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What To See In Tromso’s Arctic-Alpine Botanic Garden in Summer

What To See In Tromso’s Arctic-Alpine Botanic Garden in Summer

Tromsø is the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’, and when I found out it was also home to the world’s northernmost botanical garden, which was free to enter, I decided I had to visit.

It’s not every day you get to encounter an Arctic-Alpine Botanic Garden, and as someone who loves visiting gardens during my travels around the world, I didn’t want to miss my chance. I was interested in seeing which plants could survive and thrive through Northern Norway’s severe winter conditions to bloom again in spring and summer.

In this post, I have chosen a small selection of my photographs to highlight the garden’s design and the type of plants and flowers you will see in the summer between May and October. I enjoyed my visit and found Tromso’s botanical garden a beautiful and tranquil place to spend a few hours.

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Angie dressed in white sitting on a rock surrounded by alpine plants at Tromso Botanic Garden.

What to see in the Arctic-Alpine Botanic Garden

The botanic garden is divided into twenty-seven collections from native to international arctic and alpine plants and herbs. A unique area is the Norwegian Traditional Garden, which features over 600 plants that have been moved here from old gardens in Northern Norway.

Stroll around the garden’s rockery and see the arctic succulents, sit amongst the alpine flower beds, and step across ponds and bridges to find hidden spots to relax with your thoughts. It is a lovely place to be with a backdrop of snow-capped mountains (even in summer).

bench in garden surrounded by flowers.

Pops of blue from the wooden bridge to the flowers make a lovely contrast. My favourite flower was the vivid blue “Himalayan” poppy (meconopsis baileyi), and I was pleased to find that I could buy seeds in the UK to plant in my garden.

How long do you need to spend at the Arctic-Alpine Garden

Located on the grounds of Tromsø University, the botanical garden isn’t huge – you can easily wander around in an hour – but it is worth a trip when you visit Tromso in summer.

After seeing the plants, stay for a coffee and a light bite from the heritage Hansine Hansen’s café and listen to the birdsong that fills the air.

The cafe is open from June to mid-August from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

white wooden house in the botanic garden in Tromso.

Getting to Tromso’s Botanic Garden

Address: Stakkevollvegen 200, 9019 Tromsø.

The garden is easy to reach and open 24 hours a day. If you visit in summer, as I did, you can see the gardens late into the evening and experience them in the glow of the midnight sun!

You can hop on bus number 34 from the centre of Tromso (Smørtorget) to the Arctic-Alpine Garden (Borgtunvegen), and then it’s a few minutes walk, or you can take a 10-minute taxi drive. If you want to walk from Tromso centre, it will take approximately 45 minutes.

If you have your car with you, paid parking is available from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., after which it is free.

natural rocks with alpine plants.

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