When Bjørne Kvernmo docked his ship, “Havsel,” at the port in Tromsø this month, he knew it would be the end of a tradition he’s kept up for 40 years. With his return, northern Norway’s long-standing seal hunt had finally come to a close.
-The projected 100 meter high statue of Christ will ruin the landscape of the Solovki archipelago, director of the local museum says. Famous Russian architect Zurab Tsereteli still wants his monumental work to be placed on the far northern island.
Two years ago his mother, Queen Sonja of Norway, attended the festival. In February 2013 the Crown Prince of Norway will have the same pleasure to visit the border town of Kirkenes during the spektakular days.