The fun part of the trip, which I love it, was dog sledding. I actually learned to ride the sled and control it! What an experience! Dogs were so eager and excited to pull the sled and run. They couldn’t wait! Dogs were very social and friendly but of course very strong. The sled that I was riding has only four dogs and could carry two persons! Riding the sled needs a lot of energy but it is a real fun!
One of the exciting part of my trip was spending a night in a Sami Lavvu! I was out of Tromso to catch or observing Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)! It was the second night that I was spending outside the city, but for that night, I decided to stay the rest in a Sami tent. In a middle of night, clouds covered all the sky and hence I went inside the tent to sleep! Normally, there is a fireplace in the middle of the tent and a big hole at the top to prevent filling the lavvu by the smoke! During the night, I tried to keep the fire on, but unfortunately, I couldn’t resist of sleeping and hence, started freezing till morning!! Nevertheless, beside freezing, the foods were very good! I had Reindeer meat for both dinner and lunch of the day after! Specially, the way that it cooked for lunch with mushrooms and mash potatoes for lunch was really good!
…. That night was exactly before the longest night of the year in northern hemisphere. Of course, inside arctic circle, night started one month ago! But many people around the world celebrate the longest night of year, especially in Iran which is called “Yalda”. As the sun increases its altitude in sky the days after, they celebrate it as a (re-)birth of the Sun!! Friends and families gather together and eat nuts, pomegranate, watermelon, cookies and tea while reading poems from Iranian famous poet ‘Hafez’. As a respectful tradition, I’d brought the book of ‘Hafez’ with my self and read some of his words….
For a long time, I was looking forward to stay inside Arctic circle, where the Sun stays below horizon during December and January each year! Finally, I’m traveling this week in Northern Norway, Tromso, to make a new experience of how the life could be when the Sun doesn’t show up at all!
Tromos is located 350 km inside the arctic circle ! I will post more photos of my trip and explain in detail about my experiences, but for the moment, I just want to show how the city would look like exactly in midday (12 o’clock ) in the first image of myself (above photo) and how it looks like just about an hour and half later, 13:30 (Panorama view, below photo)! At 14:00, it’s almost dark and I feels like that I should go back hotel and sleep!! Sun could only make the southern horizon a little bit, blue-pinkish in midday!! (click twice to see the image larger)
I think, ” time” could be analogous to fog! Past is past and unclear future has yet to come! Past is gradually fading away and future will arrive soon but it is unclear as a fog! We forget many things easily as time passes, and we cannot be fully sure about anything in future, everything could be change unexpectedly!
Nevertheless, I always should remind myself to try to live for the time being and not being too much worry about future and forget (or sometimes forgive) many things in past….
….. that was my intention to take this picture in a foggy day in Leiden.
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