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Norway and the Northern Lights


snow 29 °F

Today, I achieved another milestone in my world travels. I had previously been to the southernmost town in the world, Ushuaia Patagonia while in my Antarctic trip, and today Hammerfest is the northern most city in the world. It's main industry is a liquified natural gas plant which gets its supply from an underwater piping system from the Snow White Gas Field in the Barents sea. One thing we have learned over the past two days is the the Nazi's - 100,000 troops occupied Northern Norway in an attempt to prevent any supplies from reaching Russia during World War 2. As a result of and extensive bombing campaign, most cities and towns in this part of the world were leveled and few if any buildings survived. Hence most of the buildings were built between the 50's and the 70's. Compared to the frigid cold temperatures of yesterday, Hammerfest is much warmer because of the Gulf Stream with mitigates the cold significantly.

A replica of a native hut from the first inhabitants...

We also visited the Meridian Column, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the first measurement of the exact size and shape of the earth was made.

Posted by rpickett 08:10 Archived in Norway Tagged hammerfest

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