Tromsø – gateway to the Arctic

The Polar Museum


Included in your cruise (free)

Difficulty level

Level 2: Moderate - some mobility needed

Booking code



At guests’ discretion


Read the practical information below

Polar Museum Tromso Norway HGR 148738 Raymond Engmark
  • Visit the Polar Museum in Tromsø, located in a historic wharf building.

  • Enjoy fascinating accounts of Arctic expeditions and polar history.

  • Learn about some of the greatest polar explorers and trappers.

  • Discover how explorers planned their voyages and the equipment they used.

Tromsø has been known as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’ and a base for intrepid polar explorers since the late 19th century. The Polar Museum preserves and conveys the history of famous explorers, trappers, and expeditions.

You’ll learn the stories of adventurers Henry Rudi and Wanny Woldstad, find out about Fridtjof Nansen’s Fram expedition, and discover Roald Amundsen’s attempt to conquer the geographic North Pole.

Practical information

  • This is a self-guided excursion and includes only museum admission.

  • Walking information: Transport is not included, but the Polar Museum is located within walking distance of the port.

  • Wheelchair accessible: On the ground floor only. 

  • Language: English.