Last year, I had the chance to live in Tromsø, this charming Norwegian city laying on an island, a few hundreds of kilometers above the arctic circle. Although not being really interesting architecturally speaking, Tromsø might be the best existing equilibrium between urban and rural life. Here, you'll get both advantages : on one side a more than correct urban activity with her lot of bars, cafes, (over expensive) restaurants, and here student life and on the other an impressive palette of nature-related activities : hiking, skiing, diving (yes, you can!), … Moreover, Tromsø being over the arctic circle, she is also renown for the wonderful and magical northern lights undulating on the sky as snakes on dunes.

This picture has been shot just before the arctic winter and what you can actually see here is a foretaste of the long and dark times to come. However, as sad or frightening -- or whatever else -- this might sound, arctic winter is truly a fantastic period. The light becomes rare, that's right. However, the few you are able to see during this period are unique and marvelous and I am convinced that, as a photographer or a nature lover, this is something that one should see at least once in their life. But beware! It might radically change it as it did for mine …
© 2012 Julien Fumard

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