That's the nickname for this city in the north. However, that may be true for a century ago, but things have change and time have passed. Our world have become smaller through global commerce and networking and things are more easily accessible nowadays. But Tromso is still a city that is worth making a pit stop for travelers heading North as it is possibly the last piece of civilization with decent entertainment and quality of lifestyle one will see up in the Arctic North. It is possibly because of this that Tromso has also been referred to as the 'Gateway to the Arctic'.