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Petroglyphen in Alta - 4000 B.C.

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sat, 07/23/2022 - 15:52

In the Hjemmeluft area on the southern shore of the Altafjord in northern Norway, just west of the town of Alta, Neolithic and Bronze Age petroglyphs were found in the autumn of 1972, ranging in age from 2000 to 6500 years.
Petroglyphs (from Greek πέτρος petros "stone" and γλύφειν glýphein "to carve") are representations worked into stone, which often show hunting and religious scenes from prehistoric times. Unlike rock art, a petroglyph is engraved, scraped, or pecked, and sunk into the ground.
 

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At the Sami in Karasjok

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Mon, 07/04/2022 - 15:13

Via the European Route 6 (E6) we drive along the border river between Finland and Norway, the Kárášjohka, to the main settlement areas of the Sami people in Norway. Ice floes are still drifting on the raging river and mountains of ice and snow are piling up meters high on its banks.

We stay overnight in the town of Karasjok, the seat of the Sami Parliament Sameting. Here the Kárášjohka flows leisurely through the small town before it becomes the sometimes raging border river in the narrower passages between Norway and Finland.

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Airship mast on Vadsøya

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Thu, 06/30/2022 - 12:55
The town of Vadsø is connected to the interesting island of Vadsøya by a bridge. At the right time of the year, this island is a popular destination for birdwatchers and as soon as you arrive you can see the Birders Basecamp. The island is an important wetland for wading birds and there are ancient and modern cultural monuments to explore.
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Ceavccageađge - 8.000 B.C.

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Mon, 06/27/2022 - 13:11

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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Gammelstad of Luleå

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Tue, 06/21/2022 - 18:41

Gammelstad (translated Old Town) is the former mainly religious center of the city of Luleå in northern Sweden. There are around 400 huts (kyrkstugor) around the impressive stone church, the construction of which began in the 13th century. When church services were held, people came from near and far, so that they could spend the night in these accommodations.

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Hundreds of statues and a town hall

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Mon, 06/20/2022 - 11:37

A tour of Leuven offers many surprises - small as well as big. Of course, the town hall on the Great Market is impressive and is one of the most beautiful late Gothic buildings in Europe. It is decorated with hundreds of figures depicting biblical scenes as well as scholars and important figures in Louvain's history. It was built from 1439 to 1468 and stands directly opposite the St. Peter's Church.

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Öland

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Wed, 05/04/2022 - 20:35
Öland is the second largest Swedish island and is located in the Baltic Sea. Two lighthouses mark the ends of Öland - Långe Erik on the north and Långe Jan on the southern tip of the island.
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The Externsteine

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Thu, 04/28/2022 - 20:48
Located in the north-east of North Rhine-Westphalia, in the southern part of the Lippe district, the Externsteine ​​have enchanted the people living here and also visitors for thousands of years and serve as the basis for many myths, fairy tales and sagas.
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