Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Tromsø

Tromsø, wildly known as the "capital of the Arctic" and "Paris of the North", is a lively and busy city situated north of the Arctic Circle, among fjords and mountains. It is also a large port and a university center. 

Tromsø, Paris of the North

The city center is small and easy to walk around. The historical part includes Storgata, the Main Street, as well as Strandgata, Skippergata and Skansegata streets, stretching closer to the sea. From the Stortorget market square, you can enjoy a stunning view to the harbor and the Arctic Cathedral behind the strait. On the other side of Storgata, houses rise up to a set of hills that divide Tromsø into Western and Eastern parts.

CLIMATE 

Gulf Stream waters bring soft winters (avg. -3° С) and mild summers (+15°). The mountains protect Tromsø from the open sea and cold winds from Lapland. Summer in Tromsø lasts for two months and offers never-ending days, providing visitors with a wonderful opportunity to explore the landscape around the city. Winters offer polar nights (from 21 November to 21 January) and spectacular Northern lights.

Tromsø in Summer

ATTRACTIONS OF TROMSØ 

The Arctic Cathedral 

The Arctic Cathedral is a memorable architectural landmark inspired by the Arctic nature. It was built in 1965, and ornated with a unique glass mosaic. In summer, the Cathedral hosts popular Midnight Sun Concerts. 

The Arctic Cathedral, Tromsø

Fjellheisen Cable Car 

Fjellheisen Cable Car takes you up to Storsteinen Mountain, 420 metres above the sea level. The ride takes four minutes and offers unmatched panoramic views over the landscape. 

The Botanical Garden 

The world's northernmost botanical garden, the Tromsø Arctic-Alpine Botanical Garden contains thousands of plants from all over the world. However, the emphasis is on Arctic and Alpine plants, which have difficulty surviving in milder climates. Do not overlook blue poppies from the Himalayas, lewisias from the Rockies, local primroses and a selection of traditional medicinal plants. 

Blue poppy

Nordnorsk vitensenter (The Science Center of Northern Norway) 

The Science Centre is located at the world's northernmost university, the University of Tromsø. It has exhibitions focusing on major Arctic issues ranging from energy, climate and weather to Northern lights, resources and environment.

SHOPPING IN TROMSØ 

The largest shopping mall in Tromsø, Nerstranda is located in the city center, a minute walk from Prostneset Bus Station. 

Jekta Storsenter, the biggest mall in Northern Norway, has 56 different shops and is located close to the airport. 

Buying souvenirs in Tromsø

If you look for Norwegian souvenirs, do not miss Tromsø Gift & Souvenir shop, Snarby Strikkestudio (Norwegian sweaters), Husfliden, Blåst (glass souvenirs), and Arppa (Sami products,nadornments and books in Sami language). 

In bookstores in Storgata, such as Bokhuset Libris, you can buy maps and postcards, in addition to books about the region. Treat yourself in Taras, a lovely shop offering a nice selection of teas, coffees, confectioneries, spices and other charming trinkets.


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