Spirit of Adventure blog
The largest settlement inside the Arctic Circle is our destination today.
Starting point for many expeditions heading northbound, as well as centre for Polar research, meteorological institute and the famed Northern Lights observatory, (although it’s just white nights at this time of year…) there’s no shortage of things to do here.
A building worthy of note here is the Arctic cathedral – an interesting looking structure erected in the mid ‘60’s with one of the largest stained windows in Europe, so they claim. We ran visits to this structure as well as many others, of course.
If none of the above appealed, then perhaps the Polar museum located in the old custom’s house dating from 1930, or a tour of the local Mack brewery might be of interest. There’s also a wonderful aquarium here – a popular spot for ship’s crew to visit.
Anyone less interested in the city could hop on the visit to Sommarøy Island, Tromsø's largest fishing village. This excursion gives a good scenic trip as well as an insight into local life, and even a taste of some local waffles on a stopover. Lovely.
Tromsø well-covered, it was time to head even further north into the Arctic and the highlight of our cruise – Svalbard.
Captain Kim Tanner
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