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What to do during New Year’s Eve in Tromsø

Tromsø, often dubbed as the Northern Lights Capital of the World, is a spectacular destination that offers unique experiences, especially during New Year's Eve. From high-altitude celebrations to boat tours and stunning fireworks displays, there's something for everyone in this Arctic paradise. Remember to book your table in advance and check which restaurants are open.

Midnight concert in Tromsø Cathedral

Midnight concert in Tromsø

For music lovers, the Midnight Concert in Tromsø Cathedral is a must-attend. Immerse yourself in a musical journey this New Year’s Eve with the iconic Midnight Concert happening at the Tromsø Cathedral. For over two decades, this event has captivated both locals and visitors with its rich assortment of melodies, including psalms, folk tunes, and indigenous Sami music, performed by leading regional musicians.

This 30-minute concert, set in the largest wooden cathedral in Northern Europe, offers an unparalleled experience that resonates with the soul of the Arctic. Your adventure includes admission to the enchanting Tromsø Cathedral and the opportunity to witness the prowess of professional musicians. A truly unforgettable way to ring in the New Year!

Book your tour here.

Practical information: The concert starts at 23:00 and lasts until 23:30. Doors are open from 22:30.

Northern Lights Camp or Minibus chases

Aurora Safari Minibus Tromsø

What better way to welcome the New Year than beneath the shimmering Aurora Borealis, in the heart of the Arctic? Experience an unforgettable New Year’s Eve under the Northern Lights, by embarking on an adventure with Best Arctic’s Aurora Safari Camps and Aurora Safari Minibus tours in Tromsø.

This isn’t just another celebration; it’s your chance to witness the mesmerizing Northern Lights. As 2023 fades into 2024, immerse yourself in the unparalleled beauty of the Arctic wilderness.

Our Aurora Safari Minibus offers the perfect platform to traverse Tromsø’s landscapes, taking you to the best viewing spots where the city lights can’t dilute the luminous display. Expert guides ensure your Northern Lights expedition is informative and exhilarating, sharing fascinating insights about this celestial ballet.

Meanwhile, our Aurora Safari Camps provide an intimate and cozy setting to appreciate the Northern Lights. Nestled within the Arctic wilderness, these camps offer a serene, undisturbed setting to soak in the ethereal beauty. Complement the experience with a warm drink, huddled around the campfire, as the Arctic sky unfolds its mystical light show.

So, celebrate 2024 with Best Arctic’s Aurora Safari experiences, where the Northern Lights illuminate your path into the New Year. Learn more about our Aurora Safari Camp and our Aurora Safari Minibus.

Practical information: The Aurora Safari Camp tour starts at 18:15 until 00:00/01:30 am and the Aurora Safari Minibus starts at 18:45 and lasts until approximately 01:00/ 02:00 am.

Best locations for fireworks

The mountain Fløya offers the best views of the New Year’s Eve fireworks in Tromsø.

How to get there: Taking the cable car in Tromsø on New Year’s Eve promises a one-of-a-kind experience you won’t want to miss. Fløya is located just behin the cable car. As the clock strikes midnight, find yourself soaring above the city, watching a vibrant display of fireworks illuminate the sky.

The elevated perspective offers an unrivaled, panoramic view of the city’s festivities, making each burst of color even more breathtaking. The cable car ride also provides a unique vantage point to witness the Northern Lights shimmering in the backdrop – a truly magical sight.

The combination of the city’s firework display, the ethereal Aurora Borealis, and the snowy mountainous landscape create an unforgettable spectacle. Start 2024 with a view that will etch itself in your memory forever. Come, ascend into the Arctic skies, and celebrate New Year’s Eve in the most spectacular way in Tromsø.

You can book your cable car ride here.

Practical information: The cable car goes up many times per hour from 10:00 until 23:00 – the last ride down start from 00:20 (priority to pre-booked 2024 party Event guests – sold out) – other guests will be admitted through the entrance at the café area from 00:20.  

The bar is open from 10:00 – 13:00 / the stone bar from 13:00-23:00 / the kitchen is closed on 31/12.

On New year’s Day: 01/01:


  • Cable car: 10.00-00.00
  • Cafe: 10.00-23.30

Bars and Cafes

Bars such as Verdensteateret (VT) often host dance parties on New Year’s Eve. At Rorbua Pub, one of Tromsø’s most authentic bars, DJ Nigel King will play some beats. Alternatively, you can grab a coffee from a local shop and enjoy a walk outside, while witnessing the fireworks. 

Tromsø offers an array of unforgettable experiences to bring in the New Year. From exclusive celebrations at Fjellheisen (the cable car), northern light tours to midnight concerts, there’s something for everyone in this Arctic wonderland.



What are the differences between an Aurora Safari Minibus and an Aurora Safari Camp tour, with Best Arctic?

What are the differences between an Aurora Safari Minibus and an Aurora Safari Camp tour, with Best Arctic?

Best Arctic, one of Tromsø’s most respected tourism companies, is renowned for its breathtaking Northern Lights adventures. We offer two distinct experiences to witness the celestial spectacle of the Aurora Borealis: The Aurora Safari Camp and the Aurora Safari Minibus tours. While both options promise an enchanting encounter with the Northern Lights, they offer unique aspects that cater to different traveler preferences.

Best Arctic: Pioneering environmental sustainability with ISO 14001

Best Arctic: Pioneering environmental sustainability with ISO 14001

Located in the heart of Tromsø, Norway, Best Arctic is a tourism company dedicated to offering life-changing experiences to tourists from all around the world but also promoting environmental sustainability. In line with this commitment, Best Arctic has acquired the prestigious ISO 14001 certification, demonstrating our unwavering commitment to environmental management and sustainability.

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