Svartisen Glacier: Sea eagles over black ice
A country that takes its time: Norway is just starting when you think it's over. And it only gets dark when all hikers are tired. Trekking at the Arctic Circle let you enjoy the northern lights.
Norway has a north-south extension of around 1,700 kilometers, which roughly corresponds to the route Oslo - Naples. The region around the Arctic Circle can only be reached by car after driving around 1,000 kilometers on the E6. In the middle of the northern part Captain Albert waits on his "Sibilla" in the Mjelfjord to take the hikers to the foot of the mighty Svartisen Glacier.
As if in a painting by Edvard Munch, the mountains jut out
into a gloomy North Sea sky, a pale sun is reflected in the ice-gray
water. A cute pack of seals slips into it, splashing. Three or four
huge sea eagles circle overhead.
The Svartisen, in English the Black Ice Glacier, is the second largest glacier in Norway with an area the size of the city of Wolverhampton or St. Petersburg. In some places its ice noses reach almost down to the water. In an hour you hike up from the bank, over scree and sparse grass.
The Svartisen Glacier can also be climbed from inland - north of Mo i Rana, a road leads to the Svartisvannet glacial lake, after a quick crossing and a short walk you stand on the edge of the ice mountains and experience how huge blocks of ice loosen, fall into the lake and Generate tidal waves.
Nature is everywhere here without the ironed friendliness of German deciduous forests. The wind is sharp, the sun pale on Saltstraumen, the largest and most powerful maelstrom in the world.
You can also see its elemental force by looking the narrow bridge that spans him like a high wire. Here, around 30
kilometers from the port town of Bodø, when the tide changes, 400
million cubic meters of water squeeze through a two-kilometer rock
cannula between the islands of Straumen and Straumøy.
Much too much for the 150-meter-narrow
sound, which is therefore the scene of breathtaking battles four
times a day. Green water swallows up roaring blue, whirlpools roar
like jet fighters, spray hisses and is sucked into the depths. A
fisherman stands motionless on the bank next door. "We have tons
of fabulous salmon here," nods Tare Steiro.
More from Norway:
The way to the Artic Circle
Come with me to Rosskreppfjorden
Follow me to the Latefossen Fall
Walk into the rain
See the hidden streetart of Stavanger
Follow me trekking the Lysefjord
Let me show you the Kjeragbolden
Come with me to Preikestolen
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