Now we were about half way to our destination and a light rain and a chilly wind came over us, but as an old Norwegian saying goes "there is always a shame to turn back" we continued up the rocky path.
When the terrain flattened out after ca two hours walk, we had in front of us two small lakes and two small hills and a wonderful view. We took cover from the wind behind a shelter built up from rocks, and had lunch and coffee before we climbed the small hill covered with the remains of German bunkers made from prefabricated wooden frames, corrugated iron and rocks. The German fighting positions on top of the hill had been replaced by Norwegian/Nato bunkers during the cold war, but it clearly showed what great difficulties any attacker would face.
In the middle of the small mountain pass we were in we found the last POW camp in this section of the Lyngen Line, Lager Kitzbühl. There is also little information to find about this camp and its prisoners but one can see the foundations of several of the POW huts. This camp was the end station for the aerial tramway so the prisoners here probably worked with dragging equipment to different positions being constructed in the area. After the liberation the graves of 6 prisoners were uncovered and it is possible there is more of them hidden away.
We strolled around in the area for a while looking at the camp and the rusted metals and broken bottles littering the place before we realised darkness would soon fall and we had a long way down. Next year we ll get up here again earlier in the summer and then with a tent so we can spend some more time looking around as there is positions, shelters and bunkers all over the place.
We reached back to the car with the last bit of daylight, tired from a good long walk and filled with impressions of today and the dark past, and looked forward to be back home for a long shower and a big dinner :)
Enjoy the autumn my friends :)