Tromso

The Arctic Cathedral
Polaria, the Arctic aquarium
A wooden city centre

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Tromso

The city of the blue poppy

When vacationing in Norway on an MSC Cruise, you can visit the largest complex of wooden buildings north of Trondheim, just four kilometres from the port, in the centre of Tromsø.
 
One of the first attractions to visit during your MSC cruise of Northern Europe is Polaria. In this Arctic aquarium, you can watch the feeding, twice a day, of the sociable, peaceful bearded seals, and also admire the great variety of fish species that live in the Barents Sea and on the Svalbard.

The most handsome building in Tromsø is undoubtedly the Arctic Cathedral, built in 1965. Its triangular prism shape, with its glass mosaics, mirrors the landscape of this remote region of Norway. Another excursion during your MSC cruise of Northern Europe will take you to the top of the mountain above Storsteinen with the Fjellheisen funicular to enjoy the view, 420 metres above, of the city and the lovely surrounding landscape.

Here one also finds the northernmost botanical gardens in the world, where there are species of plants that, due to their climatic fragility, cannot grow at any other latitude, such as, for example, the Hymalayan blue poppy. Tromsø also hosts the northernmost university in the world, where you find a museum to give you an insight into northern Norway’s culture and environment, with particular attention to the Sami, to archeology, sacred art, geology and the phenomenon of the northern lights.

The polar museum instead shows visitors the harsh life of Arctic explorers. It is fitted in the dock of an old construction built in 1830. For those who like a good beer, there’s a pub like the Ølhallen, which has remained unchanged since 1928. A site not to miss is the Lyngen, an incredible wooden church in the village of Lyngseidet.

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  • CITY TOUR

    CITY TOUR

    TSO01

    The pretty and bustling Norwegian town of Tromsø, situated on the small island of Tromsøya, is a place of art, history, excellent cuisine and a sophisticated nightlife. However, the feature for which Tromsø is best known is its northerly location, some 350 kilometres further up from the start of the Arctic Circle and one of the best spots on earth to witness the curious phenomenon known as the Northern Lights. Your tour of the town begins with a stop at Tromsø Museum for a look at its collection of Sámi artefacts, archaeological finds, religious art exhibits and an intriguing machine that simulates the Northern Lights. The tour then continues towards the so-called “Arctic Cathedral”, a place of worship that is actually a church. Built in 1965, the distinctive triangular architecture of the pure white structure has given it the nickname “the Opera House of Norway” due to a certain likeness to the famous Sydney Opera House. A drive-by tour of the city’s main attractions then ends your excursion. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      3 h

    • AdultsR1085Price per person

    • ChildrenR789Price per person

  • CITY TOUR, TROMSO MUSEUM & CABLE CAR

    CITY TOUR

    TSO04

    Tromsø is the gateway to the Arctic and is beautifully located on a forest-covered island linked to the mainland by a long bridge. Your tour begins with a stop at Tromsø Museum. Among the various Sami, archaeological and religious art exhibits, the museum also has an intriguing Northern Lights machine. The tour then continues towards the Arctic Cathedral. This parish church was built in 1965 and is often called “the Opera House of Norway” because of its distinct look. Next, you will continue towards Lake Prestvannet, a small body of water originally built as a reservoir in 1867 and ultimately turned into a nature reserve in 1921. A ride up by cable car will then take you to Mount Storsteinen, which presides over the countryside below at a height of 420 metres above sea level and affords spectacular views of Tromsø and the surrounding islands. Your scenic tour concludes with a leisurely journey back to the port and your ship. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair, as there are approx. 80 steps at the cablecar.
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • AdultsR1209Price per person

    • ChildrenR859Price per person

  • TROMSO & POLARIA CENTRE

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    TSO02

    The vibrant Norwegian town of Tromsø is one of the best places on earth to observe the fabulous natural phenomenon called the Northern Lights. No surprise, then, that it is also home to a major university and the Polaria Centre, which this tour will give you an opportunity to explore. Thanks to its spectacular setting on the island of Tromsøya, the town enjoys all-round views of the amazing surrounding landscape – wild, rugged and snow-capped. An enjoyable sightseeing tour of Tromsø begins this outing, after which you will pay the fascinating Polaria Centre a visit. Try a polar walk, check out the various aquariums showing marine life in polar areas and watch a wide-screen film about arctic life. You will then continue on to the so-called “Arctic Cathedral”, which is in fact a parish church. The striking building – pure white and triangular in shape – was constructed in 1965 and is often called “the Opera House of Norway” because of its distinctive look that somewhat resembles the famous Sydney Opera House. This arctic tour ends with your return to the pier and your ship. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      3 h

