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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. Put Polaria on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Tromso itinerary planner.
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  • Especially nice for the seals and fish. Also a film about northern lights. Interesting, especially for children. Quite busy when we were there.
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  • Is a small museum which is well worth a visit. Beautiful movies on Svalbard and Northern lights that project every hour, interesting (albeit catastrophic) data on climate change and its consequences, well supported by the images. Very nice pool with seals:) just wish almost all media guides were out of Commission.
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  • Toured Tromso on our own during a Princess cruise. This gave us the opportunity to spend the required time to explore Polaria on our own. There are 2 very interesting movies, lots of exhibits of nativ...  more »
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  • No other way to put it other than an AWESOME museum! The building is designed to look like shoved ice. Such a cool museum with a lot of great subject matter.
  • A must visit in Tromso. A cool place with a lot of sea animals and seal feeding games every noon. It provides a lot of information about the area around Tromso, as well as about the Arctic in general. I loved the movie that explained the Northern Lights!)
  • It was very small, as others have said, but that's quite good in a way. Seals feeding was decent but get there at least 15minutes before the show starts or you won't see much. The building itself is a huge draw, and it's perfect for filling a couple of hours.
  • Our daughter really enjoyed the little kids play area. Afterwards we walked through the aquarium exhibits, saw a presentation on the northern lights, and finished up with performance of seals doing tricks and stunts at their feeding time. Well worth while with children for a few hours.
  • Small place and quite expensive, in addition to that some equipment were out of order(simulator). There was a place for children where they could draw but not one piece of paper was to find and 90% of crayons broken. I had impression that the seal aquarium was never cleaned....

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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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