A layer of snow still covers the ground. In some areas, like our backyard, there’s a 2-meter high snow wall, sculpted by the strong winter winds. In others, grass blades are uncovered and brown soil is in clear sight. There is definitely a hint of Spring in the air. However, I don’t know if I should trust it. March is the month that usually receives the most snow, so there’s no telling what tomorrow’s weather may bring.
But I’ll take the hint of Spring and let it remind me of all the wonderful things awaiting us when warmer days do arrive: Fishing trips, mountain hikes, reindeer visits, berry picking and much, much more. One of my favorite things is hiking on the island of Magerøya.
An easy hike I recommend to anyone traveling to the North Cape is the trail to Kirkeporten (The Church Gate). The trail begins in the world’s northernmost fishing village, Skarsvåg, and is only 2,5 km long. Awaiting hikers, is a view of the North Cape Plateau as well as fascinating rock formations.
I had the pleasure of hiking to Kirkeporten in September, with six giggling gals. I love being a tour guide and the blustery wind and rain fit well with our day of experiencing North Cape.
If you haven’t learned this Norwegian expression yet, it’s a good mantra to have when you visit this country: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad/poor clothing.” That being said, my camera didn’t have the appropriate “clothing”, thus, beware of some foggy, soggy pictures.
People write their names with rocks on the stone formations.
And here’s a view of the entire rock formation, just try to imagine it without the foggy, wet camera lens glow…
Standing under the gate, there is a view of the North Cape Plateau and the North Cape Horn, if the weather is cooperating.
That does it! The first day that there’s no danger of slip-sliding down the slope, I’m heading to Kirkeporten. Who wants to join me?