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Polaria, Tromso
(2.9/5 based on 1,500+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We visited here recently and had a wonderful afternoon. We watched two very interesting short films about wildlife in Norway, and then took in the seal training/feeding sessions which were just lovely...  more »
  • Entry costs 125NOK per adult, which is a little expensive for my taste for the (very small) size of the exhibition. Animation during the feeding of the animals is friendly; the hosts speak English and are available for any questions.
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  • Seals were nice and interesting feeding show. Small sea animals also nice that you cant see in many places. 
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  • The two movies were meant to be good thats why we decided to visit the museum yestersay. I must say it wasnt really worth it: The two beamers on the left seemed to be broken - the image was dark, the aquariums weren't clean and the thing that annoyed me most was that they complain about the climate change and claimed the ice to be prICEless but they show three living seals that live in a very small mossy bassin where they always move the same way - please stay consequent!! But all in all the museum shows a lot of different things.
  • Missed out on the northern lights and Svalbard? Pop into Polaris and see two excellent short films highlighting both. Stay for the seals!
  • Absolutely loved this place. Don't expect an aquarium - this is as much about the panoramic films and educational videos as the live animals, though they are captivating. Spent a wonderful and memorable couple of hours here, and would return if revisiting Tromsø.
  • Very pleasant to see seals so close , I spent 2 hours watching them. A small place, but it is worth it - Ticket fare: 125 Kr The museum Shop has interesting items And Sami stuff
  • It's a nice aquarium with good displays, but not a huge variety. Pretty confusing layout. The fish are lovely (and sometimes creepy). Seal feeding is nice to watch too.