Welcome to our travel blog. We are Tabitha and Nic. In 2011 we 'retired' in our early 40s and set off to travel the world. We spent our first year in South America and have been lucky enough to make two trips to Antarctica.

Our blog is a record of our travels, thoughts and experiences. It is not a guide book, but we do include some tips and information, so we hope that you may find it useful if you are planning to visit somewhere we have been. Or you may just find it interesting as a bit of armchair travel.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Tromso Cathedral, Tromso
After our week in Sommaroy, and happy from having seen two beautiful displays by the Aurora Borealis, we tottered through the snow and ice with our cases and got the bus back into Tromso.

We had lots of time to spare before our flight, so we left our bags at the airport and took a look around Tromso.

Arctic Cathedral, Tromso
Probably the two most notable features around Tromso are the two cathedrals. The first, in the centre of town, was built in 1861 and designed by Christian Heinrich Grosch. It is unusual in that it is wooden -the only wooden cathedral in Norway.

The other is the rather more modern, Arctic Cathedral, which was built in 1965 and designed by Jan Inge Hovig. It isn't actually a cathedral, just a parish church, but it looks impressive enough to deserve its nickname. As it was cold and wet, we decided not to brave the walk over the rather long and exposed bridge to cross the river to take a closer look, but I suspect that it does merit it.

There are a couple of museums here, but we preferred instead to idle over a long lunch. We picked a place that we had read about as being recommended called Emma's Drommekjokken, or Emma's Dream Kitchen. It was just across from the cathedral, and was certainly very popular. The food was great, and Nic enjoyed trying the crispy fried cod tongues.

Aside from that. we took a wander around the town, popping in to a few of the shops and picking up a few souvenirs too.


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