Tromso is a port city in Northern Norway. The city has population around 70,000, ranking it the largest above Arctic Circle and the world's northernmost one with population over 50,000. The world's secong largest northernmost town is Alta Norway (population around 15,000).
Tromso is famous for its Arctic Cathedral, planetarium and old districts with charming wooden houses. The town is the Norwegian Arctic's tourist and cultural centre, with plenty of cafes, museums and even a brewery with a beer hall to be visited. Remember to see the amazing coastal views from Mt Storsteinen, that is also reachable by cable-car.
Established during 13th century, the town slowly developed as a fishing port with a church. It eventually became the major port for barter trade with Russia. In the 19th century, Tromso became the "Gate to the Arctic" after Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen (both links are to the Hurtigruten ships) used Tromso as a starting point for their European Arctic expeditions. Today, the city is often referred to as "Paris of the North".
The following YouTube vide is an official release and reviews Tromso Havn (port) .
Highlights: Arctic Cathedral, Storsteinen Mountain
Tromso cruise terminal
Port Tromso (Tromso Havn) has all 4 terminals - named Passasjerterminal (passenger / ferry and cruise terminal), Godsterminal (freight / cargo terminals), Fryseterminal (freezer terminals), and Industri- og offshorehavn (industrial and offshore port).
- Passenger terminal Prostneset is a new facilty (scheduled completion 2018). Here dock Hurtigruten's express ferry ships, as well as all cruise ships in Tromso. The terminal serves both (cruise) tourists and the local Norwegian population.
- Cargo terminals at Breivika serve several Norwegian transportation companies (with their offices there). Among the largest are Postnord Logistics, Schenker, Lars Holm Shipping. Another cargo terminal is operated by the company NorLines (shipping and logistics).
- Freezer terminals are two cold storage facilities - named Tromsoterminalen, and Troms Fryseterminal.
- The port's Offshore and supply base at Grotsund is custom-made facility used for storage and transportation of equipment and goods to offshore oil and gas platforms. here the port also has facilities for shiprepairs and maintenance works for oil rigs and subsea equipment.
Tromso Prostneset cruise terminal
Prostneset cruise ship terminal in Tromso features 3 modern-design buildings with combined area 13300 m2 (140,000 ft2). The facility is located close to the city centre and was designed to serve as Tromso's central transportation hub. The passenger terminal has meeting points, outdoor parks and waterfront promenade.
Follows the list of Tronso port's main (larger) piers and quays. In brackets is shown the berth's length (L) and depth / max draft (D) in meters. All these ship docking facilities and double as waiting berths, excepting the Ro-Ro ramps.
- Floating pier serves express ferries on the routes between Tromso and Harstad, Skjervoy and Vikran.
- Quay 7 Prostneset (L 190 m / D 10 m) serves cruise ships.
- Quay 8 (L 300 m / D 9,5 m) serves Hurtigruten, ships.
- Quay 24 Breivika (L 410 m / D 11 m) serves fishing and cargo ships, also cruise ships.
- Quay 25 Breivika (L 150 m / D 11,5 m) serves fishing- and offshore ships, also cruise ships and oil rigs.
- Quay 1 Grotsund (L 130 m / D 22 m) serves offshore vessels and oil rigs.
- Ro-Ro ramp Breivika (D 6,5 m) and Ro-Ro ramp Grotsund (D 10,8 m) both serve Ro-Ro (Roll-on/roll-off) vessels that carry wheeled cargo (cars, trucks, trailers, etc).
Tromso is one of the ferry ports along the "Express Route" - Norway's Government subsidized "Norwegian Coastal Express". This is a regularly scheduled passenger and cargo shipping service in Norway. The "ferry and cruise" itinerary is between two turnaround ports - Bergen (southmost) and Kirkenes (northmost). It connects a total of 34 ports, which are Norwegian communities without any road or air access.
Since January 2021, Norway's coastal ferry service is operated by two companies - Hurtigruten (7 ships) and Havila Shipping (4 ships)..Norwegian Government's annual subsidy for the ferry service is around USD 100 million.
The list of all ports along the northboaund "Norwegian Coastal Express" itinerary includes Bergen (turnaround port), Alesund, Floro, Geiranger (Stranda), Maloy (Vagsoy), Molde, Torvik (Heroy, Leinoya Island), Kristiansund, Rorvik (Vikna), Trondheim, Bodo, Bronnoysund (Bronnoy), Nesna, Ornes (Meloy), Sandnessjoen (Alstahaug), Stamsund (Vestvagoy Island), Svolvaer (Vagan, Austvagoya Island), Trollfjorden (Hadsel), Finnsnes (Lenvik), Harstad (Hinnoya Island), Risoyhamn (Andoy Island), Skjervoy, Sortland (Langoya Island), Stokmarknes (Hadseloya Island), Tromso, Berlevag, Hammerfest, Honningsvag (Mageroya Island, Nordkapp / North Cape), Kjollefjord (Lebesby), Mehamn (Gamvik), Oksfjord (Loppa), Batsfjord, Vardo (Vardoya Island), Kirkenes (turnaround port).
Port Tromso cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Tromso, Norway. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
The Tromso cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Tromso, Norway.
If you lose the Tromso location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.