Tromsø On Foot – The City & Polar History
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 center.
See the old pier, monuments to famous explorers and hunters, the oldest street, Roald Amundsen’s house, and Tromsø’s oldest pub.
At Polaria, learn all about life in the Arctic, from wildlife to polar research.
Visit the Polar Museum to find out all about Tromsø’s role as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’.
Spring, Summer (May 1–September 30)
Level 2: Moderate - some mobility needed
Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes suitable for the weather on the day. The beer at Ølhallen is included.
This walking tour focuses on the vital—and exciting—role 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, stroll through the historic city center to take in the old pier, Tromsø’s oldest house, its oldest street, and Roald Amundsen’s house.
Next is Polaria, where you can watch Arctic bearded seals and harbor 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. You can choose one from a selection of complimentary beers to enjoy while soaking up the historic surroundings.