Cave 69 degrees north
69 degrees north, that's more than 2/3 the distance from the equator to the North Pole. In most of the world this means alpine deserts and tundra, hardly accessible for anyone except the few that live their life in this rather inhospitable world. But Norway is different. Here we do find cities and villages, even forests. But even here you don't have to travel far to find wayless land, without a single person for many many kilometers, and at an altitude of 900 meters there will not even be a shrub to be seen, much less a tree or a forest. On Markusfjellet, one of these relatively remote areas a few hours drive (and walk) away, some cavers from the town of Tromsø have spend the last few years exploring a promising cave system now measuring several km in length but still with many unexplored leads. I was fortunate to participate in a short five-day expedition to this cave.
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