Hiking from Tempelsetra to Høgevarde is only a 5.5 km walk. We started from Tempelsetra (925 meters above sea level – masl). The weather was cloudy and pretty cold – only 7 degrees Celsius. Autumn had already arrived, and painted the mountains with beautiful colors. The trees doesn’t grow above 950 masl, so this was the last ones:
The view is fantastic form this height:
As we came higher mist and fog was quite obvious:
We could feel the 500 meter ascent in out feet when we arrived the destination – Høgevarde cabin. It was pretty cold there too – 4 degrees Celsius. Warm waffles and coffee felt good and gave us the strength to return safely.
The Norwegian Trekking Association has several cabins available for anyone coming. This one has 5 beds and a cafe, but behind it there’s a new one with another 25 beds. We didn’t sleep over, but returned to the car before dark.
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In 2012 I was on one of my most exciting arctic adventures. I sailed around the Svalbard Archipelago with a research vessel for 10 days. This shot was near The Stanisław Siedlecki Polish Polar Station in Hornsund is located in Isbjornhamna Bay of the Hornsund Fjord. It represents the southern part of the Norwegian Island of Spitsbergen, part of the Svalbard Archipelago. This establishment conducts year-round scientific research and is the northern-most permanent Polish scientific site.
I don’t know the purpose of this cross and cabin, but to me it is a reminder of the harsh conditions that far north. Trappers and adventurers have visited this isolated area for ages – long before modern communication.
This image was captured with my first DSLR – Nikon D5100 with a kit lens.