent wooden buiding from 1838. Documentary photo exhibits. Operates also the Folkeparken open air museum.See/Read MORE...
Polar Museum - The Polar Museum tells the exciting story of risky Arctic trapping and courageous polar expeditions. Located in former Customs House on the quayside dating from 1830 in the historic Skansen area. Polar Museum was opened on 18 June 1978. It was the day 50 years after Roald Amundsen left Tromsø on his last expedition, to search for Umberto Nobile and the airship "Italia".See/Read MORE...
Tromsø University Museum - Sami culture, archaelogy, church art, geology, Northern Lights and zoology in Northern Norway's most comprehensive museum. Suitable for children! For prices and opening hours check Tromsø University Museum official website.
- science center promoting natural science for schools and youth. Planetarium with ceiling turned into 180x180degree screen panoramic movie theater. Play shows about the Northern Lights and the night sky for the general public. For prices and opening hours check Nordnorsk vitensenter official website
Arctic-Alpine Botanic garden
- Open 24 hours, free admission. Worth seeing just after snow melts. The World's northernmost botanic garden with Arctric, Antarctic and Alpine plants from all continents. Traditional perennials and herbs from Northern Norway. Arctic-Alpine Botanic official website
Wednesday, 25 August 2010 17:33
This is not official tourist information site for Tromso but we are happy to answer any questions related to visiting Tromso and surroundings.