Polar-Alpine Botanical Gardens

Polar-Alpine Botanical Gardens featuring flowers
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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.

Top Hotels Close to Polar-Alpine Botanical Gardens

Comfort Hotel Xpress Tromso
Comfort Hotel Xpress Tromso
3 out of 5
Gronnegata 35, Tromso, 9008
The price is $62 per night from Sep 18 to Sep 19
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Tromso. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and a garden. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,004 reviews)
"Well priced and great location."

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

Comfort Hotel Xpress Tromso
Clarion Hotel The Edge
Clarion Hotel The Edge
4 out of 5
Kaigata 6, Tromso, 9008
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $144 per night from Sep 11 to Sep 12
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Tromso. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,003 reviews)
"Nice room, unique shape. View from the Suite was a bit bizarre given the type of windows. Tend to see 4 versions of everything, as well as mirror images. Sky Bar was closed both nights we were there. Not sure why. Parked in the outrageous lot outside the Scandic Ishavshotel since parking was non-existent ..."

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

Clarion Hotel The Edge
Scandic Ishavshotel
Scandic Ishavshotel
3.5 out of 5
Fr. Langesgate 2, Tromso, 9008
The price is $143 per night from Sep 18 to Sep 19
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Tromso. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,002 reviews)
"Great breakfast. Helpful staff understanding GF issues."

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

Scandic Ishavshotel
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Comfort Hotel Xpress Tromso
Comfort Hotel Xpress Tromso
3 out of 5
Gronnegata 35, Tromso, 9008
The price is $62 per night from Sep 18 to Sep 19
Comfort Hotel Xpress Tromso
Clarion Hotel The Edge
Clarion Hotel The Edge
4 out of 5
Kaigata 6, Tromso, 9008
The price is $144 per night from Sep 11 to Sep 12
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Scandic Ishavshotel
Scandic Ishavshotel
3.5 out of 5
Fr. Langesgate 2, Tromso, 9008
The price is $143 per night from Sep 18 to Sep 19
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Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromso
Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromso
4 out of 5
Sjogata 7, Tromso, 9008
The price is $125 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromso
Clarion Collection Hotel With
Clarion Collection Hotel With
3.5 out of 5
Sjøgata 35 -37, Tromso, 9291
The price is $144 per night from Sep 2 to Sep 3
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Smarthotel Tromso
Smarthotel Tromso
3 out of 5
Vestregata 6, Tromso, 9008
The price is $63 per night from Sep 11 to Sep 12
Smarthotel Tromso
Quality Hotel Saga
Quality Hotel Saga
3.5 out of 5
Rich Withs Pl. 2, Tromso, 9008
The price is $148 per night from Sep 11 to Sep 12
Quality Hotel Saga
Skansen Hotell
Skansen Hotell
3 out of 5
Storgata 105, Tromso, 9008
The price is $87 per night from Sep 13 to Sep 14
Skansen Hotell
Tromsø Lodge & Camping
Tromsø Lodge & Camping
2 out of 5
Arthur Arntzens veg 10, Tromso, 9020
The price is $77 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Tromsø Lodge & Camping
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