We left the ferry in the rain and rode west looking for wild camping spots. We found one but the gate was closed so couldn’t ride down to the lake.
We rode another 45 minutes and finally found a spot next to the river.
We made camp in the rain. Vince had bought a tarp so we were able to cook dinner out of the rain.
We left our wild camp in the rain and headed to Lysebotn.
It’s famous for its 29-kilometre (18 mi) long road that rises over 900 metres (3,000 ft) up a very steep cliff, going through 27 hairpin turns, including one hairpin turn inside a 1,103-metre (3,619 ft) long tunnel that goes inside the mountain. The road was opened in 1984 and it is open only in the summer, when it is ice free and safe. The road has its highest point at 932 metres (3,058 ft) above sea level.
It was a real shame it was raining, the road was smooth as silk, the only hazard besides the rain were the numerous sheep. They had seen plenty of tourist in their time so they weren’t phased.
We headed to another wild camp near lake Oltedalsvatnet.
We left our wild camp in the rain and headed north to Eidfjord.
It was misty and raining most of the day, which was a shame. The upside to the rain is that there are lots of waterfalls with lots of water. We spent lots of time underground, there are so many tunnels, even ones with roundabouts.
We were wet and cold when we turned up to the campground.
I pitched the tent in the rain and then had a hot shower to warm up, sheer bliss!!
We had a later start this morning, washing and drying our clothes first thing and waiting for the rain to stop.
We left fully rain suited and headed to Stegastein viewpoint. What a view!! From there we rode through many tunnels including the world's longest road tunnel at 25 km.
We the rode the Tindevegan through the mountains where the temperature dropped to 3°C, plenty of snow and a glacier.
As it turned out we only got the occasional rain today, which made the ride very pleasant. There was such a variety of scenery, it was a real pleasure to ride dry twisting roads.
We ended the day at Geilostrondi.
Today we rode some of the most famous Norwegian roads and saw some of the most spectacular views.
Temperatures ranging from 2.5° to 13.5°C.
Today it was all about ferries, tunnels and going to hell, or should I say Hell.
Today was the first day for a while we didn’t wear our wet weather gear, in fact we had moments of sunshine and a balmy 16.5°C.
We caught two ferries, went through many tunnels and arrived in a town called Hell. We visited the memorial to the RAF crew members who lost their lives in the sinking of the Nazi warship The Tirpitz.
We then travelled through the rolling hills passed lakes and ended up wild camping in a forest near Bjorgan.
We were up early and packed away before the rain came. Our midge friends who were so happy to see us last night were just as keen to see us this morning
We left in the rain and headed north stopping in at Mo I Rana to see the Havmannen man, then off to the artic circle centre then finally a wild camp overlooking the Arctic Ocean
What I learnt last night is that our neighbours, the sheep, communicate a lot and don’t sleep. And therefore, when the alarm went off at 5am this morning I also had had very little sleep.
We were up early as we had to get the ferry to the Lofoten Islands. The islands have dramatic mountains and peaks, some near vertical.
The bays have beautiful coloured seas, many with light sandy beaches.
The roading infrastructure in Norway is top notch. It has a population similar to NZ and puts NZ roading infrastructure to shame.
The first thing I noticed when we entered Scandinavia is how clean and well-kept the countries are. You will not find any litter anywhere.
It’s strange now we’ve crossed the arctic circle the weather has gotten hotter and dryer.
We left our camp and headed north through the Lofoten islands and on to the mainland.
The scenery today has to be some of the best the world has to offer. There was always something new around every other corner.
We again wild camped tonight.
We left camp and headed as far north as you can go by road in Europe. The destination Nord Kapp or North Cape in English.
On the way we stopped in at the Tirpitz Museum near Alta. Tirpitz was one of two Bismarck class battle ships, the largest battleships built by the Nazis in the Second World War. It was sunk by the RAF who dropped Tall boy bombs from Lancaster bombers.
We saw our first wild life today, Carabu, also known as reindeer ambling across the roads.
When we were nearing Nord Kapp the weather grew colder, more overcast until we were riding in thick fog.
When we parked our bikes and walked to the 307-metre cliff, we could barely see 10 feet in front of us. No problem if you’re scared of heights, you couldn’t see a thing
At least we got a picture with the famous sculpture
Today we made our way to Finland. It was a rain gear day so we focused on making some distance south to the warmer drier regions.
Finland is covered in forests, various types of trees including many silver birches.
There are lots of Reindeer just ambling along on the road, so you have to keep your eyes peeled.
Last night we stayed in a campground, lovely hot showers and luscious grass to pitch the tent on.
Today we continued south to the arctic circle in Lapland. This is where Santa Claus lives.
We visited the Santa Claus Centre to see the man himself, no sign of the elves at all, they must be hard at work.
We then headed south again and wild camped next to a lake in the forest. A very beautiful spot only spoiled by the midgies and mosquitoes.