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Lofoten in Clouds Pt. I

The Lofoten islands are situated far north at the arctic circle in Norway. Actually the name of the archipelago means foot of a lynx in norse and derives from the fractured geography of the islands, which looks somewhat like the limb of an animal. Historically the islands were known for cod fishing. Additionally to local fishermen thousands of men from the main land used to come to these islands in winter for a good catch. They lived in typical red fishermen houses close to the rough sea. (Continuation in part II)

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A Walk in Svolvaer

In a global view Svolvaer may be just a little town, but in regards to the Lofoten islands in Northern Norway Svolvaer with its 5.000 inhabitants is truly a metropolis. The people of the region come here for shopping and for administrative duties. Moreover it is a cute town with nice parks and many colourful houses. Some impressions from a walk in July 2019.

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Waters of Norway

Norway is a country of immense wealth. Of course this is true concerning national income, but also and more importantly in regards to national resources. The most important one is simply .. water. The norse people lived for eons from the water, they were fisherman and used water to sail to foreign countries (sure also rob and make war here and there) and come back to the fjords safely. Today water energy is the main source of power in Norway and there is capacity for many more renewable power plants. The reason for this wealth in water lies in the geography of the country. During the last ice age the country was covered by ice with kilometres in thickness. 10.000 years ago the ice melted down in the ancient valleys beneath. The water began to fill these valleys and stream into the sea, such creating the fjords. Due to the tides being especially strong in these fjords there is immense energy in these bodies of water up until today.

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Travelling North

When travelling north to Scandinavia you begin to gather an understanding for the vastness of our planet and how many places there are still without any human population. Nature can roam freely here. Though at the same time the human made infrastructure, being roads, tunnels or even high speed internet, is superb and links even the most far away places to the population centres to the south. The beautiful bridges seem to integrate perfectly in to the nature, but make no mistake nature itself is the undisputed star here.

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