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Hydroelectric power in Rjukan

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sun, 08/07/2022 - 19:49

In Rjukan, everything revolves around electricity, just as we like it :-) The Vemork hydroelectric power station, built in 1911, was the largest in the world at the time and right in town you can see the Såheim hydroelectric power station today.

The Gaustabanen take you up the 1,900 meter high Gaustatoppen. We are lucky, the railways and access have just started seasonal operation and our summit ascent leads first over serpentines to 1170 m, then with railway 1 horizontally 850 meters into the mountain and from there with a funicular at 39° 1050 m wide and 850 meters high.

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Mountain plateau Valdresflye

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sat, 08/06/2022 - 19:20

The wonderful scenic route across the Valdresflye plateau is one of the 18 Norwegian Tourist Routes, which are maintained by the Norwegian State Roads Administration especially for tourism because of their picturesque landscape. There are parking and rest areas along the route and there are also vantage points at particularly impressive points.

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Narvik

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Fri, 08/05/2022 - 13:43

Small roads lead from the Lyngenfjord to Narvik, the Norwegian port city between mountains and fjords. The Lyngenfjord bids us farewell with grandiose cloud formations and the mood lighting conjures up an unusually menacing atmosphere over the Lyngen Alps.

In Narvik we moved into the Scandic Hotel - a good choice, because we got a room on an upper floor as requested and looked forward to the panoramic view of the harbor facilities we had been hoping for.

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The Northern Cape in Norway

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Thu, 08/04/2022 - 13:28

To photograph around the Northern Cape, the season of mid-May 2022 was ideal. Although weather reports had just recently been reported of meter-high snowfall, but on our approach the last kilometers were cleared and we could easily reach the top of the North Cape without snow chains. There were still no car traffic jam of mobile homes, which occasionally flooded the driveway and parking lots during the season, and we could almost photograph and enjoy the monuments and magnificent views.

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Leviathan in Ultima Thule

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Wed, 08/03/2022 - 16:54
If you reach the end of the European route E 75 in Vardø on the polar sea coast, you have arrived at the easternmost point of Norway. The city is located on the small island of Vardøya in the Barents Sea and is connected to the mainland by a tunnel. If you start your tripp in Vadsø, the E75 first leads you through small fishing villages such as Kallijoki and Kiberg, which attract attention from afar with their beautiful colorful houses.
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Midnight sun

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sun, 07/31/2022 - 16:18

On the western side of the Lyngen Alps there is a bay called Sør-Lenangen in front of the village of the same name. On the headland opposite is the village of Lenangsøyra, which is also part of Lyngen Municipality in Troms. If you walk north along the headland along the coast, you will reach a spectacular coastal landscape with craggy rocks and individual rock figures that appear so artistically carved by wind and weather that the locals have even given them names at their tip (Nesodden).

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The Lyngen Alps

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Wed, 07/27/2022 - 17:48

When we arrived from Alta, the Lyngen Alps offered us a wonderful panorama with the best light conditions. We had again rented his accommodation "Aurora Dreams" from Frank, where we had already spent Christmas and New Year 2021/2022. At the turn of the year we found ideal conditions to photograph the polar and northern lights. Now we were hoping to photograph the midnight sun over the Ullsfjord.

 

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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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From North Cape to Alta

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Fri, 07/22/2022 - 14:38

The E69, which joins the E6 to Alta, is a dream road with spectacular views. At the end of May the roads are clear but the snow-capped hills and mountains give a wintry impression.

Occasionally reindeer appear who have already scraped small patches of grass under the snow to graze. It goes a long way along the Porsangerfjord. Small islands with few houses suddenly appear behind the curves and tunnels of the country road.

You can often go 80 km/h here and we make good progress until the road gets busier when we arrive in Alta and we are happy about the many cyclists.

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