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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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Kaigata 6, Tromso
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Tromso, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from University of Tromso. Tromso Cathedral (Tromso Domkirke) and Art Museum of Northern Norway are also within 5 minutes.

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    Pingvinhotellet UNN Tromsø

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    Hansine Hansens Veg 67, Tromso
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Polar-Alpine Botanical Gardens and University of Tromso. Polar Museum and Tromso Catholic Church Var Frue Kirke are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora $95
      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 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Art Museum of Northern Norway and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from University of Tromso. Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum and Tromso Catholic Church Var Frue Kirke are also within 5 minutes.

        Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromso $93
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        Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromso

        Sjogata 7, Tromso
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Tromso, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Art Museum of Northern Norway and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from University of Tromso. Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum and Tromso Cathedral (Tromso Domkirke) are also within 5 minutes.

          Clarion Collection Hotel With $112
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          Sjøgata 35 -37, Tromso
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Tromso, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Tromso Catholic Church Var Frue Kirke and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from University of Tromso. Art Museum of Northern Norway and Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum are also within 5 minutes.

            Quality Hotel Saga $86
            Quality Hotel Saga

            Quality Hotel Saga

            Rich Withs Pl. 2, Tromso
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Tromso, this beachfront hotel is in the city center, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Tromso Cathedral (Tromso Domkirke), and 2.5 mi (4 km) from University of Tromso. Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum and Art Museum of Northern Norway are also within 5 minutes.

              2.5 Bedroom Apartment Tromsø
              2.5 Bedroom Apartment Tromsø

              2.5 Bedroom Apartment Tromsø

              gulengvegen veien 53, Tromso
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Tromso, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Polar-Alpine Botanical Gardens and University of Tromso. Polar Museum and Tromso Catholic Church Var Frue Kirke are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                1 Bedroom Accommodation in Tromsø
                1 Bedroom Accommodation in Tromsø

                1 Bedroom Accommodation in Tromsø

                Tromso, Troms og Finnmark
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Tromso, this apartment building is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Polar-Alpine Botanical Gardens and 1.3 mi (2 km) from University of Tromso. Polar Museum and Tromso Catholic Church Var Frue Kirke are also within 1 mi (2 km).