"Tromsoe" Tromsø by shugoey

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Tromsoe is the largest city in the Nordic countries north of the Arctic Circle. The city lives on education, research, administration, fishing exports and satellite technology. The centre of the north has appr. 62,000 residents.

Tromsoe was founded in 1794. The city was given the nickname Gateway to Arctic, because it was the starting point for expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic in the early 1900s. In the last 50 years, there has been an exceptional growth in population, which is in part due to the establishment of institutions like the University of Tromsoe and the Norwegian Polar Institute.

Tromsoe enjoy a moderate insular climate. Summer weather ranges from five degrees Celsius and rain to 28 degrees and sunny days. Winter is not especially cold. The record low temperature is minus18 degrees Celsius, while the average January temperature is minus four, but in return there is often a lot of snow.

The Midnight Sun is visible from around May 21 to around July 21. Between November 21 and January 21, the sun disappears under the horizon and we experience the Polar Nights. It is not completely dark during the middle of the day, and the light and colour in the sky is amazing when the weather is favourable.

  • Last visit to Tromsø: Mar 2006
  • Intro Updated Apr 11, 2006
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