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Arctic spring

Heading towards the Arctic

Story by Open Landscape by Cecilia Utas May 23rd, 2017

Hitting the fjords are spectacular - the landscape dramatically changed from inland. I am going west, heading straight towards the sea - and end up at Aglen on Otteröya.

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The first barbeque is lit and the sunset over the Norwegian Sea is accompanying me at bedtime.

Namsenfjorden, Namsos, Norway
Kalvöya, Namsos , Norway
Sunset at Aglen, Otteröya. Norway
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In all its grandeur, I am looking inside to find what I want and struggle to express. A moment of meditation on the hills helps me to express the beauty of the common in the grand nature - often overlooked. Meditation helps open the senses and mind to see without judgment or categorize the experiences.

Triptych celebrating spring
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The splendid view of Heilhornet on mainland from Leka keeps amazing me and I sought it up close, but still too much snow - so I decided to come back to climb it in summer time.

The island of Leka is a paradise if you enjoy nature, outdoor recreation and adventures. It is Norway’s geological national monument and it has a particular flora and has been inhabited for at least 10,000 years.

I met some of the inhabitants, the sheep looking - yes - sheepish, and the sea-eagle showing off in the sky.

Heilhornet from Leka Island, Norway
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He was circling me again and again, and I started feeling like prey. The story has it that three-year-old Svanhild was taken by an eagle and flown up in the nearby mountains. She was found almost 2 km from where she disappeared. This was in 1932 and she died recently, 81 years old.

Sea eagle at Leka Island, Norway
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I left one paradise to arrive at another, maybe more inhabited but with a splendind view from Torghatten. I walked, climbed and sometimes what felt more like crawling to get to the top one evening - but the 360 degree view was worth it.

Torghatten, Brönnöysund, Norway
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Many miles and boats later along Helgelandskysten, I arrived at Hellåga and settle for the night after a trek up the mountain, suddenly midst a storm. Mountains are never as attractive as when storm is coming in.

Hellåga, Helgelandskysten, Norway
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Storm approaching, Helgelandskysten, Norway
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The storm blows over and I continue to yet another amazing site with night camp at the sea side. I take the kayak and paddle over the Arctic Circle.

I feel at home.

Staulvika, Tonnes, Helgelandskysten, Norway
Midnight, Staulvika, Tonnes, Helgelandskysten, Norway
Kayak finally off the roof