Due to the 150th anniversary our local camera club organized a trip to Kong Oscar II Chapel. This chapel is situated close to the norwegian-russian border and a popular tourist destination due to the special location. Just a few hundred meters from the chapel the norwegian-russian border runs through the Jacob’s River. From the location of the chapel you can see Russia on the other side of the valley.
The road to Grense Jakobselv, where the chapel lies (middle right, behind the power lines), is only opened in summer. These days no one lives there permanently, the houses are mainly used in summer.
The inventory is modest and simple. I can imagine it must be a cozy atmosphere in winter, although it usually is only opened for christmas due to the closed road. At christmas people are brought there by tracked vehicles due to the snow.
Although the church is rather small, it really stands out in this landscape. The remote destination has a special atmosphere, as if you have arrived at the end of the world.
I am not sure whether this cross has a direct connection to the church. According to a friend there are similar crosses at the southern, western and eastern tip of Norway, which form a cross if you draw lines between them on a map. Unfortunatetely I wasn’t able to find more information about this.
The above and the following images are made with my infrared camera. Therefore it might look like a winter landscape at first glance. Turned to black and white, the infrared images display foliage as a bright white, which leads to interesting contrasts.