Arrival in Norway

The drive from Finland to Norway was full of beauty as the landscape and scenery changed the farther north we went. I used my iPhone to capture images from the van to document what we saw.  The pine and birch trees of the Finnish taiga gave way to lower lying shrubbery and tundra. 


Image: iPhone photo of coastal Arctic Norway

More little villages began popping up in the countryside with red farmhouses and barns. We saw small herds of reindeer, both tan and albino, scattered throughout the wilderness, sometimes grazing and sometimes resting among the grasslands. 


Image: iPhone photo of reindeer along the road in Finland

We came upon a small national cultural historical site in Utsjoki at the northern end of Finland called Kirkkotuvat Girkostobut.  We stopped to explore it and got some photos of the grassy roofed houses.  I wasn’t able to read the Finnish to get all the history of the area but when I looked it up online, it was described as the old church courtyard dwellings from the 1700-1800’s. 


Image: iPhone photo of Utsjoki church and the old church dwellings

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Image: iPhone photo of a grassy roofed house in the historical cultural site.


Image: iPhone photo of a grassy roofed house in the historical cultural site.

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Image: iPhone panoramic photo of the church historical cultural site.

When we crossed the border into Norway, it was a bit inconsequential. There was a small building and a bridge over the river, but we were surprised that we didn’t have to stop or be screened.  I was disappointed that I couldn’t get another passport stamp. 😊


Image: iPhone photo of the Norway border crossing.

We continued on and noticed a quick change in the villages. The roads and houses seemed better maintained. More farms scattered about the countryside up but the houses were often painted yellow with green trim while the barns remained the classic red with white trim.


Image: iPhone photo of the houses along the Varanger Peninsula.


Image: iPhone photo of the houses along the Varanger Peninsula.

We drove along the southern Varanger Peninsula. The water looked glacial with its bluish tint and we began seeing a variety of gulls and other shorebirds. The temperature seemed to get cooler as the wind picked up. Here is a video of the drive along the area. 

Coastal drive of the Varanger Peninsula

We made it to our new home for the next three weeks on Vadsøya Island in Vadso along the southern edge of the peninsula. Here is a video of our arrival:

Drive to Vadso

Half of the island had houses and some industrial buildings but the other half was Arctic tundra with a small pond and plenty of wildlife! The next few days will be spent exploring this area and the birds inhabiting this area. 


Image: iPhone photo of the bridge from Vadso to Vadsoya Island.


Image: iPhone photo of the docks in Vadso.

Coming up soon will be the birds of the Vadsoya Island.

Author: Dr. Amy Novotny

Dr. Amy Novotny founded the PABR® Institute with the mission to provide pain, stress and anxiety relief to those who seek a naturalistic form of treatment when other treatment methods have fallen short. Her unique approach comes from her experience treating in a variety of settings and with a wide range of patient populations over the past 12 years. Her background in orthopedics, sports, geriatrics, balance disorders, nerve injuries, and most recently, chronic pain; and influences from coursework at the Postural Restoration Institute gave her the foundation to develop this treatment method to address a wide variety of painful and restrictive conditions. Her methods have helped countless people reduce and eliminate pain, stress, anxiety, orthopedic surgeries, sleep issues and the need for medications. She co-authored two Amazon #1 Best-Selling books Don’t Quit: Stories of Persistence, Courage and Faith and Success Habits of Super Achievers, which share her journey on how and why she developed the PABR® Method. Her ability to speak French and Spanish has allowed her to communicate with and help various clients from all around the world, including France, Mexico, Central America and South America. She has a variety of interests including running 40+ marathons, running 10 ultra marathons (including two 100 milers), completing an Ironman triathlon, photographing wildlife and landscapes all over the world that has led to several of her images being chosen as Photos of the Day, most notably National Geographic Your Shot World Top Photo of the Day. Visit her photography portfolio here!

10 thoughts on “Arrival in Norway”

  1. You are surely seeing some gorgeous countryside! I’d be stopping at every post…lol Very interesting the “change” between Finland and Norway… Looking forward to continuing the journey with you 🙂

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    1. Aww. Thanks Leslie! I love that you are following and making comments! I’m a bit behind at the moment with processing photos and keeping up. There is just so many things to photograph here!!


  2. I feel like I’m in your pocket traveling with you – great shots and commentary Amy! Love those little ruffs…


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