Home to spectacular fjords and virgin nature, Norway can also send an experienced traveler on an adventure of a lifetime to some of the most remote terrains on our planet. Northern Norway might as well turn all of your views on life above the Arctic Circle upside down – and make you fall in love with what you have learned.
Tromso, a town of some 70,000 inhabitants, is a genuine arctic heartland. Rough mountainous terrains and the ocean meet together in this land of contrasts. Perhaps the most famous thing about Tromso is its majestic display of northern lights, or aurora borealis, as it is also known. Searching for the best spot to enjoy the gorgeous specter is an adventure in its own right – for truly pure views, one must travel well beyond the town boundaries, where street lamps and lights mingle with the northern lights. One of the most luxurious aurora experiences is sailing the ship in the middle of the arctic night and enjoying the lights as the Vikings have seen them.
Tromso is no less wonderful by day than by night. Snow-capped mountains, glitzy frozen fjords, trodden paths swirling up the hills and colorful houses of the locals make an unforgettable scene. Visiting fishing islands, scattered all around Tromso, is equally exciting and offers a unique glance into the way of life amidst the arctic wilderness. You can also take a train through a tunnel in the surrounding mountains and enjoy Norway’s authentic landscapes.
The indigenous population of Tromso, Sami, are obviously experts in surviving in one of Europe’s harshest weather conditions. They are famous for their reindeer breeding skills, which you can observe by visiting one of the local reindeer farms. You will be invited into lavvu, a portable tent which herders can take with them in search of better pastures for their herds. Sami people are very friendly and hospitable and will allow you to feed their stock and take a closer look at these smart animals. In fact, it is impossible to picture Norwegian rural heartland without the reindeer farms and pastures – this culture will always belong here.
As one of the richest countries in Europe, Norway offers a well-developed tourist infrastructure. You can book a tour to see aurora borealis, or a more inclusive tour guidance to explore the ins and outs of this unique territory.
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