18 November 2014

Tromso wandering, Norway

Chasing the Northern Lights was our main reason for exploring Tromso, but it's a pretty city all in it's own right. Blessed with clear blues skies for most of our trip we. couldn't. stop. taking. photos.

Tromso wandering, Norway - Adventures of a London Kiwi 
Literally just sat at the window sill with a chair pulled up to the prettiest view from our waterfront hotel room, we spent a lot of time just watching the port boats slip in and around. Cup of tea in hand, and freshly made waffle in plate (complete with Strawberry jam & the infamous Norwegian brown cheese) life felt pretty good (even after a flight with a horrendous hangover - take it from me, do not fly with a hangover - it feels as though someone is bouncing on your stomach.)

Tromso wandering, Norway - Adventures of a London Kiwi

The next morning dawned, with gorgeously clear skies again so we took to the pavement. Armed with Van's blog recommendations (definitely check out Snow in Tromso), we enjoyed a day of puttering. Exclaiming at the glassy water, laughing at our breath forming in front of us, admiring the incredible Fjords that hug each view from the island and shivered in the cool crisp 5°C temperatures.

Tromso wandering, Norway - Adventures of a London Kiwi

We popped into the Polarium, a cool marine mammal exhibition (though sadly no Arctic hares to the bizarre request of the Mister - where he got the idea that there would be hares I have no idea)...

Tromso wandering, Norway - Adventures of a London Kiwi

Tromso wandering, Norway - Adventures of a London Kiwi

...and stared into the glassy harbour depths, watching shoals of small fish dart to and fro, and jellyfish slowly parachute through the water.

Tromso wandering, Norway - Adventures of a London Kiwi

We wandered over the bridge linking Tromso with the mainland, and although we sadly couldn't enjoy the views from the cable car due to maintenance, we walked to the Arctic Cathedral, a modern beacon on the hill (shaped like the nearby the rocky island of Håja, and Iceberg, Sami tent, boathouse or fish-drying rack - you pick) and rather loved the view looking back over the frosty island of Tromso.

 The Arctic Cathedral, (Ishavskatedralen) Norway - Adventures of a London Kiwi


Our noses suitably nipped, we danced our way back over the bridge to watch the early-afternoon sunset.  

 Tromso wandering, Norway - Adventures of a London Kiwi
 

26 comments :

  1. It looks so beautiful!x

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  2. Looks beautiful. V pretty pics!


    I could not imagine flying with a hangover - sounds like my idea of hell! A train journey with one is bad enough for me!

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  3. So beautiful when the sun shines on the water! And yes, I made the mistake of flying with a hangover, longest flight ever!

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  4. Absolutely beautiful. I can't wait to visit Norway - it's on the list post honeymoon!

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  5. So sorry about your hangover - that was from birthday celebrations, wasn't it? :)


    Tromso is gorgeous. I am amazed by the light in your photos. I want to go!

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  6. For some reason Dan and I have a tradition (not on purpose) where we fly more often than not with a hangover. It's not a good tradition, it's awful! But beautiful pictures yet again!

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  7. Beautiful pictures! I didn't realize that the weather was so good that weekend! I was too busy moving houses I guess :D

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  8. Wow you and Van are really encouraging me to go to Tromso!! It is amazing.

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  9. Norway looks like a surreal world! Sounds like you had a lovely time. :-)

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  10. such a pretty looking place. Those views, a waterfront hotel was definitely a good choice!

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  11. Wow Emma, Norway looks stunning. I'd love to visit the Fjords. Hope you had a fantastic time.

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  12. Go, it truely was beautiful! We loved every minute and left rather sadly!

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  13. We ended up with an awesome deal - and an upgrade for my birthday!

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  14. It was something else - we already want to go back.

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  15. We were so, so lucky! It must have been so frustrating!!

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  16. No, it's a bad tradition for sure! But then I suppose you get used to it...

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  17. Oh yes it was - note to self don't get outrageously drunk when you have to get up at 4am...

    It was stunning!

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  18. What an incredible looking place.

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