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Norway in Snow

Winter in Norway can be bitter and harsh. Though it is not as cold as you might think. Thanks to the gulf stream which brings relatively warm water and wind from the Americas to Europe even the fjords at the polar circle do not freeze up. Although especially in this year 2020 there is a lot of snow, more than usual for this period of the year making travelling tough because of frequent road closures. On the other hand the snow provides for beautiful impressions fitting the imagination of the far north. In case you miss the light on the pictures; the reason being there is not much of it there in winter making also photography though – but rewarding.

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The North Cape

At the latitude of 71° 10′ 21″ in Norway there is an island called Magerøya, a seemingly barren land with no trees and harsh weather conditions. The most northern tip of the island consists of a heavy rock reaching into the Arctic sea widely known as North Cape, the most northern part of Europe. I had the chance to visit this place a couple of times before but I saw it as most of the visitors experience the North Cape: With heavy fog and strong winds and slim chances to see the midnight sun. In July 2019 though this changed for me and I was finally able to see our home star on a blanket slate of a clear blue sky in the middle of the night.

The phenomenon occurs during the white nights in summer when the sun is not setting down, around midnight it reaches it’s lowest point on the horizon but is still shining brightly. It looks almost like a sunset, just that the sun is never setting behind the horizon and is getting up again. In these special and somewhat spiritual nights there is no darkness and this barren land seems to be alive like no other place. You see all the birds feeding of the waters, which are still rich in fish and sea animals. And there are reindeer grassing everywhere on the island, eating their beloved reindeer veil, which grows everywhere on Magerøya and is like candy for these animals.

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