Gateway to the Arctic
Tromsø is called the Gateway to the Arctic. When polar explorer Roald Amundsen recruited members for his famous expeditions more than100 years ago, he went to Tromsø. This was the only place he could find men (yes – it was mostly men back in those days) with navigational experience from Polar waters. He needed men that knew how to survive in the Arctic with a minimum of means, men that had survived an overwintering in Svalbard by trapping and hunting. Today Tromsø is home to experts on polar operations and academics that investigate global warming the in Arctic. It is a melting pot with indigenous people, locals and people from all over Europe. Tromsø is in short still the Gateway to the Artic and a natural starting point for expeditions heading north – just like the one you are about to embark on.