My previous trip to Cuba in 2009 was to Tromso in Norway to run in the 2007 Midnight Sun Marathon.
I had clear sky for my June flight to Oslo and then a couple of hours later another one up over the Arctic Circle boundary to Tromso on Norway’s wild rugged west coast.
The blue sky provided great views of the southern Norway coast, and then up over forests and lakes above Oslo to the snow-capped peaks in the north of Norway and Sweden… as we flew over both countries.
Then we veered west, and I was glad I took online advice to sit on the left for the flight to Tromso, as there were great views of the coast, islands and fjords around the airport.
I walked the 7km (4-5 miles) from the airport to the campsite on the Tromsdalen mainland, passing Lake Prestvannet in the middle of the island on the way. I set my tent up just across from a stream, with lots of trees all around, and mountains rising up behind.
I also passed the award-winning architecture of the Tromso cathedral, just across the bridge on the mainland:
This photo is from the mainland looking back at Tromso island and the vertiginous peaks of the Senja coastline in the distance:
The campsite is situated the other side of this water inlet, at the entrance to the Tromsdalen Valley:
Looking back at Tromso island from the bridge across the water:
The never-setting sun over Tromso island:
I walked north on the mainland, and this was looking back at the bridge linking Tromso island with the mainland, with the Senja island mountains in the distance: