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Tromso – Gateway to the Arctic
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Tromso – the capital of north Norway – is one of the largest cities in the country, as far as area is concerned, covering some 927 square miles/2,400 square kilometers, including 627 islands. Tromso has been the starting point for many arctic expeditions and is also known by the name - Gateway to the Arctic. The city escaped undamaged by World War II and is one of the few towns in north Norway that has been able to preserve its charming old buildings.
Your tour starts with a drive through the city of Tromso to the world’s most northerly aquarium - Polaria. The center opened in 1998 and focuses on the polar areas. The building itself stands out from the surrounding architecture, as it is built to resemble blocks of ice sliding out into the ocean. You may try a polar walk, take a look at the various aquariums and see pools showing sea life in the polar areas. Live seals can be admired in one of the large aquariums. There is also a 170-seat cinema showing a beautiful 20-minute film called Svalbard – Arctic Wilderness. Before returning to your ship, you’ll also visit the Arctic Cathedral on the mainland.
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Note: Amount of walking is optional - there is a slight incline to enter the church. This tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties.
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Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
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