The FIDE World Chess Cup (World Cup) will be held from 10th August to 3rd September in Tromsø, Norway. The event is an integral part of the World Championship Cycle 2012-2014.
Tromsø is the largest city in Northern Norway and the second largest city anywhere north of the Arctic Circle. Its population of 71,000 is boosted by 9,500 students attending the University of Tromsø, giving this modern city a youthful and spirited vibe.
Tromsø airport is located just 5 km from downtown Tromsø and the 12 flights per day between Oslo and Tromsø make the city easily accessible from other international airports.
Tromsø is situated on an urban island, amid beautiful nature, fantastic fjords and dramatic mountain peaks.
The city offers hotels of international standard, cafés, restaurants, shopping and a very active night life.
Tromsø is home to the world’s northernmost brewery, cathedral and botanical garden. You must visit Mack’s Brewery, which was founded in 1877 and is the oldest pub in Tromsø, while the Arctic Cathedral, a modern church dating from 1965, is probably the most famous landmark in Tromsø.
The city is blessed with the Midnight Sun two months each summer. Despite its latitude, Tromsø has a relatively mild climate. In summer hikers can choose between the easily accessible coastal range and the more challenging Lyngen Alps. You can enjoy canoeing on tranquil forest rivers, wild bike rides down hillsides, kayaking on fjords or on the open sea and fishing trips late at night. Whale safaris are an option for those wanting to experience something really exotic.
A cable car takes visitors up a mountain 420 m above sea level and offers an overwhelming panoramic view of the city and the surrounding mountains.
Numerous nature-based activities can be experienced just outside your hotel door. Why not try Arctic deep-sea fishing!
You can read more about Tromsø at: http://www.visittromso.no/