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Tromsø is, with a population of around 66,000 (2010), Norway’s 7. largest city.The city is the administrative center of the county of Troms, and is mainly Tromsø – but also the neighborhoods of Kvaløya and on the mainland (Kvaløysletta and Tromsdalen).
Tromsø is especially known for midnight sun, aurora Arctic Cathedral (1965). Since the 1800s, the city has also been known as “The Paris “, because of its many restaurants and vibrant nightlife.More locally it is known as a student of the world’s northernmost university (6,000 students) – and the exciting science center Polaria. Sami languages, auroral research, polar research, telemedicine, fisheries, music and engineering are particularly popular subjects. There are also several colleges in the city.
Since 2004, the Bay Festival has been an annual recurring musical event. It will be held at Telegraph Bay in July.
Tromsø is an Alpine ski resort town hook, there are also good conditions for cross country skiing in the winter season.
Weather conditions in Tromsø is generally cool, on the border between arctic and temperate climate. Gulf Stream has huge influence here, and therefore does not freeze at bay. Normally, the temperature varies between -5 and 15 throughout the year, with a gennomsnitt in January at -4 and in July at 12.
There are polar night between November 21 and January 21 and midnight sun between 21 May and 21 July. During these periods, the difference between day and night temperatures is very small.
The nearest airport is Tromsø Airport Langnes, located 3 miles west of downtown.