Blog: The new Arctic real estate boom – Tromso, Norway

Tromso, Norway, where the luxury real estate market is booming.  (iStock)
Tromso, Norway, where the luxury real estate market is booming.
In 2010, I went to Nuuk, Greenland for the first time. And I was surprised that as soon as people found out I was a foreign journalist, among the first thing they wanted to talk to me about was not climate change, environment or Arctic sovereignty, but rather…. real estate.

Specifically, how expensive it was, how there wasn’t enough and about all the shenanigans involved in moving on and up the daunting wait lists involved.

You can read my full post on the Nuuk real estate conundrum HERE

The only other place I’ve ever had similar conversations, is when I lived in New York City.

Now, a new real estate boom in a different Arctic city is grabbing headlines. A new story on the Wall Street Journal website explores the luxury real estate market in the Arctic city of Tromso, Norway.

They even describe the growth of the Tromso market as “the most robust property market in the country.”

It’s a fascinating read describing the changing face of Tromso and includes some spectacular pictures of the new architecture and how it fits into and is shaped by the Arctic landscape.

You can check out the Wall Street Journal article HERE

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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