Tromso, Norway

We have been sailing north and crossed the Arctic circle at 10:00 am local time on Wednesday. We will now have 24 hours of daylight for the next 4 days.  Things are back to normal on this ship. Nobody seems to be getting sick anymore.

Tromsø is the seventh largest city in Norway. It dates back to the ice age and has a rich Viking and Sami heritage. Tromso sits partly on an island and has a link to the mainland by a bridge. We had a short call here today and our ship was about 4 km from the downtown area, accessible by a shuttle or by a local bus.  I went downtown and started at the Tromsø Cathedral, notable because it is the only cathedral in Norway made entirely of wood (photo.)  I then went to the Northern Norwegian Art Museum. From the downtown harbourfront you could see the Tromso Bridge (photo) which connects the island with the mainland. It is a cantilever bridge slightly over one km. long. It has a pedestrian walkway but time did not permit me to go over to the mainland. It is on the mainland where the new and spectacular Arctic Cathedral, built in 1965 is located (photo). One also finds the Fjellheisen cable car which goes to the top of Mt. Storsteinen.  People said that today the views were spectacular as it was sunny and warm.   After looking around the downtown with its brightly coloured buildings ( photo), I then returned to the area near the ship. This is where the Arctic Alpine Botanical Garden is located. At 70 degrees north, it is the northernmost botanical garden in the world. Naturally, it has arctic plants and plants from mountainous and other cold areas of the world.  One spectacular plant found here is the Blue Tibetan Poppy. I enclose a photo of it and other pretty plants that I saw.  We then sailed out of the very long fjord with its spectacular scenery and view of small habitations along the water’s edge. (photos)  Our next stop is Honningsvaag.

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