As the sun rose with the promise of a new day, our journey to Hamnvik, Ibestad commenced. Little did we know the breathtaking sights and memorable encounters that lay ahead. Located in Northern Norway in Troms County, Ibestad is a municipality consisting of several islands connected by bridges or tunnels. Known for its spectacular fjords, lush green landscapes and rich wildlife, Ibestad is nothing short of a hidden gem.
Our adventure began with a visit to Salangen River – a freshwater paradise which lies at the heart of the Salangen municipality. Surrounded by rolling hills and dense forests, the crystal-clear river is an extraordinary sight for sore city eyes. The air around us was crisp and refreshing as we stood on the steel bridge crossing over the river.
Below us, a dazzling spectacle unfolded as numerous arctic char swiftly glided through the water. These majestic fish are known for their striking appearance, characterized by large spots and bright hues ranging from pink to red during spawning season. With great admiration, we watched them swim under our feet gracefully navigating through their natural habitat.
Eagerly anticipating our arrival at Hamnvik, we continued on our way to complete this leg of our journey. As we entered the village, its charm was evident in every corner contributing to its welcoming aura.
However, nothing could have prepared us for one particularly astounding experience that awaited us upon arrival. Just as we reached our final destination at Hamnvik, we were greeted by an imposing yet strangely serene sight – a massive bull moose standing nonchalantly on the property.