Today’s route brought me on the other side of the Porsanger fjord so, talking again and again about wind, I couldn’t be lucky twice: the first 40 km where towards the south and once again with tail wind. The rest was up north on the west side of the fjord. Let’s say after that I was I bit slower than usual.
The temperature also dropped to some 10 degrees, so during the day I had to put also full gloves and long trousers. However, the great thing about cycling is actually cycling: if it’s a bit cold, just push harder to compensate. It always works, as long as you have proper clothes and the temperature is above -15 Celsius. Below that (I tried) I tend to lose my feet, no matter how covered they are. But then again, with -15 go skiing, what are you cycling for?
After Lakselv traffic seemed to be more intense, after all this is the route to North Cape, and as a matter of fact I was able to make a statistic of vehicles with foreign plates overtaking me. So from the largest to the smallest: Finland, Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Estonia, and a few more. Many motorcyclists but surprisingly not so many cyclists: I met a couple at the supermarket (no idea which direction they were going) and just one Danish en route south from North Cape.
I said before that if you want to enjoy a variety of sceneries, choose route 98 from Tana Bru to Lakselv. But if you want to admire fjords, then definitely Børselv – Lakselv and route E6 to North Cape is unbeatable. The road is almost all the time beside the sea, passing through small villages and curving fantastically from one fjord to the next one. And if you want to enjoy it fully, leave car and motorbike home, they are too fast: take a bike and enjoy! And don’t forget to take a tent with you: there’s plenty of land with sea view to choose from!
Day 05 – Tour de Finnmark 2016: Børselv – Seljenes
Distance: 127 km
Cycling time: 7 h