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[RD] Hiking through Norway

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by warpus, May 21, 2018.

  1. Cutlass

    Cutlass The Man Who Wasn't There.

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    If it has bow thrusters it can spit out force that could do that. Or steerable props. I've been on car ferries that could make that churn in the water. And they were several times the size of that boat warpus was on.
     
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  2. Silurian

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    Possible but but it looks like it is parallel to the ship. Maybe @warpus will dream about it tonight and remember what it actually was.
     
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  3. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    Day 29 - Magic Ice

    I really wanted to visit the nearby Trollfjorden, but all the tours for the day were booked solid. I got added to a waiting list, but wasn't hopeful as the weather was not looking great and tours were getting cancelled one after the other..

    Instead I decided to visit "The World's first permanent ice gallery and magical adventure" aka Magic Ice.



    It's about -6C inside so you have to wear a special Magic Ice branded jacket. There are all sorts of interesting ice sculptures inside





     
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    Impressive photos!
     
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  5. Leifmk

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    Not all whales are equal though. Both orcas and porpoises are commonly seen all along the coast, and can often be in a playful mood near big ships.
     
  6. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    Day 29 - Magic Ice (continued)









    The entrance fee includes a local alcoholic beverage served in an ice glass.

     
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  7. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    Day 29 - Lofoten War Memorial Museum

    After Magic Ice it started raining.. Clearly my cruise wasn't going to happen..

    Instead I went to the Lofoten War Memorial Museum, which has all sorts of interesting artifacts from World War II.

    Such as a Norwegian Commando uniform:





    And some uniforms and caps from the baddies:



     
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  8. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    Day 29 - Lofoten War Memorial Museum (continued)

    The collection of medals at the museum is fascinating









    The following plaque might not be easy to read.. It's a model of the large German battleship that was sunk by a captain from Lofoten islands, Colonel Birger Eriksen. He went against orders and sunk it with one shot.

     
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  9. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    Day 29 - Lofoten War Memorial Museum (continued)







    After looking through my pictures of the day more closely I found a similarity between a map I saw at the museum and a mural on the side of a building I walked by later:



     
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  10. Silurian

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    @warpus

    The map in the museum is a fireplan for the defence of Svolvaer. The symbols show the locations and arcs of fire of units/ heavy weapons. I assume the length lines may be there effective range.

    The mural shows light house/buoy positions on the Lofoten Islands to the south east of Svolvaer . The different colours will indicate the colour shown by the light when pointing in that direction. So when sailing to Svolvaer you want to approach from the green light direction, if you come in from the red you will get rocks, or sand banks. I assume yellow means ok for shallow draft boats. The length of lines may indicate the distance the light can be seen from which would depend primarily on its height and then brightness.
     
  11. warpus

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    Fascinating on both accounts! Thanks for shedding some light on this.
     
  12. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    Day 29 - End of first full day on the Lofoten islands

    I spent about 45 minutes in the museum. It is not a very large place and not like a traditional museum at all, and more like a small storefront type space converted to what you saw in the pictures. It has so many interesting artifacts I wish I had done some reading on the place beforehand. Instead it was more of a drop-in, I was walking by this building and since I had nothing else to do I decided to step in without really knowing what I'd see inside.

    Turns out there were interesting things inside such as several of Hitler's paintings.. One was of Snow white and the seven dwarves, but unfortunately I did not take any pictures of these as at the time I did not know what they were.

    After exiting the museum I was greeted with a lack of rain and slightly friendlier looking skies.



    I checked in with my contact for the cruise I was on a waiting list for.. However, the very last cruise for the day, the one I had been hoping to get on, got cancelled. This was unfortunate but not unexpected, as looking at the skies you'd imagine that it could very well start raining again anytime.

    Before doing anything else I returned to my hotel room. Upon arrival I was greeted with a free bottle of champagne in my room, provided by hotel staff, who felt bad about me sleeping in the dark. I'm not a huge fan of champagne, but appreciated the gesture nevertheless, although I would have found that bottle of champagne a lot more useful the previous night.

    Throughout the day I had been searching for accommodations and trying to figure out the rest of my stay on the Lofoten islands. My hotel room in Svolvaer was booked for 1 more night, and after that the hotel was actually fully booked! So I could not stay there any longer. The initial plan was to leave this part of the trip wide open so I could have some flexibility..

    But I could not find any accommodation anywhere on any of the Lofoten islands where I wanted to stay.. Everything seemed to be booked solid! I spent some time searching and searching and eventually started calling around, as sometimes online records are not up to date and a room that's marked as booked online could very well be available. Most of the hotels and guest houses I called were indeed booked solid, and for a good chunk of the numbers nobody even picked up. I ended up calling this one place in Reine (that initially looked too fancy for the likes of me) several times, and the last time I called I managed to somehow strike gold. I said something like: "Are you sure?" Or "Can you double-check?", and after waiting on hold for a minute or two, I was greeted with a cheerful voice informing me that one converted fisherman's cabin is available for the dates I specified! With the caveat that I would have to switch cabins for my last night.

