“Northern Norway is a winter, fall, summer and spring wonderland, and nowhere is better for experiencing the Call of the Wild than pulling into port in the North’s coastal capital,” the magazine’s Norway citation reads.
In its Top Destinations 2012 list, Frommer’s mixes seaside experiences, town life, food and drink into its selection criteria. It notes Tromsø has the world’s northernmost university which gives it a vibrant feel, while a boat-ride along the rocky coast features the “dramatic” nesting cliffs of marine birds like the cute puffin.
Long a good place to see the northern lights, or aurora borealis, researchers say 2012 will be especially good for seeing that celestial phenomenon. On New Year’s Eve, when Norwegians light up the sky with fireworks, Tromsø provides another light show for passengers.
It’s not first praise Tromsø has had from travel writers. The British Rough Guides in April 2011 named the town “One of five places you should see before you die.” The list also included New Zealand and Calcutta.