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Month: November 2017

How to get from the airport to the city centre

How to get from the airport to the city centre

When arriving in Tromsø, the first step to make the most out of your travel budget, is to choose the right way to get from the airport to the city centre, especially with services like Uber not being available in Tromsø. Just like the city, the airport is clearly laid out, and you will find your way to the baggage belts without any problems. The baggage belts are located in the arrival hall, which is really just one long room at ground level, which also rooms all check in counters and rental car offices. The latter are conveniently located together at the opposite end of the hall. Did you make any experiences with public transport in Tromsø? Share them in the comments! 🙂

Map of the surrounding area of Tromsø Airport Langnes
Map of the surrounding area of Tromsø Airport Langnes

There are basically three ways to get to the city centre:

1. City Bus

Bus 42 going to the airport from Sjøgata S4
Bus 42 going to the airport (direction “Eidkjosen”) from Sjøgata S4

This is the cheapest way, and – surprisingly – not slower than any other option. To take the city bus, first go to the Point Kiosk next to the luggage belts to buy tickets. Buying tickets in advance is significantly cheaper than getting them at the bus. If you know that you will rely on public busses as the main means of transport during your stay, make sure to get a period ticket right away. Once you got your ticket and your luggage, take the elevator down to the parking garage and walk across the parking garage away from the airport to the bus stop (red arrow). The stop at the same side as the airport will get you to Kvaløya, the stop at the opposite side of the street to the city centre. Bus 40 and 42 go both to the centre, but 42 is faster. You can plan your bus journey here. The stop at the airport is called “Flyplassen”, a stop in the city centre is “Sjøgata S3” (less than 2min walking distance to 4 major hotels). There is also an app which shows the real departure times (as opposed to the scheduled ones), and which can help you plan your trip. Available for Android and Apple.

Click here to download a free printable pdf-guide for your travel files (1,7MB).

Single ticket (presale): kr30,-
Single ticket at the bus: kr50,- (cash only!)
24 hours pass: kr100,-
7 days pass: kr240,-

– Cheapest option
– Can get you to different locations, especially relevant if you are staying at an Airbnb

– You may have to wait for the bus
– Doesn’t always bring you to your doorstep

2. Airport Express

Airport Express, photographed betwen Scandic Ishavshotell and Radisson Blu, with Hurtigruten in the background.

The airport express stops at several hotels at the city centre, just like the public bus. Tickets are moderately cheaper when purchased in advance at the red ticket machine in the arrival hall. The bus departs right in front of the arrival hall. Timetable from the airport 

– Always available, goes until the last flight

– If you are not at the last flight, the city bus is cheaper

3. Taxi

To get a taxi, turn right after leaving the luggage area, and queue in the glass cubicle with queue dividers. Don’t stand outside of it, you will freeze and be frowned upon. There are two taxi companies to choose from, Tromsø Taxi and Din Taxi. Both use the same rates, and card payments are always accepted.

– Always brings you to your doorstep

– At peak hours waiting for the bus takes just as long
– Can be expensive, especially at night, weekends, public holidays, long distances

4. Comparison

NameEarliest departureLatest departureTime to city centreRate per person*Rate per vehicle**
City bus06:12 - 06:45 depending on weekday and direction00:07 - 00:13 depending on weekday and direction12 minutes30-50kr
Official Airport Express04:45 - 10:20 depending on weekday and direction15:40 - 23:55 depending on weekday and direction10 minutes90kr
TaxiAll dayAll day12 minutes180-280kr

* – adult ticket. Discounts may apply.
** – 1-4 persons, less than 4 if you have much luggage. Larger vehicles are available at a surcharge. The rate varies depending on the time of day.

Now you are ready to get to the city, but are you ready for the Arctic winter? Double-check here and update your packing list, to make the most out of your Arctic adventure!

5. What to do at the airport?

Visit the Aurora above the clouds!
Visit the Aurora above the clouds! Picture by Magne Furnes, Widerøe

Did you know that you don’t even have to go to the city to join a northern lights chase? From November to March you can experience an exclusive Aurora experience above the clouds. Read more about our unique Northern Lights chase by plane, and book online today!

You Will Need More Wool – what to bring or buy for arctic traveling

You Will Need More Wool – what to bring or buy for arctic traveling

I am exceptionally bad at packing for any trip lasting more than 24 hours – I bring all possible outfits I might need, and then add at least two identical pairs of shoes and several dresses I have never worn to the luggage. Every single time.

But, while I don’t consider myself good at packing, I have gotten quite good at dressing for arctic weather. After attempting to look fashionable and chic during winter for years, I gave up fashionable and gave in to practical clothing in my late twenties, after over a decade of always being cold and/or down with a cold. And walking in high heels on icy surfaces looks way more ridiculous and less cool than any practical outfit will ever do. So, while I aspire to dress stylishly during summer, when winter comes, I will wear whatever keeps me warm, dry, and on my feet.

