11/3: Tromso, Norway
Tromso is the capital of the Arctic and is surrounded by mountains and fjords. It was the highlight of my exchange trip as we were there for reindeer sledding and to chase the Northern Lights.
Our flight from Oslo to Tromso was at 6+ A.M. and I did not manage to catch a wink the entire night. We arrived at the airport at 4+ A.M. only to find out that the strike by the Norwegian air pilots had just ended about 2 days ago and all Norwegian flights were cancelled. We were stranded for over 10 hours in the airport and only managed to take the 4 P.M flight to Tromso. What a day!
We finally reached Tromso in the early evening but the sun was starting to set already.
12/3: Day 2 of Tromsø
Unlike dog sledding, reindeer sledding is at a much slower pace. It was lovely to admire the spectacular landscape as we sat in the reindeer sled. That half an hour ended so quickly!
It was really cold and we had to wear thermal suits for extra warmth. I was the only one not wearing a beanie and one of the Sami even asked where my beanie was haha. I left my beanie behind because the wind was really strong and I was afraid that it would be blown away.
After the reindeer sledding, we rested in a Sami tent and listened to stories of the indigenous Sami.
This was taken before we joined the rest in the hut for lunch. We were too excited about the endless photo opportunities around us hehe.
I completely burnt one and our tour guide said that it was perfectly safe to eat burnt marshmallows. Best thing was they were so delicious. Imagine sweet, caramalized exterior and a soft interior with a melt-in-the-mouth texture.
After the tour, we went back to explore the city center.
It looked more like a warehouse!
Pizza was very good but truffle taste was really faint.
13/3: Day 3 of TromsøBreakfast was rømmegrøt which we bought at the supermarket the day before. It is a kind of porridge made from sour cream but the one we had was more like curd.
Our flight was late in the evening so we took the time to take the cable car up to Mount Storsteinen.
There was no barriers and the strong wind made it dangerous to venture to the edges.
I was so worried that my beanie will fly off ._.