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Tromso University Museum

See interactive exhibits, wander through exotic botanical gardens and learn about Norway’s polar seafaring tradition in the departments of this exceptional museum.

Tromsø University Museum, the largest museum north of the Arctic Circle, consists of four departments open to the public. Visit the Tromsø Museum department and discover displays on the Samis, the indigenous Finno-Ugric people residing in the Arctic area of Sápmi. Wander through the Arctic-Alpine Botanical Gardens and learn how these gardens function during the summer’s midnight sun phenomenon. See the MS Polstjerna, a seafaring hunting vessel.

The Tromsø University Museum features a special interactive northern lights exhibit. See this captivating natural wonder year-round in the museum’s innovative plasma chamber. Learn how northern Norway’s sky explodes with colorful lights in the wintertime via interactive models.

The Arctic-Alpine Botanical Gardens are renowned for collections of flora unique to polar regions. These remarkable gardens also include international plant and flower species, including the beautiful Himalayan blue poppy and the New Zealand buttercup. The gardens are open every day and can be accessed at any time of day. Visit in early spring to see the flowers blossom as the snow melts.

View the MS Polstjerna (Polar Star), a preserved seal-hunting vessel, dating back to the peak of Norway’s polar hunting expeditions. It operated for more than three decades and is famous for bringing back almost 100,000 seals. Learn more about Norway’s seafaring and polar bear trapping heritage at the Polar Museum. 

The Tromsø University Museum is located about 2 miles (3 kilometers) from the center of Tromsø and is open every day. The three other departments are a short distance from the city center. Check official websites for information on admission fees and temporary exhibits.

Visiting Tromsø University Museum’s four public branches is the perfect way to explore the city and learn about Norway’s rich cultural history.


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Clarion Hotel The Edge ¥11,192
Clarion Hotel The Edge

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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.

    Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromso ¥8,931
    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.

      Comfort Hotel Xpress Tromso ¥7,695
      Comfort Hotel Xpress Tromso

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      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 With ¥11,934
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        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.

          Enter Viking Hotel ¥8,066
          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.

            Smarthotel Tromso ¥7,872
            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), Art Museum of Northern Norway, and Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum. Mack Brewery and Tromso Catholic Church Var Frue Kirke are also within 10 minutes.

              Scandic Grand Tromsø ¥7,558
              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.

                Scandic Ishavshotel ¥11,612
                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 Catholic Church Var Frue Kirke and Tromso Cathedral (Tromso Domkirke) are also within 5 minutes.