A grave containing the remains of a wooden boat was discovered in 1934 under a low mound in a bog at Oksnes in the Vesteralen islands of northern Norway.
Key words: northern Norway; Vesteralen islands; Viking Age; boat grave; pillow; birds; feathers; microstructure
A sea eagle in flight on Bo, on the Vesteralen Islands
In Norway, wildlife fans can combine an aurora trip with whale watching in the Vesteralen islands
, where large groups of orca, humpback, fin and sperm whales gather in January.
The next morning, varied breakfast options were available as we sailed past the Vesteralen Islands
- everything from healthy fruit and yogurt variations to my preferred 'extra-healthy' sausage, bacon, beans and hash browns.
I'm in the Vesteralen Islands
of northern Norway with adventure travel specialist Exodus and, if the lights had proved elusive, the trip would still have offered more than enough to make up for it.
| Northern Lights in the Vesteralen Islands
of northern Norway and, above, eating a meal in a Lavvo | Northern Lights in the Vesteralen Islands
of northern Norway and, above, eating a meal in a Lavvo
Experts believe that up to 20 per cent of the Norwegian Shelf's remaining petroleum reserves could lie hidden under the waters off the Lofoten and nearby Vesteralen islands
. And Norway's oil industry is keen to start drilling.
* WHALE WATCHING IN NORWAY: Hurtigruten (0844 448 7601) offers 12-day trip from July 31 ex-Bergen to Kirkenes and back to Vesteralen Islands
, with two nights in Andenes for whale-watching safari.