Have you checked out the March issue of Viking magazine? For a little travel inspiration, we highlight the small and beautiful Norwegian town of Tromsø, known as the “Gateway to the Arctic.” It brims with natural beauty and many opportunities to see the Northern Lights. Whether you want your home base to be in the city’s center or on the outskirts of town surrounded by nature, here are some ideas of where to stay in the Tromsø area.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromsø
This 4-star hotel is situated in the city’s center near some cool attractions, including The Arctic Cathedral and Tromsø University Museum. The 269 newly-renovated rooms and suites showcase amazing views of the city. The interior décor features two types of designs. The first is an Arctic theme with calming colors. The second is known as Chilli, which boasts a bold mix of colors and contemporary furnishings. Radisson Blu has two on-site restaurants, including a breakfast buffet available each morning at Charley’s Restaurant and Bar. Tip! The glass bridge between the hotel buildings is a great place to look for the Northern Lights.
This luxury boutique lodge blends into the beauty of the Lyngen Alps. It can accommodate 16 guests in eight bedrooms, so it’s great for large families and groups. The lodge’s hosts, guides and chefs will make sure you have an incredible Arctic journey. After a day of skiing and exploring, unwind in the library, sauna or Jacuzzi.
Clarion Hotel The Edge
This trendy riverside hotel opened in 2014 and sits in the center of Tromsø. Make sure to check out famed Scandinavian chef Marcus Samuelsson’s restaurant, Kitchen & Table. For an evening of drinks, head to the 11th floor to the city’s only skybar. Visitors can easily get to surrounding attractions, such as the Polaria Aquarium, the Polar Museum and Mack Brewery. Note! The Edge is a cash-free hotel.
Tromsø Bed and Books
Looking for a cozy stay rather than a large hotel? Choose from two guesthouses, which both share a kitchen. The Writer’s House has five bedrooms and is located in the city center near the Hålogaland Theatre. The Fisherman’s House has four rooms and a balcony that is great for hunting the Northern Lights. Literary lovers will enjoy all the books that line the shelves in the rooms.