Come and see The Polar Museum
Centrally located in Tromsø, lies the city’s Polar Museum full of Northern Norway’s history, artistic past, photos of polar expeditions and arctic trapping throughout the ages. This culturally rich building opened June 18, 1978 symbolizing 50 years after the famous explorer Roald Amundsen went missing on his last expedition.
The success of Roald Amundsen and Fritjof Nansen was certainly not just luck. These explorers spent much time researching and learning from the masters of the arctic, such as the Inuits and Sami people. Based on the knowledge of these cultures, these adventurers learned how to clothe themselves for the arctic cold, tips for food preparation and how to steer a dog sled. It was this knowledge that allowed them to be so successful in their journeys.
At the Polar Museum, you will find a large Roald Amundsen collection that tells his story through photos and artefacts from his trips. There is also a photo gallery of Nansen’s expedition he made on the boat ‘Fram’ from 1893 to 1896.
The art of Arctic Trapping
Within these walls, visitors can also learn all about the dangerous task of arctic trapping. Some exhibitions are not for the soft-hearted, such as that of Henry Rudi, a Trapper who killed 713 polar bears, or the display about seal hunting. These do provide, however, a good lesson to those who want to learn more about hunting and the importance of animal conservation. Tromsø is known as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’ and was a center of sealing for decades. It is, therefore, the best place to learn more about hunting on the ice and this important part of Norwegian culture.
This exciting museum and more, awaits you when you book a room at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromsø. Enjoy stylish accommodation while you explore Northern Norway’s history and culture.