Monday, December 22, 2014

9th Year Blog Anniversary

9 long years. Work load has been getting heavier and lesser time spent on updating blogs. Well, its been a great place to store memories through my life journey. Happy birthday!

Some Statistic:
Page Count: 52240 +2305 
Year on Year increase: -464 -16.75%
 
Lol, who is still coming to read my blog nowadays...I wonder

Norway Day 3 part 2 - Fjords Excursion

17 Nov - After a overnight light chasing, we had to wake up early in the morning again for our fjords excursion trip. Fjords are supposedly one of the must-see in the Scandinavian countries for their beautiful scenery. According to Wikipedia, a fjord is a long, narrow inlet with steep sides or cliffs, created by glacial erosion.

 First sighting of the sun, though this might be the last sighting here for several months

Simply beautiful scenery

Sighting of whales during their feeding time 

The fjords are simply breath taking 


First encounter with real snow, and they are really light and fluffy 


Frozen lake


Infrastructure built by the government for people who wants to camp by the beach 






Thursday, December 18, 2014

Norway Day 3 part 1 - Aurora Borealis

17 Nov - First night chasing the light. It was indeed breathtaking seeing the natural phenomenon dancing right above our head. There is one very important virtue that you must have: Patience, as we will not know when the lights will appear.

The start of something amazing after about an hour wait 

 And it appears!

Stretching across the whole sky 



Dancing above our heads 

And it died down after 2 hours

Monday, December 15, 2014

Norway Day 2 part 2 - Scouting Tromsø & Polaria Museum

16 Nov - After the museum tour, it was time for photo taking session again. We tried to make use of the last of the daylight to take pictures of the museum surroundings.

Polaria Museum in the setting sun 

Ms Polstjerna - The building that is housing a boat 

Beautiful Sunset by the bay 

View of Tromsø city across the bridge 

A close up view of the mountains, the unique church and the cable car
 
After our museum tour, we had to head to our pick up point for our dog sledging activity. I had never done this before, feeling excited, curious and hopefully, I won't fall off the sledge.

All geared up and ready for dog sledging 

Getting ready with the dogs in position 

Final check 

And off we go 

We have the opportunity to see some northern lights in action! 

And a nice hot chocolate meal await us after an hour of freezing cold sledging in the snow

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Norway Day 2 part 1 - Scouting Tromsø & Polaria Museum

16 Nov - First time ever set foot in a country during winter with snow and ice on the ground, we wasted no time in checking into the hotel and hit the streets to explore.

The night sure came fast. On average, we are only getting about 3-4 hours of daylight.

 Frozen streets - Slip and fall hazard

Our fist (and last) fine dining dinner (This meal cost almost S$70) 

Seafood Soup 

To make full use of our limited time, we woke up early in the morning to start exploring Tromsø. While walking along the streets, we stopped by this snow covered playground for some photo sessions.

Scenic view of the harbor and mountain 

Our first destination -  Polaria Museum (The building that looks like a fallen domino)

Scenic mountain and city view 

 Polaria Museum close up view

Polar bear and ship exhibits 

Artic sea life 

Artic crabs 

Sea Lion live performance

Monday, December 01, 2014

Norway Day 1 - Transit to Tromsø

15 Nov - Waking up early in the morning for a short drive to Dubai Airport to return the car and prepare for our next leg of the journey. Can't wait to be able to finally set foot in Europe and see snow for the first time.

Goodbye Dubai, it was fun exploring the desert 

Arriving in Oslo Airport to a rainy morning 

Taking some pictures while waiting for our transit flight to Tromsø. First hand experience of high standard of living in the Scandinavian countries. One simple hot dog with bread cost S$8. -.-!