Welcome back to the Friends That Carry On Podcast! We’re a group of friends that like to travel the world together. We want to share our passion for travel through travel tips and tricks we’ve picked up along the way and stories of our adventures!
Today we are excited to talk about the trip we took above the Arctic Circle to Tromso, Norway. In celebration of one of Friend Jim Scott’s birthday, we went to Tromso to see the country of Norway, but also to see the highlight of the trip: the Northern Lights. Today’s episode is hosted by Jim Scott, joined alongside Walt Palmer, Tony Price, Eric Fargo, Brian Romine, Jim Read, and Terry Hall.
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The Best Place to see the Northern Lights
A few years ago, it was Jim Scott’s 50th birthday and like usual, we celebrate these occasions seriously. Jim wanted to see the Northern Lights and Terry Hall was kind to research that Tromso is the best place for it.
Upon landing at the airport, you will realize that the city is right on the other side of a mountain. We rode a cab that will drive a long way in a tunnel underneath the mountain. One of the reasons they built this is so that they will not need to remove all the snow.
Tromso ended up being a beautiful city. It was September and the leaves have turned into beautiful yellow, red foliage reflecting in the glass of the water. The weather was excellent, the people were kind, and the beer was awesome but a little pricey. They serve Northern European food, the fish was outstanding, and the Friends probably even had deer. Terry thinks the food was rather very boring.
One memorable part of the trip was this nice bar where they met a young, friendly bartender. At one point, the bartender grabbed his skateboard and asked for the Friends to look after the bar before going downhill. We were like kids at a candy store, but we did not grab a single drink until he came back.
Finally Experiencing the Northern Lights
Terry booked a tour that had about 15-20 people in it. The travel was 45-minutes out of town, away from the light pollution. There is no guarantee that you will get to see it, so it was recommended to stay for a few nights. After driving around to several spots and waiting, we finally got a good view of the Northern Lights. At first, it was a standard green sky, then they started dancing around and coming down. It was larger than you think.
Jim Read, on the other hand, went to see the Northern Lights in the same year with his son. They sat down in natural hot springs, and 15 minutes later, the Northern Lights popped out. He shared a tip that if you’re flying at night, sit down at the Northern side of the plane, and you might have the chance to glimpse the Northern Lights.
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