To give you, as a reader, insight in the visitors and citizens at our beautiful city, we start off with the´five in the street´ column. Here, we introduce five people we meet on the streets of Tromsø.
We are curious what brings these people to Tromsø and what they love the most about our city.
We meet Yuri Nagata and her family at Rakettkiosken. They just arrived in Tromsø and are ready to explore the city. "It has always been a dream to visit Norway and see the Northern lights", says Yuri. Yuri is originally from Japan, but has been living in Belgium for the last couple of years. "It is much easier for us to visit Norway now", explains Yuri.
"It has always been a dream to visit Norway and see the Northern lights."
After the well-deserved hotdog at Rakettkiosken, they are going to explore the city a bit more and already dream of the Northern lights.
We proceed our walk to the harbour. The moon is visible during the day time now. Here, we meet Alisa and Katharina. They are both from Germany and are visiting Tromsø for 10 days. Alisa and Katharina share the love for travelling and adventure. Alisa has been living in the south of Norway for a year, but she was really curious about what the North of Norway has to offer, too. She is determined to see all the beauty Tromsø has to offer, together with Katharina.
Hendric is orginally from Sweden, but has moved to Tromsø for love. He has been living with his boyfriend over 10 years now. "I love that Tromsø is such an active city. I like to hike or even ski to work, when there is enough snow", says Hendric. He works at the swimming hall on top of the Island. "Compared to Sweden, the temperatures are way milder, but, the days are darker. These dark days are probably the hardest.", says Hendric.
"I love that Tromsø is such an active city. I like to hike or even ski to work."
Teresa and Esteve are visiting Tromsø from Spain. "It is a very different climate from Barcelona", Esteve jokes. Together with his wife Teresa, he is mainly in Tromsø for cross-country skiing and of course the Northern lights. Esteve likes the city and all the sports you can do here. "The experience so far has been great", says Esteve.
Sigvald seems like the die-hard Northman. We meet him right outside the Pust Sauna, where he goes for a winter swim two to three times a week. He was born in Tromsø, but has lived in the south of Norway for most of his life. However, he has returned to Tromsø. When I ask him why he has moved back here, he simply answers with "it´s the arctic". I agree that this does not need a lot of explanation.
Today is his day off. He works as a social worker with youth. On his day off, he likes to train and relax. The sauna is a perfect fit for that. "I love that Tromsø is such a compact city, with a lot of Norwegian and international people. It is easy to navigate through the city and meet new people", says Sigvald.
"I love that Tromsø is such a compact city, with a lot of Norwegian and international people. It is easy to navigate through the city and meet new people"