Tromsø Arctic-Alpine Botanic Garden

A fantastic experience!

This is what the Swedish King said after a visit to Tromsø Arctic-Alpine Botanic Garden a few years ago. He is not the only one enjoying a visit to our small, but very diverse botanic garden. It is so different that it has been included among 10 top gardens in the world, e.g. by the BBC and The Guardian.

In the Garden you will find small and colourful arctic species along with plants from alpine and cold areas around the whole world. They are cultivated in crevices and among rocks and boulders brought in with their original natural cover of lichens and mosses.

The Garden has 25 collections. The Saxifrage, Gentian, and Primula families, the Arctic, Himalaya, southernmost South America, and plants from old gardens in North Norway are particular impressive, according to visiting international experts. Many of the plants cannot be seen in other gardens. Please, read more about our plant collections here.

The most recent garden landscape is a large boulder ridge in the southern part of the Garden. In its dry and warm south-facing slope you can see plants originating from Turkey, Lebanon, South Africa and Chile. On the north-facing slope, only 10 m away, you can see snow-bed plants from Svalbard. One of these is the buttercup Ranunculus wilanderi, one of the rarest species in Europe. in the wild it is found in a single site near Kapp Thordsen on Svalbard.

Flowering normally starts in early May and continues until snow arrives in October. The Garden does not have any gates, admission is free, and access is 24 hours a day. Throughout the season we publish the Garden’s flowering highlights here

The Botanic Garden is one among four attractions at the Arctic University Museum of Norway. More to see and experience aTromsø Museum,  Polarmuseet and MS Polstjerna


Botanical excursion to Guolasjávri
Join us for at botanical excursion to Guolasjávri in Kåfjord on Monday 8 July. Leave from the Botanic Garden in Tromsø at 08:00 in own cars. Welcome!
New guidebook to Svalbard's flowering plants
An easy to use flora in four languages; English, Korean, Chinese and Norwegian.

New e-book about rock garden landscapes in Tromsø
How to make rock garden landscapes in Tromsø? See a cavalcade of pictures in our new e-book here. Welcome to a journey through a very special botanic garden!
Highlights of Tromsø Arctic-Alpine Botanic Garden
The short, but intense northern summer is over, but amidst the glowing colours of autumn there are still flowers to be seen. Keep updated with this highlights list!

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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


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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