Tromsø Island, North Norway


03/05/2012 by Ironman Coach

I started my life in freedom in a blessed place of this
world, exactly 22 years ago, at age of 22: Sunndal Fjord in Norway, Sunndalsøra. Long story, old story.
As I had to leave Norway, in July 1990, I cried. Since then
I never stopped to consider that corner of the world my soul place. As I had to
leave Norway again, in January 2012, I cried again. Same intensity.
*yes, these are my hands, my red gloves and myself is taking this amazing picture …. I look at it and I still cannot believe I was there ……… The PARADISE DOES EXISTS in so many places on Earth, really!

 After 22 years I found the reason to spend my last
savings and go to Norway. Not to Sunndalsøra, as the
place were very strongly connected to the people I met there 22 years ago. And
they are not there anymore.

The reason was a half marathon, a running race. My first competitional pure half marathon ever. I wrote about the
event here, you’ll enjoy the story and the pictures.
But about the small paradise I
discovered in Tromsø I didn’t write
much and now is the time to do it.
Shortly about light and darkness
 Tromsø is located in the middle of the Aurora Borealis zone, and is in
fact one of the best places in the world to observe this phenomenon.

 Because of
the planet’s rotation,
Tromsø moves into the Aurora zone around 6 p.m., and
moves out again around midnight. As it is light round the clock in the summer,
no aurora is visible between late April and mid August.

The Midnight Sun occurs
from about 18th of May to 26th of July, although the
mountains in the north block the view of the midnight sun for a few days,
meaning that one can see the sun from about 21st of May to 21 of
July. Owing to
Tromsø’s high latitude, twilight is long, meaning
there is no real darkness between late April and mid August (like in Sunndalsøra

The sun remains below the horizon during the Polar Night
from about 26th of November to 15th of January, but owing
to the mountains the sun is not visible from 21st of November to 21st
of January. 

The return of the sun is an occasion for celebration. However,
because of the twilight, there is some daylight for a couple of hours even
around midwinter (so between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.).

Tromsø city is the 9th
largest urban area in Norway by population and there are living about 69.100
people. It is also the largest city and the largest urban area in Northern
Norway. The city is actually located on the small island of Tromsøya, 350 km
inside the arctic circle. The island is connected to the mainland by a long
bridge (if I remember right, about 1.700 m long) and a much longer tunnel.
also means
the world’s most northerly:
University, Cathedral, Planetarium, Botanical Garden, brewery and the station
of the Hurtigruten.
The city centre of Tromsø contains the highest number of old
wooden houses in Northern Norway, the
oldest house dating from 1789.
The Hurtigruten 

is a Norwegian passenger and
freight line with daily sallings along Norway’s western and northern coast. The
enormous ships sail almost the entire length of the country, completing the
roundtrip journey in 11 days. The trip has been described as the “World’s Most
Beautiful Sea Voyage”.

The origins are somewhere over hundred years ago. Hurtigruten was
established in July 1893 by government contract to improve communications along
Norway’s long, jagged coastline.
The University of

was established in 1968 and opened in 1972, being one of eight universities in
Norway. The main focus of the University’s activities is on the Auroral light
research, space science, fishery science, biotechnology, linguistics,
multicultural societies, Saami culture, telemedicine, apidemijology and a wide
spectrum of Arctic research projects.

I visited the University after a long walk for about 45 minutes.
It was a very pleasant way to see the upper part of the island and to surprise
magnificent lights of the Polar Night.

About 7000 students from over 30 different nationalities study

Macks Ølbryggeri – the world’s most
northern brewery

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In 1998 The
Norwegian Polar Institute was relocated from Oslo to

The Arctic Cathedral
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I couldn’t visit the Arctic Cathedral, too expensive (about 30 euro!) admire it from outside is like a melody …

The Polar Museum
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The Planetarium
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The City Library
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Sport life
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Some history

The area is
historical well documented. It has been inhabited since the end of the ice age.
Outside the city limits there has been found traces of a settlement from late
stone age (4000-1800 BCE).
The first
church on the island of
Tromsøya was erected in the 1252 and at that time it
was the northernmost church in the world.

By the end
of the 19th century, Tromsø had become a major Arctic trade center from which
many Arctic expeditions originated. Explorers like Roald Amundsen (his statue in this picture, looking over the icy North Sea), Umberto
Nobile and Fridtjof Nansen made use of the know-how in Tromsø on the conditions
in the Arctic, and often recruited their crew in the city. The Northern lights
observatory was founded in 1927.

In 1964
the Airport was opened and that was a major infrastructural revolution.

One thought on “Tromsø Island, North Norway

  1. Anonymous says:

    I liked it very much to read this, thank you. The pictures are admireable!Mike

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