June 9, 2013
morning we sailed into Tromso, the largest Norwegian city north
of the Arctic Circle. It is called "The Gateway to the Arctic"
as it has been historically the starting point for many expeditions
to the high arctic. We took a bus tour of the city with a stop at
the beautiful Arctic Cathedral. It was built in 1965 and designed
by the Norwegian architect, Jan Inge Hovig.
next stop was the Tromso Museum where we learned about the history
of the Sami people (previously known as Laplanders). During the
1970's, Tromso became the hub for the revitalization of Sami language
and culture. Many of the street signs now post directions in both
languages. Tromso is a very inter-ethical and multi-cultural city
with over 100 nationalities represented in the population (about
final stop was to the Polar Museum where we saw original maps, documents
and artifacts from actual polar expeditions by Roald Amundsen, Umberto
Nobile and Fridtjof Nansen. Amundsen was the first to traverse the
Northwest Passage in 1906 and the first to reach the South Pole.
To view more photos from the Tromso, please go to Tromso
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