Panoramic of the first lights over Tromso island, Norway by Julien Fumard

Look Who Came Back in Tromsø Today!

Originally published on The North Way, my previous blog …

Today is January 21st. Do you know who is back in Tromsø on January 21st?

To find the answer to this question, we decided to gain altitude and to try to meet Him. We take place in the usual cable car. Once up there, we face those always surprising and somptuous polarlights. Today, no clouds on the horizon but it’s really cold, an icy wind is blowing and freezing us. It might sound amazing but we are not yet used to the cold temperatures. Last few days, temperatures rose above 0° C. We even had rain!

Frozen basketball field in Tromso, Norway

Frozen basketball basket in Tromso, Norway

We hope to meet Him once at the top. Though, we begin to ascent. The ground is covered with frosted snow. Each step is difficult: we never know if the ground will be hard and slippery or if our foot will sink in it. The constant sound of the wind-driven snow gives us the impression of being in an hostile place where nature is omnipotent. Walking is hard enough and we slip frequently. Crest after crest, we still do not see Him. We should hurry, It does not stay long today! We begin to get tired and discouraged and decide to walk down a bit, where the ground is covered by frozen heathens and grass. It’s less tricky.

Fine art landscape photography of first lights over Tromsø, Norway by Julien Fumard

When suddenly, on the way down, something draws our attention. The rocks to which we are heading have a red color. Bright red. We start to walk faster and surprise! While we were completely discouraged and about to go back, there He shows, powerful, warm and bright. You guessed it, it is the sun!

First sun in Tromso, Norway

We barely have time to take some pictures that it goes away … This short time (about 1 minute) however was intense, and I can assure you that it’s really weird to see our friend the sun back in Tromsø after two months of total absence!

It is January 21st, the polar night just ended.

Panoramic of the first lights over Tromso island, Norway by Julien Fumard

Comments

  • 21/01/2012
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    Vincent

    Jolies photos en tout cas. J’ai eu froid rien qu’en les regardant :)

  • 22/01/2012
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    Hillegonda

    Thank you for your wonderful pictures and story, it is for us so hard to imagine what it is like to live without the sunllight such a long time. Thanks for sharing.

    • 22/01/2012
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      Anonymous

      Thanks a lot Hillegonda. I’m happy to see that you liked them! :)
      Actually, this is pretty interesting to live the polar winter. On the 21st of december, you just have something around 2hrs of twilight. It can be difficult to live for some, but despite the fact everybody is a little sleepy, life continues … in cafes, pubs or at home usually :P
      Anyway, if like me you like landscape photography, or just the wonderful sky colors (and the arctic lights!), it’s definitely worth it!

  • 22/01/2012
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    Lupe Rodriguez

    Beautiful story and wonderful experience!!
    Nice pics! 
    Thank you for sharing.

  • 22/01/2012
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    Vivien ellefsen

    the brat! bad lover:)

  • 23/01/2012
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    Anonymous

    Thanks everybody! :)

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