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Kjetil is a photographer who specialises in taking shots of the Northern Lights. In fact, he's so passionate about the lights that it can be quite infective. If you get in touch with him he will pick you up at your hotel and drive you out of Tromso away from the lights of the city (in some cases right up to the border with Finland if necessary) looking for clear skies and signs of the aurora. He brings hot coffee and excellent snow suits for spending time stood on frozen lakes and in snowy valleys waiting for the lights. For Kjetil, patience is the key and it invariably pays off as his guests see the amazing sight of the Northern Lights dancing across the sky. One of the friendliest people I've met, I can't recommend Kjetil strongly enough. He wants you to see the Northern Lights, and not because you are a paying tourist, but because he wants people to love them as much as he does.
Get in touch with him via the email address on his website and have a great time.
True Norwegian hospitality - forget the larger, faceless hotels, stay at the Viking and really feel like you've stayed in Tromso. The owner, Mr Jensen, will give you all the advice you could possibly need about what to do and where to go, and you're within easy walking distance of bars, restaurants, shops, the harbour, etc... A great hotel which I think will keep getting more and more popular.
3. Skarven bar(s)
Two connected bars down on the harbour. One is lighter and more open, the other is cosier and more intimate. Both are popular with the locals. We preferred the cosier venue (the door on the left as you face the bars) as we found the service to be faster and more professional. Drinks are expensive but that goes for Tromso (and Norway) as a whole, just stump up the dough and enjoy the surroundings...