This cathedral is a striking modernist landmark visible from the Tromsø Sound and when flying into Tromsø. Because of its brilliant acoustics, many musical events are held at the church, including its New Year’s Eve performance and Midnight Sun concerts.
Tromsdalen Church, also known as Ishavskatedralen (The Arctic Cathedral) was built in 1965 and designed by the late Norwegian architect Jan Inge Hovig. Eleven aluminum-coated concrete panels on either side of the roof provide the cathedral’s bold form, often compared to the style of the Sydney Opera House.
The main entrance is surrounded by a large glass façade with a pronounced cross from floor to roof. A beautiful full height stained glass window was added to the east side of the building in 1972, made by prominent Norwegian artist Victor Sparre. Its was built in 2005 by Grönlunds Orgelbyggeri, in the style of the cathedral’s bold architecture. The organ is made up of 2940 pipes, measuring from 5 milimeters to 32 feet. Most of the woodwork is solid local pine and the bellows are made of reindeer hide.