Magical Christmas City – a more affordable alternative to Lapland

By TravelWiseDec 10, 2023 20:17 PMEurope
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Magical Christmas City – a more affordable alternative to Lapland
Tromsø, Norway. Source: Pinterest

Let's unveil the charm of the city of Tromsø in Norway. With the arrival of winter, it transforms into a magical and enchanting destination. Nestled amidst snow-covered landscapes and the breathtaking northern lights, Tromsø promises to provide an unforgettable and more affordable vacation.

Travel blogger Limofahr shares insights from his trip to Tromsø.

The uniqueness of this Norwegian city

It lies in its location slightly further north than Finnish Lapland, making it an even better spot for observing the northern lights. Numerous aurora tours depart from Tromsø, offering visitors the chance to witness this natural wonder.

Stortorget, the main square of the city, hosts one of several Christmas markets during December, providing visitors with the quintessential "winter wonderland" experience. At the fair, you can purchase various souvenirs, jewelry, food, and sweet treats.

The blogger recommends trying a Norwegian kebab – a pita stuffed with wild lamb – and glogg, a Scandinavian version of mulled wine.

One of the best spots in Tromsø for admiring the Christmas lights is from the top of the mountain, accessible by cable car. It offers a splendid view of the city.

A major attraction that draws tourists is Santa Claus' reindeer. You can visit them during a winter safari, and Santa might even take you and your family on a sleigh ride through the breathtaking landscapes.

Reindeer are not the only animals you can encounter in the city; another popular activity for tourists is whale watching.

Despite the chilly weather, Tromsø offers a wide array of entertainment options. For instance, there is an open-air cinema showcasing atmospheric Christmas movies during the winter. All visitors are provided with blankets and hot wine to stay warm.

Accommodation can be rented at a more affordable rate compared to Lapland. For example, a night in a hotel for two people will cost £80 or 3,700 hryvnias. In Lapland, on the other hand, prices can soar up to 47,000 hryvnias.

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