Between mid-May and the end of July, you can take the cable car to the top of the mountain for stunning views all over Tromso and the midnight sun. There is even a cafe up there!
A short-break to Tromso in Northern Norway to see the northern lights is just the most romantic thing I have ever done.
Never mind you are wrapped up in layers of thermal wear, the light show in the skies are just a thousand times more romantic than a sunset will ever be.
On the Hurtigruten cruise you also get to go to the North Cape, which is really cool to say that you have been. There is amazing food onboard, a really relaxed and non-cruise like feeling, and the hot tub on the top deck is an absolute winner - even in minus five degrees!
All in all it's just a really cool and romantic getaway.
Waiting for a ship to depart Tromso for a Norwegian cruise can be both tedious and expensive on a gloomy December evening. I was delighted to stumble across the Verdensteatret (World Theatre). Seating 349, this listed building, one of Scandinavia’s oldest cinemas, dates from 1915. Tucked down a side street, it’s a friendly little haven of welcome, with a popular café and astonishingly beautiful cinema, gilded and chandeliered, interior walls brightly painted with full-length folklore murals. I sat in splendid comfort for the price of an entrance ticket and watched Romeo and Juliet, live opera from the New York Met. Finally allowed to embark at midnight, my frozen fellow voyagers were envious when I told them of my lucky find.
This is the ultimate cinema, with independent, art house and film festival showings, to savour after live music (or vinyl) in the trendy café.
Postboks 285, 9253 Tromsø, Norge
Gateadresse: Storgt. 93b, 9008 Tromsø
The best way to avoid disappointment is to combine hunting for the Northern Lights with something else that's fun and different. Tromsø, Norway, is a great place to do just that. I went dog sledding which was so much fun I nearly forgot why I was there in the first place. With seven Huskies dragging you into the quiet wilderness on a sledge, the Northern Lights is an added bonus if it shows up, but even without it you would not go home feeling left out. My best night however was the cheaper option of renting cross country skis from the Intersport shop in town and heading for the free, open 24hrs, floodlit slopes on the island, just a short walk from the town centre! The calming feeling of sliding along on the skis, taking in the fresh air, makes the northern lights even more spectacular. Best of all, you wont have to 'share the experience'with anyone else, which often is the case on organised tours. And the downhills provide an added thrill!
The city itself is known in Norway for being one of the most hospitable – with a buzzing nightlife.
Tromsø also benefits from twice weekly direct flights from Gatwick with budget, but decent, airline norwegian.no. If you book early enough you can get returns for under £100. Stay in the Clarion Hotel Bryggen to get access to their rooftop heated jacuzzi!
There are loads of good (and cheap) ideas on what to do in Tromso and other tips here: www.iglobetrotter.com/norway/northern-lights/northern-lights-activities.
Ski-rental: Intersport Sportshuset, Storgata 87, phone +47 77661100
Husky-rides: Tromsø Villmarkssenter, www.villmarkssenter.no
Google map: tinyurl.com/yl8w4vp
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