Arctic Circle Adventure begins….


The next morning, we had a stroll around the town and booked our cross country skiing and dog sledding tour at the local tourist office. The tourist office wasn’t that far from our hotel.

I bought my much needed pair of gloves at the local store and Janet bought her new matching red hat and gloves at the souvenir shop J. You can watch her taking my video at the link below. (WARNING: Videos are for adults only. Loads of bleeps :) )

Later, we walked to the aquarium where we watched seals being fed. I’ve been told that this is the only aquarium in the world that’d let you watch seals in captivity. Again, you can watch it all at the link below.

More pictures for your viewing pleasure. These pictures were taken whilst we were on our way to the aquarium / sea centre.

Overlooking the mountains of Tromso Ambar - The Viking Man :) Ambar and the ‘Polar Bear’

It was already 2PM when we finally completed our brief trip at the sea life centre. We were quite famished and we had just an hour left before our cross country skiing so we went back to the high street and I had a quick bite at the local KEBAB shop (I know… they are quite ubiquitous J Janet did not eat anything. Told me she’s on a strict diet…Yeah right J

We were picked up at the Radisson Hotel by our ski guide. Here are the videos taken during the journey.

At exactly 3PM, we were driven to another island in Tromso called the Whale island and if you have seen the video above, you should then know a little more about the island as told by the tour guide.

The last time that I skied was probably in Italy about 4 years ago. Naturally, I got a bit nervous putting the ski shoes on and all the gadgets. Wasn’t sure weather I could hack it again.

I felt even more nervous for Janet because she never skied before and as normal she was yapping away her worries. LOL. Watch her :)

I gained my confidence back after about 5 minutes on the slope. Janet, on the other hand, fell down to her knees numerous times and I know she’s not going to be happy about this; but I did laugh senseless every time she fells. J

The view from the island was absolutely gorgeous particularly the sunset that was completely breathtaking. You must get here yourself to experience it.

We finished off with our adventure on Whale Island by snow walking up the mountain tops. We had to put on our ski shoes (that looked like tennis racquets J) so we can get up there easily.

For obvious reasons, Janet did not quite manage to get herself up to the top. Being at a vantage point, I had the perfect target view for my snowball throwing session. And yes, the only target was Janet. J Bless her.

Well she did try to return the snow ball back at me but failed miserably. Well Janet, if you are reading this, then you’d probably have to try again next year J.

We were sent back to the hotel around 6PM and we had about 15 minutes to relax in the hotel room to soothe our sore and cold feet.

Picture taken during cross country skiing In a Sami home after dinner

The meeting point for our next trip was still at the same place as our first tour and we were there bang on time. We thought we were early but our guide was already there and she escorted us to a big van with other like minded tourists :)

It took about 30 minutes to reach our dog sledding destination and we immediately heard the huskies barking the minute we were there. There were probably hundreds of them. Amazing!!

I can’t remember the exact location for our dog sledding adventure but it was V something. I know it’s not helpful but I seriously couldn’t remember. Those who had been here before and are reading this bit of my blog, please comment for the sake of our readers out there :)

The husky ride was seriously an experience that I’ll never forget. You know what I mean when you watch this next video :)

and more here…..

We had traditional Sami dinner in their tent (eskimo version) with a big fire in the middle. Smashing.

We got back to the hotel close to midnight and went straight to bed. ZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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