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Norway from high above - I

Just few minutes after take-off, we have crossed the Ofot-fiord, and are looking down on
Porsøya and the bridge over to Jevik, which however is farther out to the west.

Still climbing higher

Now above the top of the Vargfjord Mountains, which reaches 883 m asl.
The biggest island up to the left is Barøya ( Bar Island), which you will recognize
in the middle of the next picture.

Outer part of the E-fiord, viewing northwest with Lofoten in the background,
where the town Lødingen should be in the middle there.
behind the island in the center, which is Barøya (Bar Island).
The top to the left is Valletind at 832 m asl.
The airport, from which we took off, is just about 25 kilometers east of the outer point of the
peninsular coming out from the right side of the picture.

You still have Valletind up on top of the picture, and the Barøya (Bar Island)out to the right.
But now you also can see the rest of the mountain-chain leading out to Valletind.
The highest top is Breiskartinden at 885 mn asl, then closer come Tepkiltinden at 667 m,
Tuva at 643 m and finally Eidetind at 846 m asl.
Believe the top down in the left corner to be Kjerna at 647 m asl.

Just inside Kjerna, you find a small community called Skjellesvik.
Just a couple of houses, and don't ask me how or why they live there.....

The last two pictures, were the mountain-range between Skjellesvik and Barøya.
(not valid as per Sept.2010)

Passing another arm of the peninsula we have been crossing the past two minutes,
we now have the famous Tysfiord to the left, where the killerwales are coming by the
hundreds every October hunting millions of herrings, accompanied by eagles and seagulls.

There are two small communities here, one to the right on the picture, which is called Skarberget,
and another one to the left, which is also calles Skarberget (?).
From the one to the right, goes the ferry that links the main road E6 from Northcape to Oslo and
further down into the European Continent. It goes around the tip of the peninsular, and after a
25 minutes trip out to the left, it arrives at Bognes, from where E6 continues southward.

On top of the pictures, is a small island calles Bekkenesholmen.

Now soon up at 10,000 m asl we have a wonderful view.
The mountains covering most of this picture, are called the Veggfjella (Vegg-mountains),
with tops ranging up to 1,227 m asl.
From the Tømmerneset, you can see the road going right up into the mountains,
from where it goes through the Steigen-tunnel, which is about 8,062 meters long.

Getting closer to 'civilization' again, we have the Valnesfiord to the right, and the
Skjerstadfiord in the middle. Bodø city is up outside the upper left corner somewhere.
Fauske, which is an important junction is down, and from there you can follow the
railway more or less a bit up towards Bodø, and also the main road E6.
Both are crossing their own bridges across Valnesfiordvatn (enlargened picture).

About 15 minutes or so after take-off, we passed the Saltstraumen, the famous
and if you don't know what that is, here is an explanation:
Saltstraumen (The Salt-current) is the world largest tidal current. It's as easy as that.
The maelstroem is created in a 3 kilometer long and 1509 m wide strait between Skjerstadfjorden and Saltenfjorden, about 32 km from the center of the city of Bodø.

Shortly after it became too cloudy to take more pictures of what was beneath....

To catch on again some 500 kilometers further south, go to this page

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