From Sweden to Norway

Day three (part II)

After leaving the reindeers behind I continued to the Norwegian border. But first I made a picture of the strange looking railway station in Vassijaure, the last photo from Sweden for some time. Soon I reached the village Riksgränsen and right after it the Swedish-Norwegian border. I took the first parking opportunity and made the first photo in Norway of my tour.

Just some miles (a Scandinavian mile is 10 km) later I could see the first fjord. And shortly after this another typical Norwegian happened to me: A construction site with a “follow me” car because due to work in the tunnel the road was only one-way.

I continued on the E10 to Bjerkvik. Shortly before Bogen i Ofoten I took a side road and took a picture of the beautiful sunset colours above the snowy mountains. Soon I reached Bogen and made two other pics:

… and another image in Kongsvika in the dusk:

The whole trip was amazing, mostly because of the varying landscape. Sometimes the road follows the coast line of a fjord, sometimes it crosses the fjell – the mountains. Once temperature dropped from 0 °C to -15 °C within two minutes just because I left the coast and entered the fjell.

I changed plans and made an additional stop in Lødingen where I am right now. When I arrived it was already too dark to take pictures, but I had a nice two-hour evening walk. First I followed the coast line (including wading, almost slipping on the ice and a bit of simple climbing) and then followed a forest path back to civilisation. It was great just walking through the lonely nature after having been sitting in the car for three days!

Tomorrow morning I’ll head to Stokmarknes and take a (late) breakfast with my friends. I’ll stay there for some days and I’m really looking forward to be outdoors instead of sitting in the car.

6 comments to “From Sweden to Norway”

  1. Ma HB 2015-01-18 11:22

    Dear Olaf,
    what a wonderful landscape, it breathes much calm. And super Photos.
    Have fine days with your friends.
    Yours Ma HB

  2. Annika 2015-01-18 11:35

    I love the second picture—but they are all beautiful!

  3. Sylvia 2015-01-18 17:00

    Du hast die blaue Stunde erwischt, das sind immer besondere Fotos, besonders das letzte hat es mir angetan – einfach magic.

  4. way-up-north 2015-01-19 22:10

    Ma HB Yes it’s wonderful to drive through the Norwegian landscape. It’s a pity that my car cannot drive by itself. I always have to watch the road.

    Annika I dislike the clouds in the background on image two but I couldn’t change it.

    Sylvia Das ist auch schön und weil die Sonnenbahn so flach ist, hat man von der blauen Stunde recht lange was.

  5. Pia 2015-01-25 15:18

    “The sound of silence” – that’s what I have to think of when I see your pictures and read about your evening walk. Great!

  6. way-up-north 2015-01-27 22:40

    That’s a nice metaphor, Pia.

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