Day 151. Gamvik weather and rest day

Posted by: James on May 31, 2009

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Day 151. Gamvik church was rebuilt after the war to its landmark statusIt was only a force four in the morning but the forecast was for it to increase up to a force six later in the day and increase to a force seven in the evening. After breakfast I went for a walk around the town as it was dry.

There was a lot of activity around the church. The church itself was rebuilt after it was destroyed in the war. It is something of a landmark on it small knoll and was indeed the first thing I saw in Gamvik after the hard paddle across the Tanafjord.

The reason for the activity was that not only was it Sunday but it was Whitsun or Pentecost Sunday. This commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Christ. This is one of the important weeks in Norway for confirmation ceremonies of young teenagers into the church. It seemed there were a few confirmations at Gamvik church today.

As I walked around Gamvik I noticed that it was not as run down as some of the other towns and villages in Finnmark. Generally the houses were well painted and there was some pride in the gardens. The fish processing plant looked a mess though and it reflected the fact that Mehamn some 20 km down the road had all but taken over.

I also saw some leaves for the first time this year. They were on the only trees which were tough enough to grow here, which was the scrub willow. Even the hardy mountain birch did not survive this far north. The vegetation at sea level here is the same as about 1400 metres in Jotunheimen.

I went for an evening walk also got back to the house with the wind increasing as forecast. When I looked at the updated forecast I saw that Tuesday was looking like it was going to be the first day I could move with northerly winds of just force three. Later in the week it looked unsettled again. I hope to move on Tuesday as I could get depressed waiting here in the grey windy weather despite the comfort of the house.

It had been a dull day.

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