One of the highest concentrations of archaeological sites in the Nordic countries is at Ceavccageađge (Mortensnes in Norwegian) in Varanger. Ten thousand years as a meeting place for hunters, fishermen and traders have left traces of settlements in the landscape, some monumental but many often small and easily overlooked. A cairn is not always just a cairn.
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Vadsø is located on the edge of the Arctic Ocean on the Barents Sea (Norwegian: Barentshavet), which was named after the Dutch navigator Willem Barents. Vadsø is a gateway to Varangerhalvøya National Park, whose wild expanses are unparalleled. We took accommodation right on the sea access in Annijoki at the Varangerfjord close to Vadsø and were the only guests in the house at this time of year (May). The Barents adventure began as soon as we checked into the locked house, because there was no staff and the situation was only clarified when we called the owner.
Finland is known for its many lakes - and the extraordinary nature of this landscape becomes particularly apparent when you drive a longer distance north through this wild lake landscape. On the way to the Norwegian border, we passed a wide variety of bodies of water almost constantly: torrents and small streams that slowly fought their way through the wintry ice. And of course small lakes, large lakes, ice-covered lakes, waterfalls and and and.
This diverse landscape leaves wonderful lasting memories.
Lake Norvajärvi is located in the Arctic Circle in Finland. We had rented a cabin here which was out of the way so upon arrival we were greeted straight away by reindeer and a man on a dog sled.
The lake offers spectacular views in the changing light conditions of May. And on the still frozen lake you can see skiers and ice fishermen.
During an endurance run I met one of these fishermen on the lake, who told me interesting things about the area in broken English.
The lake is close to Rovaniemi and its famous Christmas Village in the Arctic Circle.