Arctic Winter

Tromso, Norway

Tromso, Norway

If there was one good thing about not being able to visit Israel and Jordan, it was that there were two good things.  The first was our extended time in Turkey, one of our favorite countries so far.  The second was a chance to head north.  Like, above the Arctic Circle north…Tromso, Norway north.

Mandy and I wanted to experience the Arctic winter.  Due to Tromso’s northern position near the top of the world, the sun doesn’t rise between November 26th and Jan 15th.  This period is known as the Polar Nights (we experienced the opposite phenomenon, the Midnight Sun, in Iceland back in July).  There is something powerful about visiting the world’s extreme locations–places that deviate starkly from what is familiar stoke the senses and invigorate the mind.
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Welcome to Stockholm

the islands of Stockholm

It was a short flight from Trondheim to Stockholm.  From the plane you could see the rocky fjords of Norway transition to the forested hills of Sweden.  We landed, grabbed our backpacks, and headed from the airport into town.  It was time for more couch-surfing, but the old-fashioned kind. Continue reading