    I did not mind this at all and loved the location as it was very close to a trailhead for a hike I really wanted to do. However, the cost of the cabin was more than what I had budgeted for this part of the trip. In fact, it was a lot more than what I was initially prepared to pay.. However, since I spent so much time looking and was unable to find any other accommodation that would put me where I wanted to be... .. I sat on the phone for a couple seconds thinking about this.. and whether I should splurge on this deluxe accommodation for my last couple nights in the country.. "I'll take it!", I said.. "Why not!"..

    After all this I decided to go on a hike. There was one recommended hiking trail in the area that I had my eyes on. Looking at a map I thought it looked doable in terms of me being able to squeeze it in before it started getting dark. I managed to make it about 45 minutes into my walk when I realized that the trail I had picked was taking me high up into the clouds..

    I had a map with me but initially it seemed like those mountains were further in the distance.. Turns out I misjudged the distances and the trail would take me well beyond the first hill you see, and almost all the way to the top of the second one.



    The clouds did not move out of the way over time at all, and so eventually I decided to turn around.. It looked like it could start raining again anytime, and the visibility up above looked very poor. I decided it was a better idea to go find a pub or bar where I could watch the Chelsea soccer game, which just happened to be starting in a half an hour or so.

    I talked to a couple locals on my walk into town and tried to ask if they know if there's any pubs or bars that might be showing an English Premier League game.. I got some vague directions to a place that might be showing such a thing.. and.. indeed, they were! I sat down and watched the game, in which my team lost. I was sitting beside a guy who "really hates soccer". Although he was there to watch the game too. It was quite odd overall, but we had an interesting chat throughout the game.

    Afterwards I ate some pizza for dinner and made my way back to my hotel room, where I went to work on the champagne bottle. Outside there was a wedding celebration underway, which went on late into the night. "This is the worst hotel I have ever stayed at", I thought to myself, as I finished off the last remaining drops of the champagne and continued to swear under my breath at the party unfolding outside. Eventually I managed to fall asleep, ready for an early morning bus ride across the Lofoten islands
     
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  13. Leifmk

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    Heh, I guess the officer's homeplace justifies them having this in the museum, the actual sinking was in the Oslo fjord at the very beginning of the invasion... possibly served as a sufficient speed bump to allow the government, royal family & national gold reserves to get the hell out of Oslo in time.
     
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  14. Lillefix

    Lillefix I'm serious. You can.

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    What they really should have is a model of the Warspite which together with the some british destroyers sank 8 german destroyers in a fjord nearby.
     
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    It's possible that they do and I missed it. Although the artifacts they do have seems like a collection acquired over time via various means. I bet they are simply displaying all the worthwhile related artifacts they were able to get their hands on, no matter the connection. I got the feeling that this is a private collection and not anything you might see in a large national museum, although I did not double-check that and am just going by first impressions
     
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    Hi everyone, thanks for reading and checking in on this thread! Your continued interest, views, and engagement is why I continue posting these.

    Unfortunately this thread will have to be put on a brief hold, as I am flying to Vietnam in a couple days and staying there for just under a month. I will be unable to continue these posts during this time.

    There are only a couple days left of the Norway trip to post, but I do not want to try to rush through it and do a half-decent job presenting the material. I am not sure if I could finish it in time anyway, as my favourite hike from the whole trip is about to unfold, and instead of rushing through it and probably not even finishing it, I would prefer to do it proper justice and wrap it all up in April, when I'm back from my trip.

    What a great opportunity for you to re-live some of this trip by starting from the beginning and checking out some of the posts you might have missed ;) See you again in late March or early April!
     
  17. Silurian

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    Enjoy your trip.
     
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  18. Valka D'Ur

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    Thank you for this thread! As I mentioned early on, this is a way for me to see some of the areas where my distant family on my grandfather's side come from (and who knows - you may have met some distant relative of mine!), so it's been doubly enjoyable.

    :hug:
     
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  19. warpus

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    Day 30 - Bus to Reine

    I have a bit of a tradition to not document the last couple days of a trip in my journal. This signifies the trip entering a new phase... Usually I just sort of forget one day and then continue convincing myself that "there's only a couple days left" and "I will write it all out on the flight home". Then I never write anything down. It seems to happen every single trip.

    So at some point on Sunday August 9th I woke up and jumped on a bus to Reine, on one of the other Lofoten islands. It's a beautiful route, about 120km in length, taking you over 8 or so bridges.





    Fortunately by the time we arrived in Reine it was not raining anymore!



    For the next couple days one of these cabins was to be my home



    I really liked the views from my cabin



     
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  20. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    Bus ride to Reine Video



    The video version of the bus ride to Reine. Hastily put together using questionable footage
     
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