Polaria – An Arctic Experience Centre
Housed in a very distinctive building that represents ice floes that have been pressed up on land by the rough seas of the Arctic, you will discover Polaria, just a five-minute walk from the centre of Tromsø.
Polaria has an Arctic aquarium, interesting knowledge-based exhibits, a panoramic cinema, and a gift and souvenir shop. In our panoramic cinema, you can look forward to the Ivo Caprino film “Svalbard – Arctic Wilderness” and the Ole C. Salomonsen production “Northern Lights in Arctic Norway”.
After the film, visitors walk along the “Arctic Walkway”. Through films and installations, you can see and learn how the ice is melting in the Arctic, how it affects the nature and the animals living there and how researchers work in these areas.
The main attraction in the aquarium are the bearded seals. The bearded seal is an Arctic species, which is very popular among children and adults alike, due to its quiet disposition and intelligent nature.
The aquarium has interesting exhibits of the most common species of fish in the Barents Sea.
The Polaria shop is an original gift and souvenir shop with a wide variety of local crafts, seal products, books, toys and other souvenirs related to our theme. There is also a cafeteria open every day year-round. Welcome to Polaria!