Tour in Norway: Northern Cape, Lofoten Islands and Finnmark

Lofoten Islands

Lofoten Islands

Many who visit the Norway do so with a clear intent: to reach the legendary North Cape, the northernmost tip of the continent facing the Arctic Ocean. To reach the North Pole there are still 2,000 km, but in this sea area, the only land outcrops are the Norwegian islands of Lofoten and Svalbard.

North Cape, in itself, might seem a disappointment, because there is not much to see: a plate blackish granite promontory that plunges headlong into the sea from a height of 307 m, and turistizzato barren, but capable of offering the incomparable scenery of the northern lights in winter, when darkness dominates for weeks, and the midnight sun in summer, with an overall brightness higher than that of the equator.

And primates are not discussed, because they have an intrinsic appeal. Perhaps the most attractive from an aesthetic point of view may be the region behind the promontory, Finnmark, the far north of Norway to the border with Finland and Russia and at the same latitude as Alaska, tundra formed by rolling hills and green meadows dotted flowers, willow and birch trees, grazing herds of reindeer. We are in the land of the Lapps, nomadic and colorful blouses animists from the characteristic headgear, which thousands live by hunting and fishing to bears, seals and walruses, the trade in hides and breeding reindeer, living in conical skin tents and moving in winter with skis and sled reindeer. The coasts, rocky, rugged and dotted with islands and fjords, jokes in the past by Viking ships, offering every type of fish in abundance, as well as the rivers of the interior are among the richest in the world of salmon.

L ‘of the Lofoten archipelago, six major islands – five times larger than the Elbe, – connected together by a series of bridges and hundreds of uninhabited islands constitute one of the last land before the polar ice. Despite the latitude of the Arctic, the climate is moderately tempered by the influence of the warm Gulf Stream, so as to allow permanent settlement since prehistoric times. The islands are mountainous, covered by sparse pine and birch with over a thousand meters peaks perpetually capped with snow, while the very jagged coastlines – interrupted by fjords and precipitous cliffs inhabited by large numbers of sea birds, seem to emerge from the sea. The waters, agitated by the maelstron dangerous eddies at each change of tide made famous by many nineteenth-century novels, are always rich in fish, especially herring and cod, which form the basis of their economy.

The fishing season from January to April, attracts crews from all over the country and even from outside, but the loot is guaranteed for all, instead of processing the catch engages the people for the rest of the year. The prominent feature of the landscape, in addition to the fisherman’s villages with wooden churches and houses in bright colors, is made from the racks where salted fish are hung to dry. It should be noted that Italy is one of the biggest importers of Norwegian cod.

A possible route in northern Norway by the High , the coastal town of Finnmark far beyond the Arctic Circle, famous for a series of rock carvings dating back between 2,500 and 6,000 years ago depicting men, animals, weapons, tools and scenes of daily life prehistoric, protected by UNESCO. From here you can easily reach the North Cape, in the twilight of the midnight sun. Tromso , a port city and university by the intense night life, was the starting point for all polar expeditions, those of Nobile and Amundsen to that of the Duke the Abruzzi and do not miss the Polar Museum, zoo, botanical garden and a church in the modern glass and concrete. By Coach (thanks to a series of tunnels and bridges) and boat we set off the pot and then Vesteralen archipelago of Lofote , in the Arctic Ocean, the islands of stockfish, to reach its quaint fishing villages.

Originally posted 2012-07-03 13:12:04.

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