Norway – Hunting the Northern Lights in Tromsø

Tromsø → Mestervik → Sommarøy

Tromso Map

Norway for me has been the first trip out of the ordinary, in the spirit of adventure and discovery!
Less comfort, but in exchange so much emotion.

After​ ​coming​ ​back​ ​from​ ​this​ ​experience,​ ​I​ ​was​ ​no​ ​longer​ ​the​ ​same​ ​person​ ​who​ ​was gone​ ​out,​ seeing​ ​natural​ ​scenarios​ ​like​ ​the​ ​​Northern​ ​Lights​ ​or​ ​others​ ​wonders​ ​of​ ​the world.​
​I​ ​took​ ​the​ ​decision​ ​​to​ ​dedicate​ ​myself​ ​to​ ​travel​ ​and​ ​to​ ​create​ ​the​ ​Instagram channel​ ​and​ ​the​ ​following​ ​the​ ​blog.

I​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​convey​ ​the​ ​enchanting​ ​beauty​ ​of​ ​this​ ​miracle​ ​that​ ​is​ ​called​ ​earth​ ​and​ ​I would​ ​be​ ​happy​ ​to​ ​convince,​ through​ ​my​ ​experiences​ ​and​ ​photos,​ ​more​ ​and​ ​more people​ ​to​ ​travel.​
​If​ ​you​ ​love​ ​the​ ​sensation​ ​of​ ​the​ ​wonder​ ​that​ ​pervades​ ​you,​ ​the​ ​chills for​ ​excitement,​ the​ ​tremors​ ​that​ ​almost​ ​do​ ​not​ ​stand​ ​you​ ​for​ ​the​ ​enthusiasm, You have to TRAVEL!

I​ ​often​ ​love​ ​to​ ​use​ ​a​ ​​saying​​ ​of​ ​Sant​ ​Agostino:​ ​
” The world is a great book, of which they that never stir from home read only a page.”

I​ ​recommend​ ​Norway​ ​as​ ​travel​ ​destination,​​ ​especially​ ​for​ ​those​ ​who​ ​are​ ​like​ ​me, dreamers,​ ​romantics,​ people​ ​who​ ​love​ ​places​ ​with​ ​long​ ​silences​ ​and​ ​only​ ​the​ ​sound of​ ​the​ ​waves​ ​and​ ​winds,​ ​people​ ​who​ ​like​ ​to​ ​think,​ ​reflect,​ ​stay​ ​in​ ​peace​ ​and tranquility.
​​The​ ​scenery​ ​is​ ​really​ ​a​ ​fairy​ ​tale.

I​ ​traveled​ ​here​ ​in​ ​late​ ​December​ ​-​ ​early​ ​January.​
In​ ​theory,​ ​the​ ​best​ ​time​ ​is​ ​from March,​​ ​in​ ​fact,​​ ​in​ ​winter​ ​time,​ ​the​ ​hours​ ​of​ ​light​ ​​are​ ​only​ ​a​ ​few.​​ ​
However,​ ​I​ ​was​ ​too determined​ ​to​ ​stay​ ​home.  After​ ​a​ ​short​ ​stop​ ​in​ ​Oslo,​ ​I​ ​took​ ​the​ ​plane​ ​to​ ​Tromsø.


I​ ​landed​ ​in​ ​Tromso​ ​and​ ​than​ ​I ​rent​ ​a​ ​car​ ​and​ ​moved​ ​to​​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​striking resorts,​ ​the​ ​Melangen​ ​Resort (Mestervik),​ ​ situated​​ ​in​ ​a​ ​fjord​ ​a​ ​few​ ​hours​ ​drive​ ​from​ ​the​ ​airport.
I​ ​spent​ ​here​ ​a​ ​few​ ​nights,​ ​but​ ​as​ ​a​ ​stopover​ ​I​ ​would​ ​recommend​ ​it​ ​to​ ​everyone;
Cottages​​ ​are​ ​the​ ​typical​​, really​ ​fabulous,​ ​nordic​ ​ones,​ ​as​ ​fabulous​ ​is​ ​the​ ​whole location.
Later,​ ​I​ ​moved​ ​to​ ​Tromso​ ​city​ ​center​ ​to​ ​celebrate​ ​New​ ​Year’s​ ​Eve,​ here​ ​I​ ​took​ ​part​ ​in activities​ ​like​ ​whale​ ​watching​ ​and​ ​​hunting​ ​the​ ​aurora​ ​borealis.

