The Arctic Cathedral stands proud at the end of the Tromsø bridge and is clearly visible from the center of the town, set against the background of the 4,062-foot Tromsdalstind peak. Due to its striking shape and daring architecture, the church became known as ‘Ishavskatedralen’ (The Arctic Cathedral) as soon as it opened in 1965. The Arctic Cathedral is a beacon in the town, for churchgoers and for travelers.
A new organ was installed in the church a few years ago, and strip lights have been positioned between the lamella panels that make up the walls. When darkness falls, the unusual outline of the church is clearly visible from all parts of Tromsø. The special chandeliers of Czech crystal are inspired by icicles and contribute to the distinctive, cool look. The eastern wall behind the altar is decorated with one of the largest, most monumental glass mosaics in Europe.
A MOVING EXPERIENCE AND ACOUSTIC TREAT
There is perhaps no more beautiful way to experience the Arctic Cathedral than by attending a midnight concert. As the candlelights flicker, this elegant church is filled with the sounds of the most beautiful Norwegian folk songs as well as some wonderful classical and sacred selections. This musical experience is enhanced by the Arctic Cathedral’s sublime acoustics. It is a moving and perfect way to end the day!