Inside the Arctic Circle

Our "wild" campsite on Lofoten Islands

Our “wild” camp-site on Lofoten Islands

We drove into the Arctic Circle about 15 minutes after we left the campground this morning. There’s a big tourist information centre/cafe and a small sign marking this amazing geographical fact. Amazing to us, because neither of us had ever thought we’d get to such lofty latitudes, although Greg has wanted to since he paddled his folding kayak in Iceland and Greenland 10 years ago. So we drove along for a while reminding each other that we’re inside the Arctic Circle. We were at high altitude when we crossed into The Circle and it was all quite bleak and typical high country terrain, and I noticed that the outside temperature was 6C, but when we dropped lower it all looked just like it has for the last 1000kms or so – fjords, forest, farms and little villages. And the temperature has hovered around 12 – 14C for most of the day.

When it was raining yesterday, we decided not to take the ferry out to the Lofoten Islands, even though we had read about how stunning they are and how it’s the highlight of any trip to northern Norway. It all seemed to be a bit of a waste in the rain, so we headed up the main road. Today the weather is better, and we have seen some blue sky and sunshine. At Bognes on the main road going north to Narvik, there is a ferry across to Skarberget on the main road, and there is also a ferry from the same point across to Lodingen on the Lofoten Islands. Greg initially drove to the queue for the ferry to take us across to the main road, then when we realised where the other ferry queue was going, he turned the car around so we could catch the one to Lofoten.

We’re currently sitting in our tent, surrounded by wildflowers, beside the water and overlooking some magnificent mountains. It really is breath-taking.


Roadside stop for Lunch

Roadside stop for Lunch


Travelling along fiords

Travelling along fiords

Waiting for the Ferry to the Lofoten Islands

Waiting for the Ferry to the Lofoten Islands




7 thoughts on “Inside the Arctic Circle

    • He does well, doesn’t he, Sal? He just says ‘it’s impossible to take a bad photo here’, but I’m sure I could without even trying! Lots of love to you xxx

    • Thanks Ethel – Greg takes most of the photos, and some of his panoramas are stunning, aren’t they? He reckons it’s not possible to take a bad photo in Norway! We share the writing, although I usually have more to say than he does!

  1. Now I will try again as people I have sent you three Post but have woken up that you have not received any of the them see how we go this time the story is how to do the people make there living in the villages have you seen any reindeer herds great pics worth the cold and the wet is the car Manuel always pays to get best particle y when it comes to keeping warm see how we go this time.

  2. Hi Judy and Greg
    Must be great to live with all that lovely daylight, which would please me but of course it’s the reverse in the winter . Keep warm and more photo’s Greg please xx

    • I just can’t imagine living in the dark for a couple of months of the year. This town we’re in at the moment, Tromso, seems to party hard in summer. And then they celebrate the northern lights in late January, but from late November to mid-January the sun is down ALL DAY (!!) and that’s gotta be pretty bleak.

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