Nordkapp

The Mysterious Mini Cooper
The mystery of the mysterious green Mini Cooper is resolved when our friends return from a long hike across the cliffs of Cape North to take some selfies and discover that our little green friends used the mini to speed up their way to Cape North with yet another clue to the quest for the Northern Light.
Shelly finally meets our little green friends

Shelly is the first out on the cliffs of Cape North to welcome our little green friends and they spent quite some time talking (*) before they join all together for a group selfie here on the commonly referred most northern part of Europe (**).

 

A quick group selfie on Cape North

Once the selfies have been taken and everyone did a quick check in on their social media of choice (Cape North has a free WIFI zone, special thanks to one of the largest telecom operators in Norway) our little green friends give Julien an import clue that it is not Tutti Frutti on the inside of his life jacket, but actually reads Hurtigruten and the final harbour of the Northern Voyage may very well contain another passenger for the Crew …

Without further ado the Crew packs up their photo gear, heads back to the Camper and starts their travel East …

(*) Will Shelly reveal what she has been discussing with our little green friends out on the cliffs ?
(**) The steep cliff of North Cape is often (mistakenly) referred to as the northernmost point of Europe, located at 71°10′21″N 25°47′40″E, about 2,102.3 kilometres (1,306.3 mi) from the North Pole. However, the neighboring Knivskjellodden point, just to the west actually extends 1,457 metres (4,780 ft) farther to the north and this is where our friends where hiking when they were considered lost or abducted by aliens.
Regardless, both of these points are situated on an island, which technically means the northernmost point of mainland Europe is in fact located at Cape Nordkinn (Kinnarodden) which lies about 5.7 kilometres (3.5 mi) farther south and about 70 kilometres (43 mi) to the east and another beautiful location for photo hikes.

Checking In

I for one have not been lost these past few days, I was merely exploring a different rabbit hole. I am back and caught up on our current adventure. The photos by +Me2 have been incredible and I am excited to see even more as our adventure continues.

Pirate treasure, aliens in hot pursuit, mystical Sjaman and of course our wonderful traveling companions; have all made this a trip of a life time. But how will it all end??

~ xxsjc

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Graffiti

The Sjaman in action over morning coffee …

When we woke up this morning in Alta we found a trace of red paint outside the Camper.

An ancient red paint with traces of copper and ox blood mixed into it (did you know that red was the very first color which got its own name ?)

It didn’t take long before the Ladies found a hidden track behind the Camper and took the whole Crew on a morning walk into the protected World Heritage Site of Rock Art at Alta.

Boats 4K years ago …

The Sjaman on duty explained the true secret of of the Northern Light would be revealed if we traveled to a small fisherman village up in the North listening to the name of Geirsver.

Without hesitation we returned to the Camper and continued our quest up to the village completely impressed by this prehistoric graffiti and the promise of getting yet another clue in our adventure.

On the road up North we took a few detours to do a mandatory check in on Facebook in the city of Hammerfest, the very first city in Europe to have electrical street lights and made some stops to collect Pebbles.

Pebbles on the road …

Pebbles seems to be a key ingredient in our quest …

Right now the Crew is out and about shooting some magic in the last midnight sun covering the village of Geirsver.

Lets keep our fingers crossed we can post some stunning HDR over the coffee when we take a deeper look why we are at Nordkapp  …

Me2 and Crew …

Fjord is not a Ford

Waiting for a ferry to cross the fjord

Geologically, a fjord (/ˈfjɔərd/) is a long, narrow inlet with steep sides or cliffs, created by glacial erosion. The word comes to English from Norwegian, but related words are used in several Nordic languages.

There are many fjords on the coasts of Norway, Iceland, Greenland, Alaska and British Columbia.

Fjords are not to be mistaken with fords, which are normal parts of the roads in New Zealand and a completely different type of water way and sometimes mistaken with a car brand.

Crossing fords is easy, while crossing fjords may be a slightly different adventure all together.

Ours is clearly placed in Norway where the Crew explored quite some fjords today in their big hike up to Alta.

Fjords are impressive (and that is an understatement).

They are the tell tale signs of continents tore apart ages long gone.

They show the pure power and beauty of Mother Earth in her full force.

They remind us of the age of Frodo.

They tell us that we are just another pebble in the big play of things.

And sometimes a ferry is an easy way to avoid hours of driving across the fjord to just make it to the other side, which feels like it is a stone cast away

When waiting for one of the many ferries on our road today some of the Crew could not resist to take some selfies …

Selfies

Have you ever visited a fjord ?

Ifso, let us know below what you thought of fjords ?

Tutti Frutti

The Crew in Tromsø

The Crew found another clue on their quest for the Northern Light when they woke up this morning in one of the most northern cities of the world.

A life jacket with the inscription Tutti Frutti was hanging on the mirror of the camper.

Who is Tutti Frutti ?
Why did he or she leave the life jacket hanging outside the camper ?
Where is the big ship that was docked on the berth when the Crew went to bed ?

One thing is for sure.
We have to leave this city behind us and continue north.

North towards a settlement where the Sami people took Shelly advice at heart and fought hard for their nature and culture.

North towards the city of Alta.

North to find the secret of the light …

Pebbles

Pebbles

While the Crew is enjoying a sleepover in the city of Tronsø amongst some of the smartest brains of this world, our ever wondering explores are catching up slowly and reached the Silver Falls …

Will they catch up with our friends before they reach their highest destination ?
Why are they so determined to catch up ?
Is danger lurking ahead, or do they have clue to the quest of the Crew ?

Time will tell … just like the pebbles on the beach tell a story of million years ago.

Cachalot™

Today we find our Crew™ back aboard the ship of Captain Reine. 
The secret letter we got from Buccaneer Kidman in Silver Falls revealed some golden nuggets and told us to get on touch with Lord Edgard. 

We followed the instructions by the letter and landed in a harbour village just east of the Atlantic Ocean where Captain Reine (picture above) heard about the epic love story of Lady Kidman and lord Edgard. 
Lord Edgard™
A most respectable sperm whale of age and size who enjoys the deep sea canyon of Andøya in summer. 

Is this all just a hoax or a marketing lure to get the big wildlife lenses out and about or is there more to the love story ?
Stay tuned and discover what Lord Edgard told the Crew™ Before taking a deep dive …
Me2 and Crew™
Ps. The picture above is Lord Edgard after our encounter. Courtesy of Me2 for the pic :-)

Wet

A wet day it was. 
While the adventure started on a sunny beach just outside the luxurious resort it ended in a wet experience. 
The Crew™ met Chief Pirate One Leg Kidman and got instructed on what they need to visit when NOT crossing the border. 
Duly noted. 
And we will be back. 
We continued up North and eventually we landed at the Atlantic. 
Just one word. 
Wauuw. 
Or euhh was it wet. 
Tomorrow we head for the seven seas …
Me2 and Crew. 

The Traveling City

The Crew Buss in Kiruna City

Another epic day is coming to a close.

We found the moving city of Kiruna, we got the whole Crew™ certified on being polar circle explorers,  we found snow on the mountains, we talked shop, we had great food, we sang some Dwarvish songs, we closed the gap to the laponian gate and we ended the day with a fantastic photowalk down the slope.

Each and every topic deserves its own post and both me and Shelly made a mental note we will explore some of the topics in more detail (walking cities, talking shop, photowalks, Dwarvish songs…) long after the epic adventure has come to a closure and is part of our shared memory (read history).

On the way out of Kiruna some of the Crew decided to take a quick selfie before hitting the snowy mountains and luxury key resorts …

A quick Selfie in Kiruna