Norway’s bustling 'Arctic capital' is emerging as a stylish haven for those seeking the charm and sophistication of a modern metropolis. Many refer to Tromso as the Paris of the Arctic, as it holds an allure which could quite easily compete with its French counterpart. Those that visit Tromso often do so in the hope of seeing the Northern Lights, which appear regularly here owing to its northerly location. Travellers can enjoy a pleasant combination of city life and excursions to the wilderness, which provide ample opportunities to search for the dancing colours of the Aurora Borealis. The city itself is nestled among vast mountain ranges, impressive fjords and attractive archipelagos. It is abundant in excellent places to dine. You can choose from fine dining establishments, cosy pubs and side-street eateries, with something to suit all tastes. The assortment of shops in Tromso stock local and international brands and as can be expected, like many popular tourist destinations, there is an array of souvenir shops selling traditional and contemporary gifts. For a different experience, visit the city in summer and take advantage of the surrounding countryside, enjoying some of the many excursions available on the Tromso the Paris of the Arctic break. Amongst the exhilarating activities on offer, visitors can enjoy horse riding, trips to the coast and glacier walking.