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The arctic cathedral in blue due to the World Diabetes Day nov.14

The hardest part about travel photography is you can do all the preparations but time and weather will always be against you.


We came up here wanting to take a twilight shot of the city but when we got up, the winds were howling and it started snowing. We waited for an hour to see if conditions would improve but it didn't. This was all that I could managed as we had to catch the timing for the cable car down to start our hunt for the auroras!

The mountains on the island of Kvaløya are flooded by the evening sun. The photo is taken from the mainland side just south of the city of Tromsø.

SOLAR SLIDER FOR BG.COM The aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, are seen near the city of Tromsoe, northern Norway, late Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. Stargazers were out in force in northern Europe on Tuesday, hoping to be awed by a spectacular showing of northern lights after the most powerful solar storm in six years. (AP Photo/Scanpix Norway, Rune Stoltz Bertinussen) NORWAY OUT

Aurora Borealis over Tromsø (seen from Fjellheisen).

Tromsø (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈtrʊmsø] is a city and municipality in Troms county, Norway.


Tromsø is a city and municipality of 72,066 inhabitants in the county of Troms in Northern Norway. It is the largest urban area in Northern Norway and the second largest north of the Arctic Circle in Sápmi (following Murmansk). Most of Tromsø, including the city centre, is located on the island of Tromsøya, 350 kilometres (217 mi) north of the Arctic Circle. Substantial parts of the urban area are also situated on the mainland to the east, and on parts of Kvaløya a large island to the west. Tromsøya is connected to the mainland by the Tromsø Bridge and the Tromsøysund Tunnel, and to the island of Kvaløya by the Sandnessund Bridge. The city is warmer than most other places located on the same latitude, due to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream.


The city centre of Tromsø contains the highest number of old wooden houses in Northern Norway, the oldest house dating from 1789. The Arctic Cathedral, a modern church from 1965, is probably the most famous landmark in Tromsø. The city is a cultural centre for its region, with several festivals taking place in the summer. Some of Norway's best-known musicians, Torbjørn Brundtland and Svein Berge of the electronica duo Röyksopp and Lene Marlin grew up and started their careers in Tromsø.

This image was taken atop the Storsteinen, a mountain ledge 420m above the city. And at 220 miles inside the Arctic Circle, the light gives up to blue and darkness in a way we had never seen before, so hopefully this illustrates this to some extent. Although small in population and size, Tromsø is the second largest city north of the Arctic and proved to be hospitable during our stay.


Four frames shifted horizontally to create a panoramic image.


5D II + TSE 24L II

Shot pretty much exactly at midnight, three shots panorama.

instead of northern lights...


Aufgenommen 2013 (kurz nach einem Schneestrum) auf einer Reise mit den Hurtigruten.

Back to Tromso now. The triangular building is the so named Arctic Cathedral

We're spending the last night of our week here in Norway in the city of Tromsø and took a ride in the cable car to the top of Mount Storsteinen (421m/1382ft) with fantastic view of Tromsø. Luckily the northern lights came out to play again. This was a low level display with a near full moon over the bright lights of the city with a layer of thin cloud, I'd love to see what it's like when it's really active. It's been a brilliant week here in Norway, somehow I think we'll be back!

about 350km north of the polar circle in Norway...The picture is not 100% sharp, but I like it anyway. Taken from Tromsø Bridge (which was shaking :-))


From Wikipedia

Sommarøy is a populated island in the western part of the municipality of Tromsø in Troms county, Norway. It is located about 36 kilometres (22 mi) west of the city of Tromsø and is a popular tourist destination due to its white sand beaches and scenery. The island is connected to the neighboring island of Kvaløya by the Sommarøy Bridge

In the past two days, I've had an amazing time in the northern city of Norway, Tromsø.


I've also had several chances to see the stunning northern lights.


It's not the best quality, but here's to making more !

The beautiful town of Tromsø towards the top of Norway.


This photo I took around 3pm on my first day as the sun was going down. Never have I experienced the sun setting so early! My time here was very memorable and I hope to come back one day in Summer when the sun only sets for a couple of hours a day.


I have uploaded another photo of the Northern Lights which you can find here:


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A fishing boat is docked in Tromsø

View On Black


View On Black in large size



Photo taken near Tromsø.

View from Tromsø to the Arctic Cathedral and Storsteinen.

Tromsø Library. Tromsø, Norway.

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