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Arriving in Tromsø

Norway VT Euromeet day four

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Approaching Tromsø

I had struggled to get to sleep, my head still too full of the scenery I’d been enjoying on deck. So unsurprisingly I slept in a little (for me), waking just before 7.30. I got ready quickly and went to breakfast where I took my time waking up properly over a couple of coffees and chatting with the other VTers.

After breakfast I went to another very interesting lecture about the Sami people, with a different speaker - less amusing than the guy we'd heard the previous days but so knowledgeable. She had spent several months during lockdown exploring the North of the country, visiting museums and talking with the Samis she met. She talked about their history, the ten distinct Sami languages, the persecution they'd suffered and recent attempts to make amends.

After that I checked out of my room (as we had to by 12.00) and put my luggage in the store, before spending time in the lounge enjoying the views and chatting a bit more!

I also spent a short time on deck. There was a short talk about a tidal current we were passing through. We were told there are sometimes whirlpools there. I didn’t see any, but the water was certainly forming interesting patterns.


Water movements near Tromsø

Some of us stayed out for a while to watch our approach to Tromsø. I spotted a couple of sights I remembered from my winter visit with Chris ten years earlier when we’d been fortunate to see the Northern Lights. There would be no such sighting this time around, it was all about the Midnight Sun instead!



Arriving in Tromsø

Soon though it was time to retrieve our luggage and to disembark. Our friend Christian had arrived yesterday from Germany and was kind enough to meet us – a lovely surprise. And as he had already started to understand the layout of the town he was able to help us find our hotels more easily.

I was in the Thon Polar as were Martin and Zohara. I had a comfortable room on the sixth floor with a huge photo of a polar bear poised menacingly above my pillows! I should add that I loved it!

My bedroom at the Hotel Thon Polar

I unpacked partly and took my camera for a walk around the immediate area. I also glanced in a couple of shops but didn’t buy anything – yet!

The Lutheran cathedral, and sculpture outside

Spring flowers in June, in the grounds of the cathedral

Typical buildings

Stolpersteine near the cathedral

In the evening we went to meet up with our host Jon at a bar in a cinema, Verdensteatret. It looked a cool place but I was too busy chatting with friends to look around properly.

Outside Verdensteatret: Martin, Isa, Zohara, Teresa (and Jon inside)

Shelagh and Jon

Christian, Teresa, Martin

Rich and Christian

I had one of the local Mack beers here, but they don’t serve food so after a while seven of us left, in search of dinner. We ended up at Kaia on the waterfront where the service was friendly, and informal. I had a delicious reindeer burger and good fries.

In Kaia with Isa, Zohara, Martin, Yvonne, Shelagh, Rich

We then strolled back to the bar to say hello to some more friends who'd since arrived in town. But I decided not to stay as I was still tired from yesterday’s late night and poor sleep. So I walked back to the hotel with Isa who was staying in one just across from mine, and had a much needed early night.

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It looks like great fun, but it also looks very cold there. Your polar bear is rather intimidating . . .

by Beausoleil

Great people, a wonderful meeting! Well done, dear VT friends!

by Vic_IV

I see what you mean about the polar bear Sally - but much less so than the real thing! And yes, it was cold - about 5 degrees C during the day 🥶❄

Thanks Victor - yes a wonderful meeting. Long live VT!

by ToonSarah

Great photos and lovely memories Sarah. Thanks for sharing.

by Yvonne Dumsday

I wouldn't have liked that polar bear directly above my bed. I'm sure I'd have had a few nightmares. Great that you got to meet up with lots of friends though.

by irenevt

Thanks Yvonne - it was a super time, wasn't it?! And Irene, I loved the polar bear, knowing that it WAS just a photo 😁

by ToonSarah

The weather you got definitely seems more likely to have Northern lights than Midnight Sun, brrr!

by hennaonthetrek

The temperatures were like winter at home in London Henna, but the skies were light all night!

by ToonSarah

seemed like a nice day you guys had! :)

by Ils1976

Always Ils :)

by ToonSarah

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