The Gateway to the Arctic

This is the third article about my trip to Tromsø last weekend. I must admit, I am fascinated by the nature, the landscape and the culture in the northern part of Norway. They are not famous for a warm climate, but the people are really outspoken, open-minded, warm and friendly. The gateway to the artic is wonderful and I am glad I had my Nokia mobile phone easily available to capture some of my experiences to share with you (click on them to enlarge!).

Tromsø island – the centre

Tromsø is the largest city in the Nordic countries north of the Arctic Circle and is home to the world’s northernmost university, brewery and cathedral. The city lives on education, research, administration, fishing exports and satellite technology. The centre of the north has 62,000 residents and the Municipality of Tromsø covers an area of 2558 km². Around 50,000 people live in the centre of Tromsø, while the remainder is scattered throughout the whole municipality.

The main land – in the morning and in late afternoon

Tromsø was founded in 1794, although the first church was built here back in 1252. In the 1850s, Tromsø became the centre for Polar sea catches in the Arctic region, while in the early 1900s the city was the starting point for a host of expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic regions, something that gave the city the nickname Gateway to the Arctic.

The harbour and the main land at night.
Notice the artic Cathedral!

In 1940, Tromsø was capital of the non-occupied Norway for a few weeks, and was the only city in Northern Norway to totally avoid war damage. In the years after 1960, Tromsø has experienced an exceptional growth in population, which is in part due to the establishment of institutions like the University of Tromsø and the Norwegian Polar Institute.
The last article will be about my exiting trip with the gondola and some of the wild life in the Artic, meaning: there will be more to come, so please come back soon!

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  1. Hi Renny,
    Huh! what a nice place.
    I hope to visit there one day :) “dreaming”
    wish me luck in euro million hehe..
    Thanks for sharing this lovely place Renny, :)

  2. You should write guide books! All your posts are very informative with matching pictures! Well done !

  3. hey renny,

    nice artilce. i really wanted to go to the artic region ever since i was a child. but your beautiful pictures will do it for now.



  4. hey, thanks for visitin my site! and also for the compliment! heheh… i like ur’s too… its so neat.. :) well, just droppin by.

  5. @Ethel: Keep on dreaming, it might come true and I wish you luck with you’re first euro million!
    @Sidney: A compliment like that from you means a lot to me as a considre you’re work in you’re blog the same kind!
    @Jeff: I will go on and tempt you – and tell me when I have won you over, so that I can welcome you and guide you around in Norway!
    @JohnaLynne: Glad you like it and welcome back!
    @Ana: I’m glad you (and the others) noticed as I love to tell you about this exotic winter wonder land. Just you wait and see when I can tell you about the spring and summer :-)
    @Chas: I’m glad to have inspired you to visit Tromsø. I know you will love the atmosphare in the Nordic Paris – you will have a blast amoung the warm and friendly people who really know how to party :-)
    @LetterShredder: I’m glad Norway is on you’re list. Please tell me when you are coming, becouse I would love to show you around :-)
    @Al: Thanks for you’re compliments. I hope you will be able to visit the Arctics one day :-)
    To everyone: The Holiday is soon here and we are looking forward to the easter egg hunting. I’ll keep you posted. Happy Easter :-)

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