This trip happened after posting a fairly impulsive "does anybody feel like going to Tromsø with me?" facebook post, and getting a message from a fellow EVSer - Caitlin, who works for PRESS Save the Children. We bought tickets, didn't really look anything up, I messaged a CISVer who lives up there, and we were all set!
Our Tromsø experience was very typical of my type of traveling. When you stay with locals, you are much less of a tourist than you normally would - and I love it!
Staying with Miriam and her family meant family meals, chill times on the couch, short walks to a deserted seaside, a 200m walk to a dark place to see the Northern Lights, homemade waffles with Norwegian toppings, ...
Of course we went for a walk around town, crossed the bridge to go to the Arctic Cathedral, went for a lovely hot chocolate in a cool café, to the Tromsø Museum and learned about Sami culture.
But staying with locals is by far my absolute favourite way of traveling, as I always get to do "ordinary" things that are completely out of the ordinary for me!
I would encourage everyone to try to do the same, either through CISV, or other platforms like couchsurfing 🙂
Next up: Kristiansund (where I will, again, be staying with a Norwegian friend - non CISVer this time).