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Hold Your Breath and Watch as This Skipper Thriftily Threads His Sailboat Between The Rocks in Kragerø, Norway

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Whether it’s by canvas or iron, helmsmanship couldn’t be any more graceful. Screenshot: ‘s Vimeo clip (below).

How the sultan of the sail ever worked up the deftness and courage to put his beautiful little dinghy through such a skinny spoonful of water is beyond me.

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As Non-Native King Crabs Invade Northern Europe, Recreational Divers Take Matters into Their Own Hands


Thomas Richardsen Hansen holds up an invasive red king crab which he found beneath the ice in Berlevåg, Finnmark, Norway. King crab pincers are strong enough to bend titanium and could easily snip off a thumb. Photo: Stig Brondbo

The red king crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus) is only native to the Bering Sea, the Japan Sea and the northern Pacific waters between them, but in 1961, a group of Soviet scientists brought 7 specimens–yes, just SEVEN–to the Barents Sea in an attempt to stimulate the Soviet fishery. Each mating season, a female may give birth to some 10,000 surviving offspring. By the early 2000s, the population had grown so much that it could sustain a commercially viable fishery, and today there are an estimated 20 million king crab in this small pocket of Northern European ocean, and there’s nothing to stop them from reaching Southern Europe.


Endemic to nearby waters (see in yellow above), red king crabs are all too fit for the waters of Northern Europe (red). Graphic via GRID

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Wish You Were Here: Reine, Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway


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Reine is a picturesque fishing town tucked away in the beautiful, blue water bays of the Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway. Despite that the Lofoten Islands are within the Arctic Circle, the region experiences one of the world’s largest elevated temperature anomalies relative to its high latitude. This mild climate makes for the lush, blooming meadows throughout the archipelago that hug the coast against the backdrop of striking cliffs. The warmer temperatures also lend life to nearby Røst Reef, the world’s largest deepwater coral reef, only recently discovered in 2002.

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Wish You Were Here: Staring at the Stars and Northern Lights of Norway

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On the coast of northern Norway at Sommarøy. Photo by Ole Salomonsen and Arctic Light Photography. 

Arctic Norway is home to some of the  most spectacular Aurora borealis or Northern Lights shows in the world. Check out the stunning photos by Ole Salomonsen  and Arctic Light Photography. Ole is a photographer, astrophotographer and a cinematographer.

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The Mystery of the Missing 8-Foot-Long Whale Tusk

Oslo, Norway–Police are now on the prowl for a thief in a dark coat who made off with an 8-foot whale tusk from a museum in Stavanger, Norway on Wednesday, all while walking a big white dog.

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Utoeya Island, Before the Massacre

Utoeya is an island 1,600 feet offshore and about 24 miles northwest of Oslo, Norway in the Tyrifjorden fjord, county of Buskerud. It’s name roughly translates to “outermost island”. It was gifted to the AUF (the Labour Party Youth) by the trade unions in Oslo after WWII, and was the site of 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik’s horrible massacre on Friday, an atrocity which Norway’s Prime Minister is calling the nation’s worst act of violence since WWII.

“It is such a fantastic place! A tiny, picturesque island…” said Frode Berge, AUF leader of the Rogaland region of Norway, who was present on the island during the attack.

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