I visited Tromsø in early 2020 and it was an incredible experience, to say the least. I stayed in the snowy city for 3 nights and loved every single minute, but would I recommend staying for this many nights?
So, how many nights should you spend in Tromsø? If you are visiting Tromso to see the Northern Lights, it is recommended that you stay for at least 5 nights. This gives the best chance to see them, as they are not always guaranteed to be seen. If you are visiting Tromsø for the city itself, I would recommend visiting for 3 nights as it is a small place, and this is the perfect amount of time to experience everything.
Now that you know how many nights you should spend on the island of Tromsøya, it’s important that you know how to best spend your time to make it all 100% worth it! After my stay and a little bit of extra research, I have a few recommendations to make your stay at Tromso perfect.
How Much Time Do You Need To See The Northern Lights In Tromso?
As previously mentioned, it’s extremely recommended to stay at least 5 nights in Tromso if you wish to see the Northern lights.
This is simply due to unpredictable weather and cloud coverage that can block out the lights. The last thing you want is to book a stay in another country to see the Northern Lights, to then not even see them at all!
That’s just like going to a pizza shop after deciding you want pizza, and then walking out with just a can of drink.
However, it is more difficult to see the Northern Lights than what some people may think. It is never guaranteed that you will see the Aurora Borealis, even if you go during the recommended months.
This is why I strongly recommend staying for at least 5 nights, to boost your chances of seeing them.
So, When Is The Best Time To See The Northern Lights In Tromso?
The best time to travel to Tromso to see the Northern Lights is between the months of September and April.
But, you could probably see them at any time of the year. So if you have already booked your stay in the city, don’t worry, you may still have a chance of seeing them!
However, at any time of the year, I would strongly advise you to take one of the chasing lights tours that the city provides. These provide for amazing nights out with professional advice that will make your Northern Lights experience, jaw-dropping.
This tour in particular would be my go-to though. This is because there are professional photographers who join the tour with you, to give advice about capturing the lights on camera. If you don’t have a tripod or even a camera, fear not as they can provide these for a small extra cost. Alternatively, you can just purchase the pictures from the professionals if this suits you more.
My Experience With The Northern Lights…(Or Not!)
As mentioned at the start of this post, I visited Tromso for the first time in early 2020.
And although I loved my 3-night stay, the year ‘2020’ will always stand out.
The Covid-19 pandemic broke out right as me and my brother were staying in the Scandanavian country. So it was all fairly very new information. Of course, we heard about it in China and it was quickly making its way around the world before. But after our first night at Tromso, things got sticky…
It was as if we had woken up in a different dimension. Everywhere was shut! The restaurant we ate at, the bar we had a pint at, the tourist shops we had planned to take a look at; it had all shut down.
Now, we booked our Northern Lights tour on the night we arrived in Tromso, to avoid any disappointments (ironic, I know!).
Unfortunately, the pandemic had other ideas and we were sadly not able to see the Northern Lights on this stay.
Or did we…
Is Tromso Expensive?
So, you now know how long you should book your stay for in Tromso, great!
But, how much money will you need to bring with you? Is Tromso expensive?
Norway is well known for its economy and is known as one of the richest countries in the world. An amazing blog I read which was called “Why Is Norway So Expensive?” explained that everything is so costly for one main reason.
This reason is that every worker is valued highly in the country. And therefore, this means that any person working at a bar, is spending their time serving drinks rather than working with oil at sea (which is very valuable to the country), so the high costs for drinks pay for that instead. This method of thinking has continued to make Norway succeed in its economy with a very little homeless person record!
How Much Is A Beer In Tromso?
A pint of beer in Tromso will cost roughly around 90-130kr. This is about £8-11 or around $11-15.
I know, crazy!
But, it only appears crazy for us tourists. As mentioned before, no matter where you work in Norway, you are always valued fairly. So that means the locals can spend out that kind of cash on a pint, without even batting an eyelid.
Is Tromso Worth Visiting?
Tromso is a beautiful location full of friendly people who also speak very good English.
From reindeer visits, husky sledging, Northern Lights chasing, a sky tram up to the mountain viewpoint; there is so much to do in this tiny city.
In fact, as the city is so small, the majority of attractions are just a walk away. However, for the bigger tours such as reindeer visits and chasing the lights, you will be provided with the relevant transport when booking.
The Arctic Cathedral is visible from pretty much anywhere in Tromso as the main landmark. Its unique beauty stands out like a sore thumb, and when seeing it in between the thousands of snowflakes in the air, there are few better sites to behold in Norway.
So, yes, id go out on a limb to say Tromso is definitely worth your time and money to visit; even if just for a weekend getaway.