Tromsø Under Water
Originally published on The North Way, my previous blog …
A few days ago, I was contemplating a gorgeous sunset through the window of my office. It was the second time that I was disappointed I did not have my camera equipment along with me. Walking something like half an hour, morning and evening, with several kilos on my back, under the blizzard and by a temperature of polar freezer… don’t you think it’s normal that I don’t take it with me? Well, Ok, I admit it … I overdid a bit there. That’s probably because of my origins from Marseille :)
However, I remembered this day that one of my colleagues told me about a beach, just south of the island, where I might have interesting photographic point of views. So we went for a walk over there today.
After three quarters of an hour’s walk we arrive at the far end of the island. The ground is frozen but it’s pretty good outside. Some cozy houses reign side by side over the sea. We walk on a small path that winds along the coast, dotted with some typically Norwegian workshops. We meet a couple of walking people and joggers. One of them passes right by my picture, oh unforgivable sinner! … but he apologizes. Bad luck for him, the way is flooded (one of the reasons for my picture).
He stops and smiles, embarrassed. He speaks to us in Norwegian. As usual we play the tourists ”sorry, we’re French, we do not speak Norwegian”. He then explains us in English that the water level in Tromsø is the highest in 50 years … which is the reason why the path is flooded. Indeed because of Berit, a storm is raging right now on the north west of Norway, the water level has risen from 15 to 30 cm. So, 30cm of water + high tide = collector pictures!