Lofoten is known for excellent fishing, spectacular nature attractions such as the northern lights and the midnight sun, and small villages off the beaten track. Kayak between the islands, go fishing for the catch of your life or look for sea eagles soaring in the sky.
Arctic Circle latitude depends on the Earth’s axial tilt, which fluctuates within a margin of 2° over a 40,000-year period, due to tidal forces resulting from the orbit of the Moon.
9 of 14 – “Norge på langs”
The summer of 2015 I and my daughter decided to drive from Stavanger in Norway, and all the way up to Nordkapp.
To make the trip “complete”, after visiting Nordkapp we also drove all the way down to Lindesnes in the south.
The trip was done with our family car, the Volvo V40 R-Design 1,6 diesel.
Arctic Circle crossed by E6 on Saltfjellet. The circle is not where Polarsirkelsenteret is located. The centre is firm, but the circle moves according to how the Earth’s angle to the sun is changing.
Fact; Arctic Circle location is, in reality, not fixed.
As of 8 June 2017, it runs 66°33′46.7″ north of the Equator.
From Wikipedia about the “Arctic Circle”:
The Arctic Circle is the most northerly of the abstract five major circles of latitude as shown on maps of the Earth. It marks the northernmost point at which the noon sun is just visible on the northern winter solstice and the southernmost point at which the midnight sun is just visible on the northern summer solstice. The region north of this circle is known as the Arctic, and the zone just to the south is called the Northern Temperate Zone. North of the Arctic Circle, the sun is above the horizon for twenty-four continuous hours at least once per year (and therefore visible at midnight) and below the horizon for twenty-four continuous hours at least once per year (and therefore not visible at noon); this is also true within the equivalent polar circle in the Southern Hemisphere, the Antarctic Circle.
The position of the Arctic Circle is not fixed; as of 8 June 2017, it runs 66°33′46.7″ north of the Equator. Its latitude depends on the Earth’s axial tilt, which fluctuates within a margin of 2° over a 40,000-year period, due to tidal forces resulting from the orbit of the Moon. Consequently, the Arctic Circle is currently drifting northwards at a speed of about 15 metres (49 feet) per year.
The first video in a series that hopefully will include a lot of “dash cam” videos in the future.
This video is from the summer of 2015 when me and my daughter decided to drive Norway lengthwise. We started home in Stavanger on the west coast of Norway and drove along the cost line up to Nordkapp. The road back home was made as short as possible and went through Finland and Sweden down to Lindesnes that Norway’s southernmost lighthouse. From Lindesnes so it was not long way up to Stavanger and home.
The trip took 12 days and was absolutely fantastic, my best vacation ever.
This is the first video in a series of 14 from this trip, there is one more, but I’m not able to find the location for this so it will be posted as a “single” video later on.
In a later post I will also add some map details, more details about the trip itself and related links to some of our TripAdvisor reviews from this travel here in Norway.
From Nasjonale Turistveger, link to this page can be found below the text:
For most people Gaularfjellet is a well-kept secret, but for all those who have discovered the road it is quite special. A journey along the road leading across Gaular, the mountain between Dragsvik and the Sognefjord, is a serene experience where the quality is in the details. The drive skirts the fjord before snaking up towards the highest point of Gaularfjellet. At the rest area at Utsikten you can admire the panorama of mountains and valleys. The road follows Gaularvassdraget, one of the few watercourses that is protected, offering everything from wild rapids and waterfalls to calm stretches where the water glides quietly on its way. Simply driving along the watercourse and following the natural route the water takes in its descent is a wonderful experience, but if you go on foot you can be at one with nature. A continuous “waterfall path” of almost 25 km has been established from Nystølen to Eldal. You can walk the entire length or just take a short stroll to admire the watercourse at close hand. For many people the bridge over the Likholefossen waterfall is a highlight, since it provides a feeling of being in the midst of the swirling cascade.
In 1853 a request was made for money to establish a road over the mountain, but almost 100 years would pass before this became a reality. The road swiftly became a key transport route after its opening in 1938, but today it is a peaceful alternative to the main roads that absorb most of the traffic.
The summer of 2015 we drove Norway lengthwise, that was an amazing trip that I for sure will do again. But next time we will “stop” and go back when we have completed Lofoten.
There are so many excellent tools to use for sharing your stories out there, and they are only getting better. I have tried Sway, not a lot, and I like it very much. Today I saw a story made in Shorthand Social, and I was almost blown away by the look of this presentation. The look of it was just fantastic!
The story itself can be a bit “dry” for some, and it is in norwegian. But the way it was presented to me in Shorthand Social was just great. But as always this does not come without a good plan and a lot work.
I`m a newbie in the use of this, but I have made a promise to someone who I will try to help them in the way I can so that they can make the best plan possible for their travel to Norway in 2018.
My chosen tool for this is Sway.
I have just started with it, and the plan is to finish it before the end of this summer 🙂
My approach will be to include the places I already have visited, and the ones I want to visit, from the Swedish border in the south and all the way up to Finnmark in the north. It has to be taken to consideration that this Sway will be reflected by my personal experiences and feelings.
Anyway, I am really looking forward to do this, and I hope that it can help them to plan their travel from Chicago to Norway in 2018 🙂
Would it look better in Shorthand Social, Google Plus or just as a WordPress post? Or is Sway the right tool for this “project”?
Here below the Sway I have just started on “Something about Norway”, and one Sway from the planning of our road trip last year (in norwegian).