THE ARCTIC CATHEDRAL | TROMSØ, NORWAY


What comes to your mind when you first hear the name, "Arctic Cathedral"? 
For me, I thought of this beautiful place on the top of a mountain or right at the peak of a fjord. To be honest, I'm not sure what my exceptions were for the Arctic Cathedral but I was absolutely blown away by its beauty.
Tromsdalen Church, also known as Ishavskateralen (the Arctic Cathedral) was built back in 1960's. It's said it was a masterpiece of an architect called Jan Inge Hovik and I must say, it was absolutely stunning from inside to outside. It's a whole lot of different, compared to other Nordic/Scandi churches I've seen.

At this point, I'm going to add a disclaimer here:
I'm not a church person. I'm not religious at all.
I have never been, I never will although I'm extremely
into churches in their architectural way. So no, nothing
religious going on here; just admiring the beauty of architecture. 


The place was absolutely stunning. One of the most beautiful churches I've seen. Although, there is one thing that made me wonder. As a beautiful church like that, why is it located in the middle of a crossroad?
Okay, it's the first thing you see when you drive to Tromso and you can see it from the aeroplane as well. It could be that back in the 1960's there weren't so many roads next to us - who really knows, but I would have located it in somewhere else. Somewhere like on top of the mountain or you know, at the peak of a fjord. Oh well, I'm not a professional when it comes to locating churches haha! There's a reason for everything.

What is the most beautiful church you've seen?

Opening hours and prices: The Arctic Cathedral website





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23 comments

  1. Your photos are incredible! I love the wing-mirror shot! Norway looks so beautiful, it's incredibly high up on my bucket list x

    Rachel | rachelemmablog.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! I highly recommend you to visit there :-)

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  2. This is really impressive, I would have never thought that it was a church.

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  3. Gorgeous! I agree, it's a strange location but there must be a reason for it. I have been to so many churches that it's hard to choose my favourite - maybe the little stone church in Tammisaari, it was so light and airy inside that I instantly fell in love.

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    1. OH, I haven't been there yet! I must go and check it out :-)

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  4. Wow, the name is perfect! It definitely calls to mind an arctic feel. I think Italy has the most beautiful churches I've ever seen. I loved the cathedral in Florence (often called the Duomo) but my memories are somewhat tainted as my mom was pickpocketed while we were inside!!

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  5. Love your photos in this, so so pretty!

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  6. Love these pictures - looks so beautiful!

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  7. It looks so beautiful! I always love visiting churches and cathedrals when in different countries x

    Andrea | Trxpical Andrea

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  8. It's absolutely beautiful - architecture is something else! Thank you for sharing :)

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  9. It's absolutely beautiful! Architecture is something else - a true talent. Thank you for sharing :)

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  10. It looks weird seeing it in the summer! I visited here in February 2017 and it was really snowy! I still thought it was pretty cool though

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    1. Hahah! Tromso in Winter is my ultimate dream!

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  11. I started getting obsessed with churches and cathedrals last year. Like you, not in a religious way, but more an admiration for the skill that goes in to creating them! This one is so unique!

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  12. Oh wow, what interesting architecture that's so pretty! The only other cathedral I've seen structured like this is a small one up in the mountains in rural Victoria!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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