Hello out there!
Today it isn´t Johann writing, but me, Pauline. Maybe some of you know me from Instagram (@johann.forfang.fanpage) and „Hey!“ to all those who don´t. In his 1st blogpost Johann wrote that he wants to open this place for the community, for the #skijumpingfamily and when I made a trip to Tromsø last week, he asked me to write a few lines. So, here we go.
First of all a little bit about me: I´m 18 years old, born and raised in the middle of Germany. Surrounded by trees and mountains, I became a real winter-lover, crazy about everysnow-based activity. Especially skijumping fascinates me due to its complexity. I first heard about Tromsø as the city Johann was born in. Quickly I recognized that it contains everything I like while going on vacation: pure nature, high mountains and a clear sea.
So my parents and I decided to go up north for one week in the middle of October. We followed 3 goals: catching thenorthern lights, collecting some of Johann´s childhood vibes and gaining new outoor experiences. Every wish became fulfilled within the first day. To really get into the norwegian feeling we decided against a hotel, but for an Airbnb, located on a hill on the island´s south side. The walk into the city took us about 20 minutes, so we were kinda central and avoided the traffic noise. In fact it doesn´t really matter where you stay, because several bus lines connecting all 3 parts of Tromsø: the island, the Kvaløya part and the Tromsdalen part. That´s been quite practical, even though it took us some days to get an overview about the city with all its different bus stops.
As we like walking, we discovered the island while following the cross-country-slopes which are beautiful hiking trails as long as the snow is still missing. Now, in autumn, the nature along the ways is incredible: snowy mountain tops all along the horizon, frosty leaves coloured from green over yellow tored and frozen grass on the ground. The trail guided directly to Grønnåsen, Johann´s home hill. It´s kinda nostalgic with its blue metal, containing the stairway up. No lift. No matts on the hill. No chance to get it into the Wolrd Cup, currently. But hell, everyone needs to know how incredibly awesome it is standing on the top, seeing hills and water, feeling absolutely free while a fresh breeze hits your nose. Exactly this was the moment I understood the reason why Johann is so deeply in love with this place and I started to feel the same way he does.
Most of the other days we were hiking and made it up to the top of Fløya and Kjølen. One day we rented a car, drove to the Sommarøy island and hiked up to Hillesøy-Toppen. I´m totally into this outdoor stuff, but I´m pretty sure that I´ve never suffered as much while climbing a mountain everbefore. However, I´ve never seen such a breathtaking beauty before either. It was a pure beauty of nature which isn´t ment to be captured in a photo or described in words. It´s supposed to leave you speechless.
And so do the northern lights. We were lucky enough to see them right above the city. The lights weren´t as intense as in all those famous pictures there, more like a green shining fog. But one day within minutes the whole sky was fulfilled withseveral green stripes. One turned from green into purple and started dancing. I stood there in awe, looking into the sky, not able to move at all, before I became totally hyperactive and needed to tell everybody what I saw lately.
I could write about so much more lovely details, but I guess it´s enough for the moment 😊
Honestly, I fell in love with this place and highly recommend going up north to convince yourselves. Thanks Johann for being present as a guide and listener all over the week.
Lots of love
PS: Here some fun facts about the natives, noticed by a stranger. Whenever it gets dark, nearly everone wears a yellow life vest. You´re not a local if you don´t own a pair of knitted gloves. And last but not least: Don´t feel unsportive if someone´s faster than you. Everyone there is able to walk at least two times as fast as you do, even though you think you´re fast. The trail can be steep as hell, someone will pass you, running. Take it easy, they´re crazy. :D