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Polar-Alpine Botanical Gardens

Admire exotic plants from Chile, Africa and Turkey, along with a large collection of alpine and arctic flora in these beautiful public gardens.

The Polar-Alpine Botanical Gardens are considered the northernmost botanical gardens in the world. These gardens must support a unique diversity of plant life in order to withstand about 7 months of snow coverage in Tromsø. Discover plants from native ice beds in Svalbard, a remote terrain made up of frozen glaciers.

Find an extraordinary view of the region’s mountain backdrop from the gardens. See spectacular white, red, yellow and purple rhododendrons in the early summer months. The Polar-Alpine Botanical Gardens support a large collection of exotic and arctic plants from across the Northern Hemisphere.

Relish the sight of the stunning purple saxifrage flower in bloom at the beginning of spring. Other common arctic varieties include pasqueflowers and yellow cushion plants. See flowers native to the Himalayas, such as the Tibetan blue poppy. Many of the dominating species blossom in the first days of May, while traces of snow are still present.

Notice the white and pink berries of the shrubby rowan, a species of sorbus. The surrounding rock landscape supports many varieties of shrubs and foliage. See some of these species in the middle of winter. The Polar-Alpine Botanical Gardens host 25 individual collections, each with rare and beautiful plant species. Collections include Arctic Circle, Himalayan and South American species.

From mid-May to late July, the sun will not drop beyond the horizon in Tromsø. In these months, many of the plants experience increased growth due to the midnight sun phenomenon. Admire a colorful mosaic of flowers and plant life during the summer. Notice sparse shrubs sticking out of the deep white snow in the winter.

The Polar-Alpine Botanical Gardens are located about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the center of Tromsø. The gardens are free to enter and are open every day of the year. Stay in a range of accommodations in the lively city of Tromsø, with many hotels and guesthouses available.

The gardens feature thousands of international plant species, with a special focus on plants and flowers unique to the polar regions.


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Clarion Hotel The Edge ¥12,412
Clarion Hotel The Edge

Clarion Hotel The Edge

Kaigata 6, Tromso
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Tromso, this hotel is steps from Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, Art Museum of Northern Norway, and Tromso Cathedral (Tromso Domkirke). Mack Brewery and Tromso Catholic Church Var Frue Kirke are also within 10 minutes.

    Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromso ¥9,337
    Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromso

    Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromso

    Sjogata 7, Tromso
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Tromso, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Art Museum of Northern Norway, Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, and Tromso Cathedral (Tromso Domkirke). Tromso Catholic Church Var Frue Kirke and Mack Brewery are also within 10 minutes.

      Smarthotel Tromso ¥8,580
      Smarthotel Tromso

      Smarthotel Tromso

      Vestregata 6, Tromso
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Tromso, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Tromso Cathedral (Tromso Domkirke), Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, and Art Museum of Northern Norway. Mack Brewery and Tromso Catholic Church Var Frue Kirke are also within 10 minutes.

        Scandic Grand Tromsø ¥8,523
        Scandic Grand Tromsø

        Scandic Grand Tromsø

        Storgaten 44, Tromso
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Tromso, this hotel is steps from Tromso Cathedral (Tromso Domkirke), Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, and Art Museum of Northern Norway. Mack Brewery and Tromso Catholic Church Var Frue Kirke are also within 10 minutes.

          Clarion Collection Hotel With ¥12,679
          Clarion Collection Hotel With

          Clarion Collection Hotel With

          Sjøgata 35 -37, Tromso
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Tromso, this hotel is steps from Tromso Catholic Church Var Frue Kirke and Tromso Cathedral (Tromso Domkirke). Art Museum of Northern Norway and Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum are also within 5 minutes.

            Scandic Ishavshotel ¥12,336
            Scandic Ishavshotel

            Scandic Ishavshotel

            Fr. Langesgate 2, Tromso
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Tromso, this hotel is steps from Art Museum of Northern Norway and Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum. Tromso Cathedral (Tromso Domkirke) and Tromso Catholic Church Var Frue Kirke are also within 10 minutes.

              Comfort Hotel Xpress Tromso ¥8,176
              Comfort Hotel Xpress Tromso

              Comfort Hotel Xpress Tromso

              Gronnegata 35, Tromso
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Tromso, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mack Brewery, Tromso Cathedral (Tromso Domkirke), and Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum. Art Museum of Northern Norway and Polaria are also within 10 minutes.

                Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora ¥12,146
                Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora

                Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora

                Sjøgata 19-21, Tromso
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Tromso, this hotel is steps from Art Museum of Northern Norway, Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, and Tromso Cathedral (Tromso Domkirke). Tromso Catholic Church Var Frue Kirke and Polar Museum are also within 10 minutes.