Take a stroll through the fascinating history and heritage of Tromsø and discover why it’s known as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’.
Learn all about Tromsø’s polar past as you tour the most important parts of the compact city centre
See the old pier, monuments to famous explorers and hunters, the oldest street, Roald Amundsen’s house, and Tromsø’s oldest pub
Learn all about life in the Arctic, from wildlife to polar research, at Polaria
Visit the Polar Museum to find out all about Tromsø’s role as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’
Autumn, Spring, Summer (01 April - 30 September )
Level 2: Moderate - some mobility needed
Clothes/Footwear: Wear comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing
This walking tour focuses on the vital – and exciting – part Tromsø has played in polar expeditions since the city was founded in 1795.
We start our tour at the Polar Museum, in an 1830s warehouse on the seafront. It’s filled with compelling stories about famous trappers and the renowned Arctic expeditions of Norwegian explorers Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen.
Next, we stroll through the historic city centre, taking in the old pier, Tromsø’s oldest house, its oldest street, and Roald Amundsen’s house.
Then we visit Polaria where you can watch Arctic Bearded and Harbour Seals swimming, glimpse life in the Arctic Sea in the aquariums, and experience Arctic phenomena in the panoramic cinema.
On our way back to the pier, we stop at polar explorer Helmer Hansen’s monument, and Ølhallen, Tromsø’s oldest pub.