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Discover Polaria, the world’s northernmost aquarium and educational center.
Housed in a very distinctive building meant to mimic ice floes pressed up against land by rough Arctic seas, this unique attraction lies just five-minutes’ walk from the city center of Tromsø.
Polaria boasts an Arctic aquarium, interesting knowledge-based exhibits, a panoramic cinema, and a gift and souvenir shop. In the panoramic cinema, you can watch two films: Ivo Caprino’s "Svalbard - Arctic Wilderness"and the Ole C. Salomonsen production "Northern Lights in Arctic Norway."
After the films, visitors are taken along an "Arctic Walkway" where, through films and installations, you learn how the ice is melting in the Arctic, how this change affects local flora and fauna, and how researchers work in these areas.
The main attractions in the aquarium are the bearded seals. An Arctic species, bearded seals are very popular among children and adults alike, due to their quiet disposition and intelligent nature. The aquarium also offers interesting exhibits of the most common species of fish in the Barents Sea.
The on-site Polaria gift shop offers a wide variety of local crafts, seal products, books, toys and other souvenirs related to our theme. We also have a cafeteria that is open every day, year round.