The Gateway to the Arctic in Tromsø, Norway Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency features Tromsø, the largest city in northern Norway. The false-color image was processed so that vegetation appears red, while the snow is visible in white.
Most of Tromsø is on the island of Tromsøya, which is about 217 miles north of the Arctic Circle, and the city is often caked the “Gateway to the Arctic.”
The region falls into total darkness during part of the winter months. After the Sun sets in late November, it cannot be seen again until it rises in January.
Tromsø is best known as an ideal place for viewing the northern lights. The historic city center is distinguished by its centuries-old wooden houses.Tromsø: Norway’s gateway to the Arctic At 69°N, TromsØ, Northern Norway’s largest city, lies far north of the Arctic Circle. At this latitude winter means twenty-four hours of darkness, while summer boasts the midnight sun. Tromsø is ideal for seeing the northern lights and has a modern mix of outdoor activities, a vibrant nightlife, and places to eat local food. In this modern city in the Arctic, nature and culture go hand in hand. Tromsø has many activities on offer, from an aquarium and several quality museums to the world’s northernmost botanical garden.
The image was captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite on October 15, 2019.
Image Credit: ESA
By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer