Norway - Tromsø

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1. Posted by LonerExplorer (First Time Poster 1 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Hello, I’m looking st spending my 24th birthday in January in Tromsø, Norway.
I just looking for any advice from anyone who’s been there and give me some tips on cheap things to do.
Most likely by for one person so I know it should be cheap.
This isn’t my first time going away on my own, but it will be my first time in Northern Europe.
Thank you for any advice.

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1425 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

That's a tough challenge. Norway's one of the most expensive places on the planet, and Tromsø is no exception.

Walking around is free :) so you could walk over the bridge to see the Arctic Cathedral, and there are hiking trails on the hills beyond. Or the botanic gardens is free.

3. Posted by Skandinavisk (Budding Member 32 posts) 17w 3 Star this if you like it!

I'd have to start by saying what I alway say about Norway: There is no way of getting around that the country is expensive.

Like Andy says, walking around is free, and hiking is also free. However you would have to pay to get into the Arctic cathedral (50 NOK).

Since you'll be here in January, there will be snow on the ground covering most of the botanical garden. It's still open though: No one is going to stop you wandering about in it.

My recommendation is getting the Tromsø pass, if you want to get around and get into the top sights is getting Tromsøpasset. It will get you into the following
Polaria (normal price 130)
The Cable Car (normal price 210 going up and down, 150 for one way only)
Arctic Cathedral (normal price 50)
Tromsø Museum (normal price 60)
Polstjerna (closed in winter, normal price 40)
Polar Museum (normal price 60)
Botanical Garden (free entry)
and will give you 48 hours of riding the bus (normally 100 a day for a 24 hour ticket, with a special card that you also have to buy)

All at the cost of some 400 NOK.

One thing: Get the card from Narvesen at Stortorget. The adress Amundsens plass 1 does no longer house Troms Trafikk, and there isn't anyone there that can sell you anything. Troms trafikk really need to look at and update their webpages.

There are also a few more things I'd recommend:
Tromsø cathedral (not to be confused with the Arctic cathedral, free entrance but theres discussions going on about demanding entrance fees)
Perspektivet museum (photographing people in Tromsø for years back)
NordNorsk kunstmuseum if you like classical paintings

If the weather is noce, take a look at the northern lights. Se for some tips on that. (my only blog entry so far)

4. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 850 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Loads of good tips from Skandinavisk above. I would add that if you don't think you'll be going to enough sights to be worth buying the Tromsøpasset, but are interested in the Polar Museum (Polarmuseet) and Tromsø Museum, you could get a combined ticket when we were there in 2013 so it's worth looking out for that.

If you want to splash the cash on a Northern Lights tour do it near the start of your stay, as most offer a free second attempt if you fail to see them - no use if you're leaving the next day! Having said that, most of the guides know what they are doing and try very hard to make sure you see them - the guide we had said he'd been over the border into Finland the previous night and not got back to Tromsø until 3.00 AM, but they saw the lights!

Mind you, we also saw them in the city centre on our last night there, so you may not need a tour at all :)

I really recommend the Perspekitivet Museum, and it's a great budget choice because it's free! The exhibits were interesting and the cafe does a good value lunch. The Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum (art gallery) is also free and worth a visit - you get a good overview of the art that this region has inspired, with some beautiful land- and seascapes. And again the cafe is good value.

5. Posted by VAus (Inactive 1 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

You are right that Norway is a fairly expensive but definitely also a beautiful country!

As also mentioned in the other posts, walking around Tromsø is always a good idea. The other activity you might be able to give it a try yourself is hunting the northern lights. For some guidance on this, check:

Organized activities will generally be fairly expensive though. It may help a bit that it is no high season in January but still... Hopping on a RIB boat can be organized alternative which is relatively favorable priced. Interesting for a thrilling experience to perfect for exploring the surroundings. -snip-

Enjoy your birthday!

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