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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 ¥12,725
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, Tromso Cathedral (Tromso Domkirke), and Art Museum of Northern Norway. Mack Brewery and Tromso Catholic Church Var Frue Kirke are also within 10 minutes.

    Comfort Hotel Xpress Tromso ¥8,793
    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 10-minute walk of Tromso Cathedral (Tromso Domkirke) and Polaria. Polar Museum and Tromso University Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromso ¥13,173
      Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromso

      Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromso

      Sjogata 7, Tromso
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of 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.

        Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora ¥13,502
        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.

          Smarthotel Tromso ¥8,687
          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 10-minute walk of Tromso Cathedral (Tromso Domkirke), Polaria, and Polar Museum. Tromso University Museum and Polar-Alpine Botanical Gardens are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Clarion Collection Hotel With ¥14,006
            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.

              Thon Hotel Polar ¥11,074
              Thon Hotel Polar

              Thon Hotel Polar

              Grønnegata 45, 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), Art Museum of Northern Norway, and Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum. Mack Brewery and Tromso Catholic Church Var Frue Kirke are also within 10 minutes.

                Pingvinhotellet UNN Tromsø ¥14,797
                Pingvinhotellet UNN Tromsø

                Pingvinhotellet UNN Tromsø

                Hansine Hansens Veg 67, Tromso
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Tromso and Polar-Alpine Botanical Gardens. Polar Museum and Tromso Catholic Church Var Frue Kirke are also within 3 mi (5 km).