Tromsø from Above

This weekend I’ve attended The Norwegian Computer Societies national assembly at Tromsø. We had beautiful weather during the flight from Oslo and of course I had to capture the moment with my Nokia mobile phone as we where heading up north in Norway. Please click on the pics to enlarge!

At a latitude of nearly 70 degrees north, four days’ sailing from Bergen and barely a two-hour flight from Oslo, Murmansk or Longyearbyen, at the same latitude as Alaska and Siberia, between the island landscape, fiords and mountain peaks, you find Tromsø – Gateway to the Arctic and capital of Northern Norway. As far back as a century ago, visitors were surprised to find culture, intellectual life and the current fashions so far north, and the city derived the name Paris of the North.

In spite of their location so far north, Tromsø and Lyngen both enjoy a moderate insular climate. Summer weather ranges from five degrees Celsius and rain to 28 degrees and fantastic swimming conditions for the undaunted. Winter in Tromsø is not especially cold. The record low temperature in Tromsø is minus18 degrees Celsius, while the average January temperature is minus four, but in return there is often a lot of snow.

The Midnight Sun is visible from around May 21 to around July 21. Between November 21 and January 21, the sun disappears under the horizon and we experience the Polar Nights. It is not completely dark during the middle of the day, and the light and colour in the sky is amazing when the weather is favourable.

Tromsø is situated right in the centre of the Northern Lights zone and is therefore, together with the interior ice in Greenland the tundra in northern Canada, among the best places on earth to observe this phenomenon. Most of the Northern Lights outbursts visible from Tromsø are green, but large outbursts can also include other colours. In my post at November last year, you can read about how a Norwegian studied this phenomenon in a Terella – a model of the earth – actually the reason why I cal this blog RennyBA’s Terella :-).
There will be more posts about this exotic place in the northern Norway in the days to come!

Stavanger from Above

I had a business trip to Stavanger a couple of weeks ago and captured some of the scenery from the plane with my Nokia Mobile phone. I was not quite satisfied with the quality in the pics, so I hesitated in showing them, but then I am thinking what the heck: everything doesn’t have to be perfect. After all it shows something from Norway and how King winter still is in charge. Besides, the purser in the plane wouldn’t let me open the windows to get an open view lol!

The trip started early in the morning from Oslo Airport, Gardermoen. Too early for me to be awake, so I was going on auto pilot myself :-). Before entering the terminal I saw this special figure or sculpture and even more: the wonderful red sky in the background. It reminded me of how many paper airplanes I made in my childhood and I could easily picture myself in the figures place when he is about to send the plane. How long will it stay in the air this time? All the way to Stavanger I hope.

It was a partly cloudy morning and of course after taking off we were heading towards the blanketed sky. The light reflection that it gives is amazing, I think. In the first picture you see a suburb of OsloCity and the village is so nicely covered with snow. It looks nice and quiet and well taken care of by nature. In the second picture there was not that much clouds and you see the rocky mountain landscape which actually is very typically for Norway – I was on top :-).

Getting closer to civilisation and Stavanger at the southwest coast of Norway, there where less and less snow. The sun gave me still more wonderful views though and I was capturing and thinking: oh, what a wonderful world. Entering Stavanger’s harbour (in the right picture), you can see the local ferry bringing the workers to the city.

Stavanger is Norway’s third larges city with 115 thousands inhabitants (Norway total has 4.8 mill). It’s founded at 1125, but before that, the area was an economic and military centre as far back as the 800-900s. Actually the consolidation of the nation took place not that far from Stavanger, at Hafrsfjord in about 900 AD. So you might say I was on historical ground.

What about the trip back home, you might ask: I had my power nap for the day – the trip only takes 45 minutes :-).
If you like to know more about Stavanger, click here, and about Oslo Airport here.
Please also read my blog designers adventures in Bed And Breakfast in Stavanger!

On the top of Oslo


I had a meeting today with Kjell Rusti, CEO of Steria Norway. Entering their reception desk I noticed that the view out of the window at the 23rd floor was breath taking. Since I have a mobile phone with camera, I could not resist taking a picture from the top of Oslo – capital of Norway. In the picture you can see the fjord ending right down town of the city and the ferry boat regularly cruising from Denmark and Germany. Right now the harbour is under construction as the new Opera House is beginning to form its magnificent shape as an architectural new monument. If you like to learn more about this coming Opera House in The City of Oslo, click here! On the net at www.fodors.com miniguides, I found this description of Oslo which I find excellent: “World-class Oslo, a town of 500,000, has become good at survival and rebirth throughout its nearly 1,000-year history. In 1348, plague wiped out half the population, and it has burned down too many times to count. Nearly destroyed entirely by a fire in 1624, it was redesigned and renamed Christiania by Denmark’s royal builder, King Christian IV. After that it slowly gained prominence as the largest and most economically significant city in Norway.” A Yahoo user from Germany says: “This is the best city I ever been to. Fantastic surroundings, very clean and friendly beautiful people. The perfect place to take your kids. They will be safe and not bored. If you want nightlife go another place(even though there is good places) This is a city very suited for families.Quite expensive but it’s worth evey penny. Make sure too go to the resistant Museum, Bygdoy and just stroll around in the city and enjoy the friendly atmosphere.” A norwegian couldn’t have said it a better way! You are welcome to visit any time :-)