38th International Annual General Meeting in Tromso, Norway

For those of us fortunate to call Greece home, there is no better place to live. So the Arctic capital – Tromso – seemed a challenge. With the pure arctic air filling our lungs , the delegation of Wista Hellas, saw people of Tromso thriving where most people might think it near impossible to exist- nearly 70 degrees north, in Northern Norway’s largest city. Tromso is lucky enough to enjoy not only one, but two natural phenomena every year -the northern lights and the midnight sun: two wonders of nature that light up their lives, with the back drop of the amazing arctic nature, literally on their door step.
From September to April, the northern lights dominate the sky in Tromso Although you can sometimes see the aurora borealis right in the city centre, it is often best to take a northern Lights Hunt, chasing the «tr icky lady» across the skies. During the polar night season, city cafe and bars are packed with locals, warming themselves with freshly, brewed beer and often planning their next ski trip or «Hyttetur » trip to the cabin. Tromso has rich cultural tradition and is home to people with many backgrounds. Amongst those are the Sami, the indigenous people of northern parts of Norway, Finland, Sweden and Russia. Artic exploration is something intrinsically linked to Tromso. It is from there that Roald Amundsen took his last fateful flight towards Svalbard in June 1928, to rescue his friend and fellow explorer, Umberto Nobile. The city still has the air of those explorers’ excitement around the nooks and crannies of the old town, Skansen, where you can discover the Polar Museum.

Full article, ELNAVI November 2018, Issue 538, Page. 18

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