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Polaria, Tromso

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The most northerly aquarium on the planet, Polaria dedicates its exhibits to the wildlife and ecosystems of Norway's most extreme reaches. Visit the facility, housed in a building designed to resemble ice sheets, and explore its multitude of Artic display tanks. Although the city of Tromso itself is northern, the aquarium offers a special focus on the Svalbard archipelago. Wander the many exhibits dedicated to cold-water creatures, including shoreline dwellers, and stop by the open enclosure to visit its contingent of bearded seals. Afterward, take a stroll through the Arctic walkway portion of the center, which boasts a collection of heavy equipment and gear used in polar exploration. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Tromso holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Polaria and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • If you don't mind animals in captivity, this is a good afternoon pastime. There are some hands on marine life exhibits and a depressing seal pool. The two videos are easy to watch and some good scienc...  more »
  • We visited here whilst on a cruise stop. Easily walkable from town centre. To be honest, as nice and unique the outside building is, we were not too impressed with the inside offering. Saw a short mov...  more »
  • Arctic Aquarium, asked would I expect too much and hard to meet. And rather interesting video?
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  • A museum on Arctic environment, about Life their with main focus on animals/birds of the region there. A reasonable good show put up by the authorities, though the ticket price is high. Staff is courteous. Display of limited version of marine life including training and feeding of Seals. Could have been still better in terms of its contents.
  • If you have children this is a must see due to the 4 live seals in the seal pool. You can get pretty close to the seals which is a fun experience. Other than the seals, I did not find the Polaria to be that great.
  • Small yet educational! If you have kids or children, this place would be a great place to go. Try to go around 315 or 330 for the feeding.
  • Great museum with nice attractions and a touch pool for some see animals. The seals are a attraction, too. Only the Souvenir store has nothing polaria exclusive which is a bit sad for collector.
  • Good place to know the polar fauna. The seal pool is a bit small but very amusing

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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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