Tromso Cruise Port

Port of Tromso: An Overview

Tromso, also known as the Arctic Capital or the France of the North, is the largest city north of the Arctic Circle; spanning more than 965 square miles, this Norwegian city is nearly as large as the entire country of Luxembourg. Established in 1794, Tromso now has about 72,000 inhabitants, many of whom are students attending a handful of local institutions, including the University of Tromso; the Norwegian College of Fishery Science, one of only two colleges in the world dedicated solely to fishing as a livelihood; and the Centre for Peace Studies. Although the locals refer to Tromso as an island, the city actually comprises the island of Tromsoya, Kvaloya and parts of the mainland to the east. (Tromsoya is connected to the mainland by the iconic Tromso Bridge.)

The cruise season runs from mid-February through December, which means you can choose the time of year you'd like to visit.

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Hanging Around

Ships dock at one of two terminals: Breivika and Prostneset.

Don't Miss

If you have a few hours to kill in Tromso, some of the most well-known pursuits are dog-sledding (winter only), snowmobiling (winter only) and kayaking. Or, if you prefer less active excursions, take a city tour, or make your way to the Polaria Museum, where you can observe live fish and seals, and catch short films on Arctic wildlife and the Northern Lights. Or check out the Arctic Cathedral, a beautiful Lutheran church, built in 1965, where Norwegian folk songs are performed during midnight concerts for passengers on summertime voyages. (The midnight sun ensures extended daylight during the summer months.) If you'd rather explore port on your own, the city -- dotted with colorful, cube-shaped buildings that resemble LEGO blocks -- is easily walkable. Tromso is up-and-coming in terms of food, culture and shopping, so you're sure to find something of interest.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

Norway is not a member of the European Union, and as such, its official currency is the Norwegian krone (NOK).


The official language spoken is Sami, a type of Norwegian. The number of American visitors to Norway has nearly doubled in recent years; just about everyone in Norway speaks English, but it doesn't hurt to bone up on your Norwegian before making the trip. The effort is always appreciated.

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