Photo: Konrad Konieczny –

Tromsø is considered the northernmost city in the world with a population above 50,000. The city of Tromsø is the administrative centre of the municipality. It is the largest urban area in Northern Norway and the third largest north of the Arctic Circle (following Murmansk and Norilsk)., The city is warmer than most other places located on the same latitude, due to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream.

The city centre of Tromsø contains the highest number of old wooden houses in Northern Norway, the oldest house dating from 1789.