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“Emblematic of Tromso”
Review of Arctic Cathedral

Arctic Cathedral
Ranked #28 of 90 things to do in Tromso
Reviewed August 26, 2014

We chose to go to the cathedral for one of the midnight concerts held in summer because this is one of the most emblematic buildings in the city.

The concerts start at 2330 each night and last 30 minutes. To our surprise, there were fewer than 30 people in the cathedral for the performance. Despite the fact that the cathedral is much smaller than you expect, there was still a lot of empty space.

The building is modern, but not too modern. Tasteful and with enough traditional elements to make you feel comfortable.

The concert started with the soprano in the gallery behind the public singing alongside the organ and continued with the the two moving to the front of the cathedral and continuing on the piano with a cello accompaniment. The programme was in Norwegian, but included a Celtic song, Sami music and Norwegian folk tunes, as well as Edvard Grieg: definitely an attractive and varied programme.

At the end of the concert the three performers greeted the public one-by-one as the left the cathedral. This was a lovely touch and was typical of the hospitality that we found all over Tromso and Svalbard.

The concert was a lovely way to end the day and afterwards, from the cathedral entrance, there are some lovely views across the fjord of the lights of Tromso in the midnight twilight.

Thank Rocket_man_in_ESA
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Reviewed August 26, 2014

There are two good reasons to visit: to hear a concert or because it is spiritually meaningful to you. Otherwise, I suggest you save your money and enjoy the view of it from across the harbor. Only the sanctuary is accessible inside, and yes, the stained glass window is nice but nothing extraordinary.

Thank orangerook
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Reviewed August 19, 2014

Beautiful Cathedral, lovely light filtering through. Beautiful stained glass at the Altar. Attended Midnight Concert, really wonderful experience.

Thank Southernsun
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Reviewed August 13, 2014

Visited the Arctic Cathedral during the day and had a lovely prayerful wander. Loved the architecture, and the slim windows offering glimpses of snowy mountains behind, and the huge stained glass East Window.

And then returned for the concert at 23.30h. Sublime - fine young musicians, and some beautifully accessible modern but unfamiliar music. A good blend of music based on Norwegian folk melodies and Sami yoiks, alongside modern and older classical music. None of the Nordic music was familiar to me, but well worth exploring.

As far as I recall, entrance to visit the Cathedral is free, but there is a fee for the concert.

Thank Christina R
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Reviewed August 8, 2014

A beautiful, unusual building with fantastic acoustics. The midnight concert was much better than anticipated: three musicians, an organist/pianist, a baritone, and a female flautist who also sang a folk song - all talented and very professional. The programme was a mixture of classical and folk music and really suited the setting. Great views of the town and mountains from outside. When we went in it was cloudy but what a surprise when we came out: a most glorious midnight sun! This evening was the highlight of our holiday - not to be missed!

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