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The masts will be built near one of Norway’s most famous tourist attractions.
The vast Norwegian nature is an important resource to our country. Not only because of its estetic qualities – it is, for instance, an important energy source as well.
Almost all electricity produced in Norway comes from renewable hydropower. Hydropower is a way of producing energy that doesn’t add substantial amounts of carbon to the atmosphere, but on the other hand requires infrastructure development that sometimes disrupts the scenic nature experience.
Might it be possible, nonetheless, to take into account the need for electrical power without harming nature’s beauty? The company Statkraft, who owns and is responsible for operating and constructing the stem power grid in Norway, is at least trying.
Statkraft has now been given permission to build a 30 metre tall designer mast near the popular tourist destination Øygardstølen. This is often used as a starting point for a hike to the famous mountain Kjerag, one of the most dramatic sites in Western Norway. Here, you can find the Kjeragbolten, a 5-cubic-metre glacial deposit wedged in the mountain’s crevasse.
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The power masts will be at least twice as expensive as ordinary masts, but Statkraft hopes that they won’t degrade the visitor’s experience of the area. Rather, the hope is that the installation will be an attraction in itself.
The mast is not the only new project tourists visiting Kjerag and Øygardstølen will get to look forward to in the years to come.
The Stavanger branch of the Norwegian Trekking Association are now trying to raise money to build a large tourist cabin worth almost 60 million Norwegian kroner (6,8 million euros). 100 people will be able to stay in the cabin at any time, and several of the beds will be hammocks.
Last year, 55.000 people reached the top of Kjerag, and so far in 2016 the increase has been more than 40 per cent, according to the local newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad.
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