…Tromsö-Lyngen-Sommaroy… up North…

…back further South;-)… I’ve spent a long weekend up far North @ Tromsö to visit a good friend of mine, Niki. It was really good to see her and meet her friends, we had a great time!!!

Well, after having 3 options how to get to Oslo-Gardemoen, the airport which shall bring me up there, I decided to take the easiest option – taking my car. So I left Horten Thursday morning, allowing me some extra time before takeoff. That was a good decision because right before Oslo I got stuck in a traffic jam. I was a bit worried as I didn’t have any information if I could make it in time… But thank godness – I just lost 40 minutes, so I made it in time.. At the airport, check-in, having some lunch and after that I was strolling to the gate. As I got there, the information board said: GATE CLOSED… But I was still in time, so why is that??? Did I miss the flight??? No, as we found out, it was just an error on that desk… Good!!!!

2h flight, getting picked up by Zitá, Niki’s friend, straight to the students café @ university Tromsö – the most northern university of the world… wow, really big university – more than 9000 students study here –  http://www2.uit.no; pick up Niki from the Norwegian course – drive to their home… They live in a cute little house, sharing it with 6 other students, about 10 km’s from the university – beautiful view to the sea and mountains…

...view from their house...
...view from their house...
the little house...
the little house...

This weekend there came soooo many impressions together, so I won’t be able to write everything down – otherwise this will turn out to be a novel…;-)

Friday: The weather god meant it quite good with me – it didn’t rain so I decided to go for a hike on the nearby mountain, as Niki and Zità had to go to university… Having trouble to find the little path first, I finally found it… You have to know that the hiking path aren’t so well signposted… I had a gorgeous view the higher I got up the mountain – being able to see Tromsö and the surrounding mountains…

Tromsö...
Tromsö...

I hiked and hiked and hiked, reached the top and went even further… So I got to another view point…

I went so far so I didn’t want to hike back the same way… I spotted out another option on the way there, which I decided to take – hiking cross-country along the water-course down the valley… By the time I got down half-way, my feet were already soaking wet – I was swimming in my hiking boots;-) Well, just walking in marsh and wetlands, how would you expect it to be;-)? Finally I got on a small path, following it, loosing it again, finding it again, loosing it again and so on…;-) That’s the way hiking is here…

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…back to Niki’s place, biked to university to meet the girls, exploring Tromsö city, back to university 4 the international students party…

Niki, Mel:-), Zitá
Niki, Mel:-), Zitá

Saturday: Rainy day @ least here in Tromsö. Although there weren’t the best conditions to go to Lyngen Alps we decided to go. I really wanted to go there as I know that some fellow friends have been here for backcountry-skiing and I wanted to spot out some mountains… For the next trip – skiing up here… Alberto, an Italian guy joined us… About a 2h car drive to Lyngen – weather was changing throughout the journey – when we got there, it actually turned out to be quite good, means it wasn’t raining… I was just happy to get out there and be up in the mountains…

@ Lyngen - Lyngen Alps...
@ Lyngen - Lyngen Alps...

Our hiking tour started @ the Spar Parking place @ Lyngen and took us through autumnal forrests. After a while we reached the Skihytta – an open cabin to everyone, where you can stop by, have a rest and get a shelter when there is tooo bad weather outside…

Niki and Alberto... our supposed hiking route...
Niki and Alberto... our supposed hiking route...
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Niki, Alberto & me...
Niki, Alberto & me...

…Having had a short rest and quick lunch we went further – Niki and Alberto wanted to reach the nearby top of the mountain. We got to the foot of the mountain, the gras and rocks were really wet from the snow and as I looked up this mountain, I decided that it’s a “no go” for me… Just hiking up cross-country on a rock-field, where the rocks were just completely wet, no visibility up there – not worth to go… So Niki stayed down with me, Alberto wanted to reach the top, no matter how the conditions were… So we split up and made up a time for the meeting point – in 2 hours back at the Skihytta… Me and Niki went a bit down the mountain, Niki wanted to go further into the valley – I suggested it might be a good idea that we aren’t crossing the rock-fields… I was proven to be right, as suddenly a huge rock came down the mountain, causing an avalanche, not activated by Alberto – thank godness… So also Niki was happy that we didn’t go up there… We still saw a red dot far up, nearly on top of the mountain, so everything seemed to be fine with our Italian guy…

"The Peak" - covered in the fog...
"The Peak" - covered in the fog...
...first snowman...:-)
...first snowman...:-)

After a lunch break we started to go down the mountain… Hiking on/off the sheep paths and finally just going cross-country down… We couldn’t spot out Alberto anymore, hoping that nothing happened with him… We reached the Skihytta and waited inside, as it started to rain… 6 p.m. and no Alberto there… Me and Niki got a bit worried, what if something had happened to our Italian friend??? We wouldn’t be able to do anything for him. And as he didn’t have a cell phone with him, we could just wait. So we waited, and waited, and waited. Half an hour… No Alberto here… An hour – still no Alberto here… One hour and 10 min. later finally the door opened and there he was. He felt sorry but he missed the trail and went to far East, not being able to find the shelter anymore. So he went to far down and had to hike up again… Everything was fine – we didn’t have to call the mountain rescue – thank godness…:-) It was already starting to get dark as we finally got to the car again…

Sunday: Road trip to Sommaroy with Niki and Zitá… Finally saw some deer, had quite good weather again, took a lot of pics and enjoyed the time…

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...watch out car, reindeer crossing...:-)
...watch out car, reindeer crossing...:-)
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Summaroy...
Summaroy...
...havin' fun...
...havin' fun...
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In the late afternoon the girls prepared dinner – mushroom schnitzel – mmhhh, very good!!! I couldn’t believe when they told me that Norwegians don’t pic up any mushrooms, as they say it’s not good for you… Right now up there you can find tons of mushrooms and blueberries and hardly anyone takes the chance to pick and eat them… It’s a proof that Norwegian people are really spoiled with there beautiful nature and don’t act very ecological. Wasting energy, throwing food away – there are many examples. But I guess rich countries just don’t care, as they have enough ressources…:-(

…Time to say good bye to my friends up north – fligtht back to Oslo – to my car – trying to get gas from the Jet gas station, didn’t work with my credit card – no gas there – next gas station – forgot the tank cap @ the first G.S. – back to the Jet G.S. 🙂 –  finally dog-tired arrived my flat…