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What to do in Tromsø during May

Tromsø, known as the "Gateway to the Arctic," awaits your exploration during the vibrant month of May, offering a unique blend of cultural and outdoor activities. From embarking on boat tours to experience the Arctic fjords, ascending the mountain via the cable car for breathtaking views, to immersing yourself in local history and culture at the Polaria and Polar museum, your visit to Tromsø is guaranteed to be memorable.

How to go from the airport to the city center of Tromsø

Airport Express

After landing at the Airport of Tromsø, take the Airport Express bus, which will be waiting for you outside. You will easily recognize it for its red colour. You can book your ticket online here and check its schedules here.

City tours in Tromsø

cable car of Tromsø with view over the city

As you ponder what to do in Tromsø during May, consider starting your journey here with a guided walking tour, the best way to get to know Tromsø city center. We recommend the Essential Tromsø: Historical City Walk, every Wednesday (10:30 am – 1 pm) or Saturdays (3 pm – 5:30 pm) or, if you enjoy craft beer, join our Tromsø Beer Safari for a taste of the city’s bustling nightlife, every Tuesday and Thursday (2:45 pm – 5:45 pm).

For a “cool” (literally) experience, we suggest you pay a visit to the city center’s Magic Ice Bar, for an adventure in a bar made of ice (open from Sunday to Thursday: 14:00 – 22:00 / Friday – Saturday: 14:00 – 24:00).

Last, but not least, you can’t leave Tromsø without taking the Cable Car* (or “Fjellheisen”) up the mountain for beautiful panoramic views of the city and around.

*closed for maintenance from May 13th to May 22nd

Boat tours in Tromsø during May

Boat tour in Tromsø

Embarking on a boat tour in Tromsø during May offers an exhilarating way to explore the stunning Arctic landscapes and vibrant marine life. Here are some top options for your adventure:

Arctic Fjord Cruise, a 4.5-hour silent and peaceful cruise around Tromsø fjord aboard a hybrid-electric catamaran;

– 1-hour photo and history cruise, 1-hour peaceful fjord photography and history cruise, onboard the historical wood boat Hermes II;

– Midnight Sun/ sunset cruise, a 4-hour midnight sun tour through beautiful landscapes to see the open ocean under the enchanting arctic midnight sun or sunset.

With the midnight sun illuminating your adventures, May in Tromsø offers an endless day to discover the city’s treasures.

Arctic animal tours in Tromsø during May

Wolverine in Polar Park

Though it is not possible anymore to visit reindeer camps during May, you can still travel to Polar Park, in Bardu, approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes away from Tromsø (renting a car is needed). Here you can not only observe reindeer that roam free at the park but many other animals such as Arctic foxes, wolves, wolverine, lynx, bears, among many other Arctic animals.

In Tromsø you can visit Polaria, an Arctic aquarium where, besides many fishes from the Arctic, you can also observe seals (we recommend you check their feeding and training times, so you can observe this part of the day).

Wellness and Spa Life in Tromsø

two people in the pool in Tromsø Badet in Tromsø

If you enjoy self-care, relaxation, spa environments, heated pools and saunas, you should try the serene experience at Tromsø Badet (located at the top of the island, it’s a public pool with slides, jacuzzis, sauna, an outside heated pool, a wave-pool, among other facilities) or at Pust Sauna (located in the city center, with view over the water, where you can also jump and swim outside).

Weather in Tromsø during May

In May, Tromsø offers a relatively mild climate influenced by the Gulf Stream, which makes it an appealing destination for those looking to experience the Arctic spring. Here’s what you can expect weather-wise during your visit:

Temperature Variance: The average temperatures hover between a low of 36°F (2°C) and a high of 46°F (8°C). While it’s chilly, the Gulf Stream’s influence keeps it milder than other regions at similar latitudes.

Daily Sunshine and Light: During May, the length of the day rapidly increases throughout the month, offering extended daylight hours to explore the city. Check here to see the sun rise and sun set times in Tromsø throughout the month of May.

Rainfall and Humidity: May experiences an average rainfall of 77mm over about 14.3 days, coupled with a high relative humidity of 85%. Packing a waterproof jacket might be a good idea!

Wind Conditions: The wind speed averages around 6.7 miles per hour, decreasing slightly as the month progresses. This makes for relatively calm conditions, ideal for outdoor activities.

Sea and UV Conditions: The sea temperature around Tromsø is quite cold at 43°F (6°C). If you’re planning boat tours, ensure you’re dressed warmly. Additionally, the UV index is low at 2, but wearing sunscreen during outdoor activities is still recommended.

This detailed overview of Tromsø’s weather in May will help you pack appropriately and plan your activities, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable visit.

