Students of Tromsø! Are you looking for a room in Tromsø? På jakt etter hybel? Finding somewhere to live in Tromsø can be quite a challenge. We’d love to help out. Therefore we have put together a special student room offer – hybel til leie for en rimelig pris to help you out while you’re looking for somewhere more permanent to live.
Last year we rented out rooms in our Fisherman’s home for the whole of the fall semester. This year the rooms are let on a more short-term basis, and we have put together a flexible price list where you’ll get a cheaper price the longer you stay.
As if the gorgeous November light, the bright snow and the magnificent Aurora Borealis weren’t enough to rave about these days, the fjords around Tromsø are now filled with whales! Beautiful orcas and humpback whales have come in from the deep seas to feed on krill and herring. We’ve gone out to the fjords to check them out, and can tell you this: There are lots of them! And wait, it gets better: We’ll take you out to see them! Up really close! In our own boat!
Here’s the deal: We take you by car right from the doorstep of our Fisherman’s home or Writer’s home (depending on where you’re staying – and if you’re staying elsewhere we’ll pick you up wherever that is too). After a 20 minute drive we arrive at the boat out in Kaldford – the 30 feet “Inna” that will take us out really close to the whales. Your captain and guide will be Arnt, who will steer the boat safely and tell you everything you want to know about the sea, the life of the fish and how the whales hunt. Having grown up in a rather poor fisherman’s family a bit south of Tromsø just after the second world war, Arnt learnt early on pretty much everything there is to know about the ways of the cod and the currents and the krill and the seas, and he has more than 20 years experience of taking people out fishing – guiding, teaching and telling stories along the way.
The sun has left us and the nights are long, but inside there is light and coziness. And there is so much to do, but in our opinion the most important thing is to do a bit less: Calm down, enjoy December and make someone else happy.
In that spirit we open our doors for everyone who want to join us on Saturday December 5th for our special Christmas event. Bring a friend or two, a child or three, a grandmother or your favorite uncle, a husband or a wife or why not a whole bunch of people that you like, and come spend some peaceful Saturday hours with us. Or come alone and find some new friends!
Lots and lots of people come to Tromsø to see the Northern Lights. And we do understand why, it’s really quite an amazing sight we never tire of. However, what most people don’t know or don’t think about that much is that the light can be almost as extraordinary and breathtaking at daytime. Today we took a stroll around Folkeparken (the small forest around Tromsø Museum) and Telegrafbukta, and this is what it looked like:
And the best news of all? No need for a car to get here – Folkeparken and Telegrafbukta is just 2 km from our houses. Easy to walk, or you can jump on the number 34 bus that goes past our door. It’s a really great spot for northern lights watching too (our favorite, in fact) so if you put on some warm clothes you can just hang around after the sunset waiting for the Aurora Borealis to come out as well!
Since we have started offering whale safari trips, we thought we should educate ourselves a bit more on these amazing creatures of the sea. So currently we’re at an exciting whale research seminar dealing with the humpback whales and orcas that are currently feeding on herring in the fjords outside Tromsø. It’s super interesting and we look forward to share all our new knowledge with everyone who want to come whale watching with us!
We’ll just share the most exciting part right away though: Did you know that there are researchers up here (and in other parts of the world, too) who can identify different humpback individuals just by looking at the different shapes and colors of the whale’s tail? Isn’t that amazing?!