Tromsø played a pivotal role in many of history’s most important polar expeditions, and still does. While walking past views across the water to the Arctic Cathedral, you will discover how Tromsø got its nickname as ‘the gateway to the Arctic’. This guided walk explores the various buildings, statues, and moments throughout Tromsø.
The tour includes a history of the old wooden buildings in town, many of which were built with Russian timber. You will also hear the story of the extraordinary building that houses the town library, inspired by the Mexican architect Felix Candelas.
Your guide will stop by the statue of Roald Amundsen, who started several of his polar expeditions from Tromsø. In 1928, after 35 years of exploring and establishing a new standard for what it meant to be a man of discovery, Roald Amundsen set out from Tromsø to find his former friend. Now an enemy, it was none other than the Italian explorer Umberto Nobile. Nobile had been lost in the Arctic, never to return. During his hunt for Nobile’s remains, Amundsen’s seaplane crashed somewhere in the Barents Sea. Neither his body nor the bodies of the five-member crew were ever found.
Your guided walking tour will end at Polar Museum where you can enjoy a photo exhibition depicting the life and adventures of Roald Amundsen in the Polar regions. The museum also exhibits artifacts from Amundsen’s famous expeditions, some of which are considered the greatest gems of Norway’s proud polar history.
|Included||Guided walk around town, knowledgeable guide, entry to the Polar Museum|
|Departure||11:00 from Kirkegata 1, 98008 Tromsø|
This activity can be combined with any of our multi-day trips, subject to time constraints. This activity can also include a dog sled ride on request.
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