Travel Tips

I​ ​recommend​ ​everyone​ ​to​ ​experience​ ​the​ ​​sled​ ​dog​ ​hike​,​ I​ ​made​ ​it​ ​by​ ​booking​ ​directly at​ ​​ ​Melangen​ ​resort​ ​and​ ​I​ ​have​ ​to​ ​say​ ​that​ ​the​ ​day​ ​was​ ​really​ ​fun!​
​Another​ ​activity that​ ​I​ ​highly​ ​recommend​ ​is​ ​​the​ ​borealis​ ​aurora​ ​hunting​,
​in​ ​this​ ​case​ ​my​ ​advice​ ​is​ ​not to​ ​book​ ​by​ ​the​ ​reception​ ​desk​ ​at​ ​the​ ​hotel;​
unfortunately​ ​​during​​ ​our​ ​tour​ ​we​ ​camp​ ​in​ ​a place​ ​and​ ​we​ ​do​ ​not​ ​move​ ​much​ ​from​ ​there,​ but​ ​Aurora​ ​must​ ​be​ ​searched!​ ​
My recommendation​​ ​is​ ​to​ ​book​ ​this​ ​activity​ ​directly​ ​at​ ​the​ ​tourist​ ​office​ ​in​ ​the​ ​center​ ​of Tromso,​ you​ ​will​ ​find​ ​equipped​ ​guides​ ​who​ ​will​ ​also​ ​travel​ ​by​ ​mini​ ​bus​ ​​moving​​ ​as quickly​ ​as​ ​possible​ ​and​ ​look​ ​for​ ​it,​ you​ ​will​ ​not​ ​be​ ​disappointed!​ ​​You​ ​will​ ​be​ ​excited by​ ​looking​ ​at​ ​the​ ​northern​ ​light.

I​ ​also​ ​participated​ ​in​ ​whale​ ​watching,​ ​spending​ ​a​ ​whole​ ​day​ ​on​ ​the​ ​boat​ ​(it​ ​was​ ​really cool!)​ We​ ​finally​ ​saw​ ​it​ ​but​ ​​I​ ​do​ ​not​ ​think​ ​this​ ​is​ ​the​ ​best​ ​time​ ​of​ ​year​ ​for​ ​this​ ​activity.
The​ ​temperatures​ ​​were​ ​very​ ​stiff​ ​and​ ​​I​ ​was​ ​not​ ​able​ ​to​ ​take​ ​photographs​ because I​ ​had ​​frozen​ ​hands,​​ there was​​ ​low​ ​light,​ and ​we​ ​have​ ​really​ ​spotted​ ​them in​ ​the​ ​distance.​
In​ ​a​ ​warmer​ ​period​ ​during​ ​the​ ​year​ ​it​ ​would​ ​probably​ ​have​ ​been much​ ​more​ ​rewarding.

I​ ​hope​ ​that​ ​my​ ​experience​ ​can​ ​be​ ​useful​ ​to​ ​you,​ ​let​ ​me​ ​know​ ​what​ ​you​ ​think,​ ​if​ ​you have​ ​any​ ​questions,​ you​ ​can​ ​write​ ​them​ ​down​ ​here​ ​and​ ​forgive​ ​me​ ​for​ ​the​ ​quality​ ​of the​ ​photos,​ I​ ​did​ ​my​ ​best​ ​in​ ​cold​ ​weather,​ ​low​ ​light​ ​availability​ ​and​ ​climatic​ ​conditions.

What eat?

The best: Fish especially salmon – stockfish and Reindeer meat.

norway food

Where to sleep?

I slept at Malangen Resort in Meistervik and at Scandic Grand Tromsø in Tromsø city center.

2 Replies to “Norway – Hunting the Northern Lights in Tromsø”

  1. bello! ma troppo freddo per i miei gusti 😛

    1. thelittletravel says: Reply

      Ciao Michele,
      sì nel periodo invernale le temperature sono basse, ma la natura incontaminata e i paesaggi sono davvero incredibili, ne vale la pena:)

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