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Tirpitz Museum – The Story of the Beast

You’ll find Kåfjord just a few deciliters of fuel southwest of Alta. Between March 22nd 1943 and October 15th 1944 the battle ship Tirpitz anchored in Kåfjord, Altafjord. Just behind the new bridge on the picture it harbored. The ship

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The Most Important War Memorial in Norway Is Deliberately Made Out of Reach for Tourists

In 1950 a war memorial was blown up to pieces at Bjørnelva, Salten, Norway. Representatives of the authorities explained it this way: It is so unpleasant for tourists to see these Russian war memorials erected everywhere. Operation Asphalt (Operasjon asfalt)

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Posted in ARCTIC FJORD ROAD, Helgeland, LIFE

Roosevelt’s Cottage in War Torn Arctic

The first building on the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi was erected in 1950 for . The wife of former US president Franklin D. Roosevelt was coming to town. She had been instrumental in creating UNICEF, the first NGO of its

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Posted in Rovaniemi, SANTA'S ROAD

Arctic War Heroes and Traitors

A few minutes from Santa Claus Village is the cemetery for German soldiers. At Norvajärvi there is also a monument of the 196 Norwegian volunteers who fell fighting for the Finns/Germans against the Soviets. Most died fighting to defend two

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Posted in Rovaniemi, SANTA'S ROAD

The Utter Darkness near Santa Claus Village

During WWII some 50 000 German soldiers were lost on the Finnish front. Most of the soldiers fell in the Soviet Union. The situation through most of WWII was that Finland and Germany were allies. There are two cemeteries in

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Posted in Rovaniemi, SANTA'S ROAD

The Lost WWII Story Of The Arctic – It Was A Mutual War Not A Separate War

”The Germans will never win. You are too brave.” This is what the Finnish officer told the German general Mathias Kräutler. You have to conquer the Arctic before you can face the enemy. The war action in the Arctic was

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