It had been 7 months without seeing Nana and Papa, so when the day of their arrival in Tromsø finally came, there was more than just a little excitement in the air. The kids were running around silly. We met them at the airport on Friday around noon and the kids did not leave their side for days. The visit began with some walks around town, enjoying the local Food Festival, a couple of late birthday celebrations complete with a monster cake for Odin and dinosaur brownies for Adelheyd. The kids were of course spoiled with attention and gifts. We were spoiled with loads of Black Coffee from Missoula (love that stuff), and a lot of US goods that are hard to get here or just ungodly expensive. Thank you for bringing the extra suitcase of goodies nana and papa!
After exploring town we made a few side trips to our local favorite scenic destinations. First was the trip out to the Lyngen Alps. Odin and Papa found perhaps the most scenic place in the world to practice a little baseball. Not the most common site in Norway to see anyone playing baseball, let alone on a quiet beach in far northern Norway. Adelheyd geared up in one of her famous fashion forward outfits, brought a Frisbee and joined in the fun. We took the ferry boat across to Svensby on the Lyngen peninsula and made way for our favorite camp spot to take a little hike and view the amazing glacier laden mountains.
Trip number two was a ride up the Fjellheisen or Cable Car near town. The view and hiking terrain at the top is so beautiful. I snapped several picture of the kids just sitting looking out over the fjords, playing with rocks, and just enjoying nature. It did not hurt the picturesque scene that we had beautiful weather.
After five days of fun in Tromsø, we all boarded a plane and headed to southern Sweden, by way of Copenhagen. Two airplanes and two trains later, we arrived in Ystad, Sweden. It was a long day of travel, but well worth the final destination. Ystad is a very quiet town on the southern coast of Sweden. With miles of sandy beaches, timbered houses in the German style mixed with Swedish décor, an amazing little locally owned hotel, and more beautiful weather, our 4 day stay in Ystad was picture perfect.
The main goal of our trip to Ystad was to meet Papa’s cousins and spend some bonus time with Aunt Alli who came down from Uppsala. Cousins Caroline and Kathy and their families were wonderful hosts, showing us all around their hometown areas. We explored the beaches in Ystad, partook in the national pastime of Fika (coffee and cookie break) on the beach near Malmo, walked the cobblestone streets in town, ate several delicious home cooked meals, explored the Stone Age Rock Formation of Ale Stone , and made new friends. Adelheyd and Odin were quite taken with two of the younger cousins who showered them with attention, jewelry, piggy back rides, and video games:) All in all, it was a busy whirlwind adventure, but magical and never to be forgotten.
The final day with Nana and Papa was spent in Copenhagen before boarding our plane home to Tromsø. We had already spent a week in the Spring in Copenhagen and I do love this city. We wanted to show Nana and Papa all that we loved about Copenhagen, but it was hard to tour very much in just a few hours. We walked the streets, had a fantastic lunch, visited the palace and gardens (quickly) and stretched our legs before the journey home. Nana and Papa were even able to treat the kids one last time with a gift from the Disney Store and some candy:) Thank you, thank you, thank you Nana and Papa for a wonderful 10 days.