Although fairly simple, this is probably the most spectacular visit that we made in Tromso.
You start off with a wide-screen panoramic film in the theatre. The Spitsbergen film is projected in English and is absolutely stunning. Filmed from the air, the images fill your full field of view meaning that as the (presumably) helicopter banks, you automatically lean to bank with it. At times you really do feel that you are moving across the landscape and react to the movements. The images were stunningly beautiful and, as we were going to Spitsbergen a few days later, was of particular interest to us.
Once you have seen the video, the other great attraction is the seals in the giant water tank. You can view them from the gallery above the water, or from the underwater walkway. It is fascinating and very relaxing to watch. There are several other smaller aquaria with other Arctic fauna. Although there are not many displays, they are beautifully presented. Polaria is definitely worth a visit and dedicating it a relaxing hour or two.
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