Saturday, August 11, 2012

Crossing the Artic Circle

Leaving Trondheim, we set out for the train station in a light drizzle. Our early morning train was going to take us to Bodo, crossing the Artic Circle in the process. It would be a 10 hour train journey. This was to be followed by a 25 minute flight to Leknes on the Lofoten Islands, our next stop on our Norwegian adventure. We found our train and our assigned seats. This time, strangely, though the journey was longer, the train was not as luxurious and there was no wifi to help pass the time.

Wifi would just have been a distraction, it wasn’t necessary as the scenery was more than enough to keep us entertained. Fjords, mountains, rivers, rolling farm land.
All the following photos were shot through glass on a moving train. I did my best:-))

Looks like a rural idyll, at this time of year anyway.

Church on a hill

Railway Station

.....and another

 About an hour and a half before our journeys end we crossed the Artic Circle. In the distance we could see a visitors centre, but the crossing itself was marked by little pyramids of stone. I had been waiting eight and a half hours to take this photo but the sun was finally shining and of course the windows on the opposite side of the train were reflected in the glass so it is a bit difficult to see the actual cairn.
Snow-capped Mountains

...but the first blue sky we had seen in days

Pyramid marking the Artic Circle, and of course I got the reflection of the windows opposite. These were my worst photos from the moving train. The windows didn't open!

Here the countryside was bleak and snow lay in patches on the ground but there were beautiful blue skies, the first we had seen since we arrived in Oslo. We were  approximately 700m above sea level. You would wonder who would want to stay in this house that seems totally isolated. 

Just above the Artic Circle, all on it's lonesome!

In no time at all the train began to descend from the heights and once more we were greeted with the wonderful lush countryside.

We've descended towards Bodo and lost the blue skies

What a pretty setting!

Sea and Sky

Lupins were everywhere.
Our train journey was just coming to an end. It was just as well, as all the excitement had Emdee and Jaydee out for the count. It had been a long day and there was more to come!


  1. Hi, Mary, I love your travel reports, you take me along an arctic trip and I can still enjoy blue skies and sunshine! Like you I wondered who lived in this red house and who would want such solitude.

    1. Thanks Barbara. I love time to myself and hanker for quiet time but I think I'd still like to be able to pop down to a shop for a loaf of fresh bread or shout hello to a neighbour over a high ditch. Still I guess the crime rate is low here:-)

  2. This is an adventure, not a holiday. Hope the Bodrum peninsula doesn't seem too tame in comparison.

    1. I don't think the Bodrum Peninsula will ever lose it's charm for me. Lots of blue skies and warm people. I love the fact that I never know what will happen next.

  3. For a moving train, your shots are amazing! Loved seeing a report of the travel!

    1. Thanks Hajra, been really frustrated trying to capture what I see, but it is hard for any amateur to capture the vastness and the incredible beauty. There is a couple of times I just wanted to throw the camera to one side.

  4. I love the pictures. I also love the colours of the houses. I wouldn't mind spending a few weeks on my own there...

    1. The colour of the houses were wonderful. Of what we saw, this red was the most common. The huge barns that looked ready to live in were this colour. Then there was an off white and an ochre. Norway is a feast for the senses.


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