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HomeArctic blog: Jan Mayen, Spitsbergen → Skrol­s­vik & Har­stad

Skrol­s­vik & Har­stad

The litt­le har­bour of Skrol­s­vik on the sou­the­as­tern point of the love­ly island of Sen­ja lies some­what deser­ted bet­ween the sea, some small islands and moun­ta­ins with gre­at hiking rou­tes.

In cer­tain ear­lier times, the stra­te­gi­cal posi­ti­on attrac­ted „visi­tors“ with pro­no­un­ced­ly less peaceful inten­ti­ons. During the occu­pa­ti­on in the war years from 1940, the Ger­man Wehr­macht built a coas­tal for­ti­fi­ca­ti­on here to con­trol the nor­t­hern ship­ping rou­te to the important port of Nar­vik. It is, again and again, incre­di­ble how much effort peo­p­le put into things that are just made to des­troy other things. The guns, later kept by the Nor­we­gi­an mili­ta­ry for many years, are now slow­ly rus­ting away, and the bun­kers are more and more wea­the­ring and cover­ed by vege­ta­ti­on.

Later we made a stop in Har­stad, a cent­re of civi­li­sa­ti­on on Hin­nøya in Ves­terå­len.

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



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