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Polaria, Tromso

(2.9/5 based on 1,800 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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  • Not loving or aquariums or zoos, we decided to visit the Aquarium only because it was raining outside and it was the only alternative that serves Tromsø Sunday:) Is small for an Italian charges used to much larger attractions, but we could see the seals even from very close!:) If you are going to 15.00 give them food!:)
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  • The Tower, a pool with seals and a tunnel to pass under seals was quick. Screening of film on the northern lights and the Svalbard in a room equipped with 5 screens for vision panoramic. The aquarium is really small it remains on our hunger.
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  • The seals are the only reason to go unless you have small kids, but they are a good one. Four seals, swimming above and beside and around you. One came and danced for a family nearby, perhaps it smell...  more »
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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.