This arctic city is not only packed with culture and history, it’s also one of the best places to see the northern lights.
This modern city in the Arctic is where nature and culture go hand-in-hand. Here you will find attractions from an aquarium and several museums to the world’s northernmost botanical garden. It’s also an ideal place to observe the majestic phenomenon of the northern lights.
Tromsø is located 350 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, and is the largest city in Northern Norway. The city is a popular destination for people wanting to catch a glimpse of the northern lights, with a season that last from September throughout March. However, chances of spotting the northern lights depend on the cloud cover and the amount of solar activity and are therefore difficult to predict. From 20 May to 20 July the midnight sun shines, which makes it possible to participate in various activities around the clock.
Among other things, Tromsø hosts the Tromsø International Film Festival and the Northern Light Festival, both of which attract visitors from all over the world.
For the outdoor enthusiasts, Tromsø city centre is conveniently located just around the corner from seemingly untouched wilderness, which offers many opportunities for activities such as hiking, fishing, kayaking or dogsledding.
The city is known for its lively nightlife scene and range of restaurants specialising in the fresh ingredients of the Arctic. Tromsø's multi-cultural community, featuring more than 100 nationalities, does its very best to whet local palates, and there is no shortage of steakhouses and pizza restaurants.
Human settlement in the Tromsø area dates back thousands of years, though the city itself was founded only about 200 years ago. Tromsø soon became the centre for trapping in the Arctic region, and in the early 1900s it was the starting point for expeditions to the Arctic. Hence its nickname: "Gateway to the Arctic".
Working hours is regulated in Norway by the law. During a week, it's normal to work 37 hours, that is 7, 5 hours per day. However, some professions have a lot of overtime work, and doctor is one of those professions.
While participating in the professional exchange, it is expected that you work 7,5 hours per day. You will start at 08.00, that’s when they have the morning meeting, and finish at about 16:00.In Norway the scrubs you wear in the hospital is provided by the hospital. You come into work wearing your everday clothes, change into scrubs, and change back to your own clothes at the end of the day and dispose of the scrubs (in specific bins). Prior to your first day or on your first day, depending on when you'll be arriving, you'll be shown where you can find these scrubs.
We aspire to find researchers that can encourage students and ensure recognition on their subject of research.
The most recent research project was about placentas and the exchange student participating in this research project got to be a cowriter of the research paper!
- The Cathedral
- Polar park
- Rock Carvings at Tennes
- Northen Lights
The climate in Norway is much colder than in the countries in the south. Tromsø is a city in the north of Norway and the average temperature in January is -5 degrees, but because of the openess of the landscape, and thus lots of cold wind, the average effective temperature is about -10 to -15 degrees. But do keep in mind that it can get colder than that still. We therfore encourage ont the strongest that you bring warm clothes (see below).
Since Tromsø is almost at the «top» of the northern hemisphere, the winters are dark. It's dark also at daytime but the sky is lit up with stars and aurora borrealis (northeren lights). The lightest it gets is dawn, which is from around 10.00 to 13.00. Before and after that time it will be almost completely dark.
When staying in Tromsø there is no need to bring summer clothes, like shorts and T-shirts. You have to have warm clothes. You need gloves, scarf, a hat, insulated shoes, a woollen jumper, woollen socks and a warm jacket. This might be hard to get in your own countries, so after you arrive I can join you to a sports shop here in Tromsø, and help you buy the things you need (can also get it cheaper due to christmas sale in beginning of january). We might have some things here that you can borrow as well so you don’t have to buy it all.
Food and other expences:
Norway is an expensive country! Food, clothes, trips etc. costs a good deal of money, but most of the products have in return good quality. You won`t get fooled by buying clothes, trips, etc in Norway, there is no bargaining on the prices.
Eating on a restaurant cost from 10-25 € for a dish. Dinner at the student cafeteria is 8 €, a beer at a bar about 7 €.
One night at a hotel is about 100 € for a normal room. Bread at the supermarket is about 2 €, milk 1,5 €, 1 L of gasoline 1,6€, taxi from the airport 30€ , and a bus ticket is about 3€(the prices are in euros, so you can relate to them more easily. Norway is not a part of the European Union, and our current is Norwegian krone (NOK) (1€ is about 10 NOK).