tromsø norway midnight sun marathon diary

Midnight wanders at Tromsø, Norway

tromsoø norway midnight sun marathon diary

Travelling Norway on a cruise allowed us to explore multiple cities along its coast, at any time possible – even midnight. Since the Hurtigruten also functions as a cargo operator ship, they make stops for varying amounts of time, so we made a point to alight for an explore whenever the stop lasts more than half an hour!

tromsoø norway midnight sun marathon diary

Tromsø, norway

I know the sky still looks like it’s 7pm in Singapore, when it was in fact almost 1am. We were expecting the streets to be dead and quiet, but we were surprised to witness the Midnight Sun Marathon.

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sangumburi crater jeju island

Snowy day turned ugly,

We experienced our first snow in Jeju during that trip to the Sangumburi Crater, and also our first snow storm experience. It was beautiful at first, like the wind, the snow in the air, flying about.

At some point it also was flying in our faces, but we enjoyed it nonetheless because, SNOW! Walked all the way up to see the crater, which was SO beautiful in the winter because of all the snow that had fallen all around us. It was quite thick I wasn’t even sure what we were stepping on. My face pretty much was about to freeze up from the wind.

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CHANGDEOKGUNG PALACE

Palace excursion

I loved historical dramas as a kid. Those Hong Kong dramas about bickering concubines and evil queens hahaha. That was all they were about isn’t it. I’m not as keen on historical dramas now, but was very excited to visit the spot where one of my favourite Korean dramas was shot. It’s a semi-historical/modern drama? It’s about time travel (cheesy yes, but it was so good), called Queen Inhyun’s Man.

I guess through the pictures, every building looked pretty much the same. You can probably recognize some of the architecture from some dramas! Some of the areas were destroyed by a fire in the past, and then they were refurnished. One of it even had a little driveway and light bulbs. Was quite disappointed we didn’t get to explore the whole area though. Also, I would have wanted to visit the other palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace.

It’s okay I guess seeing one of it was good enough. There was also a Secret Garden (Huwon) in Changdeokgung that charges for admission separately. And you can only go inside with a guided tour. We definitely didn’t have time for that, which I was also quite disappointed about sigh.

Changdeokgung Palace

99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: 0900 – 1800
Admission fees: 3,000 won (Adults); Free (Youths under 24)