The world's northernmost student city lives up to its nickname "the Paris of the North". All year round, there's always a concert or a festival to attend. Seeing your favourite artist under the midnight sun or the northern lights gives the experience an indefinable x-factor. 

Tromsø is full of arctic history, rich culture, modern cuisine, and unspoilt surroundings. Hundreds of summits attract ski touring enthusiasts all year round. In the autumn, there are hiking opportunities in every direction, virtually at your doorstep. It's also possible to go dog sledding or visit an Alaskan husky farm nearby, as well as diving into the unique Sami culture. 

One of the best spots for panoramic views over the city and aurora borealis, is from Mount Storsteinen (421 metres above sea level). Ride the Fjellheisen cable car up or climb up 1,200 stone steps on the Sherpa staircase. 

From summit to sea. Get a unique view of other kinds of locals - humpback whales and killer whales - on a guided whale safari

If you are more of an urban type, you can enjoy the view of the northern lights and the city's stunning architecture from one of Tromsø's sky bars. Another beautiful sight is Ishavskatedralen (The Arctic Cathedral), an architectural landmark inspired by arctic nature. A northern lights concert here is magical! The city also has many interesting museums and art galleries. 

If you want to prove yourself as a true Polar hero, take a dip in the 3 degree Celsius sea, before warming up again in the cool (and delightfully hot) harbour-side sauna Pust. 

From Tromsø, you can easily extend your northern lights city adventure by spending a few days in the more remote Senja, Alta or the Lyngenfjord region.