Depending on where in Norway you live, or visit, dressing appropriately for the weather can be a chore or an actual challenge. In Tromsø, where the climate is rough even for Norway, it is indeed a challenge. But, I’ll try guiding you through this, hopefully you own most of the clothing already. If not, work with what you’ve got, and just bring the warm clothing you have. All of it. And you might want to buy a few essential pieces.

For an example, if you have not brought spikes of the kind you attach to the bottom of your shoe to make you able to walk on snow and ice, you will need to buy a pair. ASAP. Spikes make you able to not spend all your energy and concentration on trying not to fall, and you need to be able to focus on that awesome arctic adventure you’re experiencing. They are super useful, locals swear by them too, and being able to just nonchalantly walk on ice makes you feel a bit like a superhero. A pair will cost you 150 NOK at most, and you can buy them at G-sport , in the middle of the city. You will also be able to get them in most other stores selling sport/outdoor-equipment. You need those. Trust me on this one.

Navigating Tromsø during winter without spikes is often not comfortable, nor safe.


Also, on the topic of items that are literal life-savers: While we are blessed with midnight sun and thus daylight 24/7 during the summer months, during winter, it’s very dark, most of the day and night. When it’s dark and the roads are icy, drivers will greatly appreciate you being as visible as possible – which is best done by wearing reflective gear. Wristbands/anklets/vests in reflective material can be bought everywhere from tourist shops, bookstores, to where you buy spikes. Bring them or buy them, and wear them.

Note: if you are visiting Tromsø during the middle of the summer, never mind spikes. Or reflective gear. Or most of what I suggest in this blog post.

In addition to spikes, you’ll be comfortable in warm shoes, preferably made of water-resistant materials. If you do not own footwear with warm lining, wool socks will do the trick. Taking out the inner sole will give room for at least two pairs, and two pairs or more are the perfect amount of wool socks to wear outdoors during mid-winter in Tromsø. But one might do. Just pack socks made of wool if you own them.

Attachable spikes on regular rain boots on the left – this will keep you both from getting wet and from falling, an excellent solution. Running shoes in gore-tex with spikes pre-attached on the right is an option, I recommend these for people planning on a lot of hikes/walks in winter climate.

Depending on where in the world you come from, and previous travel experience, you might have both knowledge and the actual clothes appropriate for very cold weather. Canadians, for an example, can just bring their regular winter clothes. If you are from, e.g Britain, you are, while used to winter, probably not winters like in Northern Norway. And it’s a known fact that coats made for the British market are not warm enough for Norwegian winters. Many of us have learned this the hard way shopping winter coats/insulated jackets in stores in the U.K.

But, if you are the owner of a winter jacket, you can easily work with that. In Norway, the rule of “three layers” is a well-established dress code we collectively agree on is optimal. Until I met my mild-mannered boyfriend from a country with a milder climate, I didn’t realize no one actually explains what these three layers consist of.

Let’s break it down:

  • The first layer is long underwear, preferably in pure wool, meant to keep you warm and comfortable. Wearing regular underwear in other fabrics under the wool is fine.

    This universally non-sexy clothing have been developed into clothes people actually want to wear, patterned wool underwear from brands like Kari Traa (like the turquoise one in the picture) is basically the everyday version of a Norwegian women´s national costume at this point.

  • The second layer, will go above the first, and this is meant as insulation- it can be a light padded down jacket, a fleece sweater/jacket, but should be slim-fit enough to comfortably be able to wear the last layer over it.

  • The third and last layer should be a jacket that is both wind and waterproof. This is your “shell”, and those jackets are appropriately often called a “shell jacket”. A rain jacket/coat will actually do. If you own clothes you can use, just layer them up, if they look stupid together, no one will notice. It’s pitch dark all day in Norway the whole winter.


All three layers – thin wool pullover, down jacket, waterproof shell jacket on top. Complete with reflective wraparound wristband.


You can buy jackets that actually have at least two of the layers built in, but unless you think you’ll be using it more than rarely, consider whether you will invest in one- they will easily set you back 3000 NOK. If you own one already, you’re good – you probably do not need to read any of this.

Note that while layering is a known and effective way of staying warm, the “three layer concept” is primarily aimed for spending a long time outside, hiking, and other demanding outdoor activities. For strolling around the city, you will do fine with as warm clothing as possible underneath a wind/waterproof jacket.

The last essential items are hats, scarfs and mittens. Choose those with as much as wool as possible. Again. Wool is key in Norway. We love it, and it’s necessary.

Real fur is, of course, often warm and have been used for winter wear in generations. If you own something made of fur, bring it. Norwegians in general avoid fur for political reasons – but we do allow less politically correct behavior from tourists.

Last insider tip: If you are unlucky enough to be in Tromsø during a stormy winter day (there are not few of those a year), sunglasses will protect your eyes from snow. So while this sounds like a practical joke, bring sunglasses to Norway in the winter.

Now you know what you’ll need to be well-prepared for your vacation, but please do not worry about not having all the items. You’ll have a great time no matter what. Looking forward to seeing you here!

The essentials – scarf, spikes, reflective bands, woolen hat, sunglasses (!), and an umbrella. Always bring umbrellas wherever you´re going.