World Architecture Festival 2016
Chasing the Northern Lights
As a reward for their excellent work in Q4, a selection of the Adrem team travelled to Tromsø to chase the aurora borealis.
Each quarter Adrem rewards its top performing staff, from our specialist consultants to back-of-house support, with a range of incentives. In February this year a handful of our employees – myself included – were gifted the privilege of travelling to Tromsø in hope of witnessing the Northern Lights.
Having flown to Tromsø – a famed viewing point in the north of the country – we found ourselves surrounded by centuries-old wooden houses and snow covered mountains. Consequently, we were immediately struck by the transition from the relentless metropolitan architecture and landscape of London to the picturesque vistas of sparsely populated town.
Our first full day in the city found us indulging our new-found interests in Nordic culture. The city’s museums offered us an insight into the influence of traditional local culture on contemporary art and in particular, its profoundly popular influence on both video and installation art.
Having argued the merits of the works we witnessed, we commenced our journey deep into the mountains of the surrounding areas in hope of seeing the northern lights. Led by our two kind and welcoming guides, we found ourselves enveloped by shimmering white fjords, moonlit frozen lakes and miles of pure, crystalline snow.
The group of us waited patiently for the better part of the evening, at around midnight we bore witness to an aurora performing across the sky. What had begun as a subtle greyish cloud suddenly morphed into a shimmering green of incomprehensible depth moving through the night air: a sight which none of us are likely to forget any time soon.
Returning to Tromsø late at night/early the next morning, we spent the following day sampling the local cuisine, being pulled along by huskies through the surrounding mountains and making friends in the cosily heated bars of the city.
The trip provided us with a chance to explore a culture and environment none of us had hitherto experienced, whilst also affording us the opportunity to bond with each other as colleagues and friends. Many thanks to Adrem for an unforgettable trip!
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