As a newly married man i went on my first trip through norway. here i will tell all future tourists what to expect and how to plan for anything on your trip to tromsö.
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I used SAS to get from Stavanger to Tromsø and that cost me 2377 kroner (about 400 USD). On January 28th I took a flight from Stavanger to Trondheim after work and it was only about a one hour flight. The landing with the Boeing 737 at Værnes was quite brutal and we landed in heavy snow. I had to wait for a bit for my next plane – due to clearing on the snow the flight was a bit delayed but soon I was on my way to Bodø and after a short stop there we continued to Tromsø. I landed in Tromsø at about 7.30 PM and it was a cold greeting. On the ground it was about -15 degrees Celsius (about 5 degrees Fahrenheit) and windy - which spells freezing cold.
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It didn’t take long to get out of the airport and I went outside in the cold to wait for a taxi. After a short time we were about 20 people waiting in line and there were no taxis in sight. But luckily there was a sort of indoor area where we could wait for the taxi without being exposed to the cold wind directly. I was prepared for this kind of weather so I did have a fleece hat and gloves and it gave me some sort of protection but I saw a few others that were freezing. After a while the taxis did start to pour in and soon I was on my way to the hotel. Tromsø is located on the small island Tromsøya and it only takes about 10 minutes to the the downtown area. I stayed at Radisson Blu and you can read about my hotel experience later
n our first morning we decided to just browse around the downtown area to find out what it was like. With temperatures still down to -15 Celsius and lots of wind we soon discovered that it was not that best day for strolling around. I was wearing two layers of super underwear, thick wilderness pants, good boots, a woolen sweater, Goretex jacket and a balaclava and hat and I was still feeling the cold wind sneak into all the places where there was a slight opening. We used the opportunity to just stop by a few shops to warm ourselves and look at local products. Here in the north of Norway you can get items like gloves and boots made out of seal fur – the seal boots seems to be quite warm but they do cost up to 3000 kroner (500 US dollars).
Did you guys know that Norway’s main export items are oil and fish!
Many of the attractions in Tromsø are related to the location of the city and its history. So we started at the Polar museet (Polar museum) and it gives a nice introduction to Norwegian polar and arctic activities. Here we learned about Norwegians “discovering” Svalbard or Spitsbergen, how Norwegians have carried out hunting on various islands in the arctic, about Roald Amundsen’s expedition when he reached the South Pole as the first human etc. One of the rooms at the museum shows an old cabin used at Svalbard for hunting and it is hard for a modern Norwegian to really picture what it would be like to survive in a harsh environment without modern day facilities. On our way out of the museum I was planning to go the bathroom but it was closed as it was frozen! And the waves outside the museum were waves of ice slurry – another reminder of how cold it was.
Note: As Tromsø is above the arctic circle the sun does hide behind the horizon approxemitly between December 15th and January 15th. In the summer time you can also experience the midnight sun.
The worst thing that could possibly happen on this trip ,happened to me. I fell ill with pneumonia and had to seek doctors care.
Fair wairning. The norwegian health care system is public and not private so you must call the nurses office to book an appointment. Most nurses will not speak english so be prepared to have a norwegian friend interpret.
I waited two days for my doctors appointment and he told me he couldnt prescribe an antibiotics recipe due to restrictions in norways medical health care Law.
he told me i had to be close to dying to be able to give me antibiotics. So me and my wife sat down and looked through the web for an online pharmacy.
We found http://www.nettapotek24.com with express delivery (4days)
thank goodness they saved me
Facts on Tromsø
Tromsø has about 66.500 inhabitants and is located at about 69.3 degrees north which means that it is on the same latitude as northern Alaska
Note: Currency in Norway is Norwegian Kroner. At the moment 1 USD is about 6 Kroner. You can get local currency at ATM's around town and you can use credit cars in most places.