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Queen opens new coastal trail

Around 250 hikers followed along with Norway’s Queen Sonja when she formally opened a new coastal trail on the island of Vannøya north of Tromsø late last week. The area has a rich history of settlements dating from the Stone Age, and the queen cycled there last summer.

This summer she returned to officially unveil the new information sign at the trailhead for the new Kyststien and then hike it from Valen to Perolsavika. Local history experts spoke along the way about the hard life folks had on the island, which hasn’t had any roads.

“It fills you with humility and respect to see how people here have lived without vehicles or a road for all these years,” she told local newspaper Nordlys.

Queen Sonja, who turned 75 last month, remains an outdoors enthusiast and is known for making at least one major trek every year. She was enthusiastic about the scenic beauty of the islands around Tromsø and said she expected more tourists would visit. “Cycling though this coastal landscape with views to the Lyngsalpene the whole time, that’s a great experience,” she said.

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