We were misled by the web site of apartments vikinghotell.no that says:
"All apartments have a separate and well equipped kitchen with stove, ceramic top, refrigerator/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, etc....All beds are 150 cm or 180 cm wide and there is a lot of space in our bedrooms."
We thought it is ok to take studio apartment since we were only one tiny couple and no need in huge apartments.
When we entered the dusty apartment we understood that it is far from the description: no freezer, no microwave, no dishwasher, no coffeemaker, the bed is 110 cm wide that is obviously not for two adults, and the apartment is not really an apartment, it is may be good to hold cleaner stuff or some sort of storage.
Somehow we felt cheated.
We stayed for 4 nights and paid 990 NOK per night plus 115 NOK per day for the nano parking place, overall 600 eur for 4 days.
(Later we found twice cheaper parking places but need to walk a bit.)
Now we understand why the roads are full of driving homes, by this one can save a lot of money.
There is no ventilation in the room so need to open the window that leads to the noisy street right under pedestrian pavement. The window is close to the garbage cans that are emptied in the morning by garbage collector car, plus noise comes from passing cars, walking and talking pedestrians.
There were several surprised in this apartment, Norway and Tromso as well.
On the day we arrived the neighbor apartment was taken by a group of drinking youngsters who just opened all the doors and put their music on full loudness while going outside for a smoke. After been driving for ten hours from Finland to Tromso it was too much for us. Thanks to the staff they helped to calm them down a bit after our complaint.
But the story continued at night when been completely drunk two guys put their bodies into our window (it is in basement) and started to talk with us when we were asleep and naked on the bed. Luckily they were no aggressive as one of the vikings mottoes suggests.
It seems Norway is full of surprises, one of them was when we were driving to Tromso through mountain wavy road and were overtaken by the guy who was speeding at least 150 km/h where the speed limit was 60 km/h or something.
May be it comes from viking times principles.
Tromso old city itself is very small and can be walked around in few minutes. There are a few restaurants, mainly pizzas and hamburgers. There is Thai restaurant nearby, we did not try it was closed (Monday).
The adventure trips in mountains offered by tourist office are really expensive and that is why we did not bother to buy anything from them but instead climbed on our own in some beautiful fjords, thanks we had a car.
The nature is really stunning and worse seeing, Arctic cathedral is also must visit place,
any other attraction there is overmarketed and expensive, except free botanic garden, open air and some art museums.
The seafood in the supermarkets is really fresh and much cheaper and more natural than in Finland. The meat is more expensive and mostly frozen. The pack of cigarettes cost 12 eur that means you must get healthy and green soon.
We were in July and the weather was really cold, windy and rainy, 10 C.
Next time need to take more warm clothes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Viking Hotel and Apartments offers accomodation for any guests in any situations. Single and double hotelrooms in traditional ways that includes a nice breakfast, though in a rather small breakfastarea. New and very popular apartments with 1-4 bedrooms, fully furnished and with kitchens ready to use as you wish (breakfast not included). Free internet access from both hotelrooms and apartments. Our serviceminded staff is always present in the lobby, offering our guests free coffee and tea :) ... more less
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