This post celebrates Europe’s most northerly reaches. I have just returned from a Scandinavian trip where I travelled between Stockholm, Sweden and Kirkenes close to the Russian and Finnish borders in Norway’s far north. Most of the travel, which was by means of train, bus and coastal Hurtigruten boat, was within the Arctic circle. My journey took in wonderful places like the magical Lofoten Islands and the so-called ‘Arctic Capital’, Tromsø, but most affecting were the small coastal communities that lay isolated yet self-contained and unperturbed along the coast of Finnmark in Norway’s most northerly region. I will say more of these in future posts but, for now, here is a selection of fairly random images from Arctic Norway.
Close to Mehamn, 71°N