Arctic Pilot 2019

- The Second Coming


The northernmost leather event 

in the world

Tromsø, Norway November 13-17


Come north and play under the Northern Lights! 
This event is a side program to Tromsø Arctic Pride, 
and open to all gay leather or fetish men. 

Tromsø

Our playground is found 400 km inside the Arctic Circle, easily reached by air from several European hubs. The city of Tromsø is friendly, frosty and fun, with some breathtaking natural surroundings that include the Northern Lights. More info about Tromsø on the very bottom of this page.

Arctic Awareness

Our goal is to show off the leather lifestyle and increase visibility for all fetishes. The main stage for this is the Arctic Pride Parade on Nov 16, but we'll also be very visible elsewhere. 

Bring it home

I would like to share the best of my hometown with you, including the attitudes and politics concerning sexual diversity. The Town Hall and the Cathedral are ready to welcome us to show how things are done up here - and perhaps inspire desision-makers abroad.

Invitation

Distinguished fellow leathermen, dear friends and brothers!

Welcome to my hometown Tromsø in Norway for the second Arctic Pilot event! 

Inspired by the many prides and fetish events I have been lucky enough to attend, I want to give something back to the community, and bring the leather world inside the Arctic Circle.

Here in the far north of Norway, we celebrate the Tromsø Arctic Pride every November. Arguably the coldest and darkest pride in the World, it nevertheless gathered 6,000 people marching in the parade last year. Among them were 20 leathermen from 10 different countries that I had invited for the very first Arctic Pilot. We made a very visible and celebrated group in the parade.

This year, I should like to see even more leather men in the parade on Saturday, November 16th. I invite you to come to Tromsø for «Arctic Pilot 2019: The second Coming»

Under "Events" you find the full schedule, including a pub crawl with polar bears, a fetish dinner, museum exhibitions and city sightseeing, husky cuddling and Northern Lights watching, as well as the Arctic Pride parade and parties.
 

You can join at your own will, paying for yourself as we go along. This is a easy-going event, so no advance reservation or payment is necessary to attend. I am simply inviting you as my friends to come and enjoy the Arctic Pride week with me. Notice, however, that some parts of the program might have a limited number of seats/participants.


Tromsø is a booming tourist destination, and as the hotels are filling up very quickly in the Northern Lights season, I recommend you to book accommodation as soon as possible. 

I really hope to see all of you in Tromsø in November. It will most likely be frosty, possibly snowy, but you can look forward to a parade where you actually won’t be too hot or sweaty in your leathers! 

 With the best leather regards from 
 Your fetish brother and Mr. Leather Norway

 Per Helge



Events

From museum tours to fetish partying, from husky cuddling to a Rainbow Mass, from the Arctic Pride parade to a salty sauna cruise  - the 2nd Arctic Pilot is going to be very, very diverse! 

Mr. Leather Norway 2019

My name is Per Helge Nylund, and I am the current Norwegian title holder.  I am born and raised in Tromsø, and a professional museum communicator.
 
Now I am single-handedly organizing this event to celebrate our wonderful leather brotherhood and share my hometown with you. I'll be your host throughout the Arctic Pilot, making sure we all get an enjoyable time. 

Where on Earth is Tromsø?

The good news is that it is actually on Earth, but far north of just about everything else. This map gives you an impression. And for those who are used to travelling in Europe, it might be good to know that the distance from, say, Copenhagen to Tromsø, is the same as from Copenhagen to Barcelona.

To get to Tromsø, air travel is the preferred and only time-efficient way. The Tromsø airport code is TOS. Our airport is located very close to the city centre, just 10 minutes by bus or taxi.
 
If you have the time and want to enjoy the journey, though, a train service from Stockholm takes you to Tromsø in 24 hours (the last four by coach, as the railway line ends in Narvik). Another much praised journey is on the Hurtigruten ships, starting from Bergen three days before reaching Tromsø.

By air, Tromsø has non-stop flight connections from London Gatwick, Brussels, Zürich, Frankfurt, Munich, Copenhagen, Gdansk, Helsinki and Stockholm, plus of course plenty of flights every day from the Norwegian capital Oslo and other Norwegian cities.

Accomodation

Here’s a little map of downtown Tromsø with some, but not all hotels marked out. From luxury at The Edge to backpacker style at Enter Backback, check them out and see what’s right for you. All hotels are within walking distance of each other and the Arctic Pilot venues. Tromsø is not a big city, so you'll never be far off from where things are happening.

The Smarthotel in Vestregata street seems to be favoured by most of those who have already booked, but also the Comfort hotel Express in Grønnegata street and The Edge at the harbour front will see some leather men in November.

It is worth noticing that Hotel The Edge is the prime sponsor partner for Tromsø Arctic pride, and that the main Pride party will take place there. 

Links to some hotel webpages:
 https://smarthotel.no/en/tromso
https://www.nordicchoicehotels.com/…/comfort-hotel-xpress-…/
https://www.nordicchoicehotels.com/…/clarion-hotel-the-edge/
https://www.nordicchoicehotels.com/…/tr…/quality-hotel-saga/
https://entertromso.no/hotels/backpack/

 
And the official Tromsø tourist office hotel/accomodation page:
 https://www.visittromso.no/en/book/accommodation

Freeze your nipples off?

What is Tromsø like in November?

Very cold? Very dark?

Well, it is more dark than cold. The temperature varies typically from +3 to -5C (25 to 35F), and if there’s a bit if wind, it feels colder. So your beard will not be full of frost as soon as you step oudoors, but putting several layers of clothing under your leather jacket is smart. And longjohns, guys, longjohns!

Darkness is settling on Tromsø in November, but there are a few hours of (potential) sunshine left still during the Arctic Pilot. Do not expect the sun to warm you up, though.

 
Snow? Perhaps! The first snow might have arrived, or even melted away again. It could be raining or snowing, or clear and sunny. The last three years has seen clear, frosty weather on the parade day, but it is wise to be prepared for snow any day at this time of year. Make sure your boots have good, gripping soles.