When you are driving from Trondheim and up north, you will pass under this arch after a while. It marks the region which is known as Northern Norway. This region consists of the the counties, Nordland, Troms and Finnmark. For me this is the first landmark that shows I'm heading home. The arch's symbol is the Nortthern Light, which is best viewed in this region of Norway.
The second landmark is the Arctic Circle. Then we've entered the land of the Midnight Sun. It's also a reminder of the land of no-sun-at-all-during-winter. Above the Arctic Circle the sun never rises above the horizon for a short or long period decided by how far north of the Circle you go.
The third landmark is when we drive off the ferry that takes us from the mainland and to the island of Hinnoey, which by the way is the largest island in Norway. If winterstorms are harsh, we're cut off from the rest of Norway since the ferry then can't sail due to the weather. Alot of foreign visitors have taken this ferry, since it is the main road to Lofoten.
And then there's the last landmark, when we've turned off the main road and driven over a small mountain pass. Somewhere up on that mountain you drive by the community sign. In Norway, whenever you go from a communtiy to another, these community signs symbolize the entrance and exit of the communities you pass.
For me, all these landmarks make me feel a bit more relaxed, a bit more comfortable and a bit nearer to where I belong. Especially when we leave the ferry, I breathe more freely. It's nice to visit the town I was brought up in, but after living in Nothern Norway for nearly twenty years, this is really HOME.