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Experience Arctic culture in Tromsø, Northern Norway - Photo: CH/Innovation Norway
Experience Arctic culture in Tromsø, Northern Norway Photo: CH/Innovation Norway

Arctic culture in Tromsø

Experience Arctic nature and hear tales of brave explorers at the museums. Visit the Arctic Cathedral inspired by icebergs, fish racks and Sami tents.


The Arctic Cathedral – a masterpiece of architecture

Tromsø’s architectural landmark shines like a lighthouse in the polar night and sparkles in the midnight sunThe Arctic Cathedral (Ishavskatedralen), built in 1965, was inspired by icebergs, fish racks and Sami tents and sports the biggest stained glass window in Europe. Its organ is incredibly powerful and is shaped like the sails of a ship. Watching a concert in the Arctic Cathedral marks the perfect beginning or end of a conference day.

Polaria - an Arctic experience

Polaria is an Arctic experience centre where you can see friendly bearded seals, fish from the local area, take an Arctic walk and watch a 15-minute panoramic film from Spitsbergen on the Svalbard Islands. The striking Polaria building can be found a five-minute walk from the city centre.

The Polar Museum – a tale of brave men 

Visitors to the Polar Museum can learn a wealth of information about Arctic life including the story of two men staying alone in Spitsbergen all winter, the tragic end of Willem Barent's expedition in 1596 and Roald Amundsen's fascinating expeditions to the North and South Pole.

The Polar Museum building, a warehouse dating from 1830, is built on stilts in the Tromsø Sound.

Contact information

Most of the incentive programmes Visit Tromsø, the Tromsø Convention Bureau, puts together for their clients are tailor-made, so do not hesitate to get in touch with them so they can help you plan your event.

Visit Tromsø
P.O. Box 311
NO-9253 Tromsø
Phone: +47 77 61 00 00, Fax: +47 77 61 00 10

You can also contact Visit Tromsø staff directly:

Trude Pettersen
Email: trude@visittromso.no

Last updated:  2014-02-26

About Tromsø

Key facts about Tromsø

Tromsø is located around 370 kilometres above the Arctic Circle. The population is 69,000 and the airport is a 10-minute drive from the city centre.


A mere 2,000 kilometres from the North Pole, Tromsø can entertain up to 3,600 conference delegates with ease, comfort and style.

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