Tromsø is a city of 65000 inhabitants located on an island (Tromsøya) along the Norwegian coast,
1600 km north of Oslo and 350 km north of the Polar Arctic circle. Tromsø is the largest city in northern Norway and the third largest city worldwide north of the Arctic circle. It's a convenient point where to break the journey between the Lofoten islands and the North Cape and a good basis from which to explore the region.
The area around Tromsø has been settled since prehistoric times. During the Middle Ages Tromsø was the northernmost Norwegian city, at the border to the area settled by the Sami people. The first Christian church on the island of Tromsøya was built in 1252. In the 19th century Tromsø was a major centre for Arctic hunting and trade and later the starting point for several Arctic expeditions. During World War II Tromsø was not destroyed.
From a touristic perspective Tromsø does not have too many sights. There are a few churches, of which the Tromsø cathedral and the modern Arctic cathedral are the most interesting ones. Hurtigruten boats running along the Bergen-Kirkenes route stop in Tromsø.
How to get to Tromsø
Tromsø can be reached by car, plane (there is an airport) and by boat, but not by train.
Hotels in Tromsø are quite pricey. Alternatively it's possible to book accomodation with private indidivuals using AirBnB.