Arctic Cathedral, Tromso

For a taste of modern northern architecture, visit Arctic Cathedral, one of Tromso's important churches. Built in 1965 and partially inspired by Sydney, Australia's famous opera house, the church showcases a triangular construction and a glass frontal facade. Though the main structure is concrete, it's covered by aluminum sheets. Explore the interior of the church, which, though mostly minimalist, boasts an intricate stained-glass window on one end (as well as an organ with nearly 3,000 pipes). Be sure to bring your camera and get a shot of the cathedral from a distance or across the water, as the peaked structure stands out starkly against the mountainous backdrop. Use our Tromso tour planner to visit Arctic Cathedral on your trip to Tromso, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The cathedral is quite amazing. The architecture of the a-frame is different from any I have seen with glass windows between each A section. The artistry inside is very impressive as well. It was well...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    In linea with the other reviews...not worth going on purpose unless maybe you are passionate about architecture, we just walked on the way back from the funicolare and found it on our way to go back t...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Took a quick driving tour around Tromso but unfortunately did not leave enough time to stop and visit the inside. Apparently it has a beautiful stained glass inside and often have choir too which visi...  more »
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  • July 7, 2017
    Beautiful building. Yuo can see panoramic view of Tromso in front of this church.
  • February 15, 2017
    A wonderful building to look at and around. I would have rather the back wall were a clear window which looked up the valley (as I believe it used to be) and not blocked by white screens from a previous sermon, and it would have been nice to go upstairs or hear the organ play.
  • May 31, 2017
    Very quiet humbling place in middle of nowhere Fisherman's grave on voyage
  • April 8, 2017
    Went to a midnight performance of Norwegian songs and music. Lovely acoustics and a good trio of singer, Cello, and piano/organist.
  • June 8, 2017
    Beautiful glass window and a great view of Tromso.

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Tromso is a major tourist destination in northern Norway and offers a range of accommodations. In the city center, take your pick from numerous hotels at varying prices and within walking distance to restaurants, nightlife, and tourist attractions. If you've come for the city's main attraction, the northern lights, check out a number of offbeat accommodations that bring you closer to nature. Consider staying in a cabin or fishermen’s cottage near the city, with a fjord or the sea as your backdrop. Alternatively, experience the local culture by renting a room from a family.
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