The Arctic Road Trip

As soon as I decided to move to Northern Finland last year, my plan for the summer holidays was to go on an Adventure in Northern Norway. After two recent short road trips to the Lofoten Islands and to Tromsø and the Island of Senja at the end of the winter, I had a better idea of what my summer plan would look like. I wanted to visit new locations, but also go back to the ones I saw in the winter so I could see how different they are in the summer. Continue reading “The Arctic Road Trip”

Travel Part 2 – Back to Norway

I fell in love… with Norway.

There is no other word or expression I can use to describe how my Easter trip affected me. Not two weeks had passed that I decided to go back to Norway for the weekend of the First of May. I was looking for something to do in Finland, maybe in Lapland. But in the end, it seemed that I would rather drive a bit more to Norway. Continue reading “Travel Part 2 – Back to Norway”

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.

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 …

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.