As the largest city for hundreds of miles in any direction, Tromsø is the cultural heart of northern Norway. That heart beats strongly with annual cultural events that have earned the city the nickname "Paris of the North" despite a population of just 75,000. An internationally renowned film festival, a thriving electronic music scene and the northernmost marathon in the world (run under the midnight sun!) are just some of the highlights on the calendar.
Tromsø, situated on a small island surrounded by mountains, is one of Norway’s most picturesque cities. The fact that it enjoys both the midnight sun in summer and the northern lights in winter (Tromsø's considered one of the best places in the world to witness the aurora borealis) highlights the remarkable natural attraction of the region.
Remote Tromsø has a surprisingly international vibe, what with so many cultural events, the world's northernmost university and the city’s airport acting as a transport hub for the north. Your visit to Tromsø may be brief, but your memories are sure to last a lot longer.