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The treasures of the earth

LXRY List 2023: a list that, among other things, inspires and points to the future. This week a selection of a number of quiet places, ooh-and-aah locations and other striking places. From kayaking in Greenland to a roller coaster experience in Norway; our earth contains many treasures.
John van Helvert

Driving on water

The more than eight kilometer long Atlantic Road in Norway is one of the most beautiful routes in the world. The road runs from island to island, via eight bridges and sharp bends, with a continuous view of the Atlantic Ocean. With a bit of luck you can spot whales or seals. It's easy to park the car and start exploring. Climbing over rocks to places with the most beautiful views. The most famous and highest bridge, also the symbol of the Atlantic Road, is the Storseisund Bridge. It is special not only because of its height, but also because of the impressive sloping bend it makes. Almost a rollercoaster experience.

Tranquil fairytale forest

For a real winter, with snowflakes that glitter like Swarovski crystals and temperatures deep in red, head to Finnish Lapland. The beauty, the pristineness! Set off with a pack of huskies, snowmobiles or on skis and explore the nature scene, painted in exuberant white. Young foliage that leans forward due to the weight of the snow, spruce trees that have become snow sculptures, the sky colored pink by the low-hanging sun. Speechless in this tranquil fairytale forest. And then the night with a chance of northern lights still has to arrive.

Photo: John van Helvert

Kayaking between the icebergs

Now it is still possible. Because there are still ice floes floating. Still. Kayaking in Greenland, in Ilulissat, near the Ice Fjord. Due to the temperature (far below zero), the waves (wind!) and the risk (the sea is deep and very cold), it is quite a challenge to get out on the water while paddling. Keep your hands on the paddle, the eyes upon the waves. And it's not easy to just focus on 'staying afloat', there are plenty of distractions: a piece of iceberg breaks off in front of my frozen nose and thunders loudly into the sea. And a little later a humpback whale appears behind me, spluttering, twenty meters away. I feel his hot breath on my neck. And that's nice.

Photo: John van Helvert

LXRY List

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