Arctic Cathedral

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The 11 triangles of the Arctic Cathedral (1965) suggest glacial crevasses and auroral curtains. The glowing stained-glass window that occupies the east end depicts Christ descending to earth, while the west end is filled by a futuristic organ and icicle-like chandeliers of Czech crystal. Despite its position beside one of Tromsø's main thoroughfares, the serenity inside remains unspoiled. It's on the southern side of the Bruvegen bridge, a few minutes on the bus from Havnegata, or a 1km walk.

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2. Polar Museum

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3. Art Museum of Northern Norway

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The Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum displays mainly 19th-century to present-day sculpture, photography, painting and handicrafts by artists from northern Norway.

4. Roald Amundsen Statue

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This statue to Norway's most famous polar explorer sits just uphill from the tourist office.

5. Perspektivet

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Dating from 1838, Perspektivet houses a permanent photo exhibition illustrating Tromsø's history and mounts quality temporary displays too.

6. Domkirke

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The Tromsø Catholic Church was built in 1861 and is the world's northernmost Catholic bishopric.

8. Bibliotek


Tromsø's library is a wonderful example of contemporary Norwegian architecture, airy and streaming with light. There's also free internet access here.