Tromsø surprised visitors in the 1800s: they thought it very sophisticated and cultured for being so close to the North Pole—hence its nickname, the Paris of the North. It looks the way a polar town should—with ice-capped mountain ridges and jagged architecture that is an echo of the peaks. The midnight sun shines from May 21 to July 21, and it is said that the northern lights decorate the night skies over Tromsø more than over any other city in Norway. View more
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With its extreme geographical location and climate, Norway is a place of rugged landscapes, hardy plant life, and the amazing phenomena of the northern lights during the winter season. Visit the Alpine Botanic Garden and the Science Center of Northern Norway to learn more about the region's unique artic attributes.
Breivika, Alpine Botanic Garden
After a 15-minutes transfer to Breivika by coach, you will start your walk to the Alpine Botanic Garden. The world's northernmost botanic garden, encompasses a lush and fascinating landscape that is home to plants that hail from the Polar Regions or high in the mountains. However, the specimens you see at the Botanic Garden actually thrive in these harsh conditions and fair quite poorly in milder climes. Indeed, Tromsø's long, snowy winters and cool, wet summers are ideal for these hardcore species.
Continuing on to the Science Center, you will embark on an eye-opening adventure that takes you through the fields of mathematics, science and technology, with a focus on northern Scandinavia. Interesting exhibits offer insights into subjects pertaining to the Arctic, such as energy, the climate, the area's natural resources, the environment and the breathtaking northern lights. In the country's largest planetarium, you will view a 25-minute film illuminating the properties of this incredible play of light.
Concluding your visit, you will be transfer to your ship by coach.
Please note: This tour involves an approximate 2km walk involving uneven terrain, dirt/gravel paths, and gradual slopes. Amount of walking in each site is at guests 'discretion. It is recommended to dress in warm, layered clothing and wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. It is recommended to dress in warm, layered clothing and wear comfortable walking shoes. Tour sequence may vary. Comfort stop available at the Science Center.Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled.
Visit the beer cellar and microbrewery of the world's most northern brewery, with a history going back to over 130 years.
Mack's Ølbryggeri (Mack's Beer Brewery) was founded in Tromsø in 1877 by the son of a German immigrant that took his Bavarian brewing skills all the way to Tromsø. During the visit you will learn about the history of the site and will see the old beer cellars as well as the microbrewery which is still housed there.
The main production of Mack's beer is done outside the city now, but you will still get the chance to enjoy Mack's portfolio of beer here and will have a tasting of 3 of them.
You will also watch a film about the early years of production and the development of the factory.
Please note: It is recommended that guests dress in warm layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable walking shoes. Participants must be 18 years of age to participate and have a valid ID. Comfort stop available at the brewery.
Let us show you our favorite sites and city features on this easy ride with electric bikes.
Experience the fun and freedom of the E-bike, visiting many of Tromsø's must-see highlights in just a few hours (2 hours and 45 minutes of ride). Hear about the vibrant city's secrets, explore places off the beaten track and enjoy the stunning scenery. See the beautiful arctic environment from a different perspective and hear about the ways of the wonderful people living here. You will be introduced to Tromsø as the locals know it.
· Bukta - Tromsø's most beautiful sandy beach
· Farm at Holt - the only farm on Tromsøya
· Prestvannet - the biggest lake on the island, bird paradise nature reserve
· Ski jumps - the best lookout in the town
· Tromsø Arctic-Alpine Botanical Garden - we walk the paths between exotic plants and soak in the tranquil atmosphere of this magic place
· Downtown Tromsø
Please note: Participants must be at least 15 years of age, 150 cm tall, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants must not exceed 230 lbs (105kg). It is recommended that guests dress in warm layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Participants need to know how to ride a bike and be physically fit to participate. It is required to receive the height of each guest prior to the tour departure. Comfort stops available at different locations.
After a city sightseeing in Tromsø by coach, you will head to Breivikeidet where the hike starts (coach ride is 1 hour).
The area you will be walking in has a rich bird and wildlife as well as stunning views towards the Lyngen Alps. The Lyngen Alps are known as a world class nature paradise, with a stretch of peaks along the Lyngenfjord, wedged between Tromsø & the Finnish border. The prominent alpine area stands out with its majestic peaks and distinctive glaciers.
After the hike enjoys a delicious fish soup in a Sami tent, before heading back to Tromsø (coach ride is 1 hour).
Please note: It is recommended that guests dress in warm layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable walking shoes. The 3.25 km r/t dirt trail involves uneven terrain with gradual slopes. Participants need to be physically fit to participate. Comfort stop available at the camp.
