03/05/2012 by Ironman Coach
world, exactly 22 years ago, at age of 22: Sunndal Fjord in Norway, Sunndalsøra. Long story, old story.
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.
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.
event here, you’ll enjoy the story and the pictures.
discovered in Tromsø I didn’t write
much and now is the time to do it.
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.
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.
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
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.).
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.
wooden houses in Northern Norway, the
oldest house dating from 1789.
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”.
established in July 1893 by government contract to improve communications along
Norway’s long, jagged coastline.
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.
I couldn’t visit the Arctic Cathedral, too expensive (about 30 euro!) admire it from outside is like a melody …
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).
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.
the Airport was opened and that was a major infrastructural revolution.