Frosty Tromsø

We came back to Tromsø last night. Today we walked to the south tip of the island (Telegrafbukta) to watch the sunset. We almost missed it – at 12:30 we just saw the last glimpse of sunlight before it disappeared behind the mountains! The weather is cold and clear, and everything is covered in white frost. We walked along the coast for a while, enjoying the beautiful views…

We walked on the jetty seen in the pictures above. I took a photo of these bird footprints. For a sense of scale, click here and remember that Paul has big feet ;)

Everything is covered with thick frost, like this branch that Paul held against the sunset so I could take a photo. The Tromsø palms (or giant hogweed) are now like skeletons, they are quite pretty against the winter sky.

We walked to this beautiful old boathouse, with grass growing on the roof…

After 1.5 hours in the cold, we were more than ready for a hot chocolate at home :) It’s great to be back!

This blog might go a bit quiet, I just found out today that Monday is my first day at my new job!! I have to be there at 8 in the morning too, I’ll have to get used to early mornings again…

14 Responses to “Frosty Tromsø”

  1. Nice frosty pictures :)

    I am curious how you will like your new job! Will you have to work night shifts also? You can already start looking at maps to see which weather it will likely become on Monday and Tuesday ;)

  2. Love your frosty photos! I love hoarfrost. Haven't seen any here lately. Lots of snow coming down now though! Good luck at the job!

  3. Ben says:

    Lovely frosty pictures you have! I miss Norway. Hope you enjoy your new job. :)

  4. fruchtzwerg says:

    oh, i remember that boathouse! it's a brilliant spot for all sort of wintery pictures!!

    good luck with your job, hope you'll enjoy it!

  5. Hanneke says:

    Thanks everyone :)

    And yes, I will have to work night shifts, but not for a while. The first 5-6 weeks are training. It will be a steep learning curve having to speak Norwegian all day, but I am looking forward to it!

    @fruchtzwerg, how did your viva go?? Was waiting for a blog post so I can congratulate you :)

  6. Ben says:

    Maybe this is a slightly strange question, but which radio station will you be on, and what time? :-D

  7. Hanneke says:

    Ha, you're not the first to ask ;)

    I have no idea about that yet, I think it will take a while before I'll talk on the radio – but will let you know! :)

    • Bethany says:

      I know this sunods trivial, but all this winter weather is taking place in the fall. I believe it lasts until the 21st.

      • Hanneke says:

        Well they have to define winter somehow :D I go more by the seasons, and when the sun is about to disappear for 2 months, I think we can safely call it winter :)

  8. L-Jay says:

    Everything looks so familiar ;)

  9. outsideoslo says:

    Hi Hanneke, I can't find your e-mail address, so please excuse me posting here. I write a blog on Scandinavian food and culture, and am looking for people to write guest posts on Scandinavian holiday traditions. Would you be interested in writing a post with a couple photos from your part of Norway?

  10. Hanneke says:

    Hello "outside oslo" ! :)

    Thanks for your comment! Sorry for taking so long to get back to you, I hope you'll read this. I have now added an email address to my blog (hanneke@hanneketravels.net) so it's easier to get in touch with me.

    You have such a nice blog! I'm definitely going to follow it :)

    And I'd be very interested in writing a guest post. As I am not originally from here, I'm not an expert on the holiday traditions, but one nice one I could write about is "soldagen", the day the sun comes back (21 January in Tromsø) which is celebrated with solboller :) Let me know if you're interested!

  11. I stumbled upon your blog by going back to the base part of a url from a picture someone posted in a chat room. I love your pictures of frost and snow. I live in Newfoundland, Canada and my husband and I hike and take photos in our area. There are many similarities to Norway. Check out our website http://www.artandcarol.ca and the frost gallery on our photo site http://newfoundlander.smugmug.com/Other/Frost/7110730_r4TbP#471371560_Q5KKj

  12. Hanneke says:

    Thanks "Iceberg in Newfoundland" :)

    Newfoundland is a place I've always wanted to visit… your website looks great, I'll have to come back and read more :) Those frost pictures are incredible!!