A red door, in Danish. That’s with this expression that our teacher introduced us to both the “ø” sound (a bit like “ö” in Finnish or “eu” or “œ” in French) and the soft “d”, which is for me pretty much like a “l”, except the tongue goes to the bottom of the mouth and not the top. At first, it sounded complicated… after a few months, it still felt complicated, but I also found the whole pronounciation very funny, and I learnt to appreciate it.
In Vardø (oh, here is the “ø” again!), I found a red door next to the harbour. Like all the available spots nearby, it was occupied by Black-legged kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla). I took some time with them during our walk in town, on the morning after our visit to Wonder Island.
In the end of the morning, we left. We would have liked to follow the coast a bit further north, but the road was closed for winter. I learnt that it took 150kg of dynamite to open it in… late May (yes, they needed the dynamite to clear the snow away).
Thus, we headed back along Varangerfjord, and had lunch in Ekkerøy. It was a cloudy day, and when we reached Vestre Jakobselv, it was snowing again like on the first day. We had a cosy apartment for our last night in Varanger, but that didn’t stop us from taking one last walk in the storm.
That’s the end of my trip report. There was a lot of material, and I hoped you enjoyed reading those articles (all the links below!) as much as I enjoyed writing them and editing the pictures. What’s coming next at Eiwawar is, first, a wrap-up about this trip (we’re done quite done yet, eh), with practicalities for those who would like to visit the region one day (personally, I shall return).
Then, if you will, we’ll visit Paris, scan the fields of Texel, in the Netherlands, and then travel through Hungary… all that seasoned with a few images from beautiful Finland of course. Are you with me?
See more about our Arctic expedition (click the links!):
Hornøya, cliffside haven | Soil, Varanger edition | Vardø | Vadsø | Varangerfjord | Whatever floats your boat | Advanced course in eiderology | Båtsfjord | On the high road | Clear skies | Here are the birds | Varanger, Day White
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