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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.
  • Excellent21%
  • Very good38%
  • Average30%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
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“seal feeding” (151 reviews)
“sea life” (54 reviews)
“short films” (43 reviews)
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Hjalmar Johansens gate 12, Tromso 9007, Norway
+47 77 75 01 00
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Very educational and informative experience. They first show a movie with gorgeous clips about Spitsbergen. Very interesting facts and informations. You can watch them feed and train the seals and get to ask questions. You can easily walk there from the town center. Definitely recommend...More

Thank anikawhatever
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A great small aquarium experience! We spent about an hour here. The seals are super cute! Saw a few small sea creatures. The film is really awesome.

Thank Holly T
Reviewed 6 days ago

There was not much to see. The seal feeding was nice. We went round and round to find a door leading to another gallery. But there was non. A very small area with very little displays.

Thank Lynnaye
Reviewed 2 weeks 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 17 September 2017

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 16 September 2017

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
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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