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Updated: Aug 23, 2020

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Most people that visit Northern Norway do only the tourist places like Lofoten but there are many beautiful places here that are missed by visitors. Since Norway was occupied by Germany during WW2 there is still a lot from this occupation that remain in the North Norwegian landscape.

In the beauty of Steigen in Northern Norway lay Engeløya Island, here the construction of Battery Dietl took place in 1942.

The location was picked because of its views across the West fjords, and the battery would defend the western entrance to the main port of Narvik.

2.000 Russian prisoners of war built the gun battery that consisted of three 406 mm. Adolf guns. These guns were able to launch a 1300 pound projectile 34 miles. The standard shell weighed 2200 pounds, with a range of 26 miles. The gun barrels were 70 feet long, and each one would last between 250-300 shots before needing replacement.

The guns were operational in August 1943. About 500 Russian prisoners of war perished during the hard work. The battery was named after General Eduard Dietl, who have command of the 3rd German Mountain Division, during the German invasion of Norway April 9, 1940. After the war the guns were dismantled and sold as scrap and the whole area was allowed to decay.

Here is the Museum information in English:

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Updated: Jun 28, 2020

Slow TV, is the new thing.

Calm, relaxing walk in nature, without fast cuts or pumping music, just nature and quiet for the soul. Upp here in Northern Norway the sun never sets and even on a rainy night like this it is still candy for the soul.

Steigen is a beautiful place off the beaten path that not many forign tourists know of. Most tourists go to Lofoten or Helgeland Coast, but there are some hidden gems out there and I will show them to you.

But today we start in Steigen.

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Updated: Aug 23, 2020

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If you are thinking of visiting Norway, you should definetly visit "Svart Isen glacier"

This majestic glacier is located in the municipalities of Beiarn, Meloy, Rana and Rodoy Nordland county in Norway. From Bodö you can take Kystriksveien (FV17) South, down the coast.

Svartisen is a collective term for two glaciers, separated by the 1 kilometre (0.62miles) long Vesterdalen valley. They are part of Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park, located in the Saltfjell Mountain range.

There is a boat shuttleservice over the Holand Fjord from the end of May until the beginning of September. The boat ride takes about 10 minutes, and the boat departs from Holandsvika right next to FV 17.

You take the boat over and when you get there you can either walk or rent a bycykle. The walk from the boat to the glacier is 3 km (6km roundtrip) so a bike is not a bad idea.

Price for round-trip

Adults NOK 200.00

Children NOK 100.00 (10-16 years old)

Group. over 20 persons NOK 170.00

Bike rentals NOK 65.00

Up to 3 hours NOK 80.00

Over 3 hours

Non-scheduled extra trip NOK 250.00 + ticket minimum price per trip (applies to the period 24 May – 1 September)

* Other *Extra trips available after 2.September per advance reservation only.

We accept payment using most major credit cards and cash in Norwegian currency.

When you get there and walk about 1.5km you get to Brestua, a restaurant and motel.


You follow the road to the mountain and then the path.

There are chaines to hold onto for safety.

It is steep …

Especially if you are afraid of heights … like me.

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