- Duration: 30 Minutes (approx.)
- Location: Morvik
- Product code: PVHDAH
When arriving at the base you will board your helicopter and you will soon be high above the mountains, with its islands, fjords and islets. That’s only the beginning of your journey, though: friendly, experienced, and safety-certified pilots provide an unmatched experience of everything you look at and makes sure you have a pleasant flight.
We will go directly into the fjord Skjomen. Skjomen has a site of about 80 rock carvings near the sea. They consist of animal figures including reindeer, whales and moose as well as a human figure holding a reindeer in straps. The rock carvings are believed to have been made by the mesolithic Fosna-Hensbacka culture dating from around 5000 BC. The rock carvings were discovered in the 1930s. For a short period, German battleship Tirpitz hid beneath the extremely steep mountains surrounding the fjord to avoid attack by allied warplanes during World War II.
We will quickly arrive to Frostisen. Frostisen is one of the larger plateau glaciers in Norway. Frostisen covers an area of about 25 square kilometres (9.7 sq mi). The elevation of the glacier ranges from 840 to 1,710 metres (2,760 to 5,610 ft) above sea level. We will fly on the edge if weather permits and cross over to Storvatnet towards Ballangen.
The first person living in Ballangen was Lodve Lange (Lodve the long), who is mentioned in Heimskringla as being one of King Olav Tryggvason’s most trusted warriors, and being placed near the king in the famous ship Ormen Lange (long serpent). Lodve probably participated in the Battle of Svolder in the year 1000, and might have been killed there. There is a long history of mining in Ballangen, starting from the 17th century. Over the years as many as 36 mines have been operated in Ballangen, including minerals like copper, nickel and iron, zinc, manganese, and lead, but the most serious mining started in 1911 with Bjørkåsen Gruver mining mostly pyrite. Mining for nickel and olivine continued until 2002. There is also a dolomite quary in Ballangen.