Seabourn Passengers Meet the Horny, the Cuddly and the Weird in Norway

Sled dog puppy in Tromso Norway
I’ve got blue eyes and pink paws. Cuddle me — Photo copyright Wallace Immen

WALLACE IMMEN on AvidCruiser.com

As if we didn’t need a reminder that things are different north of the Arctic Circle, our first sight as we got off Seabourn Sojourn in the surprisingly bustling city of Tromso was a reindeer, calmly strolling along the main street of town.

The guide who met us on the pier said it’s an animal that strayed from a domestic herd. Norway’s reindeer are herded by indigenous Sami families and are identified by cutting notches on the edge of their ears — the original ear-marks. This one also had a yellow collar around its neck and a blue band around one of its antlers. It had strayed from a meadow on the edge of town where the herds graze, we were told.

The Norwegian coast near Tromso
Wildflowers abound along the coast in the summer — Photo copyright Wallace Immen

Read the full story on Wallace Immen’s blog here on Avid Cruiser.

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