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Polaria

Designed as an educational center, this aquarium features knowledge-based exhibits, display tanks with local marine life and a panoramic cinema.

Learn about the ecology of the Arctic from a number of educational displays at Polaria. See bearded seals swimming in a large tank and view an exhibit about clams being used by researchers to identify changes in the arctic marine ecosystem. This aquarium has been designed as a resource to educate visitors on the region’s marine life and the effect of climate change on the Arctic.

Get insight into the Arctic food chain and the human influence on the area through a special exhibit combining film, theater and storytelling. This aquarium also features displays on the Svalbard region, a remote ice glacier terrain located about halfway between Norway’s mainland and the North Pole. Discover rare specimens of Arctic marine life and cold-water fish.

The bearded seals are known for their intelligent nature and quiet disposition. They are usually found near the Arctic Ocean and are identified by their bushy whiskers. Watch Polaria’s trainers feed and play with these wonderful aquatic mammals. View the seals from many angles. This experience is especially popular among children.

Watch two short films in the center’s panoramic cinema. This remarkable cinema is about 65 feet (20 meters) wide and seats 175 people. See stunning helicopter images of Svalbard. Watch close-up footage of the ice region’s sparse wildlife, including a small species of bird known as the little auk. The second film focuses on the northern lights over Tromsø, a wonderful natural phenomenon that involves colorful lights and patterns dancing in the sky.

Notice the unusual architecture of the building itself, designed to depict sheets of ice pressed up against land by Arctic seas.

Polaria is open every day of the year. Check the official website for admission fees. The aquarium is a short walk from the center of Tromsø. Stay in nearby hotels and guesthouses in Tromsø’s lively commercial center.

Visiting Polaria is a great opportunity to learn about northern Norway’s unique ecology and rare marine life.


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Clarion Hotel The Edge ¥12,741
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 ¥8,766
    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 ¥12,808
      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 ¥13,112
        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.

          Thon Hotel Polar ¥11,087
          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.

            Clarion Collection Hotel With ¥12,006
            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.

              Smarthotel Tromso ¥8,459
              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).

                Enter Viking Hotel ¥7,931
                Enter Viking Hotel

                Enter Viking Hotel

                Gronnegate 18, Tromso
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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