by Lynnestra Parker-Region Reviews
I decided I would travel to another country this week. I went to Tromso, Norway. A lovely Scandinavian location. Tromso is a replica of a real life north Norwegian city. This cozy little burg is 300km above the arctic circle, which means during summer, especially in July, the sun is out 24 hours a day. On the other hand, during winter it is completely dark. Something I did not know until I spoke with Jimmy Olsen, the owner.
I initially landed in a cafe named the Asgard Cafe. A great way to learn about the people of any area is to talk to locals at an eatery. :) Outside the cafe you can catch the bus for a tour or get a car and travel at your leisure. I first went around on the bus to get a general idea of the area. Then I tried a car. The car choices are cool but to take pictures and look inside the buildings I felt a walk was in order.
Going east, my usual way to start, I found a museum. A Viking museum! The museum had examples of historic Viking life. A fireplace, an outdoor fire for cooking, a house as it would have been back in the day as well as a table loaded with food for a crowd. Need a long house? No problem. Every thing in the museum is for sale at a low price of $0MC. There is more to see upstairs as well. :)
There is also a second museum further down the same road. This one is the Polaria Arctic Museum. Here you can read about Roald Engelbregt Gravning Amundsen. He was a Norwegian explorer. There are pictures as well. My favorite was a picture of a man feeding a young polar bear.
Talking more with Jimmy, I found out he controls the weather to match what it is like in real life. If the real Tromso is rainy then so is the region. The region is also seasonal, Jimmy changes everything from the ground to the leaves in the trees, so if you come in the winter be sure to dress for the cold temperatures. He told me that in October you will see the Northern Lights! I am looking forward to that.
A good place to check out is the Tromso Expo. Here you can see pictures of the real place. I would love to visit the real Tromso one day. It would have to be in July, this Texan couldn't handle those winters. :)
There is a port area and docks. As you would expect there are fishing boats as well as a coast guard boat and even a cruise ship.
I crossed the bridge and found the most beautiful Cathedral. Tromsdalen kirke (Tromsdalen Church or the Arctic Cathedral). With an entire wall made of stain glass, this is a sight to see. The architecture is imaginative and amazing to look at.
I tore myself away from the Cathedral and continued on. I followed the well lit road to the right and found these cute log and wood slat houses lining the road on both sides. There were Brown ones, blue ones and a few that had orangish roofs. They are cute, yes, but well built to stand up to the harsh winters.
Right past the houses you will find a club. The Valhalla Klubb. A perfect place to unwind at the end of a work shift. Be sure to walk up the steps to the club. There is a surprise waiting there. hehehe