Heading way up north to Tromso
Posted on March 04, 2013 by sguese
Most don’t get up this far north, but Tromso makes the long journey worth it. The main town of Troms County
in Northern Norway boasts an animated street scene, a respected university and more pubs per capita than any other Norwegian town. Surrounded by snow topped peaks, just asking for visitors to go skiing or hiking, Tromso loves being so far north, priding itself on having the most landmarks with northernmost titles. While not all of those titles are true, being 400 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, Tromso is still way up there. With a history dating back to the 13th century, come explore the Gateway to the Arctic and plenty of “northernmost” sights and sounds.
Have a brew at the Mack Brewery: Established in 1877, the Mack Brewery claims to be one of the northernmost breweries, if not the northernmost brewery. While that title is a little bit hazy, your mind will be a bit hazy after sampling several of these tasty brews. The Mack Brewery produces 18 different kinds of beer. Tours are also offered of the brewing process for those who want an inside look at how beer is made.
Learn at the Polar Museum: This part of the world is often neglected, but the Polar Museum brings it all into importance. One of Tromso’s best museums, the Polar Museum illustrates polar research, particularly the ventures of Nansen and Amundsen. The museum also presents exhibits on the hunting and trapping of Arctic creatures.
Visit Tromso’s Cool and Wooden Cathedrals: It is cool up here, but cool takes on another meaning once you see the Arctic Cathedral while in Tromso. With 11 arching triangles, the Arctic Cathedral is one of the city’s most fascinating pieces of architecture. Be sure to admire the glowing stained glass windows, the contemporary organ and the lamps of Czech crystal that look more like icicles than lamps. Tromso’s other standout religious structure is the Tromso Cathedral. Constructed in 1861, it remains one of Norway’s largest wooden churches.
Take in the history of Tromso’s Forsvarsmuseum: Driving your Tromso rental car to the southern end of the city, you will find an area first developed by the Nazis. The Nazis designed this area of Tromso to be a coastal artillery battery. A number of cannons have been restored here. You can also see a restored commando bunker and an exhibit on the giant German battleship.
End the day at the Tromso University Museum: You might be sick of museums at this point in Tromso, but you can’t leave the city without visiting the Tromso University Museum. The museum holds well-presented displays on all things Arctic, from animals, Sami culture to church architecture. The museum also tells of the regional history to this part of Norway. If you come to Tromso when you can’t see the northern lights, you can just have the experience at the museum. It holds a northern lights machine, lending the sense of the splendor and wonder of the aurora borealis.
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