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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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Lodging Near Polaria

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$127
Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromso

Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromso

Sjogata 7, Tromso
4.0
of 5, from 273 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Tromso, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Art Museum of Northern Norway and Tromso Cathedral. Mack Brewery and Polar Museum are also within 10 minutes.

$92
Smarthotel Tromso

Smarthotel Tromso

Vestregata 6, Tromso
3.8
of 5, from 138 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Tromso, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Tromso Cathedral and Art Museum of Northern Norway. Mack Brewery and Polaria are also within 10 minutes.

$89
Comfort Hotel Xpress Tromso

Comfort Hotel Xpress Tromso

Gronnegata 35, Tromso
4.2
of 5, from 163 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Tromso, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mack Brewery, Tromso Cathedral, and Art Museum of Northern Norway. Polaria and Polar Museum are also within 15 minutes.

$102
Thon Hotel Polar

Thon Hotel Polar

Grønnegata 45, Tromso
4.0
of 5, from 21 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Tromso, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Tromso Cathedral, Art Museum of Northern Norway, and Mack Brewery. Polaria and Polar Museum are also within 10 minutes.

$147
Clarion Hotel The Edge

Clarion Hotel The Edge

Kaigata 6, Tromso
4.3
of 5, from 100 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Tromso, this hotel is steps from Art Museum of Northern Norway and Tromso Cathedral. Mack Brewery and Polaria are also within 10 minutes.

$133
Scandic Ishavshotel

Scandic Ishavshotel

Fr. Langesgate 2, Tromso
4.2
of 5, from 145 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Tromso, this hotel is steps from Art Museum of Northern Norway and Tromso Cathedral. Polar Museum and Mack Brewery are also within 10 minutes.

$113
Thon Hotel Tromsø

Thon Hotel Tromsø

Gronnegata 50, Tromso
4.1
of 5, from 44 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Tromso, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Tromso Cathedral, Art Museum of Northern Norway, and Mack Brewery. Polaria and Polar Museum are also within 10 minutes.

$137
Scandic Grand Tromsø

Scandic Grand Tromsø

Storgaten 44, Tromso
4.0
of 5, from 82 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Tromso, this hotel is steps from Tromso Cathedral and Art Museum of Northern Norway. Mack Brewery and Polaria are also within 10 minutes.