Friday, August 24, 2012

Norway's glaciers

A foot of the Jostedal Glacier reaches almost all the way down to a fjord.  A small boat deposited us on the bank at a spot closest to the glacier, probably only a couple hundred meters away.  However, it took us half an hour to climb over the huge boulders blocking our way.  We were fortunate in that it didn’t rain.  Even then it was quite slippery and some of us did not try to reach the glacier.  If it did rain none of us would have tried.

The short hike was worth it.   Some of the ice have melted, leaving behind some of the dirt, making the glacier look kind of dirty on the surface.  Even then, the ice appeared translucent, and deeply blue. I read that ice is blue for the same reason that water is blue - because the water molecule absorbs light at the red end of the visible spectrum.  The ice was cold, of course.  But the air was simply refreshingly cool.  It took your mind away from the worries of the world - if only for a moment.

Not far from the glacier, cute little houses line up neatly on the edge of the fjord.  Rare where I live, but a common sight in Norway.  It is a privilege to live in a civilized way, yet so close to raw nature.

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