Sommarøy, the Summer Island
Originally published on The North Way, my previous blog …
After the last few snowy and rainy weeks (yes, we had rain…), we have finally a weekend with a nice weather. Therefore we won’t stay home or hang out in Tromsø any longer. Today, we’ll visit the surroundings of Tromsø, let’s go to Sommarøy!
Sommarøy (“Summer Island”) is a small village on an island, as its name suggests, about sixty kilometers south west of Tromsø. Norwegians generally tend to go on this island, as its name indicates again, during summer. Indeed, long white sandy beaches must be pretty cool when the temperature rises above +15˚C, HA HA HA HA … (hollow laughter).
We leave Tromsø in the early afternoon. The road is beautiful. We drive between towering snow-capped mountains rushing into the frozen sea. The warm sun beams color the summits in a yellow-orange tint. Sometimes a few colorful houses break the supremacy of nature in those quiet places. One last bridge and we arrive in the beautiful Sommarøy.
We are surrounded by the singing sea gulls playing with the icy wind that caresses our faces. We can smell the tide and the fish drying on the balconies of the houses, which makes us think of those old fishing villages. A few traditional houses dot this Norwegian village and we feel again this sensation that we had enjoyed so much five years ago, during our first trip to Norway. Here, on the island of Sommarøy, man and nature truly seem to live in complete harmony.
Thank you Tom for bringing us here!
And of course, this short but fantastic trip could not be complete without a couple of homemade waffles! Yum!