Apr 25th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Senior Cruise Destination, Tromso (Norway)

Think that Nordic capitals are all about weeks spent indoors in front of space heaters popping vitamin D supplements to stave off seasonal affective disorder? Think again. Northern Norway is a winter (and fall, and summer, and spring) senior wonderland, and nowhere is better for experiencing the Call of the Wild than pulling into port in the North’s coastal capital, Tromsø. It is almost 350 km north of the Arctic Circle and is one of the best places to view the spectacular Northern Lights in winter.  Tromsø is the seventh largest city in Norway by population with 70,000+ happy Norwegians.

It’s a major port way up north…

This major port in Northern Norway is strategically situated on the edge of the Arctic. It is among the largest cruise and fishing ports in Norway as well as one of the fastest-growing. The Port of Tromsø has a clear goal to ensure sustainable maritime development in the Arctic.  With thousands of students — this is the home of the world’s northernmost university, as well as research institutes and satellite based industry.

Tromsø is an ideal place for seniors to get away from it all. Hop on a cruise ship and experience some serious birdlife: the Norwegian coast is packed with dramatic coastal nesting cliffs where you can catch a glimpse of tens of thousands of puffins, kittiwakes, and cormorants.

Seniors Are in For a Few Surprises

Tromsø is a surprise to most senior visitors: you will find art, history, sophistication, good food and an infamous nightlife in a bustling, tiny city. All of it, though, is surrounded by spectacular scenery that is visible from everywhere in town.

And those Northern Lights, the bright, fiery tapestries of hazel, green and amber light flicker and stretch across the heavens, staying lit for a few minutes or no more than a few seconds. Winters in Tromsø see the magical blue season, when an iridescent cobalt blue hue engulfs everything.  Summers offer 24 hours of midnight sun. The remaining seasons are ideal for experiencing the Northern Lights (or Aurora Borealis).  Scientists have determined this year will offer the best conditions in half a century for viewing these stunning natural phenomena.

Maybe while you are up there, go dogsledding, reindeer sledding, ride a snowmobile or take an overnight tour.  It’s all available for seniors who love adventure.  Frommers fills in the gaps with a complete guide to Tromsø. Lonely Planet is also a great aid.  Enjoy your cruise and enjoy Tromsø. jeb

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