We invite you to join a hike with some of the friendliest and most appealing residents of Norway, a boisterous group of Alaskan husky sled dogs.
Scenic drive, Tromsø Wilderness Camp
Enjoy a 30 minutes scenic drive through the charming old city, over the island of Tromsø, onto Sandenessund Bridge and Kvaløya Island, and to a mountainous isle with peaks rising to an elevation of over 3,200 feet. Here a warm welcome awaits you at the Tromsø Wilderness Camp, where you will meet 100+ Alaskan huskies. Tove Sørensen has made her mark in the world of sled racing, as Sørensen regularly participates in the Finnmark Race with the friendly dogs that you will meet.
Hike with the Huskies
After a short introduction, your experienced guide will take you on a hike together with some of the most top trained dogs, which are only too eager to accompany you. This invigorating hike takes you into the spectacular northern Norwegian nature where you will have great views of the captivating fjords and mountains surrounding Tromsø. Although everyone will have the opportunity to walk with a husky, the huskies will be shared, as they are very energetic and can be exhausting.
Back at the Wilderness Camp, you will be treated to a hot beverage and a snack before it's time to say goodbye to the huskies.
Afterward, you will re-board you coach for the 30 minutes transfer back to the pier
Please note: It is recommended to dress in warm, layered clothing. Rain boots are provided at the center. Everyone will have the opportunity to walk with a husky; however 1 husky is shared amongst 3-4 people. It is recommended guests are in good physical condition. If you would like to lead a husky, you must be fairly strong to handle the huskies The 2 to 5 km hike is rated as medium level and involves uneven, wet terrain; and the distance and duration of 1.5 to 2 hours is dependent on the group and weather. Comfort stop available at the Husky Center. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair. Wear warm comfortable clothing, walking shoes and bring with you an extra pair of socks, clothing may get wet or dirty along the hike. We cannot guarantee that you meet the owner, Tove Sørensen. Children are allowed to take part on this tour, however, due to the strenght of the Huskies,the recommended minimum age for this tour is 8 years old.
Enjoy a unique perspective of Norway's fjords, shores and wildlife onboard an exciting RIB ride.
After being fitted with a weatherproof suit you will board the rigid inflatable boat for a high-speed cruise, heading south of Tromsø to Rystraumen. This area is known for it's abundance of fish and birdlife. At Ryøya, you may spy musk ox, which are often best viewed from the sea. Continuing on to Håkøya, you will see where the German battleship Tirpitz was sunk in World War II.
Throughout your 2-hour RIB adventure, you will marvel at wonderful views of the pristine fjords, majestic mountains and city of Tromsø.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity, and is recommended for guests in good physical condition without any back or neck problems. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Participants must be at least 10 years of age and children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants must also not exceed 240 lbs (110kg). All participants will be given a weatherproof suit, life jacket & goggles. Wear flat shoes. Participants are likely to get wet and it is recommended to bring an extra set of clothes and shoes so you can change and bring raingear, warm clothing. The excursion may be cancelled on short notice in case of adverse weather conditions with strong wind. Space is very limited; reserve this well in advance to avoid disappointment. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. Comfort stop available at RIB base.
Discover the splendid panoramic beauty of northern Norway during this picturesque drive to Sommarøy Island, where you will enjoy a walk through this traditional fishing village, surrounded by magnificent mountain peaks.
Tromsø City, Sandnessund Bridge, Mountain Peaks and Kvaløy Island
After a brief sightseeing drive through Tromsø city, you will cross the Sandnessund Bridge, which connects Tromsø City with Kvaløy Island. Your drive offers marvelous views of jagged mountain peaks that rise up from the ocean on the northern side of Senja Island.
Sommarøy Island, Senja Island, Kattfjord and Blåmann Mountain
Arriving at Sommarøy Island, you will take a leisurely stroll through this idyllic fishing village, which is home to approximately 300 residents. You will learn about life on this coastal community where hunting and fishing have always been the main activities. All the while you will be surrounded by glistening white beaches and with stunning panoramic views of Senja Island to the south, coastal landscapes to the north, and the endless Arctic Ocean to the west. Making a stop at one of the local restaurants you will be treated to coffee, tea & waffles.
On your return drive (75-minutes) you will travel along the narrow Kattfjord, passing the majestic Blåmann, and the highest peak on Kvaløy Island.
