Tromsø city walk - In the footsteps of Amundsen
Tromsø played a pivotal part in many of history´s most important polar expeditions, and still does. On this guided walk through Tromsø town, with views across the water to the Arctic Cathedral, you will discover through Tromsø´s buildings, statues and monuments why Tromsø´s got the nickname “Gateway to the Arctic”.
The history of the old wooden buildings in town, many of which were built with Russian timber, as well the story of the extraordinary building that houses the town library, which was inspired by the Mexican architect Felix Candelas.
Your guide will stop by the statue of Roald Amundsen, who started several of his polar expeditions from Tromsø. In 1928, after 35 years of exploring and establishing a new standard for what it meant to be a man of discovery, Roald Amundsen set out from Tromsø to find his former friend, but now enemy, the Italian explorer Umberto Nobile. Nobile had been lost in the Arctic—never to return. During this hunt for Nobile´s remains, Amundsen’s seaplane crashed, somewhere in the Barents Sea, and neither his body, nor the bodies of the five-member crew, were ever found.
Your guided tour will end at Polarmuseet where you can enjoy a photo exhibition depicting the life and adventures of Roald Amundsen in the Polar regions. The museum also exhibits some artifacts from Amundsen’s famous expeditions, some of which are considered the greatest gems of Norway´s proud polar history.
Good to know
- Meeting Place: Kirkegata 1, Tromsø at 11 am
- Duration: 3 hours
- Included:local guide and ticket to the Polar Museum
- In winter season: wear hat, scarf, gloves, warm boots and thermal warm underwear (long johns and long sleeved top), warm winter jacket, warm jumper or fleece, normal trouser or winter outdoor trouser.
Enjoy the city walk!