city in Tromsø municipality, Norway

Tromsø is a city in Norway. It is in Tromsø municipality and Troms county. Most of the city is on a small island called Tromsøya.

Panoramic of Tromsø
Tromsø komm.svg

Tromsø is the largest city in Northern Norway.


Ships, each with hundreds of tourists, came to Tromsø, already around 1850; the largest[1] tourist attraction there, was the Sami camp in Tromsdalen.

Living polar bears were being sold in Tromsø, author Cora Sandel wrote in 1904.[1]

The University of Tromsø was opened in Tromsø in 1972.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Henning Howlid Wærp. "«Bæ, lang næse Nansen!»" [eat your heart out, Nansen!] (23 July 2017) Aftenposten. p. 2