North. [Roadtrip around Norway #6]

“We are now in the Arctic circle,” I write my mum. She sends me an emoji filled text message back.

“πŸ’– Congratulations πŸŒŸπŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽˆπŸ””πŸŽΆπŸ§ Probably you will stay the only ones in the family πŸ˜„.”

We keep heading north, two days of just driving with no fjords but gas station burgers.

We stop for the Marmorslottet and stretch our legs during a morning hike to the roaring river which carved out the beautiful marble stone. And we stop at the Arctic Circle Center to take a picture and soak in the air.

Does it feel like the temperature dropped 5 degrees? Yes.

It’s cold. Very cold. I keep wearing shorts. Sometimes with long johns underneath, sometimes with an additional pair of down shorts on top. But it’s still calendrical summer so I am stubborn and keep on doing it.

Also, I didn’t bring long pants.

We can’t shake off the feeling of Alaska when we pull into a secluded overnight spot by a stony river bed. Alaska and the American north-west have been our plans for the summer.

Now it is Norway and I am grateful for it.

I look at my phone. I can’t unsee the penguin my mum sent. There are no penguins in the Arctic.

I guess there was no polar bear emoji.

2 thoughts on “North. [Roadtrip around Norway #6]

  1. Genau, Schatz, der Pinguin war nur irgendwie Deko, ich dachte auch an die Weiberfastnacht, wo vΓΆllig “out of the blue” Pinguine auftauchen und wieder verschwinden.πŸ§πŸ§πŸ˜‚

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  2. Another great adventure! I admire your stubbornness in sticking with shorts, although I have found that as I age, it’s better to stay ahead of the cold and dress warmly! What a wonderful trip!

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