Tromso, Norway

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The best way to see its full glory is to take a cable car 480 metres up to the top of Mount Storsteinen, which affords spectacular views out over the city to the surrounding mountains. The launchpad for many Polar expeditions, Troms lies 400 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle and, if you are fascinated by the world of snow and ice, the city's Polaria Science Museum is the place to find out all about it. Within its iceberg-shaped walls you can meet the local wildlife at a vast aquarium, experience an Arctic snowstorm or take a virtual trek through the frozen wilderness to encounter polar bears and see the mystical Northern Lights. And, if the experience leaves you thirsty, you're in luck; Troms has more bars than anywhere else in Norway! Please note snow based shore excursions are not available on autumn cruises.