My 2 top tips:
1) Maximise your chances of seeing the Northern Lights by going between December and March. Locals told us there's simply to much rain (ie too cloudy) in October and November, although trips run from 1 October. We paid 650KR each and saw nothing during a 5 hour drive to the Finnish border and back - as did 9 others on our trip.
2) Make an early visit to the Tourist Information Office. Very helpful staff will check opening hours for you (not always as shown in guide books/ on web, and sometimes different times are shown at the locations themselves!)
Tromso has a 'small-town' feel and is very compact. You can see most things over a couple of days. If spending longer there are day trips on ferries, etc. I'd recommend a visit to the Arctic Cathedral (superb), Perspectives Gallery (very interesting photographic exhibition of the Roma people, currently, and Russian seamen working in Norway) and a trip on the Cable Car. We used the public swimming pool - a bit dated but clean, big and good value. Norway is expensive, of course. We had good meals at Steakers (busy steak house on the waterfront - book the day before), Egon (pub with meals) and a Greek/ Italian first floor restaurant near the Tourist Office. We walked everywhere (the centre is very compact) but there is a god bus service.
The Clarion Hotel Bryggen is well located on the waterfront with a super roof-top hot tub. There were a couple of times when it was full of young guests nut we managed to spend some time in there and in the top floor sauna - both are open to 11pm. The hotel rooms were good-sized and clean. The breakfast buffet was absolutely super - lots of Norwegian dishes plus the usual favourites, bacon and eggs, etc. It made our room rate (booked well in advance) look very good value indeed. Reception staff were helpful and knowledgeable. A good place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Modern design on the pier! Feel the snow in your hair while resting in our outdoor jacuzzi under the Northern lights or during the summer while sun is shining all day and all night. Our excellent staff will be more than happy to serve you at all times whether it is regarding adventure bookings, restaurant recommendations or other enquiries you might have. We offer coffee/tea and a selection of fruits all day, homemade pasteries or wafles in the afternoon and an evening buffet with salads, soup, hot dish and dessert - all of this FREE OF CHARGE!Fantastic sea view from the diningroom, the outdoor jacuzzi and some of our superior rooms. All common areas were renovated in 2012 an all rooms got new floors, new easy chairs and new fabrics. All bathrooms have heated floors. The hotel is very close to all main attractions in Tromso and only a short walk from the Hurtigruten pier, the airport bus and all other buses that will take you around where ever you would like to go. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Hotel Tromsø
- Clarion Tromso
- Tromsø Clarion