I have been living in Sweden for basically two years now (if we count the exchange semester I did in Chalmers during my bachelor) and for some reason I had never consider planning a trip up north even though seen the northern lights has always been in my bucket list; I guess it always seemed too complicated. Last semester a group of friends invited me to join them on a trip to Tromsø they were planning on doing in mid-February of this year; of course, I said yes and we started booking everything since November. I can’t really explain to you guys how excited I was to do this trip, hoping to see the northern lights but at the same time trying to keep my expectations on the low, in case it didn’t happen.
This is the farthest I had ever been in up north and to say that I fell completely in love with the landscape its an understatement. Maybe is related to me being very unfamiliar with snow (It wasn’t until four years ago that I experienced snow for the first time ever and only last year, in my first winter in Lund, did I actually had to live on a daily basis with it) but I also think it was related to how at home I felt with all the mountains.
We rented a cabin approximately an hour and half away from Tromsø (our way to chase the northern lights) and even though it was kind of cloudy the first night two friends and I managed to see them (YAY!), the rest of the evenings it was either snowing or extremely foggy.
I could write a whole thesis of how much I liked the trip but I do have a thesis to focus on so the last thing I wanted to share with you is that I learned three very important lessons with this trip and they are all related to the snow:
- If you are ever traveling to a place like this in winter, TAKE A BACKPACK and not a suitcase.
- Snow is beautiful but it can be very deceiving so be careful, if you ever decide to go on a hike, wear proper clothes and gear to do so.
- It is possible to not be all the time on your phone or watching something on tv when you are locked away in the middle of nowhere. All you need is a friend that knows a lot of games and is prepared to explain them all.