The Polar Museum, Tromso: Our most recommended tours and activities

Tromsø: Self-Guided City Audio Tour with Smartphone App

Tromsø: Self-Guided City Audio Tour with Smartphone App

Welcome to Tromsø, where you'll walk along the seaside and the main street with an audio guide telling you the story of the city and showing you the highlights. The tour will take about 30 minutes without stopping, but feel free to stop and inhale the arctic air in Tromsø. You will be walking along the seaside, where you'll experience a magnificent view of the Arctic Cathedral, and later find yourself at the Polar Museum, where you may learn about famous Polar researchers like Fritjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen. Later, you will walk along the main street, and take a stop at the main city square, before you continue to the Tromsø Cathedral and finally end the tour by the Hurtigruten port.

Tromso: Full Steam Museum Entrance

Tromso: Full Steam Museum Entrance

Explore the Northernmost Coastal Museum: A Journey Through Arctic Heritage Discover the Sea Sami Exhibition, the Northern Light Photo Exhibition, and the Coastal Museum within the historic Full Steam Tromsø building. Immerse yourself in the rich history, culture, and maritime heritage of the Arctic. Sea Sami Exhibition (3rd Floor) Step into the unique world of the Sea Sami people. This exhibition offers a deep dive into their culture, traditions, and heritage. Through engaging exhibits and immersive displays, gain an understanding of their deep-rooted connection to the sea and the Arctic environment. The Sea Sami have a rich history of living in harmony with their surroundings, and this exhibition captures their way of life, from fishing practices to traditional crafts and reindeer herding. Northern Light Photo Exhibition (3rd Floor) Within the Sea Sami Exhibition, marvel at breathtaking photographs of the Aurora Borealis by renowned photographers Ole Salomonsen, Truls Iversen, and Per Ivar Somby. These stunning images capture the mesmerizing dance of the Northern Lights, painting the sky with vibrant colors and ethereal patterns. This enchanting exhibition showcases the natural beauty of the Arctic sky, offering a visual feast that complements the cultural insights of the Sea Sami. Photos can be purchased at the gallery, allowing you to take a piece of this magic home with you. Seafarer Exhibition (4th Floor) Embark on a voyage through maritime history on the fourth floor. The Seafarer Exhibition tells the story of the Arctic gateway, highlighting maritime activities from the Viking era to modern oil drilling in the northern sea. Learn about the importance of Tromsø harbor for Arctic activity and expeditions, and discover how life in Tromsø has been intrinsically connected to the sea and the Arctic region. Historic Full Steam Tromsø Building Our museum is housed in a historic sea house, traditionally used for fishery activities. This building has been a hub for Arctic expeditions, hunting, and fishery, often referred to as the "gateway to the Arctic." The building itself is a testament to the rich history of the region, providing a fitting backdrop for the stories and artifacts within. Enhance Your Visit After exploring the exhibitions, we invite you to enjoy our in-house restaurant or bar, where the dishes reflect the histories told at the museum. To further enrich your experience, guided tours, Northern Light tours, and a special tasting experience can be booked in addition. These offerings provide deeper insights and more personal engagement with the Arctic's rich heritage.

Historical City Walked Tour

Historical City Walked Tour

The gateway to the Arctic! Discover the city that for over 150 years was the nerve center for polar expeditions and the great arctic race. Enter its alleys full of history and lose yourself in the halls of the Polar Museum with its long history on the arctic expeditions of the explorer Amudsen and the first pioneers who brought back precious skins and products derived from whaling from Spitzbergen (Svalbard Islands) to the continent. In recent years it has had an exceptional demographic increase. It is Norway's third largest city in socio-cultural importance and has been dubbed the Paris of the North. Our expert guides will bring along the best and most scenic alleys of the Tromsø city center while they will explain everything you need to know in the City and why it became so important in last Century. At the end of the walked tour, a nice waffle and coffe or tea will waits for you at our office.

Cod tasting experience, Norwegian history and food culture

Cod tasting experience, Norwegian history and food culture

Discover Northern Norway's Cod Fishery: A Tasting Experience Through History Embark on an unforgettable journey into Northern Norway's cod fishery. Visit our historic building, and experience the rich history of Arctic codfishery through storytelling, exploration, and tasting surrounded by authentic artefacts. Delight in four exquisite cod dishes from the Full Steam kitchen as you immerse yourself in this unique cultural experience. Guided Tasting Experience: The Cod Fishery Trilogy on the 1st Floor Begin your tasting adventure on the first floor with an expert guide who will lead you through the storied past of the Arctic cod fishery, centered around four key elements: Caviar: Savor this delicacy and learn about its journey from cod breeding to your plate. Cod Tongue: Discover this traditional treat, valued for its unique texture and flavor. Stockfish: Explore the legacy of cod and its transformation into a culinary staple. Cod Liver Oil: Learn about its significance in Arctic nourishment and Peter Møller's steam method. This tasting highlights sustainable practices, emphasizing the use of all fish parts, aligning with modern sustainability policies and environmental stewardship. Three Captivating Exhibitions Sea Sami Exhibition (3rd Floor): Discover the Sea Sami people's unique culture, traditions, and deep connection to the sea. Northern Light Exhibition (3rd Floor): Marvel at stunning Aurora Borealis photographs by Ole Salomonsen, Truls Iversen, and Per Ivar Somby. Purchase your favorites at the gallery. Seafarer Exhibition (4th Floor): Explore Tromsø's maritime history with vintage maritime artifacts, and historical exhibits, learning how the region thrived from and at the sea Explore at Your Leisure After your guided tasting experience, explore the museum's exhibits at your own pace. Connect with the legacies of the Sea Sami and fearless seafarers, deepening your understanding of Northern Norway's rich maritime heritage. Access and Enjoyment Gain access to all three exhibitions with your visit. Experience the Sea Sami culture, the beauty of the Northern Lights, and the comprehensive maritime history of the world's northernmost coastal museum. This is more than a visit; it’s a journey through Arctic history, culture, and flavors. Restaurant and Bar Our restaurant and bar are always ready to serve you food and beverages. The dishes reflect the histories told at the museum, offering a culinary experience that complements your journey through Arctic heritage. Looking forward to welcome you to the Gateway of the Arctic

Tromsø: Guided tour of the city, including the Polar Museum!

Tromsø: Guided tour of the city, including the Polar Museum!

We will meet at the appointed time at the Roald Amundsen Memorial next to Kirkegata. During this walking tour, we will walk the main streets of this northern Norwegian city, full of fascinating stories to tell. We will stop in front of the Tromsø Cathedral before walking the side streets to see one of Tromsøs oldest and well preserved buildings - Aune Gården. You will see one of the Mosaic art that is found around the city. We will also pass the Town Hall and the modern Tromsø Library. You will surely be surprised by the bold architectural design of this building, which houses the most important bibliographic collection in the Arctic. Next is Cathedral of Our Lady of Tromsø. Did you know that it is the northernmost Catholic church in the world? We will continue our guided tour of Tromsø in the port area and skansen, visiting the famous Polar Museum. Its exhibition will allow us to understand in detail the intrepid undertaking of Roald Amundsen, the legendary Norwegian adventurer who competed with the British explorer Robert Scott for the title of first man to reach the South Pole. Finally, we will say goodbye to conclude the tour two hours later.

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