Day 08 – Tour de Finnmark 2016: Kåfjord – Billefjord

There are interesting reasons for cycling a route back and forth: for example you remember the place where you’ve been picking blueberries, and stop for picking more. Or maybe to take a picture you forgot to take.

In this particular case, cycling south from North Cape made me realise how fast nature changes in just 100-150 km. As you’ve seen in the pictures, in the far north you don’t have any trees whatsoever. This is not actually due to the low temperatures of the area: Finland is in average much colder than Northern Norway and it’s much more covered by trees. Actually in Norway along the coast you really don’t go too often below -5 Celsius. But winters are harsh here. The Arctic Sea brings with it strong winds that make impossible for trees to grow. And when you go south from the top, you see little by little how nature regain its right to have also trees grow. Especially at the end of a small fjord, you realise that the parts less swept by wind are the ones with small birches, with curved trunks which have experienced gusts from any direction. And as you continue the journey towards south you start to see more and more cottages, meaning that also humans settle down together with nature.

When cycling in this way you also strengthen your survival spirit: before stopping for the night you carefully check the wind and consequently the position you want to put tent. You also need water and for that you need to compromise: you can find a creek quite easily, but not necessarily in the best spot to stay overnight. So either you take at least two litres with you (you need also some to wash potteries, teeth and so on) or you try better luck continuing the journey. Either way, there’s plenty of room here.

It’s midnight now and I realise that in the tent is getting dark. Not for long though, but still 150 km can make a big difference.

Another nice tent with a view. Time to leave, though

Another nice tent with a view. Time to leave, though

There are so many reindeers here, that you become used to see them in the vast fields

There are so many reindeers here, that you become used to see them in the vast fields

The village of Honningsvåg from mainland

The village of Honningsvåg from mainland

There's always time to pick berries, especially when you realise you've been there before

There’s always time to pick berries, especially when you realise you’ve been there before

Last farewell to the farthest lands of Europe

Last farewell to the farthest lands of Europe

Day 08 – Tour de Finnmark 2016: Kåfjord – Billefjord
Cycling distance: 92 km
Cycling time: 4 h 40 m

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