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Attractions in Tromsø are ranked amongst the best in the world

Tromsø is rated number one in Europe and one of the top three in the world when it comes to travel destinations. Find our favourite places and recommended activities in Tromsø below.

TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site, has voted Tromsø the world's third-best destination for adventure travel. No city in Europe achieves a higher rating.

"We are incredibly proud that our great city has been voted one of the top three adventure destinations in the world. I think it’s the combination of culture, history and nature that draws people here and makes their visit complete,” says Linn Rafaelsen Alexandersen, Hotel Director at Thon Hotel Polar. 

The TripAdvisor ranking cites the fjords, reindeer feeding and the Northern Lights as the best experiences. Tromsø was only beaten by La Fortuna in Costa Rica and Kauai in Hawaii.

There is no doubt that Tromsø is well worth a visit. See our list of favourite places and recommended activities in Tromsø. There are lots of tips, including dog sledding, chasing the Northern Lights, reindeer feeding, off-piste skiing, a spa boat, and tips for restaurants and cafes.

Mathallen (the food hall)

Northern Norway’s best chefs prepare meals from scratch with local produce. The Delikatessen sells fresh fish, local cheeses, cured meats and "everything you need for a delicious dinner in your own kitchen". Mathallen is open for both lunch and dinner. They also organise wine-tasting sessions. The address is: Grønnegata 58/60.

Hildr Gastrobar

Located at Skippergata 11, Hildr Gastro Bar is famous for its cocktails and creative snacks. This intimate gastropub is located in a timber building with a garden, where you can sit outside on in good weather in the summer.


Do you like spas and boating? Vulakana combines both. Vulkana is an old fishing boat converted into a spa with a wood-fired sauna, Zen lounge, restaurant and diving tower. Good food is served on board and you can warm yourself in the hot tub on deck. Various rental packages are offered at the vulkana.no website for groups and individuals.


Casa Inferno

Casa Inferno serves Italian cuisine and specialises in pizzas. Choose between tomato sauce or crème fraiche and various toppings. The restaurant does not take reservations on Fridays and Saturdays (except groups of more than 15 people). Located at Vestregata 2, Tromsø.

Smak Restauranten

Smak is a small, intimate eatery at Skippergata 16b. The delicious hors d'oeuvres are definitely worth a try!


The mountain lift takes you 421 metres above sea level in four minutes, promising the city's best views. In summer, the chances of seeing the midnight sun are excellent, while in winter, this is a great place to chase the Northern Lights. The lights of the city are well away from Fjellheisen’s upper station, Fjellstua, making the chances of seeing the Northern Lights in the winter much better.


If you want to taste really good coffee, you need to visit Kaffebønna. There are several Kaffebønna cafés in Tromsø. They all sell cakes, panini, buns, pastries and fresh breads from their own traditional bakery.

Dog sledding

Bond with nature on a true dog sled. As you move through the magnificent landscape and relax in the sled, keep an eye out for common and Arctic foxes, owls, eagles, reindeer and elk. There are several specialists in Tromsø able to take you out for a whole day in the beautiful winter landscape. Active Tromsø is one of these.

Mountain peak tour to Lyngen

Tromsø is perfect for mountain lovers. The Lyngen Alps are known as one of Norway's most popular off-piste destinations and offer spectacular views and beautiful mountains. What’s more, the Korken ski resort is only 20 minutes from the airport, if you want to visit several alpine slopes.


Risø Mat og Kaffebar

Strandgata 32 is where to find the Risø Mat og Kaffebar, a rustic café in Tromsø. They serve a range of excellent lunch dishes. The menu varies from day to day. 


Interior design store Bryggejentene is located in the middle of Ersfjordbotn on the pier outside Tromsø. It sells everything from creative duvet covers to decorative mobile covers. The ideal place to find something nice for yourself or a gift for a friend. Also renowned for its café, which has a fantastic view of both fjords and mountains. Some of the best hiking tours are run from here. The address is Ersfjordveien 55.

Chasing the Northern Lights

Chasing the Northern Lights is an obvious winter activity in these parts. With a wide choice of Northern Lights excursions in Tromsø, you are sure to find one to suit you. Visit Tromsø offers two options: a Northern Lights Chase or the Northern Lights Experience.

An experienced and knowledgeable guide will take you on a Northern Lights Chase to track down a sighting by car, coach, minibus or boat. The Northern Lights Experience will add scenic thrills to your Arctic visit. Go to visittromso.no for list of activities available, and use the filter controls to find the ideal experience for you.

Reindeer feeding with Tromsø Safari AS

A short drive from Tromsø allows you to feed reindeer and try a ride on a reindeer sleigh. You'll also be able to try your hand at lassoing, hearing Joik songs and experience the Sami culture.

Experience Tromsø

In Tromsø, we have two hotels right in the town centre: Thon Hotel Polar and Thon Hotel Tromsø.