During their explorations and tours of the MEMORIA NORWAY project, SpringerParker will update the Logbook on a regular basis. It documents their route and events in forms of on location photos and descriptions sent directly via the mobile phone to this website. Clicking at the geographical data to the left of the entries lets you follow their route on the map.

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We're leaving Kirkenes and are driving towards Vadsø. The snow-covered and frozen bushes next to the fjord look a lot like corals.

You can't have them all

We will probably never manage to catch all of Pikene på Broen in one photo. Right here we did the photo with them when we said hello for the first time about a year ago, and we will keep on trying. This time (l.to r.): Mona, Liv Astrid, Maria & Luba.

Everyday routine

Everyday routine is back to the office of the girls. Sorry, but we have to pause this to give some hugs and good-byes.


For full viewing pleasure, please lean your head to the left now. A few days of not moving the car at least proves that the internal heating works very properly. This impressive little souvenir has to be removed before we can continue our performance tour through the Finnmark. Not an easy task, but we've seen bigger ones growing from roofs around the city.

Ice-cold beauties

An icy morning, if these beauties haven't been on the windscreen, we would have taken them with us ...

Cold storage

This way it's staying fresh for the summer.


In the evening, we're invited to a dinner that Pikene på Broen organized for the volunteers of the Barents Spektakel. We're also meeting Kjetil, Michael and Franzi there. During we've been to Murmansk, there has been public meeting in the city, about a hot topic: Lilaflot, which also became our topic of the evening, because Kjetil and Michael have both attended the meeting. The Australian company who recently bought and reopened the iron ore mines in Kirkenes is using a special chemical to separate the ore from the crushed rocks. The residues of this process, which means rock and poisonous chemical (Lilaflot D817M) are poured directly into the Bøkfjorden, one of Norways national and the easternmost salmon fjord. In 2009, the company applied to raise the amount of Lilaflot used to 500 tons a year. We've been told that when pupils of the local school drew a banner to protest against Lilaflot and hung it to the school, they were forced to take it off by a city official.

Back in Kirkenes

This time, the procedures at the Russian customs went quite fast, which means about 1,5 hours. We're arriving back in Kirkenes, where it is hard not to notice, that there has been a lot of new snow during the last days. And it is still snowing.

Passing by Nikel

We're passing by Nikel, which got its name from the metal that is mined and smelted there. It is the sister city of Kirkenes and lies about 7 km from the Norwegian border. In the photo you see the Pechenga nickel plant, which causes grave environmental and health concerns for the population of the city. The wind also carries sulfur dioxide fumes to the nearby Norwegian areas and causes severe pollution there. By the way, the filming of the "Farewell to the Fairground" video of "White Lies" was done in Nikel and co-organized by Pikene på Broen.

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