The Arctic circle… probably not at the top of your list for a weekend away, right? Well, think again. With flying low cost to destinations across Scandinavia, in just over 3 hours, you can be in Tromsø, Norway, 400km north of the Arctic Circle.
Tromsø is a tiny town with heaps to do, which it makes it perfect for a long weekend; but there’s no way around it, Norway is expensive. For those on a budget, avoid the high hotel prices with an Airbnb. Try this spacious, in a traditional Scandinavian house, located a 5 minute bus ride from central Tromsø, and sitting directly underneath a mountain. For something more central and with spectacular panoramic views, sitting just a few steps from Tromsø’s city centre.
EAT AND DRINK
For coffee and brunch, head to, and try homemade pastries whilst watching the boats bobbing on the harbour. For homemade and reasonably priced pizza, is an excellent choice, and try , a tiny burger joint with a retro video game theme. After dinner, head to , the oldest brewery in the city, for local ales and a warm atmosphere. If you’re not tired out, serves excellent cocktails and turns into a dance floor when it’s late enough.
For incredible views of Tromsø, take the cable car up to the top of the mountain, and see the fjords and arctic landscape surrounding the city. Treat yourself to a hot chocolate at the mountain top restaurant to escape the subzero temperatures outside.
As the sun sets, wrap up warm and head out to chase the Northern Lights. 2017 is the best year to see the Northern lights for the next 10 years, and according to locals, Tromsø is the best place on earth to see them. offer a night long chase, with friendly guides that help you take the best pictures of the tour.
Once you’ve ticked the Northern Lights of your bucket list, explore the surrounding fjords by boat and hope to spot humpback whales and orcas. For adrenaline junkies, book on the , where you are completely exposed to the arctic winds, and whales will dive right underneath your boat. If you’re looking for a more relaxing tour, Arctic Explorers offers a where you can spot whales from a deck with a cup of coffee in hand.
If Northern Lights, Orcas and snowcapped fjords haven’t got you booking your flight, then we don’t know what will…
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