Day 05 – Tour de Finnmark 2016: Børselv – Seljenes

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!

The wonderful view of Porsanger fjord from Børselv

The wonderful view of Porsanger fjord from Børselv

Porsanger fjord

Porsanger fjord

Reindeers wondering what I am doing there

Reindeers wondering what I am doing there

They didn't wonder too much, decided to go away and have a swim

They didn’t wonder too much, decided to go away and have a swim

I was just trying to take a picture of me

I was just trying to take a picture of me

The water of the Arctic Sea is undoubtly crystal clear

The water of the Arctic Sea is undoubtly crystal clear

Getting closer to the end of the road

Getting closer to the end of the road

View of Porsanger fjord from the west side

View of Porsanger fjord from the west side

Overtaking 70 degrees north

Overtaking 70 degrees north

The view can't be really beaten

The view can’t be really beaten

Not only reindeers, also sheep along the way

Not only reindeers, also sheep along the way

In a land so far away

In a land so far away

Church of Olderfjord

Church of Olderfjord

Also this cow is wondering what I am doing here

Also this cow is wondering what I am doing here

The village of Smørfjord

The village of Smørfjord

For tonight I'm going to have a tent with a view

For tonight I’m going to have a tent with a view

Day 05 – Tour de Finnmark 2016: Børselv – Seljenes
Distance: 127 km
Cycling time: 7 h

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