It may look quite stolid and functional from the outside, but the Scandic Ishavshotel is perhaps the best-located hotel in Tromsø, sitting as it does on a quayside overlooking Tromsø Harbour. Inside, it’s all contemporary lighting and minimal Scandi-style design. From its 214 rooms and lounge, you can look out over the city and to the mountains beyond, while the Ishavskatedralen (Arctic Cathedral) and Tromsø Bridge can also be spied. From some rooms you have views of the surrounding fjords and the sea.
Part of the Scandinavia-wide hotel chain, Scandic, this hotel is clean, comfortable, and within easy walking distance of all of Tromsø’s focal points. It’s no-frills, yet does boast a good restaurant serving fish, seafood, and other local delicacies, and the hotel has won awards for its healthy and varied breakfast buffet.
If you’re looking for a centrally located hotel in Tromsø, you can’t get much better than the Scandic Ishavshotel. We particularly like its waterfront vantage point and views over the city — including the striking Arctic Cathedral.
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There are several room choices: Standard, Superior, and Junior and Master Suites. They’re all decorated in a subtle palette of grays and blues with splashes of orange, and this, plus their wooden features, gives them an understated, Scandi-esque look. They have either twin or double beds.
As to be expected, suites offer the most space, although the only rooms with a guaranteed ‘ocean view’ are Superior rooms. All rooms come with free Wi-Fi, blackout curtains (perhaps important if you’re visiting during the very light nights of the Arctic summer), and TV. Some come with tea- and coffee-making facilities.
Situated at the end of a quay on Tromsø Harbour, this hotel looks out over the water and buildings of central Tromsø, framed by (sometimes snow-blanketed) mountains. The Arctic Cathedral and Tromsø Bridge are also visible from some of the rooms. Despite its striking location, the hotel is within easy walking distance of the city’s shops and restaurants.
Food and drink
- Buffet breakfast served daily in the Lobby Restaurant.
- Roast restaurant offers dinner in the evenings, with a menu that features fresh local seafood and meats. A buffet dinner is available in the summer months.
- Roast Bar serves drinks each evening.
- Small convenience shop sells snacks and coffees to go.
- Family rooms available (for a maximum of four people) with children staying in bunk beds.
- Adjoining rooms available.
- Play area with toys and craft activities (summer months only).
- Children’s menu (summer months only).
Facilities and activities
- Bikes to rent.
- Walking poles to rent.
- Laundry service.
There are seven wheelchair-accessible rooms.
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