|Lovely cloud formations on the way to Oslo.|
The stunning harbour view at Tromso from my hotel
window - well worth the upgrade!
The cathedral in Tromso - the size was that
of a normal church in the UK!
|The explorer Roald Amundsen - in Tromso |
|The Catholic Cathedral in Tromso.|
|Another sculpture in the town of a boat man.|
The long bridge over the water to the other
side of Tromso.
You can walk over the bridge if you wish - I only
went a little way because as you got out over
the water the wind got up and it was very cold.
|The Arctic Cathedral at night - stunning!|
I am pleased to report I did see the lights! Someone in my hotel told me not to expect them to be as bright as you see them in photos and they were right. At the time I went Auroral activity was low so I saw a pale green display of lights - my camera was 100% useless although other people managed to get pictures but not one offered to email me one like I would have done - how sad. Anyway it was better to SEE them with my own eyes than through a lens as it imprints on your brain /memory properly. I saw one lot that looked like a long nose and smiling mouth with one eye and then a shower like formation - and another blob which become brighter then faded and moved around a little. It was really something to be standing out in the zero temperatures in the middle of nowhere but seeing these displays - had I not been with a guide though I would have missed it.
In Tromso there were lots of small shops carrying different things but these DIY toys in a knitting shop caught my eye - you buy the bare doll (it has the hair) and then you knit the clothes like so:-
|A knitted family!|
|A cute little girl - adorable!|
|Another shop makes the traditional Norwegian |
costume - here are some pics form the workshop.
Here you can see the detailed
embroidery and the traditional
brooch and clasps.
|A close up of the embroidery on the blouse....|
|....and the beautiful apron with lace.|
|The scarf/apron (not quite Hermes!)|
|A doll version.|
|Some of the Troll Father Christmases!|
|A fishing trawler in the harbour.|
|The Hotel With where I stayed (the white building).|
I fed the ducks in the mornings with left over
bread from breakfast they were lovely!
Here Mr Mallard.
|A local boat - it just looked nice!|
Yay some weak winter sun at last - albeit very
watery. The sun only rose after 9am and set about 2.45pm.
Leaving behind the Arctic Twilight
en route back to Oslo then home.
The prices in Norway were staggering. A bottle of coke was equivalent of £3.98 compared to Tesco here at £1.08!!!! Nearly 4 times what you would pay here in the UK truly shocking. I found the prices totally prohibitive and so I did not manage to do more things. I know I buy Hermes scarves but I could not justify the prices for simple things in Norway. It was very much a window shopping holiday and thankfully my lovely hotel provided an evening meal free of charge!
If I go again I will go in Autumn as the Northern Lights guide said it is a good time to go and not so cold and the days are longer too. I would also save up some money to fund trips as Norway does need serious money!
I hope you enjoyed seeing Tromso!