Mainly kayaking photographs taken on the Isle of Man and beyond.

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Isle of Man Kayaking - Trolls.

They say that Senja rivals Lofoten. I had heard of the Lofoten Islands but not of Senja before I first travelled to Northern Norway. They, who ever they are, are right. The geography is similar with soaring, shear cliffs rising hundreds of feet vertically from the dark, icy sea. But Senja is also different to Lofoten. If it were possible it is more remote with very little compromise to tourism and hardly any accomodation. Lofoten on the other hand benefits from the hundreds fishermans huts long since vacated by trawlermen, but instead utilized by viitors from across the globe. This makes the Island of Senja feel more forbidding and more on the edge.
Having said all that the accomodation we found in Hamn is first class. A few miles down the road would be Senja's attempt at a theme park. The Troll Park contains officially the Worlds largest Troll, plus his wife for good measure. You can check it out for yourself in the Guiness Book of Records. Oh, and despite what I said in yesterday's post, Joanna Lumley is in fact incarcerated here in the senjatrollet as shown in the picture below.

1 comment:

Stan Mac Kenzie said...

Beautiful shots of what looks like a truely magical place.