Posts Tagged ‘Norway’

Day 47. 24km hike. Kinnerodden

Posted: July 24, 2013 in Hiking, Norway
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The northern most point of mainland Europe. In the sun and clear blue skies. Even warm enough for some tundra lake swims. A wonderful day.

Day 47. 24km hike. Kinnerodden. Map and gpx.

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Last year when I was in Mehamn, I said I wanted to see this wonderful barren landscape with nice weather. Well, the Gods provided me with perfect weather. Man, it was spectacular.

Day 46. 70km. Bekkarfjord – Mehamn. Map and gpx.

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Today I cycled towards the Sværholt peninsula to Veidnes. A 75km dead end road up a remote northern peninsula. Lovely views across the fjord. Coffee and cake with a friendly lady. Lunch with a breathtaking view over a tundra plateau. Organising a boat in the Veidnes community house. Crabbing in the fjord and camping in the 3rd most northern dairy in the world.

Day 45. 133km. Lakselv – Bekkarfjord. Map and gpx.

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Rain. Cold (not freezing like yesterday). Little wind, and what the was was a tailwind. With better weather forecasted from midnight onwards, I’ve stopped in Lakselv – the largest town for 100s of km, to sleep and have another midnight start.

Day 44. 66km. Olderfjord – Lakselv. Map and gpx.

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Wind. Freezing. Grey. Tired.

Day 43. 90km. Havøysund – Olderfjord. Map and gpx

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4 minutes with a Maserati to climb what took me an hour on the bike. The start of the walk to Knivsjelodden – the real northern most point of Europe. A walk through wind and fog to nice views of the North Cape.

Day 42. 22km. Nordkapp – Honningsvåg. Map and gpx.

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Amazing light cycling at night up the Porsangen fjord, 5000km from Holland in the North Cape tunnel. And the North Cape where I was interviewed for norwegian TV. A fantastic day.

Day 41. 149km. Olderfjord – Nordkapp. Map and gpx.

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Today was cold and bleek. It was a slog up to and across the tundra plateau with grey skies and varying winds and some rain. Sun is predicted for the night. Matthew is going night cycling again.

Day 40. 103km. Alta – Oldenfjord. Map and gpx.

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Day 39. 100km. Alta Canyon

Posted: July 16, 2013 in Cycling, Norway
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Today was meant to be a rest day. Well, it wasn’t too restful, but possibly one of the most spectacular. A heavenly road through the high tundra plains to the Alta Canyon – the largest canyon in Europe.

Day 39. 100km. Alta Canyon. Map and gpx.

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What an awesome day. Night cycling alone in the sun on the Finnmarksvidda and following the Alta River down to the final big plunge to the coast. Arctic-cycler is happy cycling in the Arctic.

Day 38. 205km. Leppäjärvi – Alta. Map and gpx

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