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Things to do in Tromsø

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Shopping Mall
“One of the biggest shopping malls in Norway. Free parking, bus terminal right outside and close to the airport. Jekta won the award for best shopping centre in Norway in 2016.”
  • 73 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Polaria is an adventure center, aquarium and museum that was opened in May 1998. Polaria has a well-developed aquarium with Arctic sea plants, Arctic fish and animals. There are water tanks in the floors, walls and ceilings and glass tunnels that visitors can go under while seals swim over their heads.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Museum
“Learn about the exciting story of risky arctic trapping and courageous polar expeditions. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Church
“In the shape of an iceberg, this church is a landmark in Tromsø. The Archtic Cathedral is great place to experience when visiting Tromsø, and you can even book tickets to watch a concert in the church.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Museum
“Tromsø Museum is a regional museum established on October 16, 1872. It is part of the University Museum in Tromsø. The museum is located near the southern tip of Tromsøya, but in 2016 construction of new buildings was decided in the center of Tromsø”
  • 30 locals recommend
Park
“During the summer this is an excellent place to chill out and get some sun. Also possible to take a bath, or just take a small bbq. ”
  • 51 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Why not take a walk, run or perhaps try skiing in one of the local's favourite nature areas on Tromsø Island? There are slopes around Prestvannet that you can follow to the North or South point of the Island. If heading North, you can stop by Charlottenlund in the winter and try sledding down the slopes (remember to bring something to ride on). On the South end you may find the popular bathing destination Telegrafbukta.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Church
“The Arctic Cathedral, one of Norway's most famous structures, and Tromsø's most revered building. A must-see.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Tromsø Wilderness Centre is the perfect place to try out dog sledding. An exciting activity for young and old, this spot is great to visit both during the summer and the winter. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Serves great local food for both lunch and dinner! Centrally located as by the church in the middle of the city. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is a pub with long traditions, where you can enjoy a beer and simple dishes.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
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“The best sushi you have ever tasted, they have a new location in the city centrum in Kystens hus”
  • 35 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Informal, cosy, and cool place where you can get nice drinks (the moscow mules are tassssty!), local beer and wine accompanied by all kinds of small dishes. This is a real gastro bar! They also have a really nice back yard where you can have a "utepils" (a beer outside) if the sun is shining!”
  • 39 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Polaria is an arctic museum, with fishes, seals, panoramic cinema and beautiful exhibitions. Shaped as ice blocks washing ashore, this is a distinct building on the southern side of the city centre. Well worth a visit, especially for families. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Superb food, pleasant premises, great service. Centrally located in the center of Tromsø.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Located on the harbour in the city centre, Fiskekompaniet is a seafood restaurant offering local cuisine. Both the quality of the food and the prices are high. ”
  • 31 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Serves great local food for both lunch and dinner! Centrally located as by the church in the middle of the city. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is a pub with long traditions, where you can enjoy a beer and simple dishes.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
“The best sushi you have ever tasted, they have a new location in the city centrum in Kystens hus”
  • 35 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Informal, cosy, and cool place where you can get nice drinks (the moscow mules are tassssty!), local beer and wine accompanied by all kinds of small dishes. This is a real gastro bar! They also have a really nice back yard where you can have a "utepils" (a beer outside) if the sun is shining!”
  • 39 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Superb food, pleasant premises, great service. Centrally located in the center of Tromsø.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Located on the harbour in the city centre, Fiskekompaniet is a seafood restaurant offering local cuisine. Both the quality of the food and the prices are high. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“ Centrally located between a number of hotels. They serve lovely Pizza dishes, but also other delicious hot dishes! Easily becomes a favorite restaurant.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Bistro
“Small restaurant that often serve local seasonal food. One of my favorites. Quite expensive. ”
  • 27 locals recommend

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