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Hjalmar Johansens gate 12, Tromso 9007, Norway
+47 77 75 01 00
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An Arctic-themed experience centre with the films In the Land of the Northern Lights and Spitsbergen - Arctic Wildeness on five screens, an arctic walkway, arctic themed exhibitions and aquariums of fish and bearded seals from Spitsbergen. Open 365 days a year.
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  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
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Hjalmar Johansens gate 12, Tromso 9007, Norway
+47 77 75 01 00
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Definitely worth going to. We saw both movies and were there for the feeding of the seals. (Advice - get to the seal tank to claim a place at least 15 minutes before time). Aquarium was great,, including one hands-on exhibit where you can touch...More

Thank tbirdclassic
Reviewed 5 days ago

The external architecture is striking but the aquarium is surprisingly small. There were a couple of diverting movies about Svalbard and the Northern Lights, and a large seal enclosure which afforded views of the seals from above and below the water. The touch pool had...More

Thank Sandra S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Polaria is the world's most northerly aquarium. It opened in May 1998, and is designed to be an educational experience rather than scientific. They also have an open tank of four seals who has been there since almost birth. The building's design represents ice floes...More

Thank Adele H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very different to the Polar Exhibition. Housed in a modern building with a cinema which showed quite interesting films about Svaalbad and the Northern Lights. However does not seem clear on its purpose. Some displays about weather etc plus fish in tanks. The highlight are...More

Thank philip m
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The architecture is great but don't expect a huge modern museum. It is very basic and the panoramic show is really old (just projector screens laid out together). The displays are also not great and are very limited. Kids will probably enjoy.

Thank adomika
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed the exhibits and the opportunity to see some of the animals closer than usual. If you are in Tromso you should definitely see it.

Thank delen1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great building , but the insides do not match the outside. Interesting displays but best for families with kids.

Thank Tra4sn
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you don't mind animals in captivity, this is a good afternoon pastime. There are some hands on marine life exhibits and a depressing seal pool. The two videos are easy to watch and some good science in the northern lights show.

Thank Glen E
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

We visited here whilst on a cruise stop. Easily walkable from town centre. To be honest, as nice and unique the outside building is, we were not too impressed with the inside offering. Saw a short movie and some exhibitions and penguins.

Thank malnit56
Reviewed 14 August 2017

The aquarium and seal pool is combined with information about the polar region and Norwegian Arctic projects. All very interesting. The two films are beautifully filmed but lacking in information - lots of great footage of Svalbard and the northern lights but could be greatly...More

Thank Judy P
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Derek Y
10 October 2016|
Response from Danuta S | Reviewed this property |
On the main street of Tromsø you will find a lots of restaurants and pubs. I have been to a few but i dont remember names. BUT as far as i know all of them are cool. Just remember that food is kinda pricy but really tasty... More