Last day in Tromsø

Written by Sam Van den Haute aka CheckOutSam

It is again my last full day in the beautiful Tromsø. Today was the only day I didn't plan anything, but there is still plenty to see in the city of Tromsø itself.

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tromso-kust-noorwegenMe and Danique decide to go to the west of the island to take a look at the beautiful coast. There isn’t a lot of daylight, so we definitely need to go while we still can. Before we arrive there, we first took a peek into the Tromsø museum. The Dutch people know how to save money:  “Two student entrances, please .”

Without actually checking our student cards, the employee gives us the reduction. I take a combination ticket for this museum and the Tromsø polar museum: 40 kroner. Just a little over 4 euro for some of the best places to visit in Tromsø – what a steal!

In the little museum, there are a few interesting things to see. Stuffend arctic animal, a skeleton of a whale, a lot more info about the whales and the Sami culture, … Just under an hour, we walk outside the museum and walk in the direction of the beautiful coast of Tromsøya. We quickly take a few photos, because after only five minutes our hands turned completely blue. The wind blows a lot stronger here, so we don’t want to stay too long.

Once we walked bach to the center, we warm ourselves with an expensive hot chocolate and I alone go on to the polarmuseum.

tromso-polar-museumThis museum especially talks about explorers who investigated Tromsø and Svalbard and how the actual city was founded.

Bloody photo’s of bludgeoned seals, polar bears, walruses and Norse oxes are found all over the place. How anyone could kill these cute animals, I still don’t get. But of course you need to do something to stay alive in such a inhospitable place.

Quickly enough, it’s one and a half hour later in this interesting museum. I learned a lot today!

Tonight, I hope to see the northern lights one last time.
And I am in luck! When I climbed the steep mountain to a little park in the center of Tromsø, I can see the pure lines of the northern lights already.

The dancing aurora lights up the whole park and I enjoy it as long as I can.

After that, I decide to walk the almost two kilometer long bridge to look at the beautiful Arctic Cathedral. Suddenly, the northern lights appear again. And when I turn around, I don’t believe what I see: the northern light is active over the city! Very rare, because the lights usually don’t show over light polluted cities.

I hurry to the quay and try to make some pictures from there. Just in time! Because the lights get a lot less intense already.

When I’m back on the bridge, I can’t see anything anymore. Good! I can sleep with a peaceful mind. A better farewell from Tromsø I couldn’t wish for.

Tomorrow I need to get up at 04:30 AM, because my flight to Reykjavík is at 06:30 AM. I very much hope Iceland will be as beautiful as Norway!noorderlicht-tromso-sam-selfie

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