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Hjalmar Johansens gate 12, Tromso 9007, Norway
+47 77 75 01 00
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An Arctic-themed experience centre with the films In the Land of the Northern Lights and Spitsbergen - Arctic Wildeness on five screens, an arctic walkway, arctic themed exhibitions and aquariums of fish and bearded seals from Spitsbergen. Open 365 days a year.
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Hjalmar Johansens gate 12, Tromso 9007, Norway
+47 77 75 01 00
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed our visit here. The film they run on Svalbard was interesting and beautiful. We were at the seal pool while one of the girls was cleaning the glass fence and watched her playing with one of the seals. It was fun to watch....More

Thank Paulcolah
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great family-friendly museum. We really enjoyed watching the seal training and learning from the trainers. The café serves yummy cakes and coffee. A great place to visit.

Thank born2travel123
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Seal training and Arctic Ocean sea life education? Look no further than Polaria. We had a great time looking at the exhibits and don’t miss the seal feeding!

Thank Deborah G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Families with little kids will appreciate a visit to Polaria. Teenagers and adults will be able to wander through the entire building in less than an hour. If you like seals, this would be a place to consider visiting when in Tromso.

Thank jason8881
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Definitely worth going to. We saw both movies and were there for the feeding of the seals. (Advice - get to the seal tank to claim a place at least 15 minutes before time). Aquarium was great,, including one hands-on exhibit where you can touch...More

1  Thank tbirdclassic
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The external architecture is striking but the aquarium is surprisingly small. There were a couple of diverting movies about Svalbard and the Northern Lights, and a large seal enclosure which afforded views of the seals from above and below the water. The touch pool had...More

Thank Sandra S
Reviewed 10 September 2017

Polaria is the world's most northerly aquarium. It opened in May 1998, and is designed to be an educational experience rather than scientific. They also have an open tank of four seals who has been there since almost birth. The building's design represents ice floes...More

Thank Adele H
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Very different to the Polar Exhibition. Housed in a modern building with a cinema which showed quite interesting films about Svaalbad and the Northern Lights. However does not seem clear on its purpose. Some displays about weather etc plus fish in tanks. The highlight are...More

Thank philip m
Reviewed 25 August 2017

The architecture is great but don't expect a huge modern museum. It is very basic and the panoramic show is really old (just projector screens laid out together). The displays are also not great and are very limited. Kids will probably enjoy.

Thank adomika
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Enjoyed the exhibits and the opportunity to see some of the animals closer than usual. If you are in Tromso you should definitely see it.

Thank delen1
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Derek Y
9 October 2016|
Response from Danuta S | Reviewed this property |
On the main street of Tromsø you will find a lots of restaurants and pubs. I have been to a few but i dont remember names. BUT as far as i know all of them are cool. Just remember that food is kinda pricy but really tasty... More