Norway Day Nine: Tromso: My Last Walk In This Beautiful Arctic City
I awoke a little later than I usually do on my last full day in Tromso . Once again the 24 hours of daylight affected my sleeping. I did not sleep much. I was happy it wasn’t raining. I still changed into my rain gear, it seems it always rains in northern Norway, and was off for my walk.
There were now breaks in the clouds. I was able to see some rare Norwegian arctic sunshine. And what a difference it made. The beaches, ocean, clouds and snow capped mountains were spectacular in the morning sunshine.
I came upon a large group of school students who were also enjoying the beautiful views and rare sunshine. They were playing games, including a vigorous game of tug of war, having something to eat cooked on an open fire or just strolling on the beach.
It was a pleasure watching them enjoy this beautiful June morning in this remote and cold arctic region. Here is a link to some more photographs from my walk on the shore. Norway Day Nine. morning walk beaches. June 8 2018.
Some were familiar like the mallard ducks and loons, which I believe are called divers in Norway.
I watched a pair of these strange birds searching the wetlands along the lake for a morning meal. Here is a link to some more photographs of this pretty and unique bird. Norway Day Nine. lake ruff. June 8 2018.
And I found this nest unattended, the mommy seagull having been frightened by a couple of folks walking along the trail. Here is a link to some more of the birds I saw along the lake. Norway Day Nine: lake birds June 8 2018.
I walked around the lake one more time enjoying the many birds and also the spectacular scenery. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike to the lake. Norway Day Nine: lake June 8 2018.
I was soon at my hotel enjoying a late breakfast. Here is a link to some more photographs from my last hike in Tromso, the Paris of the North. Norway Day Nine return hike June June 8 2018.
After breakfast I started packing and worked on editing some photogrpahs. I had one more chance to see the midnight sun. I had an early flight the next morning but I still planned to take the cable car to watch it if the skies cleared. I had an early dinner so I could try and sleep a couple hours. I was surprised to see sunshine on my way to eat. I returned to my room and dozed off for a few hours.
It was now after 10 p.m. and it did not look like I was going to see the elusive midnight sun. Here is a link to some more photographs from my late night walk. Norway Day Nine. late night walk. June 8 2018.
I decided not to take the trip to the cable car. I returned to my room and set my alarm for 11:45 p.m. I didn’t sleep. I looked out my window around 11;30 and the light rain ended my last chance to see the midnight sun. I struck out eight nights in a row. Well it looks like I will have to return to this beautiful northern city and try again someday. And maybe a Winter visit to see the Northern Lights. And of course all of you will be welcome to come along.
“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comforts of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things. -air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky. -all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese