Store Molvik near Berlevag – in the footsteps of the past. And the future
Store Molvik lies about 20 kilometers southwest of Berlevåg and the end of the Norwegian Arctic Road on the Varanger Peninsula. So if we are already thousands of kilometers to the north, then we take the last 20 kilometers narrow gravel road to the old fishing village Store Molvik in purchasing. The coast is said to be historic in Store Molvik, as is the development. But what awaits us in this highly praised environment puts all our imagination in the shade.
At the beginning of July we are on the Varanger peninsula and drive over the Ishavsvejen, the ice-sea road, to Berlevåg. From here, a narrow gravel road leads to Molvik and Store Molvik. However, this is only open in summer, during the long winter period, only an official route for snowmobiles parallel to this way.
Until 1945, Molvik was a traditional fishing settlement, as it has repeatedly found along the Norwegian Barents Sea. But with the withdrawal of German soda data, all buildings in and around Berlevåg were burned down and the people were expelled.
What remains are the high beach walls of coarse pebbles, which were created during the last ice age. The last section also leads through a huge pebble field that drops steeply towards the beach. The dirt road ends with a narrow bridge, without railing. Because parallel to the coast flows in this area, a wide and quite deep stream, which flows very close to the Tanafjord.
A few simple fishermen’s huts are here, originated in Store Molvik, the slipways of the boats have probably survived the rogue destruction of German soldiers in 1845 and remained as alleged scrap back. Today they serve their old function again and pull boats ashore.
Store Molvik offers beautiful, but also more challenging coastal walks in both directions in this barren and modest landscape. But as beautiful as the coast of Tanafjord in Store Molvik is, it is littered with plastic. Large and small plastic parts, freshly disposed of or washed up long ago, are assigned to fisheries as well as private households.
Used up plastic boxes, torn fishing nets, small buoys, plastic bottles, poles and broken gloves …., much of what lies here is also disposed of here, other is washed up with the storms and waves. Whether the people who live here have a sense of what they are doing with it? My heart is bleeding at this sight and the masses are so many that we can not carry them off ourselves.
So, as in this place, in Store Molvik, it looks everywhere along the Barents Sea. With sad thoughts we leave the place, which was destroyed in 1945 by insane foreign powers. Today it is the people who live here who destroy this beautiful bay, the beautiful coast on the Barents Sea by plastic waste.
But I invite you to take garbage and dispose of it properly. SORRY!!! Even if it is not your own garbage. If everyone takes something with them and so easily gives something back to the place where they are, how much could we do. And even as tourists in the business we could show that plastic packaging is from yesterday. Please let us do it. For tomorrow!!!