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Polaria, Tromso

(2.8/5 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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  • The visit was unfortunately not quite as expected. Funny to see the feeding of the seals, but the rest was not so interesting. Movies about the northern lights and about the character of Svalbard that the bar had been a few years now and 180 degree the drawing canvas is not very well anymore. Technologically this should could be done better. Information about the work and challenges of the environment and climate in the polar areas seemed also a little out of date. Should be updated to be more informative and catchy.
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  • Its really nice to visit. You can bring your children. They got some nice pictures and explain some stories about artic, pollution, glacier.... you can see diffrent seafishes& seals. At least the seal...  more »
  • The Polaria is really cool, you have to visit it it is of so near town. The best were the seals. They are really playful and they like their home. You can watch, when they feed and play with them. The employee are great, you can talk with them and one took our GoPro cam and made a video with the seals. The small pool, where you can touch anemone etc what a cool new experience. Have fun. The Polaria is really cool, pays a very pure to look. It is also not far from the city centre. The best, you have the seals. You are really playful and you can tell they're there fine them. You can watch the feeding, where at the same time playing with them. The staff are also very nice, one has taken even our GoPro and dipped in the water great pictures to the seals. And the basin, where it may reach with anemones and the like, was something completely new for me. Wish you also have fun there.
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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.