Vor der Küste im nordländischen Norwegen im Helgeland ragt eine leuchtend rote Insel aus dem Meer. Selbst bei grauem Wetter leuchtet sie rot. Diese Insel zieht unsere Blicke magisch an. Was ist das nur?

Rødøyløva in Rødøy on Rødøya – The secret of the red mountain

Anyone who has driven along the coast in Helgeland will have noticed the magical red glowing rocks in the rugged coastal landscape on the northern and thus longest ferry trip on this route. We asked locals what this island, Rødøyløva, in Rødøy, on Rødøya, is all about.

This red-green rock already shines in the distance from the ferry pier Forvik, surrounded by the uniform gray of the water and the other islands, this rock formation, which is unknown to me, stands out. We still have time. from Forvik, the ships sail very rarely, especially on weekends and out of season. So we use the time for shopping in the small supermarket and a visit to the small open-air museum. Time is a completely different unit in Helgeland than we are familiar with.

I ask the people who live here, what kind of island it is off their Helgeland coast and why it shines so despite the bleak weather. In the open air museum near Forvik there is a small geological exhibition, with rocks from all over Norway. Here I get the answer and also a suitable story about the fabulous formation of the surrounding mountains.

The shining mountain is Rødøyløva in Rødøy on Rødøya. You should allow this to melt on your tongue soberly and after all, other people have noticed that Rødøyløva in Rødøy on Rødøya is something very special. Because the names Rødøy and Rødøya are derived from Rødøyløva.

Sea lion, red lion, Rødøløyva …

So there is a red lion in Norway. At least Mount Rødøløva looks like a relaxed lion who has made himself comfortable. At least if you have an abstract imagination. And because the rock also really shimmers red, it was simply given the name “Red Lion”, or “Rødøyløva” in Norwegian. And if you give a mountain such a distinctive name as “Rødøløyva”, you can also name the island and the community on it after it. So the municipality of “Rødøyløva” is called Rødøy and the island on which Rødøløva is located is Rødøya.

We now know what the “Rødøyløva” looks like, but how does it come to its color, which always shines even when everything around it fades? This, I am told, is a local weather phenomenon. When clouds come up and everything is covered in gray haze, a small cloud hole remains just above Rødøyløva, through which the sun shines and thus reflects the rock color of Rødøyløva.

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