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21st March, 2013


Sailing into Tromso

The run down to Tromso was along sheltered northern fjords and throughout the night the Aurora came and went to give those who had the patience to wait some superb views. Our berth was to be next to the city centre and south of the bridge going over to the mainland.

To get there we had to pass down the western side of the island, and under another bridge which connects to the island of Kvaloy. Sunrise was spectacular, the eastern sun reflecting in a pale pink off the mountain snow. Unfortunately the great majority of our guests were still no doubt horizontal and not party to this winter visual spectacular.

The cold did not seem quite as intense as we docked, but the temperature was still below zero when we arrived. Roads and pavements were compacted with ice, but the locals just carried on as normal, suitably equipped with the right tires, the right footwear and no thought that this might be ‘the worst winter on record’.

Arctic cathedral

Tours around the city took in the Arctic cathedral visible across the fjord and looking somehow appropriate in the winter with its white aluminium clad exterior. Dog sledding, Reindeer sledding, Sami culture and the excellent Polar Museum were just some of the tours available.

Mine was a day full of inspections of one sort or another so no chance to get ashore, my wife, however, managed some minor retail therapy and enjoyed a satisfying walk window shopping (mostly). We sailed on schedule having embarked a new reverend and his wife ready to participate with our on board Easter celebrations.

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