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Polaria, Tromso

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#2 of 17 in Museums in Tromso
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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  • I thought seals had much more space but they are more like in a prison... luckily the guys working with them are nice and professional and the love them. 5 star for them!  more »
  • I arrived just in time for the afternoon seal feeding and training where there were so many people it was difficult to see anything. They also have a panoramic theater where they show two different mo...  more »
  • Nice in General, very nice Aquarium and films broadcasting at the cinema, great seals
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  • Amazing Arctic aquarium!! Turned up just in time to see the seals being fed and trained / played with! The host was very informative through the show and stayed after with us for lots of questions and answers about the seals we were watching. The seals themselves were beautiful and intelligent, the host explained that their routine changes every day so that they are always experiencing something new, this was great to hear and the seals seemed happy, I hope they were. The rest of the aquarium has quite a lot to see in a seemingly small building! Cool crabs, starfish and all manner of interesting Arctic fish!
  • This is a great place to bring your kids or just go for a couple of hours as a tourist to gain knowledge about the Arctic. Short Educational movies are shown about the Arctic and Northern lights. The aquarium is filled with a variety of local specimens. It is great to see the kind of marina life from the Arctic and that lives under ice layers. They also have a seal feeding and training show that is interesting and entertaining to watch. They have a great souvenir and gift shop.
  • Really nice people. We watched 2 shorts film and saw the seals playing with the trainers. Nice and interesting. Got discounts with our students card.....actually all the places have students discounts and are very accessible.
  • This aquarium is designed more with children in mind. Very kid friendly/kid accessable. Perhaps not worth it if you are visiting as an adult. However, the seal exhibit was very cool. They are beautiful animals and it was fun to see the staff feed and train them
  • Beautiful place and seals are fun to watch. There are also very good quality short movies which you can watch about Arctic beauties. However I find it overpriced for what they offer. I hope it goes for seal food and some research purposes. Overall worth to spend some time there.
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