Day 04 – Tour de Finnmark 2016: Adamselv – Kunes – Børselv/Pyssyjoki

Yesterday I might have forgotten to mention a light rain: it lasted so long that at the end I was quite wet. Yes, I have waterproof equipment, but that gets wet anyway. And when putting up a tent in a wet terrain, shoes tend to get wet as well, no matter you have them covered or not.

Now, everything is fine, you put stuff to dry in the tent, except when you have 100% of humidity it doesn’t really work. Fortunately my next destination was not another forest but a real house, so I didn’t have to worry about getting stuff to dry. And today’s dry weather helped to dry the shoes in the best way: by cycling.

And then again tail wind! actually it was so much, that I managed to keep an average speed of over 20 km/h: that’s very uncommon when you’re dragging five bags with some 15-20 kg of stuff.

The route today cut a peninsula that divides Laksefjord and Porsangerfjord, so I was mostly inland: here you can really see the tundra in all its magic, a sort of scenery that reminds you of dry hot lands with just low vegetation. Here it’s just the opposite: too cold and too windy to have trees grow. Not everywhere however: as soon as you find an area protected by the wind, you see nature gaining grounds immediately. Close to Børselv, for example, you can admire the Silfar canyon (80-meter deep, one of the deepest in Europe), where you can see some of the northernmost pines of the whole world.

And finally I reached Børselv, or Pyssyjoki in the local Kven language, a variation of Finnish language. In front of me the other side of the Porsangerfjord, with its 200 km to North Cape. Let’s see where the road leads me from here…

They'll never get dry...

They’ll never get dry…

View of Laksefjord from my night motel

View of Laksefjord from my night motel

The rapids of Adamselv falling in the sea

The rapids of Adamselv falling in the sea

Luoppaljohka river

Luoppaljohka river

A bicycle in the tundra

A bicycle in the tundra

Entering the three-language municipality of Porsanger: Norwegian, Sámi and Kven

Entering the three-language municipality of Porsanger: Norwegian, Sámi and Kven

If you ride fast enough, you can jump over the hill (yeah, right)

If you ride fast enough, you can jump over the hill (yeah, right)

The Silfar Canyon

The Silfar Canyon

Reaching the village of three names: Børselv (Norvegian), Pyssyjoki (Kven), Bissojohka (Sámi)

Reaching the village of three names: Børselv (Norvegian), Pyssyjoki (Kven), Bissojohka (Sámi)

The church of Børselv

The church of Børselv

Kainun instituutti - Kvensk institutt: the istitute for education and information work about Kven language and culture

Kainun instituutti – Kvensk institutt: the istitute for education and information work about Kven language and culture

 

Day 4 – Adamselv – Kunes – Børselv/Pyssyjoki
Cycling distance: 61 km
Cycling time: 3h

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