• Tove M Taalesen

The Arctic Cathedral

The arctic cathedral. Photo: Unknown

Tromsdalen Church is also known as Ishavskatedralen - The Arctic Cathedral.

Architect Jan Inge Hovig succeeded in creating a masterpiece.

The cathedral is a landmark visible from the Tromsø Sound, the Tromsø Bridge and when landing in Tromsø by aircraft. The 11 aluminium-coated concrete panels on each side of the roof provide the cathedral’s form.

The main entrance on the western side is surrounded by a large glass façade with a pronounced cross. The fantastic glass mosaic on the eastern side was added in 1972.

The glass mosaic is one of artist Victor Sparre’s most prominent works.

It depicts God’s hand from which departs three rays of light: one through Jesus, one through a woman and one through a man.

The glass work contains many symbols and generates considerable attention among our visitors.

The Arctic Cathedral. Photo: Unkown

Opening hours:

June 1 – Aug 15: 09.00 – 19.00

Sun 13.00 – 19.00


Midnight sun concert in the beautiful Arctic Cathedral.

A varied and wonderful program of Norwegian and foreign music:

Classical songs, instrumental pieces, religious folk tunes and more.

Every evening at 23.00

The Arctic Cathedral. Photo: Emma Eriksson

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