tromsø

This is the most northerly place of the globe I've ever been!

One thing that people normally relate to Norway, is that during winter it's mostly dark and during summer it's mostly bright.
Well, in Tromsø, from the end of May until the end of July, this area enjoys daylight 24 hours a day, and between late November and January the polar night sets in.
Our visit was in August, and at that time, the days are already shorter, although there was still not much darkness. When we asked about watching the midnight sun, someone told us: "well, this time of year it will be a bit after 10PM, but it's the same as at midnight".
This was the perspective from someone that lives through it every year, and had many interesting things to talk about, including his Sami heritage.

At Tromsø Universitetsmuseum, a real Sami house (Goahti) can be visited during summer.
There you can sit, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee with a Sami.
We got into the Goahti, sat on the floor and chatted with a blond twenty year old guy dressed in jeans and sweater. Yes, he was dressed just like us! I guess like me, many of you, when you picture a Sami, picture someone dressed in traditional Sami clothes.

That’s one of the purposes of this house and this experience at the museum: that people change their perspective of the "old traditional Samis", and see them as "normal" people, that dress and live like us.

The city has some other attractions that are worth seeing, but one that can't be missed is taking The Cable Car up to Mount Storsteinen to enjoy the magnificent view of Tromso and the fjords and walk in the mountains to feel on "top of the world".

Next time I talk about Tromso, I really hope I’ll have some pictures of the Northern Lights, because this area is considered to be one of the best places on earth to observe them.



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