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Simmakers Norway Expedition: Exploring the Permafrost

Sept 26, 2016

Simmakers team has made an expedition in one of the Nordic countries – Norway. This month-long journey across the polar Scandinavia gives us an opportunity to gain the permafrost regions, millenary glaciers, as well as have a look at engineering and technical solutions implemented by Scandinavian experts to construction of foundations and roads on permafrost.

The Scandinavian permafrost and ground ice map

Here you can see that almost all roads in Norway are of the top-quality:

Roads beyond the polar circle, Finnmark county (Norway) Fig. 1

Roads beyond the polar circle, Finnmark county (Norway) Fig. 1

Roads beyond the polar circle, Finnmark county (Norway) Fig. 2

Roads beyond the polar circle, Finnmark county (Norway) Fig. 2

Road in Norway on Hinnøya Island, Vesterålen District (Nordland County)

Road in Norway on Hinnøya island, Vesterålen district (Nordland county)

The road near Briksdal Glacier (Norwegian: Briksdalsbreen)

The road near Briksdal Glacier (Norwegian: Briksdalsbreen)

In Norway it is almost impossible to drive into potholes or to find the road without asphalt pavement. Only occasionally you can face with such structural failure in the higher mountain areas or on the underpopulated islands:

It is pretty rare scene in Norway – potholes on the roadside. The town of Vardo (Norwegian: Vardø)

It is pretty rare scene in Norway – potholes on the roadside. The town of Vardo (Norwegian: Vardø)

The town of Vardo with a population of 1930 people is located in the extreme northeastern part of Norway. It should be noted that the town and mainland Norway is connected with 2 km long subsea road tunnel. The town has a port, airport, and waterpark.

Countryside road beyond the polar circle near Talvik, Finnmark county

Countryside road beyond the polar circle near Talvik, Finnmark county

The foundation of a summer cottage near Fredvang village (Moskenes island, Lofoten)

The foundation of a summer cottage near Fredvang village (Moskenes island, Lofoten)

Foundations of houses in the village of Reine, Lofoten

Foundations of houses in the village of Reine, Lofoten

And of course it was impossible to ignore such extremely popular places as Nordkapp, Atlantic Road, the Briksdal Glacier, Lærdal Tunnel, Preikestolen (so called Preacher’s Pulpit), and Trolltunga.
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Nordkapp – is the northernmost point of Europe

Nordkapp – is the northernmost point of Europe

Atlantic road (Norwegian: Atlanterhavsveien) – the road connecting the island of Averøy with the mainland and Romsdalshalvøya peninsula

Atlantic road (Norwegian: Atlanterhavsveien) – the road connecting the island of Averøy with the mainland and Romsdalshalvøya peninsula

The Briksdal glacier (Briksdalsbreen) is one of the best known arms of the Jostedalsbreen glacier, which in turn is the largest glacier in continental Europe

The Briksdal glacier (Briksdalsbreen) is one of the best known arms of the Jostedalsbreen glacier, which in turn is the largest glacier in continental Europe

Lærdal Tunnel (Norwegian: Lærdalstunnelen) — is the world's longest road tunnel (about 24.51-kilometre long). It goes through a 1600-meter mountain range

Lærdal Tunnel — is the world’s longest road tunnel (about 24.51-kilometre long). It goes through a 1600-meter mountain range

So called Preacher's Pulpit (Norwegian: Preikestolen)

So called Preacher’s Pulpit (Norwegian: Preikestolen)

Epic Trolltunga. The length of the hiking route - 22 km with total altitude of over 1335 meters

Epic Trolltunga. The length of the hiking route – 22 km with total altitude of over 1335 meters