Saturday, June 17, 2023

Tromso, Norway

Hello from Tromso!

Tromso, Norway

Today we docked in what is considered Breivika Cruise Terminal which really meant we were docked in an industrial area.

Tromso, Norway
Front of the ship
Tromso, Norway
Back of the ship

Lots of fishing equipment around

When I was researching this port I had several options I was considering. Good thing I'm flexible as those options not only didn't pan out but I had to come up with other ideas on the spot. Plan A became Plan B became Plan C and so on and so on.

Plan A: Hop On Hop Off Bus. In looking at tickets prices before I left home I kept seeing the word "unavailable". I figured maybe it was because they hadn't set summer season prices. But just recently the unavailable meant really unavailable.

Plan B: Take the shuttle into downtown. The bus that used to cost around $8 has now turned into a $19.95 ride. $20 to get to a place where I could shop for nothing I needed and then pay for something to eat or drink that I wouldn't be able to taste or smell? Seemed like not the smartest way to spend my money.

Plan C: The Arctic Alpine Botanical Garden. The world's northernmost botanical garden is on my list for August when more flowers will be blooming. With the free admission I thought it might be fun to go today and take some pictures and then compare them with August. It's right across the street from the ship, but when I looked at the slope of the hill I realized Scooter would never be able to make it. Now I even have to rethink my August visit here.
Arctic Alpine Botanical Garden in Tromso, Norway
Plan D: Stay onboard for a while and get some laundry done until I came up with another plan. With everyone off the ship it would be a great time to avoid the rush on the laundromat and have some clean clothes again.
Plan E, Part I: Bust into the mini bar I haven't yet touched.
Plan E, Part II: Combine the mini bar with a Crystal Light packet and a plastic straw from Sonic and open Deb's Tromso Vodka Bar. With a view!
Plan E, Part III: Open a pizzeria in the afternoon.
Plan E, Part IV: Issue a disclaimer that anyone partaking in pizza will have a staring role in an Alfred Hitchcock film. For said pizza will attract very aggressive seagulls.
Those seagulls will call other seagull friends and you will be required to wave them off with your napkin, take cover inside, shut the door (and lock it for good measure), and hide from the dozens who continue to dive bomb the area where you just were. Norway's version of The Birds.
Too fast to capture photos of them all
Quite a unique experience I won't soon forget. All without leaving the ship.

Tomorrow we'll be in Honningsvag, Norway. It'll be the farthest north we'll get on this trip in. See you then!