Let’s go on with my experiences in Tromsø last weekend:
Housed in a very distinctive building that represents ice flows that have been pressed up on land by the rough seas of the Arctic, you will discover Polaria, just five minutes walk from the centre of Tromsø. Polaria has an Arctic aquarium and interesting knowledge-based exhibits. We had our dinner there at Saturday evening and I had my Nokia mobile phone available of course. We started with a cocktail before the Polar Buffet with smoked salmon and seal, but I had to try the snow scooter first of course :-)
Polaria was established in 1997 on the initiative of The Department of the Environment, in order to spread knowledge and awareness of Arctic flora and fauna, climate and environmental consequences, to tourists and other visitors.
You can experience first hand some elements of Arctic nature – a snowstorm, a dozing polar bear, the tundra and the (Northern Lights). In the aquarium the main attraction is the bearded seals. The bearded seal is an arctic species, and they are very popular among children and adults alike, due to their quiet disposition and intelligent nature. One of the seals was sick the night we where there, so therefore they have emptied the aquarium. They did that to check the animal and gave it anti biotic and the next day we where told he was much better.
In the aquarium you can also get acquainted with the marine animals by touching them. You can also make your own waves, and study the maelstrom. I did not dare shake hands with the catfish in the picture above though :-)
From the Norwegian coast, up to the Barents Sea and towards, the ocean is filled with cold arctic waters. Most fishes have a preferred temperature in witch they thrive. Therefore the composition of species will change when you enter colder arctic waters.