Mainly kayaking photographs taken on the Isle of Man and beyond.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Isle of Man Kayaking - Tromso

As I get older I seem to be becoming more polar than tropical, at least in my temperature preferences. Tromso in Northern Norway certainly fits the bill. One of the largest cities above the Arctic Circle, it lies just 600 miles from the North Pole. The seasons here seem to be in a time warp as weather and vegetation have assumed the Spring like characteristics present on the Isle of Man several months ago. Tulips and fresh buds are profound, and when the sun disappears behind an occasional cloud, there is a distinct but welcome chill.
And that brings me to the sun. Yesterday they celebrated Summer solstice with much merryment and festival. It is strange as we awaken through the night, that it is never dark. Snapping photographs around the city I've noticed that the sun hardly changes its position, whatever the time of the day. Perhaps it is this dedication to all things solar that enables Tromso to "rock", a kind of Liverpool transported to a Vancouveresque setting.

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