Sunday, December 28, 2014

Norway Day 5 part 1 - Bergen

19 Nov - It is time to bid farewell to Tromsø, the place where magical lights can be seen dancing above our head in the night. Our next leg of the journey will bring us to Bergen, a beautiful seaside city located on the west coast of Norway.

Leaving Tromsø lufthavn, Langnes

 Most of the Tromsø airport is constructed out of wood

Arriving at our hotel in Bergen (P Hotel) 

Beautiful cobblestone stone street found in the old housing in Bergen

Bergen seaside settlement near the wharf

Interesting building which served as a tourist information center

Experimental Bridge, not to be used for crossing though 

 Old historical buildings along the wharf

Bryggen - A World Cultural Heritage on the UNESCO list

Beautiful buildings by the Radisson Hotel

The lawn within the Sverresborg fortress wall

Fløibanen Railway which which runs up the mountain of Fløyen (320m high)

Panoramic view of the city of Bergen from Fløyen

Friday, December 26, 2014

Norway Day 4 - Aurora Borealis (2nd Night) + Exploring Tromsø

18 Nov - We were not so lucky during the second night of light chasing. Firstly, there was a storm front coming in from the coast and the sky was getting cloudy, and secondly, it was forecast that the whole Scandinavian countries will be raining. Nevertheless, we hope for the best and boarded the bus for our second night of chasing lights.

We were lucky after all. The lights put on a good show quite early in the night

And it died down as the cloud starts rolling in 

We had the remaining of the day free and decided to explore the city after we get some sleep when we arrived back to the hotel at 2am in the morning. With no time to be wasted, we hit the road some 6 hours later to cover as much of the city as possible.

Tromsø folkebibliotek - Their public library

Perspektivet Museum

The Arctic Cathedral
Panoramic view from the cathedral side

Fjellheis Cable Car Station

Too bad it was raining or else we will be playing snow at the top of the hill

To escape the cold, we spend most of our time in this cozy fireplace in the Fjellstua café at the top of the cable car station

And a nice pick rose dedicated to *mds*

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