Finnmark, the most northern commune of Norway on the European mainland, was subject to heavy battles during the World War II. The all-the-year ice free harbor of Kirkenes, its strategic location towards Murmansk, Russian’s main base of its Northern Fleet, and resources such as iron and nickel caused many troops and weaponry to be deployed here. Kirkenes belongs to the few cities, which were completely destroyed during the war; over 300 air attacks were flown against this town.

Some remains of the severe battles can be still found, e.g. plane wrecks – on land and on the bottom of the sea. The latter causes many divers to visit Finnmark for wreck diving. A few planes, from which most crashed or crashed landed during the Soviet offensive in 1944, are located not too far (a substantial hike though) from my house. A few weeks ago I went on a hike to visit a crashed Soviet Ilyushin Il-2 plane in the middle of the forest. Some parts of the wings and a small section of the fuselage are still left. According to information by locals those are the remains of a successful emergency landing – no trees at that time – and both crew members survived.


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Random captures

You may have noticed that it has been rather quite here during the last months and that my activity on e.g. Instagram was kind of limited. That was due to the fact, that I was very busy in finishing my PhD project, studies and publications as well as public defense. Everything went well, I am very happy and now I am slowly adjusting to normal life schedule again – difficult if you have lived under constant stress and pressure for a longer period. Also, I have not taken that many new photos for some months, just some random shots while being out for a short time to relax or while traveling. So, here is a selection of captures in no specific order I made in the last six to eight months with my phone and DSLR. You may have seen some of them already, if you follow me on Instagram and Facebook.


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