Day 15. Mehamn – Slettnes – Kjøllefjord. 72 km

Posted: July 22, 2012 in Cycling, Norway
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Results of today.
Broken spokes: 1
Malfunctioning speedo: 1
Drenched shoes: 4
Bedraggled cyclists: 2
Interesting people met: 4
Northernmost lighthouses seen: 1
World’s most northern forest seen: 1
Bleak, desolate, tundra, arctic, beautiful landscape seen: lots
Wind: yes. strong headwind/side wind
Rain: yes
Reindeer seen: lots
Waffles eaten: 2 each
Happy cyclists: 2
Nice warm, snug hut: 1

On the high plains

On the high plains

Slettnes

Slettnes

 

Slettnes

Slettnes

 

 

 

Comments
  1. Val Jones says:

    Happy blog reader who gets to see all these sights without exerting herself or getting cold and wet: 1 (and perhaps many others too!)

      • Martin in Wales says:

        Hi Chris – Wonder if you’re still checking this blog. I have exactly the same photos as you have on this page! I was cycling from Kirkenes to A in the Lofoten Islands in July 2011 when I took the road to Slettnes. The weather was absolutely foul – rain and gale-force winds. In fact the wind was so strong that I had to lean at quite an angle on the rough road leading to the lighthouse. Suddenly my wheels slipped and I was dumped on the ground in an undignified heap. Warmed up a little in the cafe by the lighthouse. Drank coffee, ate a waffle or two, took a tour of the lighthouse and was then offered a lift back to Mehamn. A few kms into the drive along the road the lovely retired Norwegian couple whose van I was riding in said, ‘You will stay the night, won’t you?’ During this visit, I was told the 70 year-old queen of Norway had cycled the stretch between Mehamn and Slettnes earlier in the summer!

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  3. Martin in Wales says:

    Hi Matthew
    – Wonder if you’re still checking this blog. I have exactly the same photos as you have on this page! I was cycling from Kirkenes to A in the Lofoten Islands in July 2011 when I took the road to Slettnes. The weather was absolutely foul – rain and gale-force winds. In fact the wind was so strong that I had to lean at quite an angle on the rough road leading to the lighthouse. Suddenly my wheels slipped and I was dumped on the ground in an undignified heap. Warmed up a little in the cafe by the lighthouse. Drank coffee, ate a waffle or two, took a tour of the lighthouse and was then offered a lift back to Mehamn. A few kms into the drive along the road the lovely retired Norwegian couple whose van I was riding in said, ‘You will stay the night, won’t you?’ During this visit, I was told the 70 year-old queen of Norway had cycled the stretch between Mehamn and Slettnes earlier in the summer!

    • Hi there.
      It was a bit chilly when I was in Slettnes too. It was nice to warm up and tuck into the waffles. 🙂
      The wind can be amazing in Norway. A beautiful country though.

      This year I’ll be cycling across the world. Really looking forward to it!

      All the best!

      Matthew

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