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On my way to the midnight sun

Now I want to prepare my faithful readers for a Nordic treat which really will show what makes Norway different from the rest of the world. This weekend I will be travelling to the city of Kirkenes for a team building seminar held by ECDL Norway. Here to encourage trust and teamwork we will be sharing new and exciting experiences in the Nordic landscape, and seascape.

Kirkenes is located about 240 miles (400km) north of the Arctic Circle. This means that it enjoys the midnight sun in the summer period. The midnight sun shines from May 17 to July 21 and the corresponding winter darkness extends from November 21 to January 21. Thankfully we are right in the middle of the summer period, almost to the time when the sun is at its highest point for the year, which occurs about 10 days from now. I am so much looking forward to sharing pictures of the midnight sun with you, and hoping and praying for clear weather!!

But my friends that is not all. We will also be invited to join several activities. In the summer time it is important to be outside, you know. So we will actually be staying on an island outside of Kirkenes in the Jarfjord, a branch of the Varanger Fjord, which is a vast bay connected to the Barents Sea near the Russian-Norwegian border. Here there is an abundance of cold loving sea life, and we will be on a safari to hunt the mighty and deadly (at least to other sea creatures!) King Crab. I have tackled this sea monster once before (picture from 2002 – click to enlarge!) and I am glad I had him in my claws, and not the other way around:


We will not only be exploring the sea but we will be exploring the waterways as well, in an adventurous outing of white water rafting. I have also tried white water rafting before, and I can tell you it was a hell of thrill, but pretty hard on my poor back! So I hope I will have better luck with it this time, since I am now so experienced LOL.

So stay tuned nature lovers, and keep checking back to get a glimpse of the loveliest time of the year here, and experience nature which is not found so many other places in the world. I will be dressing warmly and have my camera ready to capture everything on my safari for you!

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  1. How exciting Renny, is it true that in Norway even if it’s Summer it is still pretty chilling outside? I love the crabs!! Saw on Discovery Channel the ‘Deadly Catch’ in Alaska so I bet you get to eat some lovely stuff too huh.

    Enjoy and have fun and I wait to see your next post. Take care too!!

  2. How fun. That would indeed be an experience to see the midnight sun. Okay, that seafood looks mighty good too. I’ll be watching for future posts. Have a great day. :)

  3. First, I love the picture of you with your friend the crab! LOL! Second, I can hardly wait to see your pictures of the midnight sun! How wonderful that you live in an area with so much beautiful nature!
    Cheers to you!

  4. Ooh, I can’t wait to see the pictures from your trip! Bon Voyage, and safe travels to and from, Renny. :-)

    Love and hugs,


  5. Hello Renny!

    Wow! So, you’re on your way to the midnight sun which I would like to experience. That would be fun for sure!

    Enjoy then! Have a great weekend!

  6. it sounds like such a wonderful place for a grand adventure! the midnight sun would really be somethign to see. hoping your back holds on the rafting trip!

  7. Of course I will stay tuned to admire your safari’s photos! I’d like really to live a such experiment! How exciting! This crab is a giant! You will have a beautiful time!

  8. Hi Renny,
    I can’t wait to see all the pictures. I hope you take allot of them! Did you eat the King Crab? How was it?

    I have a little something for you at my site my dear friend.

    Love and Blessings,

  9. How wonderful to see the midnight sun. Sounds like an amazing trip – I hope you have a good time, catch lots of King Crabs and take loads of great photos to share with us. Take care with the white water rafting – sounds thrilling but dangerous….

  10. Oh amazing! On the Barents sea you were just a hop-skip-and-a-jump from Canada too! Or at least our oil rigs! You are gonna have to come to Canada soon! :)
    Happy International Webloggers’ Day!

  11. Wow! sounds like a thrilling experience! HAVE FUN and show us afterwards exactly how much fun you had – we don’t wanna miss a thing! *giggles*

  12. Wow – now that sounds like one exciting trip. It’s definitely on my list of places to go.. Although I think the winter trip would be more interesting because of the photography involved.. But maybe I’m wrong since it will be so much fun in the summer too!

    Can’t wait to see the pics.

  13. Oh my God! I have only seen these kind of crabs… in museums!

    I find the North extremely fascinating. I grew more and more interesting in it when I moved to Canada and I dream of going traveling there. No way I would live close to the Arctic Circle (I like wearing skirts…) but to me, this is like the last frontier.

  14. Will you give me your information how I can get in touch with you soon. thank you. I all so love your show.

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