The bitter cold and an appetite-inducing position immediately adjacent to the blustery fjords of the North Sea seem to unite in a setting that's conducive to hard partying, hard living, and hard drinking in sybaritic Tromsø. This, coupled with a large student population and a passionate interest in all things sports-related, makes victory and defeat events whose joys or sorrows can easily be fueled or quaffed with drink.

Evocative of some Alaskan cities, nightlife here mainly consists of heavy drinking on a massive pub crawl. In Tromsø, the party goes on 24 hours a day, summer or winter: "In winter, you drink all night because of the darkness," said one local pub crawler. "In midsummer, we drink all night because the sun never sets."

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