Imagine not seeing the sun for 24 hours for months on end (easy for anyone who has lived in London long enough). Imagine being feeling so cold that you don’t want to spend any time outside. Imagine frozen and iced roads and pavement, so that when you walk you do it so slowly because you are scared of falling. Imagine everything from Universities to churches being called “The most northern” thing in question in the world. Can you imagine this all? If you do, then my friends, you are imagining the city of Tromso, Norway!
Considering we arrived mid-afternoon on the day of our Northern Lights hunt and didn’t think much of walking around in the dark and were honestly too excited about the Northern Lights to think about doing anything else, however what little we did see was enough to see that the city was a pretty and picturesque one at that.
The day after the northern lights experience we got out and explored in Tromso, but we couldn’t do too much as we had a flight back to Oslo to catch that afternoon, so we did what we do best, walk around aimless while Raquel waited around for me while I took photos. The walking around was definitely not made by the ice, as Raquel found out the previous evening when falling flat on her backside just outside the hotel and I almost found out several times when I would slip and ‘elegantly’ regain my composure while Raquel pitied (Laughed more like it) at me.
Everything in Tromso seems to come with the “Most Northern” title to it from the university, cathedral, botanical gardens and even its Burgerking!
One of the things we visited and saw which I loved was the Ishavskatedralen otherwise known as the Arctic Cathedral. In a town dominated by timber architecture and houses, the cathedral stands out as something of an oddity. However I love it as it different and despite that difference its sits comfortably with its Arctic surrounds especially in the snowy winters.
As I said earlier, we didn’t have much time in the time city and after walking around until mid afternoon we collected our cases before heading to the airport to catch our flight to Oslo.