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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In the morning the weather cleared up a little bit and we are driving to Lakselv to meet up with the major. After last night's storm, the roads look like polished by the wind and the snow.


It is snowing heavily since hours. It's a marvel of nature, but also a bit frightening at the same time. The storm shakes the parked car like a boat on the open sea.


On our way back the wind got even stronger. Sometimes it's impossible to see more than a few meters. Behind that white curtain, there is Stabbursdalen somewhere.

Snowdrifts galore

The temperature dropped a great deal. This morning, our way into town is not easy. Because of the strong winds, there are Snowdrifts all the way along the roads. But these machines are taking good care of them.

Dying stars

This is the perfect night to test our new antenna out in the field. We are out with the custom-built VLF radio to record this electromagnetic phenomenon. The hissing and cracking sounds from the etherwaves and spherics are very audible. They're possibly boosted by the light, because as bright and clear as tonight we didn't hear them before. We saw a lot of dying stars this night.


When Springer looked out of the window he started a sentence in German: "This looks like a great night for ?" but then paused because he was missing the word in German, searching for the English term ? which didn't come up ? and finally finished with "guovssahasat", which is the Northern Sámi word for what he was expecting this evening. And he wasn't disappointed. Having polar lights to say hello as a welcome greeting, makes you feel the magic about this place, we call our home in the Finnmark.

Lenticular altocumulus

An unusual formation of clouds on top of the mountains on the other side of the Porsanger Fjord. According to our book about clouds this is most likely called "Lenticular altocumulus". We're very close to Stabbursdalen, our headquarter in the Finnmark during our explorations. The outside temperature is slightly above 0 degrees C, what feels very strange, having in mind the -20 degrees from yesterday, which was only 85 km away from here.


We are arriving in Lakselv, or Lemmijoki, which is its name in the Kven language. The Kvens are a Norwegian ethnic minority descended from Finnish peasants and fishermen who emigrated from the northern parts of Finland and Sweden to Northern Norway in the 18th and 19th centuries. The sky is clearing up, wrapping the town in a warm light. The sun already hides behind the mountain and the surrounding looks like vanilla ice and candyfloss.


A service truck is passing by to take away the snowdrifts. We're lucky, the wind comes from the right side.

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