Heading to Tromso in search of the Northern Lights, mountain scenery, and general winter-wonderland-y goodness? Then you need to find the best Tromso accommodation for your trip!
From boats and campervans to a hotel made entirely from ice, this round-up showcases some of the most unique places to stay in Tromso.
Whether you’re heading to Norway for an Arctic summer, or chasing the Aurora during winter, there’s no shortage of cool places to stay. Get ready for gorgeous mountain views from your bedroom window, wherever that bedroom happens to be…
Unique Places to Stay in Tromso: Map
10 Unique Places to Stay in Tromso
1. Tromso Ice Domes
This incredible ice hotel has to be one of the most unique places to stay in Tromso. Embrace your inner Elsa with an overnight stay in one of the 7 rooms at Tromso Ice Domes. Everything is built from snow and ice – even the beds are surrounded by an ice frame!
There’s a mini cinema with reindeer-skin covered ice seats, where films are projected right onto the snowy walls.
Even the shots at the ice bar are served in glasses made from ice!
Seriously, you can’t get much icier than this hotel.
You’ll get a guided snowshoe walk in the evening of your stay, perfect for spotting the Northern Lights far away from the city. The Tromso Ice Domes are only open from 10th December to 31st March so book as early as you can to avoid missing out.
2. Vintage VW Westfalia
Wake up every morning in a different paradise! This retro VW Westfalia campervan is PERFECT for an adventure. And you can drive it away from the city on the hunt for the Northern Lights.
The van comes with everything you need to spend your trip exploring the beauty of Northern Norway. Including a small kitchenette, plenty of bedding, and a Webasto heater to keep you toasty and warm at night.
This Club Joker Westfalia is a real classic, and it comes with all original (but renovated) furniture. So this is your chance is to plan the ultimate Tromso road trip.
3. M/Y Idyll – Stay on a Boat in Tromso!
Want a really unique place to stay in Tromso?
How about you’re very own BOAT?
The M/Y Idyll is moored in a quiet and beautiful area just outside the city centre, close to the city beach. So you’ll get stunning views of the mountains and sea as you relax on the deck.
This is a 30ft cruiser with two beautiful cabins (sleeping up to four guests), a fully equipped bathroom, and a small kitchen.
Although the interior is pretty small, everything has been designed for optimal comfort. Perfect for a truly unique experience in a stunning setting.
You can also pay extra to have the boat moored at the harbour in the middle of Tromsø City Center, if you’d rather be closer to the action.
4. Aurora Dream Cabin in the Woods – with Sauna
The Aurora Dream Cabin is a place you will never forget!
A practical and spacious log cabin about 40 minute’s drive from Tromso city, it’s in the perfect spot for witnessing the Northern Lights. Especially with the brand new panoramic windows in the living room, which make it feel as if you are sitting right outside in the stunning surrounding nature.
If you are a nature lover who wants a break from hectic city life, this might be the perfect place to spend your holiday!Sølvi, Airbnb Host
5. Glass Roof Apartment
Speaking of the Northern Lights, how about viewing them from the comfort of your own living room? Perhaps with a glass of wine or local vodka in hand?
This incredible Glass Roof Apartment is one of the most unique accommodation options in Tromso city. It’s on the top floor of a house, and the living room ceiling is completely made from glass.
Which means amazing views of the city, the mountains, and – just maybe – the Northern Lights.
6. Koselig Anneks (Cosy Annex) in Tromsdalen
Located across the river in the neighbourhood of Tromsdalen, but still within walking distance of the city centre, this Cosy Annex is a 20m² space in a quiet residential area.
Cosy is the name of the game: the space is pretty small, but it has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Including a garden and small balcony with views of the surrounding mountains.
This is the perfect little place for one or two guests to cosy up while the snow is falling outside!
7. Koselig Hytte (Cosy Cottage)
Also in Tromsdalen, within easy reach of both the mountains and the city centre, you can stay in one of these two Cosy Cottages. They’re like miniature log cabins, perfect if you want the wilderness experience without getting too far away from the city!
The cabins are self-contained studios, with bunk beds, a small kitchenette, and a living area (complete with Apple TV) all in one room. There’s also an exterior bathroom which is shared between the two cabins.
Although these cute cabins are a little bit ‘back to basics’, they get consistently high Airbnb reviews. And several guests mention seeing the Northern Lights from outside the property!
8. Basement of a Cute Cottage in Tromso
“Our house is very close to the city, yet it has the feel of being in the countryside”Hosts Sally & Knut.
This super cute yellow cottage is a historic and listed building near the edge of the city. There’s a huge garden for relaxing in summer, with amazing mountain views.
And you can walk right out into the garden from the Basement Apartment. This is a cute, cosy little studio apartment with bathroom, kitchen and living room.
It’s a basement flat, but there are two big windows with a nice view – so it won’t feel at all dark and dingey. Rather it’s a warm, cosy space which has been beautifully furnished for comfort and functionality.
9. Modern Tromso Apartment
If you’d prefer a full-sized apartment with all the comforts of home, as close to the city centre as possible, there are plenty of great places to stay in Tromso which should fit the bill.
One of the top-rated is this Modern Tromso Apartment. Recently renovated, the apartment looks more like a show home than a holiday rental in Tromso!
Think sleek modern design, stylish furniture, and lots of white and grey. But this sexy apartment also boasts some pretty amazing mountain views from its windows.
There’s also a large common terrace on the same floor as the apartment, with a great view of the sea and mountains.
10. Aurora the Mini-home
Last up is Aurora, a mini motorhome which gives you the freedom to make the whole of Tromso island your home. Even in the height of winter!
There’s a Webasto heater to keep you cosy at night, and the van handles well in snowy conditions. So you can hit the road and hunt down those Northern Lights, or park up in a remote location ready for an epic sunrise after a cosy night’s sleep.
This has to be one of the more adventurous places to stay in Tromso, so don’t miss it!