The docks in Tromsdalen
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Panoramic photo by Ronny Mikkelsen EXPERT Taken 23:49, 21/01/2009 - Views loading...

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The docks in Tromsdalen

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Picture from Tromsdalen,  in the picture u can see the city bridge, Rica hotel the arctic cathedral and "hurtigruta"

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A: Midnightsun in Tromsø, Ishavskatedralen

by Henk Keijzer, 280 meters away

Midnightsun in Tromsø, Ishavskatedralen

Midnightsun in Tromsø, Ishavskatedralen

B: The Arctic Cathedral

by Ronny Mikkelsen, 290 meters away

The Arctic Cathedral in Tromso Norway

The Arctic Cathedral

C: Just before the Midnightsun Concert in the Ishavskatedralen in Tromsø

by Henk Keijzer, 290 meters away

Just before the Midnightsun Concert in the Ishavskatedralen in Tromsø

Just before the Midnightsun Concert in the Ishavskatedralen in Tromsø

D: MS Polarlys

by Freiermuth Hanspeter, 740 meters away

MS Polarlys

E: Rica Hotel Tromso

by Ronny Mikkelsen, 740 meters away

Rica Ishavshotel The hotel is centrally located in Tromsø, also known as the Paris of the North. With...

Rica Hotel Tromso

F: MS Nordnorge in Tromsø

by Freiermuth Hanspeter, 770 meters away

MS Nordnorge in Tromsø

G: Tromsø Harbour

by Freiermuth Hanspeter, 810 meters away

Tromsø Harbour

H: Tromsø Port

by Freiermuth Hanspeter, 840 meters away

Tromsø Port

I: Tromsø in the light

by Freiermuth Hanspeter, 890 meters away

Tromsø in the light

J: Tromsø

by Freiermuth Hanspeter, 910 meters away

Tromsø

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