Trømsø in the evening

The Polar Museum

Historically, Tromsø was the starting point for several Arctic expeditions. It was also the first call when hunters and explorers returned to civilization, giving it a tough frontier reputation. Learn more about Arctic exploration history at the Polar Museum.

Included in your cruise
  • Learn about Arctic exploration history
  • Difficulty level

    Level 1: Easy - suitable for most people

  • Duration

    At guests’ discretion

  • Booking code

    INCL-TOS4

  • Notices

    This excursion includes museum admission, at your leisure. This is not a guided experience.

Following its establishment as the “Gateway to the Arctic” in the late 19th century, Tromsø became a base for many polar expeditions. The Polar Museum preserves and conveys stories related to this aspect of the history of Tromsø and the Arctic.

The Polar Museum’s permanent exhibitions deal with sealing, overwintering trapping, the stories of famous trappers such as Henry Rudi and Wanny Wolstad, the expeditions of Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen.

Practical information: 

  • Language: English.

  • Remarks/requirements: This excursion includes museum admission, at your leisure. This is not a guided experience.

  • Walking information: Transportation is not included. The Polar Museum is located within walking distance of the port.

  • Wheelchair accessible: On the ground floor only.