Just outside the town centre you will find scenic walks and residential areas with their own quays and fascinating architecture. Within the city centre, the quays are dominated by the boats and the urban life for which Tromsø is so famous. All the way from Strandtorget to Kystens Hus (the Coastal Seafood Centre in Northern Norway), the Polar Museum and Skansen, the waterfront has lots of great restaurants, cafés and pubs that attract both locals and visitors.
Great range of food and drink The venues are close together and offer a variety of different types of dining experiences. For example, you can choose between fine dining at the seafood restaurant Fiskekompaniet, pizza at Yonas, grilled meats at Graffi and Du verden, live music at Kaia and Rorbua, seafood and sushi at Kystens Mathus, or rustic traditional north Norwegian food at Full Steam. Several other places to eat, including the hotels along the quayside promenade, are of high quality and are often good places to take a warm break from the chilling Balsfjord wind. If you just want to have a drink, you can enjoy an outdoor beer at Skarven or Skirri, while the city’s best coffee is brewed at Kaffebønna at Strandtorget and Stortorget.
A host of experiences The quay also features the tourist information office, Visit Tromsø, as well as old authentic piers and boats, the Polar Museum, an aquarium and Arctic history at Polaria, the Northern Norwegian Art Museum, various galleries and several outlets offering souvenirs, experiences and activities. Many visitors ask about opportunities to buy fresh and prepared fish. They are directed to Kystens Hus, where the fishmonger Dragøy offers a large selection. The same building is also home to the Hermes II adventure shop, which focuses on fisheries and coastal history and on local and Nordic design products. There is also an aquarium on the same floor, with Arctic species and the interactive exhibition ‘Explore Seafood’ on the second floor.
Feel the atmosphere We recommend setting aside plenty of time to walk along the quays in Tromsø. There a plenty of great photo motifs, fresh sea air, attractive dining venues and a range of exciting experiences that can make a trip along the quays a highlight when visiting the city.
In short: If you are in the city centre, head towards Tromsø Sound and visit the city’s waterfront. You will enjoy an evocative encounter with the old, historic Tromsø, while simultaneously experiencing the city’s modern, urban pulse.
If you have any questions, just ask the first person you meet. The friendly and affable locals are happy to have a chat if you ask them.
Enjoy your trip!