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Posts tagged “Norwegian

Second Day of Summer

14. April is – according to the ancient Norwegian calendars, Runic Calendars (primstav) the first day of summer. Hence today would be the second day of summer. As you can see, the fjord today is calm like on a beautiful summer day – but the snow reveals that we still have som way to go before the spring feeling turns into a summer feeling…

Second Day of Summer by the Ofoten Fjord

Second Day of Summer by the Ofoten Fjord


And – it’s been a beautiful day, too

Ofoten Fjord this lovely spring day

Ofoten Fjord this lovely spring day


Update March 18. 1200 zulu time – My Heart goes out

On a weather worn flagpost the State and War flag of Norway is flying at half mast.

His Majesty the King of Norway, fellow officers and the chaplain has just finished the memorial service at the Evenes Air Force Base, commemorating the loss of five fellow officers.

My heart goes out to the families of the loved and lost crew. I also send my thoughts to all the personnel that have risked, and still are risking their lives in order to bring home the lost crew from an altitude of 2 kilometers. They have defied hurricane winds, snow, visibility of – sometimes just a few meters – dodging the avalanches that has come down the mountains, as they battled for days to rescue the lost crew.

Now – unfortunately – all hope is lost…

The Norwegian flag flying on half mast at Evenes Airstation, in connection with the memorial service for the norwegian Hercules crew that crashed in Kebnekaise

The Norwegian flag flying on half mast at Evenes Airstation, in connection with the memorial service for the norwegian Hercules crew that crashed in Kebnekaise (photo: Norwegian Armed Forces)


Update March 17 – 1645 zulu time – thousands of pieces of downed Hercules scattered over large area

Unfortunately it looks like there is no hope of finding the crew of five from the transport plane “Siv” that went missing the other day.

Thousands of pieces of the aircraft has been found on the mountain Kebnekaise at an altitude of around 2,000 meters. The transport plane was en route from Evenes, Norway to Kiruna, Sweden to pick up, and transport military personnel back to Norway. This tragedy could have been much bigger, but that is probably not any consolation for the ones left behind from the crew of five…

Pieces from the transport aircraft partly covered covered in snow near down to the right in this photo (photo: Norwegian Special Forces, FSK, HJK, MJK)

Pieces from the transport aircraft partly covered covered in snow near down to the right in this photo (photo: Norwegian Special Forces, FSK, HJK, MJK)