    • AdultsR1139Price per person

    • ChildrenR859Price per person

  • NATURE WALK WITH HUSKIES

    NATURAL WONDERS

    TSO07

    Experience Northern Norway's unique arctic landscape with a trekking offering your lovely views. We leave the pier by coach and cross over the forest clad island of Troms where Tromsø was founded in 1794 on the way to the Sandnessund bridge to reach the island Kvaløya (Whale island). The island is mountainous with some very characteristic peaks more than 1.000 m high. Our destination is the Wilderness Center where the couple Tove Sørensen and Tore Albrigtsen lives with their children, assistants, and over 300 Alaskan huskies. Upon arrival, the dogs and puppies are excited to meet you – and you will have time to get acquainted with them. An experienced outdoor guide and huskies will take you on a trek through the rolling arctic hills. Before we start exploring the surrounding area on foot, you will be given the option to take along “your own” husky on the trek. Back at the Wilderness Centre, you will be offered coffee and cake in the Lavvo (Sami Tentlike building). Your experience in nature concludes with your coach drive to the port. Please note: dogs are changing their fur in the summer and may look a little scruffy; this is not a sign of neglect, but a natural process. Dogs will be happy to see guests and may jump up in joy; guests should therefore be prepared that they might get dirty, especially if it has been raining. It is also possible to view the dogs from a distance for those who prefer so. It is advisable to dress according to the weather and preferably in layers. Comfortable walking/hiking shoes recommended as the trek is on a nature trail; with uneven grounds that can be muddy of it has been raining. The tour is not suitable for guests with a heart condition or limited physical abilities. Information in English only.
    • Tasting included

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • AdultsR3135Price per person

    • ChildrenR2835Price per person

  • POLARIA CENTRE & WILDERNESS CENTRE

    NATURAL WONDERS

    TSO05

    Thanks to Tromsø’s location some 350 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, the town is popular as a starting point for many arctic expeditions and the gateway to the Arctic. This entertaining excursion combines a visit to the fascinating Polaria Centre with a trip to a husky farm and wilderness camp. First up is the Polaria Centre, where you can go for a polar walk, take a look at a range of aquariums supporting marine life typically found in polar areas and enjoy a wide-screen film about “life in the freezer”. Then you will make your way to the wonderful wilderness camp run by Tove Sorensen and Tore Albrightsen, along with their three children. The camp is also home to a pack of more than 300 Alaskan huskies, which the couple successfully breeds in these pristine surroundings. The return to the port brings this polar-themed tour to a perfect close. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair, as there is uneven terrain at the Wilderness Centre.
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • AdultsR1315Price per person

    • ChildrenR965Price per person

The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
 
Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

Norway

The magic of the northern lights
The magic of the northern lights

A holiday in Norway is a dream. A dream along a fjord, the most evocative and characteristic natural formation of this land.

The Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord are listed as part of UNESCOs World Heritage Sites, but it's also worth mentioning the longest of all the Fjords, the 204 km long Sognefjordas well as the Hardangerfjord where cherry and apple blossoms can be seen on the cliff-side during spring.

But a Northern Europe MSC cruise also means experiencing the spectacular beauty of the Northern lights; while those of you who travel in the summer can admire the spectacular midnight sun, once north of the Arctic Circle. A cruise to Norway also means discovering the culture of two ancient populations: the Vikings, not just pirates and warriors, but merchants, explorers and colonisers who, for over three hundred years until the 11th century governed Scandinavia and the northern Atlantic: and then, the Samis, the natives of these lands, dressed in multicoloured clothes with immense herds of reindeer, who have lived in the deep North for more than 10,000 years.

Finally, watch out for the Trolls! Many of the places you will visit are named after these legendary creatures: Trollheimen, Trollstigen (with the spectacular Troll’s path), Trollhatten and Trollveggen.