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Kvænangen

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  • Day375

    Glacier walk + video

    July 6, 2017 in Norway

    Will had invested a bit of time scouring Maps.Me and had found a glacier that wasn't far out of our way. Neither of us had ever seen a glacier before and were excited at the prospect. We drove towards it and when we saw the exposed face, poised high up on the mountain, there was no confusing it with an ordinary covering of snow, its hard ice darker and more angular, like the rocks that surrounded it.

    We drove to the end of a single track road arriving at a small parking area with a compost loo and a few large, colourful wooden houses. From here there was the option of a boat trip to the foot of the glacier or an 8km walk along the side of the fjord. Liking to travel under our own steam when we can, we opted for the later. The going was tough right from the start, with rocks and roots poking up out of the grassy track through the woods. We crossed many streams and a few rivers, a couple with unstable wood and metal bridges layed between the two banks, but most via natural stepping stones or a single wooden plank. Our adrenaline was running high with the prospect of actually being able to reach the foot of the glacier, where the snow reached down to the water. As we carried on the track became rougher and less defined, to the extent that we found ourselves hopping between boulders on the ragged shore, without any path.

    As we slowly inched closer and closer to the compacted ice, more details revealed themselves. We could see the running water emerging from the glacier bed, cascading over the slick dark cliff face and plunging underneath the snow drift at the base, before spurting out into the fjord. We could hear the roaring of many waterfalls and fast flowing rivers but as we progressed towards the head of the fjord, the noise they made faded out and we were able to focus more on the incessant pounding of the glacial meltwater. Very occasionally a short thunderous rumble filled the valley a noise we are pretty sure was made by the glacier creaking forwards. From a distance the mass of ice had a dull blue hue amidst the grey shadows but drawing nearer, the blue intensified to the point where it was almost a neon blue in the right light. A distinctive looking triangular archway drew our attention, its angles enhancing the colours.

    After some time we arrived at an open grassed area where we saw two reindeer cows with their calves, one of which was suckling! There was a picnic bench and signpost with a little green postbox on it. Inside was a visitors' book which we signed. Beyond this point, the path was marked by small cairns and the occasional weathered red plastic snow pole. It took us up the steep mountainside and became so narrow and difficult that we concluded it was used mainly by the reindeer. Altough the glacier seemed so close, a rigid inflatable boat had driven to the base of it and the people inside seemed very, very small. We couldn't see any sign of a track over the scree slopes between us and our destination and so as the mountainside we were traversing became precipitous and the gravel slippery, we decided we had come as far as we could. The increasing danger of continuing wasn't worth risking.

    The return journey seemed to take forever and being tired, we needed to stop and rest more frequently. At one of these pauses Vicky decided to scramble up the rocks to a river covered in snow that wound its way down the mountain. It too, was further away than anticipated but it was worth the hike to have reached a bit of snow.

    7 hours and nearly 10 miles after setting off, we celebrated at the sight of the van. We think the 8km on the information board had been as the crow flies and so were very glad we'd turned back when we had. We hadn't expected the route to be so rough and difficult and the going to be so slow. We were exhausted and sore but glad we'd tried. We felt we'd tasted a bit of Norwegian wilderness, not least in the mountain spring water we'd scooped up from the streams. We'd watched the details emerge on the glacier as we drew closer to it and heard its thunderous creak echoing off the walls of the fjord.

    We'd planned to move on after the walk but decided that eating and sleeping now came higher up our list of priorities, so we stayed put for the night alongside some French and a German van that had arrived.

    We took a few video clips along the walk, so if you'd like to see glimpses from our journey, go to VnW Travels' YouTube Channel here: https://youtu.be/wGoIth9qWUY
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  • Day7

    Es geht zum Nordkap

    June 21 in Norway

    Nachdem es gestern etwas später wurde, haben wir länger geschlafen und sind erst um 13:00 aufgebrochen. Unser Ziel für heute bzw. morgen früh ist Hammerfest. Hammerfest galt bisweilen als die nördlichste Stadt der Welt, zumindest bis Honningsvåg (circa 2000 Einwohner) 1998 den Status einer Stadt erhielt.

    Wir werden heute mehr als 800 km zurücklegen und haben dann nur noch ca. 200 km bis zum Nordkap.
    Die Fahrt durch den verregneten norwegischen Norden verbringen die meisten von uns schlafend. Bis jetzt haben sich heute Matze und Levi das Steuer geteilt.

    Nach einem späten Chili sin Carne geht es nun durch die Berge weiter nach Hammerfest. Ankunft am frühen Morgen.

    Die Landschaft, die wir durchquert haben, war wirklich beeindruckend und extrem abwechslungsreich. Schade das wir nicht mehr Zeit und ein gute Kamera dabei hatten.

    Gegen Ende haben wir auch die ersten Rentiere gesehen.
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  • Day10

    Hammerfest Stadt war unser erster Stopp heute, und zwar die Meridian Säule dort, ein UNESCO Weltkulturerbe.
    Dann ging es weiter auf der E6, meist entlang von Fjorden, mit beeindruckenden Bergen, welche zum Teil noch schneebedeckt sind.
    Eine kurze Pause und Wanderung führte uns in die Nähe eines Gletschers, welcher einen Ausläufer bis ins Wasser hat.
    Immer wieder waren wir von der Schönheit und Größe dieses Landes beeindruckt, vor allem heute ab Mittag von Sonnenschein begleitet.

    Einen Übernachtungsplatz fanden wir an einem Cache GC5855G mit rauschendem Wasserfall - Navitfossen, an dessen Fuß eine Sägemühle errichtet wurde.
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  • Day12

    Rast

    August 21 in Norway

    Wir kommen steckenmäßig zu unserem Ziel nach Tromso nicht voran. Nach jeder Kurve halten wir an, weil die Aussicht so überragend ist. Wir entschließen uns daher, das schöne Wetter zu genießen und ein vorzeitiges Abendbrot zu zubereiten und diese wunderschöne Aussicht zu genießen.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Kvænangen, Kvaenangen, KVN

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