Tromsø: What to See and Do in Summer
Summer is an amazing time of year to visit Tromsø, also referred to as the “Paris of the North”. With beautiful fjords, magnificent landscapes, fun activities and friendly locals, the Arctic city offers something for everyone. The most beautiful part of the summer season in this city is that the sun never sets.
Our Tromsø summer guide lists some of our favourite exciting activities for both visitors and locals.
Tromsø Weather in the Summer
During summer in Tromsø, June, July, and August are the warmest months. However, the weather still gets chilly even though it’s summertime. Thus, ensure you pack warm and windproof clothes along with your casual, just in case the weather gets unfriendly. During your holiday in Tromsø, it’s important to always check the weather forecast before going out for your adventures.
Summer Attractions & Activities
For a slice of adventure, you just can’t beat a summer holiday in Tromsø. With a variety of summer attractions and activities, you will always want to come back. Let’s take a look at some of our favourite summer activities you can enjoy during your holiday:
Visit the Seal Hunting Vessel Museum
This seal hunting vessel museum is a historical place to make some arctic discoveries. Built in 1949, the boat is the best-preserved vessel used in seal hunting. It still has its original sailing rig, tools, and equipment as well as small hunting boats in place. 1981 was its last year of sailing, after 33 hunting seasons with more than 97000 seals brought home. The boat was put in a protective glass and has become a historical vessel for arctic discoveries. Explore the vessel and discover the history behind it!
Play Golf under the Midnight Sun at Tromsø Golf Club
Situated in a beautiful surrounding, Tromsø Golf club is the northernmost 18-hole golf course in the world. In summer, you can enjoy playing golf under the midnight sun with stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.
Experience the Midnight Sun
Imagine spending your summer nights like its daytime because the sun never sets. Experience the Arctic Midnight sun – a beautiful phenomenon that will take your breath away. It’s magical. The sky never gets dark; it’s bright with a mix of yellow, red, orange and pink colours. You can indulge in a wide range of activities under the Midnight sun. You can hike the mountains, or even go play golf at the Tromsø Golf Club with stunning views of the surrounding landscapes. Another amazing thing to do under the Midnight sun is to indulge in a traditional Norwegian dinner onboard an elegant tall ship while soaking in the beautiful fire-lit skies that symbolize the never-ending arctic day. You can also take a cable car or climb Mountain Floya to see the midnight sun.
If you like the outdoors, you will enjoy a scenic hiking trip in Tromsø. It’s one of the best ways to discover the Norwegian wilderness and what makes it unique. From the incredible wildlife to the mountain vistas, the nature sounds and the genuine sense of peace, you will be transported into a whole new level of experience. Even though you can enjoy hiking on your own, a guided hiking with a group can add more to your experience. The expert guides know the best trails to take and the most picturesque spots to explore. You will also learn interesting insights about wildlife and the history of the areas.
There are several places to go kayaking within and outside Tromsø. For an unforgettable sea kayak adventure, head out to the island of Håkøya located along the coastline of Tromsø area. Discover the beautiful Arctic scenery as you enjoy a guided kayak trip while getting up close and personal with the marine wildlife. You can enjoy a guided kayaking trip as you paddle through the beautiful fjords under the Midnight sun.
Sail the scenic waters of the enchanting Tromsø in the summer. Glide along the coastline by boat and smell the ocean breeze. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime Norwegian cruise experience as you explore the Norwegian fjords and get a perfectly up-close view of the beautiful scenery and amazing wildlife.
Visit Tromsø Arctic-Alpine Botanical Garden
The Tromsø Arctic-Alpine Botanical Garden is a magnificent expanse located above the Arctic Circle and it’s absolutely breathtaking in summer. It is regarded as the World’s northernmost botanical garden and it features a wide range of sporadic plants from the Polar Regions as well as attractive and colourful flowers such as the Wilander Buttercup – yellow blossom flower. You can explore the garden during your summer holiday in Tromsø and learn more about the beauties blooming every week.
Relax and Unwind on Bukta Beach
Bukta Beach is full of surprises in summer. It’s the perfect place to relax and unwind while enjoying the beautiful view over the sea, the surrounding landscapes, and islands. The sun shines all through the day in Bukta in the summertime. You can enjoy a picnic with friends; have a BBQ and some drinks as you watch the Midnight Sun. A renowned summer festival takes place in Bukta during summer. The beautiful beach and outdoor area is the venue for a rock festival featuring the best Norwegian bands as well as some international Musician. The festival takes place in mid-July and runs for 3 days – from Thursday to Saturday.
Other summer activities include boat trips, fishing, shopping, and visiting the museums in Tromso such as Tromsø Museum, Northern Norway Art Museum, and Perspektivet Photo Museum.
Where to Stay in Tromsø
There are several accommodation options that will suit your budget and preferences. There is something for everyone, but you just need to know where to stay. You’ll find a variety of luxury hotels with stunning views, several budget B&B, boutique hotels and serviced apartments. Here are some of our favourite hotels in Tromsø:
Clarion Hotel the Edge
The Edge is strategically located at the harbour, and it features luxury rooms, a rooftop terrace, a sky bar, a lounge and a restaurant. The rooms are stylishly designed with contemporary furnishings and well-appointed with modern amenities including a large flat-screen TV, Free WiFi, and well-equipped bathrooms.
Scandic Ishavshotel is an award-winning hotel located right by the quayside in Tromsø. With the beautiful views of the Tromsø harbour and the city, the hotel offers a wide range of rooms, restaurants and amazing amenities to make your summer holiday comfortable and memorable.
Comfort Hotel Xpress Tromsø
Situated in downtown Tromsø, Comfort Hotel Xpress is strategically located within a walking distance to major attractions in the city. The hotel offers a variety of stylish rooms that will fit your needs and preferences. It’s a perfect place to stay if you are looking for a budget, yet modern accommodation during your holiday.
Smarthotel Tromsø is a full-service bed and breakfast hotel located in the heart of the city. It features a variety of smart and functional rooms at affordable prices. The hotel is also located within a short distance walk to most of the top attractions in the Tromsø.
Where to Eat In Tromsø
Tromsø is filled with a wide range of dining options and some of our favourites include Biffhuset, Bardus Bistro, Arctandria Restaurant, Smak Restaurant, Mathallen, and Aunegarden.
What’s on in Tromsø During Summertime?
Tromsø is alive with several events in summer; the city is packed with a variety of cultural events and festivals. Some of our favourite events include Bukta Open Air Rock Music Festival (July), Rakettnatt (August), Midnight Sun Marathon (June) and Tromsø Jazzfestival (August).
How to Get Around
Most of the major attractions in Tromsø are located near each other and you can easily walk between them. For public transport, you can take a bus to any area in the city. There are several city buses that run daily, from morning till midnight. You can purchase a bus ticket upfront or onboard the bus. If you would like to explore other areas outside the city centre, you can hire or rent a car. You’ll find several car rental companies at the airport when you arrive or you can book online prior your arrival and pick it up at the airport.