Please note: Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.6 miles (about one kilometre), at times over uneven surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and several steps at the sites visited. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring a waterproof jacket or coat from the ship. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled. Comfort stop available at refreshment location.
Explore the highlights of Tromsø and experience why Tromsø is considered the gateway to the Arctic.
Enjoy a scenic drive to the Polar Museum, located in an old 19th century wharf house. This museum will give you good insight into the life of the Arctic both in the past and present. The museum celebrates the many exploits of explorers, hunters and researchers who used Tromsø as "The Gateway to the Arctic" between 1850 and 1930. Here you will learn everything there is to know about the great Norwegian Polar Explorers like Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen; the latter being the first man to reach the South Pole, but also the first man to reach both the north and south pole. The exhibits include photographs, films, vintage equipment and artifacts including skis, tents, scientific instruments and weapons and more.
The modern beauty of the Arctic Cathedral is your next stop. A visual masterpiece, the Cathedral's 114-foot high entrance and pronounced cross makes this landmark the city's most recognizable feature. The Cathedral's interior is bathed in warm and inviting light. Each chandelier, created in Czechoslovakian crystal, was crafted to resemble hanging ice formations. The vibrant-colored stained-glass window covers the entire east wall and is one of the largest in Europe.
Continuing on, you will make your way towards the cable car at Tromsø Fjellheis and ascend to 1350 feet (421 meters) above sea level to the top of Mount Storsteinen. Just across the bridge from Tromsø, the ride offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city, fjords, pine covered mountains and verdant valleys. Here you will enjoy coffee/tea and waffles in the cosy Fjellstua at the top of the mountain.
After descending you will rejoin your coach for a 40 minutes panoramic drive back to the ship.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking up a steep incline, with a few steps to enter the Arctic Cathedral and climbing several flights of narrow stairs the Polar Museum. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. It is recommended to dress in warm, layered clothing and wear comfortable walking shoes. Tour sequence may vary. The cable car is closed in extreme weather conditions. Waits at the cable car should be expected. The Arctic Cathedral can close at short notice for religious ceremonies, in which case only an exterior visit will be conducted. Comfort stop available at the Polar Museum & Cable Car.Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled.
Grande Hotel is for those who want to begin or prolong their Silversea holiday - luxury accommodations, exclusive service and impeccable attention to detail in style. Grande Hotel guests appreciate the finer things in life. These properties have been chosen not only for their prime location but for their outstanding service and their exceptional quality.
For your convenience, we can easily organise transfers between the airport and hotel or between the hotel and the pier so that you only have to decide how much or how little you wish to do.
Hotel groups that are frequently featured in our program include Shangri-La, Four Seasons, Peninsula or Fairmont to name just a few.
Our Simply Hotel selection is the perfect choice for those who want a centrally located setting from which to discover - or rediscover - the city. Rooms in these 4.5 and 5-star properties are generally Standard Double or King rooms that provide comfortable accommodations and superior service for those who wish to extend their trip with a cultural or shopping experience in some of the world's most iconic cities.
Hotel brands that we consistently feature include Intercontinental, JW Marriott, Fairmont or the Conrad Group.
THE THIEF has filled this retreat with top international art pieces, carefully selected designer furniture, global Nordic cuisine, top quality spa and cosmopolitan bars. 'Escapees' are able to enjoy refreshing dips in the sea at the Tjuvholmen beach or stroll off the islet across the footbridge to the bustling Aker Brygge restaurant and business area. Most of our guests come here to get away from it all, and for the relaxing atmosphere of THE THIEF.
Radisson Blu Scandinavia
Boasting a dynamic view of the bustling city centre and serene Oslo Fjord, the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo is ideally located in the heart of this Norwegian city near the Royal Palace. Within walking distance from major attractions like City Hall, Karl Johans Gate, Vigeland Sculpture Park and Aker Brygge, this Oslo hotel creates the perfect hub for exploring the rich cultural tapestry of the city centre. Indulge in Mediterranean dining at the in-house ENZO Bar & Restaurant or unwind with a refreshing swim in the pool at Lagoon, the hotel's health and fitness facility.
RADISSON BLU AIRPORT HOTEL
Radisson Blu Airport hotel Gardermoen offers guests the ultimate convenience with a three-minute, covered walk from the airport terminal to the hotel. The airport train and bus stations are located just outside the door of the hotel, and a large car park is nearby. This hotel's location is 47 kilometres from Oslo city centre, just a 19-minute train ride on the Flytoget Airport Express Train or a 40-minute car or bus ride.