Archive for December, 2010

Lenticular Clouds

We’ve had strong winds coming from over the mountains, creating waves (high up in the air) resulting in lenticular clouds. They were very pretty, and the colours were fantastic! I just had to get some photos :) These were taken from the south tip of Tromsø island. There was a strong wind at the beach, the waves were crashing (I had to avoid the spray!) and it was COLD! I had jumped in the car a bit too quickly, and didn’t take enough layers of clothes with me – I only lasted about 10 minutes outside :D

Beautiful sky full of lenticular clouds, taken from the south tip of Tromsø island It was very windy and COLD!

One of my colleagues took some photos from the roof of the institute, you can find a nice article about mountain waves and lenticular clouds here (in Norwegian).

A Snowy Sunday

Today we took the cable car up and went snow shoeing. We were on our way to Fløya when we got caught by a snow storm which lasted about 45 minutes. We were actually inside the cloud and we could hardly see anything. Everything was white, my eyes were getting confused! After a while, we decided to head back to the cable car station as there wasn’t much point in continuing without any view. While on our way back down, it suddenly cleared up, and the views came back!

Inside the snow shower... my hair was turning grey ;) The view came back! Looking at the south tip of Tromsø island

It snowed a lot yesterday and last night, it was so much fun to walk in the fresh deep snow :) In the second photo you can see the wall of snow next to the cable car station. They use a snow blower to create a path around the building, which makes it easy to see how much snow there is – a LOT!

Fun in the snow... after sledding down a steep bit on my snow shoes More than a metre of snow!!

The panorama below is a photo I’ve been wishing to take for a long time – Tromsø island in the twilight, when all the city lights are on but the sky is still light. It was taken just before 14:00. We had a nice warm drink in the cafe before heading home – a fun Sunday!

Panorama of Tromsø island in the twilight

Click here for a full size version of the panorama :)

Hyacinth time lapse

Last week Hanneke bought some hyacinths in the supermarket. We took this timelapse video of 2 of them flowering – unfortunately the blue one decided to attack the pink one ;) We set up the camera to take a photo every 10 minutes for about 2 days. The photos are played back at a rate of 15 images per second.

If we were to do this again, we would probably just choose one plant and hope it didn’t grow wonky!


Tromsø is now well into mørketid and only gets about four hours of twilight each day, but the city is looking good in the dark. Last week a lot of christmas lights and a huge christmas tree were put up in the centre. The christmas tree was delivered by helicopter and quite a few people squinted down the fjord in wonder as a black dot on the horizon slowly took the form of a flying tree and thundered overhead towards the big square. I think the tree is about six times as tall as Hanneke.

Tromsø Domkirke The flying christmas tree

I’m not usually very keen on getting up early in the morning, but it doesn’t feel good to get up late and realise that the daylight has already faded. For the second sunday in a row I managed to summon sufficient enthusiasm to throw my skies in the car and leave the house before sunrise – that might be a personal record. Unfortunately, getting up hideously early is pretty much required in order to do any significant skiing at the moment. Even with an early start I only had about 4 hours of daylight so I chose to ski up and down any easy hill that I know well called Rødtinden. It was rather cold and the snow was really icy until half way up, but the specular sunrise/sunset made up for that.

Tromsø and Håkøya from Rødtinden Store Blåman from Rødtinden

I was pursued up the mountain by a small and friendly dog which followed me so persistently that I began to ignore it. I was listening to loud music and I wasn’t really aware of its exact position, but it eventually dawned on me the the cheeky monster was standing on the back of skis and had been hitching a ride!!! Alas I couldn’t believe it!

I took this last picture looking westward from the beach near the Kvaløysletta ski centre on my way home. These mountains are all on the mainland and take a while to get to. A tunnel is currently under construction that will make them much more accessible though :-). I’m hoping that this year is going to be a good one for skiing, I recently acquired a brilliant book called Toppturer i Troms (Løp og kjøp!) which describes loads of great skiing routes around Tromsø and I’m itching to try some of them. Most will have to wait for longer days though…

The mountains of Malangen from Kvaløysletta