wind chill: 1°C
wind speed: 20km/h
wind direction: north westerly
Our first day in Tromsø was a cloudy one, so without our heavy recording equipment and head mould we took the early opportunity to explore the immediate surroundings of our base.
Presvannet, at the heart of the island, is a lake and sparse wooded area that sits above the city, here we were told that given the right conditions it is possible to get a good view of the northern lights (aurora borealis). We took some photographs and made a plan to go back with our full equipment on a clearer day.
Back in the city we took a walk along the seafront, stopping briefly at the Polar Museum's Polar Night exhibit, and then across the Eastern bridge that connects Tromsø island with mainland Tromsø, just as the clouds began to clear.
We met with Kristine Hansen, an Ma student and musician/composer at Musikkonservatoriet who's work is inspired by Sami instruments and culture. Next week she will perform an improvised sound piece using her collection of indigenous Sami instruments around out cast snow head and binaural microphones.
With clear skies forecast we are now making plans to start recording tomorrow, starting by taking the cable car to the top of the Fjellheisen mountain on Tromsø mainland.
We have one eye firmly on the horizon just in case the aurora borealis comes out to play tonight.
Holly Owen & Kristina Pulejkova