Date: 21 – 25/08/2017
From/To: Tromso – Kautokeino
Distance: 546 Km
Total Distance: 12511 Km
Weather: Sunny, Cold, Rain
Now the last push to the North Cape was on. Not to push it too hard we would split it in two days. The first day had two ferry rides and it started fine. After the first ferry the clouds came in and it started to drizzle. This continued while waiting for the second ferry. To amuse us we looked around and we found Santa Claus in the woods. On the picture on the right Sigrid holds him in the palm of her hands.
Finally the ferry arrives, it was still drizzling, so we were happy when we could board.
And here are the pictures from the ferry just before we arrive. On the left where we were coming from, on the right were we were going. We were quite happy about the sunshine.
We arrived on our half way mark and got a cabin with a grass roof.
The next day I thought I give our boots some TLC.
We noticed that the temperature started to drop quite a bit, we were now riding by 8 degrees, which felt much colder when the wind was blowing strong. Below is a picture of a small island on our way.
We booked a cabin, that Micha (a friend of ours and a Norwegian travel veteran) suggested. The location was just perfect and so was the sunset.
The next day we would walk to the most nothern point of the European mainland, which is not the place with where the globe and the visitor center is. The real point is reachable by a 18km return walk. We thought we do the walk first and then ride to the visitor center and take the mandatory pictures. Here a nice view from a fjord on our way to the car park.
Afer we parked the bikes on the car park, a group of rendears passed bye.
Since it was raining the last couple of days we followed a slippery path J
On our way we meet Jim and Ruth, a Candian couple. We attempted together to find the least muddy path.
And finally we arrived at the most northern point. The point itself is not very impressive, just some grey cement blocks stacked on top of each other. On the right hand you see the view onto the visitor center.
While we enjoyed the view we saw some whales. As usual I had difficulties to take a shot at the right time J
And here just a couple of scenic shots. Sigrid is fetching some water from the creek
The view back to the most northern point and some reindeer walking along.
A big puddle to cross and the road to the visitor center.
And here we are, at the car park of the visitor centre and the mandatory picture of us on the globe.
We made some new friends J
And as a bonus we had a magnificient sunset at the North Cape. We were lucky, the whole day was without rain, just some clouds to set the scene at sunset.
During our ferry rides we met up a couple of times with Oliver. He was travelling in a camper van on the way to Northcape and we met him there at the evening.
What a beautiful day, we made it to the North Cape on a nice day. No strong winds, clouds or rain. So we celebrated with some bubbly at night. The days were still long, but the temperature started to get a bit low so we would make our way south a quickly as possible.
When we packed our bikes the next morning, we got some visitorsJ
On the way we found some fish drying racks, where the fish is hang to dry for some time to preserve it.
When we arrived at our accomodation we looked at the weater forecast and found that it would be quite windy an heavy rain tomorrow, so we decided to stay put for a day. Our host told us that there would be an Sami wedding in the church nearby, and that we should have a look. So we did. Very interesing was the the ceremony was held in two languages, Sami and Norwegian
Here you can see the entrance of the camp ground, there are still some puddles from the last rain.