A 2013 "heavy metal" trip to Northern Norway

 

Some photos from a travel to Northern Norway in the summer of 2013. Since I am interested in the environmental effects of the mining industry, I visited some relevant locations in Central and Northern Norway. Due to bad weather, Bleikvassli was a missed opportunity, but I managed to visit Skorovass Gruver in Nord-Trøndelag, Rana Gruber and Sulithjelma Gruver (extremely rainy) in Nordland, and the site of the planned mining activity in Repparfjord in Kvalsund, Finnmark (Nussir, were they have discovered a massive copper ore), and finally Sydvaranger Gruver in Sør-Varanger in Eastern Finnmark. All in all, a well-destined heavy metal trip !

 

 
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Skorovass Gruver, Skorovatn, Namsskogan, Nord-Trøndelag. Copper-sulfide mine, operative from 1952 to 1984

 

Skorovass Gruber, Nord-Trøndelag, iron tailings

Rana Gruber, Mo i Rana, Nordland, used to ship iron ore to the Norwegian Iron Work (Norsk Jernverk). Today this is Mo Industripark

 

Ranfjorden, Mo i Rana, Still heavily polluted

Engabreen, part of the Svartisen Glacier, Nordland

 

Saltstraumen, Nordland

Sulitjelma mining equipment (2003)

 

Jakobsbakken mine shaft, Sulitjelma (2003)

Ågskardet, Meløy, Nordland

 

Sulitjelma, Loamejávrre, Nordland

Sulitjelma, Loamejávrre (Låmivatnet), Nordland. Wet experience! Planned to visit the mining area, Sulitjelma Gruber, but cancelled it due to the crappy weather

 

Andøya, Nordland

M/S Reine Whale safari from Andenes. With a lot of puking, seasick foreigners!

 

Andenes

Day 5, and finally some sunny weather! Here some Honda Accord off-roading..

 

Northern Gentian (Gentiana affinis), Talvik, Alta, Finnmark

Photographing Northern Gentian, Talvik, Alta, Finnmark

 

Kvalsund, Finnmark

Repparfjord, Kvalsund, Finnmark. The site for the controversial sea tailing placement from the planned Nussir copper mine

 

Harbor area for Nussir in Repparfjord

Camping in Bakfjorden, Måsøy, Finnmark

 

Wild Chives (Allium schoenoprasum ssp. sibiricum), Porsangerfjorden, Lakselv, Finnmark

Gjesvær, Nordkapp, Finnmark

 

Gjesværstappen

Boattrip to Gjesværstappan, Nordkapp

 

Gjesvær

Large Pink - silkenellik (Dianthus superbus), Porsangerfjorden, Lakselv, Finnmark

 


Moor-king - kongsspir (Pedicularis sceptrum-carolinum), Børselv, Lakselv

Bakfjorden, Måsøy

 

The Coastal Express, Honningsvåg, Finnmark

Dried cod, Honningsvåg

 

Nordkapp, northernmost point in mainland Europe

Tana River, Tana, Finnmark. The site for the ice-brigde across the Tana River at winter

 

Tana River

Arctic fog, Nesseby, Finnmark

 

Wild Thyme - Tanatimian (Thymus serpyllum ssp. tanaensis), Tana River

Watching birds and whales in Varangerfjorden, east of Ekkerøy, Vadsø

 

Sand dunes at Komagvær, Vardø, Finnmark

Persfjord, Vardø

 

Road to Hamningberg, Vardø

Hamningberg, Båtsfjord

 

Barvikmyra, Vardø

Long-bracted Green Orchid - grønnkurle (Coeloglossum viride), Sandfjorden, Båtsfjord

 

Reindeer (Rangifer tarangus)

Vardø

 

Vardø summer 2013. The controversial Globus II radar (Have Star Radar, important for the US anti-russian ballistic missile defense) in the background

Vardø

 

I used to live in this house for 1,5 year (in 1995-96). What was I thinking, the great outdoors..

Vardø art

 

Vardø art

Hornøya, the easternmost place in Norway

 

Reindeer, Sandfjorden, Båtsfjord

Vardøhus festning

 

Vardøhus festning

Looking at the Barents Sea from Domen, Vardø

 

Bugøynes, Sør-Varanger, Finnmark

King Crab pods, Kirkenes, Sør-Varanger

 

Grense Jakobselv, Sør-Varanger

Marsh Labrador Tea - finnmarkspors (Ledum palustre), Pasvik, Sør-Varanger

 

Stoat (Mustela erminea), Sør-Varanger

Kong Oscar II kapell, Grense Jakobselv, Sør-Varanger

 

Nickel, very polluted russian town, from Hill 96, Pasvik, Sør-Varanger

Sydvaranger Gruver, Kirkenes, mining an iron ore and releasing large amounts of chemicals (Magnafloc 1707) into Bøkfjorden

 

Bøkfjorden, Sør-Varanger, polluted by minig activity

Border control Pasvik River, Sør-Varanger

 

Track towards Treriksrøysa, where Norway, Finland and Russia meet, Pasvik

Skrøytnes, Pasvik, Sør-Varanger

 

Pasvik

Pasvik

 

Pasvik

Red Deer (Cervus elaphus), Tustna

 

Hans, Smøla