Sitting an incredible 350 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle is Tromsø, a city that’s gone from being the base camp for Arctic expeditions to a bastion of culture in Norway’s most northern reaches. It’s quickly become known as the world’s best vantage point to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, an otherworldly show of light and wonder which turns the sky all sorts of vivid colours. Situated right in the middle of the Northern Lights belt, with sightings common between September and March, it has one of the longest seasons for seeing the spectacle, and is the main reason visitors from all over the world make the journey to Tromsø. However, there’s so much more to do in the city while you’re waiting for a clear night.
The waters around Tromsø are surprisingly full of wildlife for such a cold, northern location. Book yourself a place on a whale watching boat and you’re all but guaranteed to see some of these majestic creatures break the ocean’s surface before plunging back into the depths below. Dog sledding is another popular activity, allowing you to take in the beautiful Norwegian landscapes whilst being pulled along on your own personal sled by Alaskan huskies. There’s plenty to see among the frozen lakes, mountains and forests, with snow foxes, reindeers and owls a common sight. Hiking, fishing and kayaking are also popular outdoor activities.