Essential Tromsø: Historical City Walk
An in-depth introduction to Tromsø, the gateway to the Arctic.
Every Wednesday and Saturday.
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- Walk through the oldest parts of Tromsø and uncover their history and stories
- Discover the history of Tromsø from the Middle Ages to the modern day
- Guided tour at the Polar Museum
- Visit to Tromsø's oldest pub
In this walking tour, you will get acquainted with the city of Tromsø and its century long history. On the first leg of the tour, we will see the remains of medieval Tromsø, the market place with a monument to the fishermen that lost their lives at sea, and relics from the city's time as the central trade hub in the North.
A guided tour at the Polar Museum is included in the price of the tour. The Polar Museum hosts a number of exhibitions on polar history, which is closely intertwined with the history of Tromsø. Your guide will lead you through exhibitions on Svalbard, sealing, well-known polar heroes such as Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen, as well as lesser-known polar heroes from Tromsø, such as the polar bear king Henry Rudi and Wanny Woldstad, the first woman to hunt on Svalbard.
After our visit to the museum, we will walk along the city's bustling pedestrian street, on which we will also encounter the spot with the highest density of sights in all of Tromsø. On this part of the tour we will not only see all of Tromsø's Art Noveau buildings (both of them), but also the world's northernmost Catholic and Protestant cathedrals. There we will also learn about the historical significance of the site of the Protestant cathedral, and about how its history is intertwined with that of the Mack Brewery and Tromsø's oldest pub Ølhallen, the next place we will visit on our tour.
Ølhallen used to be the gathering point for the Arctic hunters and fishermen and the centre of social life in Tromsø. The spirit of this time can still be felt in its halls today. Nowadays Ølhallen is the place in Tromsø with the largest selection of Mack beer from the world's northernmost brewery on tap, and they are also serving 50 different craft beers from Norwegian microbreweries – on tap! Their draught system is the
largest in Europe.
Advance booking is recommended, as this tour is strictly limited to
a maximum of 15 participants. This is not mass tourism!