Tromsø’s architectural landmark shines like a lighthouse in the Polar Night and sparkles in the Midnight Sun. The Arctic cathedral, 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 cathedral marks the perfect beginning or end of a conference day.
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. The striking building can be found a five-minute walk from the city centre.
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 museum building, a warehouse dating from 1830, is built on stilts out into the Tromsø Sound.
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