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Sun never sets

Above the Arctic Circle

Story by Open Landscape by Cecilia Utas June 4th, 2017

I continue up Kystriksveien in Norway.

Fykanvatnet offered gloomy weather but yet a picturesque view. It also offered 1,129 steps to heaven up Fykantrappan that I had to try out.

I didn't pass through the tunnel to Storglomvatnet as I was told ice and snow still hindered access with kayak to the glacier Svartisen and will only be accessible in July. Again I will have to return.

Fykanvattnet

Instead I took the first boat for the season over Holandsvika to Svartisen and its outlet Engabreen with my bike and my walking stick. As a frozen waterfall Svartisen extends over the rocks and leaves them grinded when slowly retracting.

Svartisen, Engbreen
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As I continue up north and reach midnight sun. I follow the sun touching the horizon.

From Mårtenstranda, I discern Lofoten between the islands of Innhavet.

Midnight at Mortenstranda, Steigen
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In Lofoten the landscapes are magnificent and varied. The mountains are rising straight from the sea with fjords and beaches intermingled.

Roads and trails make it possible to visit and experience the sites in different ways. Approaching Utakleiv beach from the trail along the sea from Haukland - accompanied with free-ranging sheep - make the experience vastly different than arriving by car.

Valberg, Lofoten
Haukland, Utakleiv, Lofoten

Another favorite of mine is mountain trekking. Ice is still slowly melting away on mountain lakes. While walking the mountains, I find solitude and peace.

Fjerddalsvatnet, Moskenesöya
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In south, the road ends at Å. Maybe even the world.

Å, Lofoten's finisterre
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Summer cautiously takes its hold, though, occasional snow or hail occurs in arctic summer. But today the sky is blue.

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