Highlights of Tromsø Arctic-Alpine Botanic Garden

16.05.2018 Christensen, Karen Marie

The short, but intense northern summer means there are new busy beauties blossoming every week. Keep updated with this higlights list!

*Highlights* 7-2018, (21 Aug. ) in

Tromsø Arctic-Alpine Botanic Garden –



1.    A very strange plant in the northernmost part of our Himalaya. It looks like a dark, pink starfish, but from 3500 m in China. It came as Saussurea stella, however, the latter dies after flowering, whereas our plant has much more narrow leaves and a mat of perennial rosettes. It may be a still undescribed species, as it is not treated by recent specialist literature.



2.    The composite genus Cremanthodium. The world’s largest collection might be in our Himalaya. They are a speciality with us as they do not tolerate at all warmer climates of gardens further south. Most have yellow, nodding flower heads/capitulae, C. amplexicaulis the nicest one now.


3.    Just to the south of the Cashmere rowan in the Bulb and corm collection, another still undescribed Chinese species: a blue Allium sp. starting to flower now.


4.    The Old North Norwegian garden plants just above the red building is the nicest collection right now, with numerous tall perennials in flower, e.g. several meadow-sweets (Filipendula spp.).


5.    The world’s largest gentian collection. The Chinese Gentiana hexaphylla will soon be past flowering, and species of the crested gentian/G. septemfida group are taking over right now.


6.    The strange umbelifer alpine sea holly (Eryngium alpinum) at the S part of our Alps.


7.    The annual Mexican slipper plant Calceolaria mexicana with citric yellow flowers. It is planted out in large numbers in the southern part of our South America.









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Opening hours and prices

1.6. - 31.8.:

1.9.- 31.5.:
Mon - Fri 10.00 - 16.30
Saturday 12.00 - 15.00
Sunday 11.00 - 16.00

Open every day, except for 1. and 17.5., 24. and 25.12.

Opening hours during Easter 2018

Visiting adress:
Lars Thørings veg 10
Phone: +47 776 45 000

Ticket prices:

Adults: 70 NOK
Children (7-18)/Students/seniors: 30 NOK
Children under 7 years: free
Family ticket (2 adults + children): 120 NOK
Groups (minimum 10 persons): 45 NOK pr person

Combination ticket Tromsø Museum/Polarmuseet/MS Polstjerna:   80/40/160 NOK
Students and employees, UiT: Free

Opening hours
1.9–31.5:             11.00–17.00
1.6–31.8:             09.00–18.00

Open every day, except for 1 and 17 May.


Visiting address:
Søndre Tollbodgt 11

Phone: 77 62 33 60

E-mail:  postmaster@polarmuseum.no

Ticket prices:

Adults: 70 NOK
Children (7-18)/Students/seniors: 35 NOK
Children under 7 years: free
Family ticket (2 adults + children): 140 NOK
Groups (minimum 10 persons): 50 NOK pr person

Combination ticket Tromsø Museum/Polarmuseet/MS Polstjerna:   100/50/200 NOK
Students and employees, UiT: Free



Visiting adress:
Hjalmar Johansens gate 10 (by Polaria)
Phone: 77 62 33 60

Please observe that the stairs inside the ship are very steep. Visitors not comfortable with climbing ladders are advices to stay on the main deck. Regrettably, wheelchairs can not get onboard the vessel. Due to some high thresholds and dim lighting in parts of the ship, we recommend visitors with vision impairments to be accompanied.

Ticket prices for MS Polstjerna

Adults: 40 NOK
Children (7-18)/students/seniors: 20 NOK
Children under 7 years: free
Family ticket (2 adults + children): 80 NOK

Groups over 10 persons: 30 NOK pr person

Combination ticket MV Polstjerna/Tromsø Museum/Polarmuseet: 80/40/160 NOK

Combination ticket MV Polstjerna/Polaria:
- Adults: 115 NOK
- Children: 60 NOK
- Students: 75 NOK
- Seniors: 90 NOK


The Botanical Garden is open 24/7.

(The Botanical Garden has only outdoor displays.)

The cafe in Botanical garden

Summertime (1.6. - 31.8.)
Every day: 11.30-15.30

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