Tromso is an amazing city in Northern Norway. I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again, it is definitely one of my favourite cities. It is a city full of unforgettable bucket list experiences that not many people get to try. You could easily spend upwards of a week there without getting bored. However if your’e travelling on a budget like I was that is not always possible. The higher cost of living in Scandinavia makes it harder for younger travellers to spend long periods of time in the region. That’s why I want to share how we spent our only full day in Tromso. We only spent about a day and a half in Tromso in total however we were able to experience some of the best things Tromso has to offer.
To start the day we woke up around 7, giving us enough time to get ready and have something to eat before getting the 425 bus from the Tromso bus terminal at 8:05am. We arrived at Ersfjordbotn, a village in Troms County at 8:25am. The reason for visiting this village is because it offers one of the best fjord views in Tromso. As soon as we get off the bus we were blown away by the view. The water was so still, it was so silent and peaceful. If you are there in winter then you will be able to the the sunrise over the fjord at about 9am making for a spectacular view. Once your’e finished in Ersfjord you can get the bus back, however the next bus isn’t for a few hours so to save time we had to get a taxi. Calling a taxi is difficult as you have to find where you are and hope you can pronounce the street correctly. The street we were on was Ersfjorvegan and after what seemed like forever our taxi showed up and took us back to Tromso. Getting a taxi back cost over $100 so unless you short on time I recommend waiting for the bus.
We were back about 11:30 and after a quick bite to eat we walked from our hotel to the base of Mt Storsteinen, the mountain we attempted the climb the night before in the dark. This time we attempted to climb it by following the track rather than hiking through bush. The longer we climbed for the greater I felt about giving up and going the home last night. It took us over an hour to climb via the track which included multiple slips due to the icy surface. Nevertheless we made it to the top somewhat exhausted but the view we were greeted with was totally worth it. From the top of the mountain you could see all of Tromso. It was now just after 1pm and because it was winter the sun was beginning to set. As the sun set over Tromso the view only got better, it was one of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen. As it got darker we decided to head back, we weren’t going to walk back down in the dark so we took the cable car down which is also available to get up but we choose to hike up. Once at the bottom we decided to get a taxi back to our hotel as we were tired and wanted to save time again.
Once back in Tromso we decided to do some souvenir shopping, I bought a postcard, magnet and shot glass as I have done with every country I have been to. I also ended buying a Christmas jumper for my dad as it’s something he asked me to get him from Europe. We finished up our shopping, had something to eat and then went back to our hotel to get ready for our dog sledding expedition at 4:30pm. I won’t talk too much about that as my previous post was dedicated to my experience whilst dog sledding however it is such an amazing experience and a great way to end any trip to Tromso. Especially since we were able to see the Northern Lights whilst dog sledding. Seeing the Northern on there own is amazing but seeing them whilst dog sledding was on another level. My time in Tromso was phenomenal and I hope anyone else that visits Tromso is blown away just like I was.
I hope to one day travel to Tromso again. What is your favourite travel destination that you only spent a few days in, do you plan on going back?