"On seeing the Northern Lights (at last!)" Top 5 Page for this destination Tromsø by toonsarah
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Since we had failed in the previous year to see the Lights on a brief visit to Iceland, we decided to visit Tromsø and northern Norway (the Finnmark region) for a week in the hope of better luck. And it worked! We were fortunate enough to see them three times during that week – twice in and around Tromsø, and once during our short cruise on a Hurtigruten ship that took us even further north.
But our visit to Tromsø proved a pleasure in other ways too. This is a compact, friendly town with a picturesque setting on an island. Its harbour stays ice free even in the depths of winter, and the surrounding mountains, snow-covered when we visited, form a lovely backdrop to both harbour and town. In January the town was experiencing the Polar night, when the sun never rises, but on a clear day the blue twilight has a beauty of its own. And on our final day here the sun did rise, for the first time in months, and the mountains glowed.
Most people who come here in winter do so to look for the Aurora, and numerous local companies run tours to help you “Chase the Lights”. But there is a surprising amount to do in town too. Several good museums, and the attractiveness of its old wooden houses, kept us happily occupied for several days here.
Please start your visit to Tromsø with my first tip, our flight to Tromsø
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