Start: 08:00 Finish: 16:38
Total km., for day: 238,9
Long lie in until 8:00 and once organised had another look around the emplacement, the lower area, did not bother with the barracks etc., up on the hill in the woods.
Then set of at 10:30 and had a long wonderful but bumpy ride. Glorious scenery, probably more impressive than later in the year because of all the snow. White Tailed Eagle, really big adult and mucho reindeer.
Had thought of finding a place to park up in Finnsnes but they have the town locked down for that sort of thing. Nowhere I could find without having to pay their extremely high parking fees, and then only for two hours at a time. Fair enough really when one considers that it is on a main tourist route and during the season extremely well used.
Anyway I drove back out of town the way I came in for about thirteen kilometres to a rest are, with WC if you please and thats where I put up home for the night. Lovely spot right on the water looking down the fjord towards Senja which is the destination for tomorrow. Only twenty clicks and one is over the bridge and on the island.
The rest area is at N69°10’28” E18°05’00”.
As I said very bumpy tortuous trip, took six hours to drive the 239 km.
Start: 05:30 Finish: 16:00
Total km., for day: 328,5
Snowed overnight, enough to have the snowplow pass twice in the night.
On the road fairly early, about 8:30 I think and drove right around Senja, wonderful views but impossible to get off the road just too much snow, need skis, skidoo or snowshoes, none of which I own. All along the rout the snowplows were out all over. met a coulee of dicey bits but nothing spectacular.
Pretty much the same as our last trip in 2008, anything possibly like a wild spot to overnight all under the snow and the official camp sites are all still closed. So back to Finesses for the cocoa and fill up with diesel and away again.
I’d worked out an out of the way B road route again in the general direction of Narvik, which is where I wanted to arrive sometime on Monday. However for unknown reasons Kate and I got it wrong somehow. Kate living in my SatNav btw., and we found ourselves not the back of beyond as planned but popped out onto the main E6 drag about halfway to Narvik.
What to do, sigh words with Kate and f’it drove the other half to just before Narvik. One must remain flexible.
N68°27’10” E17°28’37” which is a War Memorial site for those that fell in the battle around Narvik in ’42.
It is also right next door to where they are building one of their enormous suspension bridges across the fjord. It is amazingly interesting and I’ve always wanted to know how they went about it. Now I know.
Right for all you geography whizzes you will have realised that I have stopped my northerly direction and from here on it will all be down hill to Düsseldorf at the end of May.
The roads on Senja were on the limits of the Van tyres and it gets worse ny the mile the further north you go from there, and one close inspection of a ditch suffices. Not really missing out on anything the rest of the northern part has been covered every which way on two other, separate trips so quick visits by friend in Fauske and Trondheim then a lazy trip out through their magnificent fjords.