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Nord­aus­t­land – 10th-12th August 2016

10th-12th August 2016 – Exci­ting days on the north coast of Nord­aus­t­land. To the south, the­re are the lar­ge ice caps, and to the north, the Arc­tic Oce­an. Bet­ween them, a nar­row stri­pe of bar­ren, ice-free land. It has ple­nty of rocks and lichens. Anything else is rare or absent.

And yet, the­re is so much. Impres­si­ons that are hard to squee­ze into words. Land­s­capes that have a lot of NOT­HING. I don’t mean the absence of anything that could catch the eye or mind. Qui­te the oppo­si­te: the­re is a lot of some­thing that might be descri­bed as NOT­HING. May­be empty­ness is ano­t­her term that makes the point. Any attempt to descri­be this would soon get bog­ged down in a long list of stones and rocks, shore­li­nes and gla­ciers, bays and fjords. Every flower, no mat­ter how small, beco­mes an attrac­tion, any chan­ge of rock cat­ches our atten­ti­on. It pro­bab­ly doesn’t sound very exci­ting unless you have expe­ri­en­ced the gre­at NOT­HING yourself. Many could pro­bab­ly stand in this land­s­cape and wouldn’t expe­ri­ence the gre­at NOT­HING, but just see – not­hing.

Gal­le­ry – Nord­aus­t­land – 10th-12th August 2016

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.

We hap­pen­ed to visit the Hau­de­gen sta­ti­on, the last out­post of Ger­man sol­di­ers during the second world war. A mili­ta­ry wea­ther sta­ti­on that was not relie­ved befo­re Sep­tem­ber 1945, when a ship came from Nor­way. Ano­t­her place we visi­ted was inner Bren­ne­v­insfjord, whe­re the Glen expe­di­ti­on from Oxford had a base for their rese­arch on the ice cap Ves­t­fon­na in 1935-36. The edge of the ice cap is just a few minu­tes wal­king away from the shore and it is easi­ly acces­si­ble.

Now we are on our way into Hin­lo­pen Strait.

By the way, my new book is in print and it can now be orde­red 🙂 it is a pho­to book with the tit­le “Nor­we­gens ark­ti­scher Nor­den (3): Die Bären­in­sel und Jan May­en”, with Ger­man text Click here for fur­ther details!



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