Tromsø is famous as one of the best places in the world to see Aurora Borealis because of it’s high latitude. One of the locals told us it’s actually better to go there in Feb and Mar because they start to have sunlight there. This is very true as while we were there in December, we barely saw the sun. Indeed we met one lady from UK who said she really missed the sun and she was really looking forward to the end of her trip there (obviously sunlight means more to her than aurora).
Yet you do see some daylights in winter even though the sun never rises. In fact, if you want to see or take good pictures of the so called Magic Moment (the period right before sunset), Tromsø in winter is a good place to go. The picture here was taken at Mount Storsteinen in the Tromsø city centre which is reachable by a funicular. It was around noon – and its sunset time already. The sky was truly beautiful as it’s becoming a large colour palette mixed by the cool blue sky and the warm sunset colour. Also the little bit of cloud provides a nice light reflector of the fading sunlight, adding a bit of red in the mix. Last but not least (and unfortunately I couldn’t capture it in this picture), the flashy snow crystals on the snow white ground were like tiny diamonds scattering around.
It’s a pity we couldn’t stay for long there (It was very windy and we didn’t have those spacesuit like warm clothes), otherwise it would be very nice if we just lay on the ground and welcome the night coming.