Tag Archives: Norway

Kvalsund, Noway

Kvalsund, Norway

Y, indeed.

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Måsøy, Finnmark, Norway

Måsøy, Finnmark, Norway

Måsøy, Finnmark, Norway

OK, so both the hammer and sickle were already taken, so the residents of the Måsøy commune of northernmost Norway chose another brutal looking tool as the symbol of their region. The gaff, also known as the hakapik. It’s an ingenious creation meant to bring total destruction to the wicked baby seal at the business end. As both a bludgenoning tool to smash the seal’s sull and and hacking tool, to drag away the freshly killed cottony soft carcass, you kill two birds (or one innocent infant seal) with one blow. 

Now I know the Aurora Borealis is a little difficult to replicate on a flag – especially in two colors. But the next time the residents of Måsøy gather to create a new flag, I strongly suggest something less medieval weaopnish and controversial.