Housed in a very distinctive building that represents ice floes that have been pressed up on land by the rough seas of the Arctic, you will discover Polaria, just five minutes walk from the centre of Tromsø. Polaria has an Arctic aquarium, interesting knowledge-based exhibits, a panoramic cinema, and a gift and souvenir shop.In our panoramic cinema, you can look forward to the Ivo Caprino film “Svalbard – Arctic Wilderness”and the Ole C. Salomonsen production “Northern Lights in Arctic Norway”.

After the film visitors are taken along the “Arctic Walkway” where you can experience first hand some elements of Arctic nature – a snowstorm, a dozing polar bear, the tundra and the Aurora (Northern Lights). In the aquarium the main attraction are the bearded seals. The bearded seal is an arctic species, and they are very popular among children and adults alike, due to their quiet disposition and intelligent nature. The aquarium has interesting exhibits of the most common species of fish in the Barents Sea.


Federal State Unitary Enterprise «Atomflot» is established to provide technological service and maintenance of nuclear-powered icebreakers and special fleet. In 2008 FSUE Atomflot joined State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom according to the Order of the President of Russian Federation. On August 28, 2008 the management of atomic icebreaking fleet was transferred to FSUE Atomflot, thus creating a unified icebreaking and maintenance complex of civil atomic fleet of Russia.

Arctic Centre

The Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland is a significant expert institution in Arctic issues. We conduct internationally renowned multidisciplinary research, train specialists in Arctic affairs, and increase knowledge and understanding of northern regions and their people, with a view to promoting sustainable development in the Arctic.

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