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Kvæn­an­gen: Orcas & Skje­r­vøy

Kvæn­an­gen has given us ple­nty of beau­ty the last cou­p­le of days. But we had not yet seen much of the famous orcas, other than a very brief and distant sigh­t­ing two days ago. May­be today? This would be our third and last attempt. It is not that ever­ything comes easi­ly and for free in the the far north. Well, the two pre­vious wha­le­watching excur­si­ons had been beau­ti­ful – with hump­back and fin wha­les – but we were still hoping for orcas.

And we did see them today. What an incredi­ble morning!

Later we went and had a look at Skje­r­vøy, the metro­po­lis of the Kvæn­an­gen area. The first har­bour whe­re the Fram came back to civi­li­sa­ti­on in 1896 after her famous drift across the Arc­tic Oce­an. Good to stretch legs a bit!

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

Kvæn­an­gen: Skor­pa and Jøkel­fjord

The wind had blown us away from several litt­le piers during the last cou­p­le of days. Many of the­se litt­le piers are doubt­ful at best, and may even hap­pen that you approach one just to find out that it doesn’t exist any­mo­re … but today, we final­ly mana­ged to go along­side at Skor­pa. A beau­ti­ful litt­le island, with fan­tastic sce­ne­ry – the hig­her per­spec­ti­ves requi­re some inte­res­ting hiking, though – and silent wit­nes­ses of island life of the past, which does not exist any­mo­re.

The most impres­si­ve bit of sce­ne­ry in the who­le Kvæn­an­gen area, howe­ver, may well be Jøkel­fjord with its moun­tains that tower a good 1000 metres abo­ve the water and a gla­cier that is han­ging down over the hig­hest cliffs at the head of the fjord.

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

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