A short visit to Norway and the Arctic Ocean

One day, we visited Norway and the Arctic Ocean. Our objective was to see fjords and beautiful scenery. We were not lucky with the weather that day-it was really cloudy and even rained a little bit.

We took the road from Inari to Nordkapp. We crossed the border near Karasjok. There is actually a border marked and even some customs officials stood there. Although Finland is a European Union member and Norway is not, no actual passport control took place for us.

After the border, the views changed—the landscape was hillier, but the reindeer looked similar. 

We visited Tourist Info in Lakselv to get directions and to find out what to see. The area where we were is as far north as the northern coast of Alaska and most of Siberia, and north of most of the settlements on Greenland. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, the area is a green oasis in spite of its physical location at 70°N.

The fjord we saw — Porsangerfjord — was not as impressive as we had seen during our previous trip to Norway. Porsanerfjord is the country’s fourth longest, runs out of the North Cape, and has the world’s northernmost skerries, with unique bird life and exciting flora.

We visited Trollholmsund, on the coast of the Arctic Ocean. The name is given because of the beautiful white dolomite deposits that look like trolls. According to a Sami legend, the white dolomite columns are trolls that were turned to stone because they could not find shelter from the sunrise.

We also had a picnic on the coast of the Arctic Ocean. The weather was pretty cold, with an approximate 10-degree drop and a cold wind. But the hot tea and sandwiches tasted good. We also tried the temperature of the Arctic Ocean with our hands; it was cold. But it was crystal clear.

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