Day 07 – Tour de Finnmark 2016: Knivskjelodden – Nordkapp – Honningsvåg – Kåfjord

And finally North Cape. As usual, you can’t beat the view. Although Knivskjelodden is 1,5 farther north, The cliff of Nordkapp is definitely the best balcony ever, looking at north where there’s no land to be seen. Actually there is still a lot of land, especially the Svalbard archipelago, but it’s at north west and so far away you can’t see it. So you can easily imagine to be on top of the world.

And lots of people: cyclers, bikers, by car, caravan, house on wheels, bus, everybody seems to be here. The road is so long, that along the way you cannot imagine the amount of people heading north. There were even two guys from Italy who made the whole way on two Vespas 50 cc, which means more or less maximum speed 50 km/h. So like being a bit faster than a bike and a lot slower than anybody else.

Although being cloudy for most of the trip, the weather decided to get a bit better at North Cape, just in time for the ritual pictures at the monument of the globe and in front of the endless sea.

Now, since from here you can’t go any farther, I changed my heading towards south. I don’t like to do the same route twice back and forth. But this time really you have no choice, that’s the only road that gets here. Fortunately heading south the wind turned in my favour, so the hilly road towards Honningsvåg wasn’t as harsh as yesterday. It was however just much colder. I have to say this: I love cold weather, but cold wind on a bike is a bit too much. I had to play a lot with two jackets, taking one on (on downhill) and off (on uphill) in order to regulate the body temperature. Really, if you come so far north, be prepared for very cold winds.

Today I wasn’t supposed to cycle a lot, I just wanted to go a bit south and then stop next to a small creek for dinner. However on the island of North Cape I wasn’t able to find a suitable place, so I had to face the 7 km tunnel below the sea at around midnight. I was thinking to do it tomorrow, but then it turned out to be a good solution, since there were just a few cars at that time. And after that I found one of the best spots ever to camp!

Time to pack and get back on the mountains

Time to pack and get back on the mountains

View of the tent from the other side

View of the tent from the other side

No way to get forward from here

No way to get forward from here

The globe on top of North Cape

The globe on top of North Cape

The bike is still there, yeah!

The bike is still there, yeah!

Cycling Raffa is back to business!

Cycling Raffa is back to business!

Entrance to North Cape

Entrance to North Cape

Formal picture at North Cape

Formal picture at North Cape

Knivskjellodden peninsula, the northermost place in Europe, where I was yesterday

Knivskjellodden peninsula, the northermost place in Europe, where I was yesterday

Behind me, only sea

Behind me, only sea

Obelisk to remind the time in the 19th century when the king of Sweden and Norway came to North Cape

Obelisk to remind the time in the 19th century when the king of Sweden and Norway came to North Cape

Helicopter ride above North Cape

Helicopter ride above North Cape

Time to leave North Cape!

Time to leave North Cape!

The first selfie!

The first selfie!

The harsh uphill is now downhill to Honningsvåg

The harsh uphill is now downhill to Honningsvåg

Reconstruction of a Sámi village

Reconstruction of a Sámi village

A really short landing strip for the airport in Honningsvåg

A really short landing strip for the airport in Honningsvåg

Cod left to dry

Cod left to dry

The tourist harbour of Honningsvåg

The tourist harbour of Honningsvåg

A reminder of civilization decadence in the middle of nowhere

A reminder of civilization decadence in the middle of nowhere

Nice spot to sleep tonight

Nice spot to sleep tonight

Day 07 – Tour de Finnmark 2016: Knivskjelodden – Nordkapp – Honningsvåg – Kåfjord
Hiking distance: approx. 9 km
Hiking time: 1 h 30 m
Cycling distance: 72 km
Cycling time: 5 h 15 m

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