Public parks worth visiting in the city within walking distance

Discover Telegrafbukta and its beach

With its pristine sandy shoreline and crystal-clear waters, Telegrafbukta is the perfect destination for those seeking tranquillity and natural beauty, within walking distance from the city center or Tromsø (approximately 30 minutes walking from Polaria).

It’s an ideal spot for a day of relaxation and adventure. For the brave at heart, a refreshing dip in the invigorating waters is an option, providing an exhilarating experience and a sense of accomplishment. Alternatively, visitors can opt for a leisurely picnic on the beach, savoring the stunning views and sipping on refreshing beverages.

As the day draws to a close, the beach transforms into a mesmerizing setting to witness the spectacle of the midnight sun, casting vibrant hues across the horizon and creating a truly magical atmosphere.

Experience Prestvannet

Nestled in the top of the island of Tromsø, Prestvannet beckons to travelers seeking a tranquil and captivating escape during the enchanting month of May. This picturesque lake, surrounded by lush greenery and teeming with natural beauty, offers visitors a serene retreat.

It provides ample opportunities for birdwatching and strolls along its pristine walking trails. As the vibrant hues of spring adorn the landscape, the lake becomes an oasis of tranquility, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the captivating sights and sounds of the local flora and fauna. You can also take part in the timeless tradition of feeding the ducks that call the lake home, fostering a sense of connection with the area’s rich heritage and fostering cherished memories

Whether it’s observing the graceful flight of native bird species or simply reveling in the peaceful ambiance, Prestvannet promises a rejuvenating experience for all who venture there. 

Understanding the Midnight Sun phenomenon

people in the midnight sun

The Midnight Sun, a natural phenomenon occurring from May 20 to July 22 in Tromsø, offers you 24 hours of daylight. This occurs due to the Earth’s tilted axis relative to the sun, ensuring that the sun never sets below the horizon during this period.

Tromsø, nestled within the Arctic Circle, shares this unique experience with other regions like Bodø, the Lofoten Islands, and Svalbard, each offering varying durations of continuous daylight.

Celebrating Constitution Day

On May 17th, Tromsø comes alive with the jubilant celebrations of Constitution Day, commemorating the historic signing of the Constitution at Eidsvoll in 1814. This day is a vibrant display of Norwegian pride and culture, prominently featuring children’s parades, which has been a tradition since the first parade in Christiania (now Oslo) in 1870.

Tromsø’s streets are filled with the sounds of marching bands and the sight of children waving flags, embodying a festive spirit that captures the heart of the community.


Throughout this exploration of Tromsø during the vibrant month of May, we have journeyed from the breathtaking outdoor adventures under the midnight sun to the rich cultural immersion of Constitution Day. Tromsø in May is a symphony of experiences awaiting the intrepid traveller. The essence of Tromsø, with its mild climate and extended daylight hours, provides an ideal backdrop for both adventure seekers and cultural enthusiasts alike.

As we reflect on the myriad of activities that Tromsø offers, it becomes clear that this city is not just a destination but a gateway to experiencing the unparalleled beauty of the Arctic spring. Each activity woven into the fabric of Tromsø’s daily life in May speaks to the heart of its charm.

Engaging with these experiences not only enriches the traveller’s journey but also connects them deeply with the spirit of Tromsø—a city that celebrates the convergence of light, life, and culture.

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What to do in Tromsø during May

What to do in Tromsø during May

Tromsø, known as the “Gateway to the Arctic,” awaits your exploration during the vibrant month of May, offering a unique blend of cultural and outdoor activities. From embarking on boat tours to experience the Arctic fjords, ascending the mountain via the cable car for breathtaking views, to immersing yourself in local history and culture at the Polaria and Polar museum, your visit to Tromsø is guaranteed to be memorable.

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The history behind the Arctic Route

Embarking on the Arctic Route opens a gateway from the magnificent beauty of Tromsø, Norway, and beyond to the stunning landscapes of Northern Norway and Finland. This travel service/ hop-on/hop-off bus, born in 2016 from the collaboration of Bussring, Best Arctic, Innovation Norway, Eskelisen Lapin Linjat, and VY, aims to provide you with an eco-friendly journey across the Arctic, underpinned by a commitment to environmental stewardship, boasting features like Ecolighthouse certification and ISO 14001 standards. It connects Tromsø with destinations like Lyngen, Narvik, Skjervøy, Storslett, and further to Rovaniemi in Finland, during winter. During summer, the Arctic Route connects Tromsø with Lofoten, Narvik (and Evenes Airport) with Lofoten, and within Lofoten, with several bus stops. It’s a testament to the brand’s commitment to sustainability, easing travel stress, and fostering local tourism by making remote locations accessible.