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Published: July 11th 2018
Still several miles out.
We are now above 68 degrees latitude, and the temp is reflecting the change. Recall our bragging about the pleasant seventies in the large cities. At that time we too laughed at our folly over bringing jackets and sock caps. No more, we are some smart folks to bring them. Its cold and windy here. Temps in mid fifties and sometimes windy. No not like Iceland, but still windy. And this is the middle of summer! What's the temp where you are?
These are the islands of craggy sharp mountains. There is some grass farming here, but not like we saw at the lower latitudes where folks bailed their back yards. Growing season is shorter even for grass. Yet, there are sheep and even some cows, but no horses have we seen. We are sure the sheep and cows curse their owners during December and January for bringing them here. To think people eked out a living here before the twentieth century is amazing. Cod is why people lived in the Islands, and cod fishing continues to be exceedingly important. The catch occurs between January (burr) and April with a peak in March (still very, very cold).
the three days traveling from one fishing village to another. Many of the shots are similar, so we will not have much comment (lucky for you).
Tomorrow we leave Norway (very sad) and return to Sweden (yet Sweden is good) via the IceHotel. Perhaps you have heard of the place. A hotel is constructed from ice each winter, including sculptures, beds (but of course folks sleep on ice), etc. In the summer extensive solar panels are used (recall this is way north so lot of sunlight) to keep a portion frozen. We will visit that part. Arrive at Stockholm on Saturday, lose our trusty Volvo, and board an overnight ferry for Tallin, Estonia. After sailing across the north Baltic Sea we land on Sunday-in time for the finals of the World Cup. Likely, the next post will come from Tallin..
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