Tromso fans' guide to 'Paris of the North'
Tue 26 November 2013, 16:25|Tottenham Hotspur
We travel to Tromso, Norway, for the first time in the Europa League on Thursday.
Ahead of our initial meeting at the Lane in September, the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust (THST) spoke to Alf Edvard Masternes, Chairman of the Tromso Supporters Club Isberget, about what our fans can expect when they travel to the 'Paris of the North'.
Here's what Alf had to say...
THST - Will the Spurs fans get a warm welcome when they come to Tromso?
Alf: "We’ve always had an important tradition here in Tromso to always give the visiting supporters a warm welcome to town. We would like to continue with this, as we have a very good supporter culture in Tromso, maybe a little better than other places in Norway, Scandinavia and Europe.
"The pubs and other supporter locations will stay open as long as everyone behaves, though I don’t think this will be a problem as we’re all going to be there to just get along and have a good time!"
- What kind of atmosphere will there be in the stadium?
"Our arena, Alfheim Stadion, is much smaller than your regular stadiums, only housing about 6000 supporters for the European League.
"A lot of Tottenham’s supporters from northern Norway, along with the the rest of the country and Scandinavia, will be present to support their team. We also have a lot of supporters spread out around Europe who will travel to Tromso and support TIL. I have no doubt that this will be an absolutely wonderful experience, with chances of seeing the Northern Lights if we’re lucky!"
- What kind of town is Tromso? What can travelling supporters do while they are there?
"Tromso is what we lovingly call the Paris of the North, or Nordens Paris, if you will. Tromso is a university city, with around 10,000 students coming to town every year. There are about 120-130 nationalities in the city, so we’re all used to sharing our beloved city with people from other countries.
"Tromso is actually primarily an old hunting and fishing town, but now we also house one of the main hospitals in Northern Norway and there are a lot of jobs within the service business.
"Tottenham supporters will be able to experience stunning nature and wildlife, visit the Arctic museum, go to the local pubs or simply just relax and enjoy life up north. As mentioned, hopefully they’ll also get to experience a truly magical show by the Northern Lights!
"When Tromso meet Tottenham, we’ll be in the darkest quarter of the year in northern Norway, and maybe just that will be a completely different and interesting experience for the Brits!"
Isberget are the main Tromso IL supporters group, and can be found at isberget.no.