The Arctic Cathedral stands proud at the end of Tromsø bridge and is clearly visible from the centre of the town, set against the background of the 1 238-metre Tromsdalstind peak. On account of its striking shape and daring architecture, the church became known as Ishavskatedralen (The Arctic Cathedral) as soon as it was opened in 1965. The Arctic Cathedral is a beacon in the town, for churchgoers and for travellers in the north.
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 distinctively cool look. The eastern wall behind the altar is decorated with one of the largest, most monumental stained glass windows in Europe.
A moving experience and acoustic treats
There is perhaps no more beautiful way to experience the Arctic Cathedral than by attending a midnight concert (with a duration of approxinately 45 minutes). As the candle lights 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. With a combination of solo vocals, piano, trumpet and cello music as well as choral and organ music, a varied and rich programme awaits concert visitors. A moving and perfect way to end the day!
Dates: 1 Jan - 31 Dec 2016 (exception 27 Mar), 1 Jan - 31 Dec 2017