I was very excited a couple of weeks ago to be asked to go an an artist residency to Tromsø, Norway with my wife. We don't often get the opportunity to go on residencies what with a dog and a daughter to add to the equation, but happily things have worked out this time and we'll be spending the whole of June in one of my favourite northern cities,
This of course means there will be some hiking/backpacking going on, so I'd like to take this opportunity to ask any Tromsø readers for tips.
Tromsø is fantastically located on an island in the sea surrounded by mountains. When I've been in the past is was only for a couple of days, and I always felt a little anxiety from the tug of the mountains, and the sight of smiling, healthy Norwegians carrying their skis over the spectacularly high bridge.
We've also only ever been in winter, so it will be interesting to see the area under the light of the midnight sun.
With mountains plunging from the sky to the sea, I've always found the whole area spectacularly enticing.
So, I'm hoping to revisit the Lyngen Alps, but also explore the hills, islands, and mountains nearer to Tromsø.
It be really nice to meet some local hikers, and perhaps go hiking or backpacking together so I would get to see some of the local places that you don't get to see on whistlestop visits. I'd love to meet some more like-minded people, and discuss the differences in the ways Norwegians engage with the countryside. So, if you're in Tromsø or nearby, please drop me a line or leave a comment - I'd love to hear from you.
I'm looking forward immensely to photographing and writing posts from a little further north in June!
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