Updates are pretty slow. Oops. I wanted to select photos for one final post about the trip but … I just can’t choose.
It only took me five and half days from Sodankylä to home, Belgium. I don’t know the exact number of kilometers I have driven, but it’s at a minimum 3700. Doesn’t sound like much, but I was the only driver and most of the roads in Norway won’t let you go faster than 80kmph.
Between sleeping, eating, setting up and breaking down the tent, doing at least some stops here and there, figuring out ferry timetables and how to meet those, I pretty much was stuck in the drivers seat.
Again, I didn’t really plan all of this. Not having a working credit card didn’t help with things like tolls and/or ferries.
Despite having the feeling I was just driving, I have a ridiculous amount of photos.
I . just . can’t . choose .
So you’re getting the boatload 🙂 Here’s the drive from Sodankylä towards Lofoten.
Driving on these roads I wondered what’s the point of living there. What’s the point of maintaining these roads? If your point is to escape other people, that was easy to achieve hundreds of kilometers back. This is just barren land.
Once I got to Kilpisjärvi I had been driving for roughly 8 hours and had seen virtually no change in landscape for many hours. The route ahead didn’t look like it would change soon and Kilpisjärvi had a parking spot. I decided to sleep there.
It was near freezing and the ground wasn’t exactly smooth, so this was my first night sleeping in the car. I didn’t sleep very well. The next photo is taken close to midnight. Given the cloudy, murky weather there’s no real difference between day and night.
Apparently the lake is frozen until June, depending on the year. I was lucky to see it in non-solid state 🙂
Safe to say Norway was a very welcome surprise in look. The last hundreds of kilometers in Finland were brown, grey and dead. Norway surprised me with green colours.
I drove past Narvik but stopped for some photos of the lakes and mountains. The area surrounding Narvik had several monuments erected with information about WWII. Before reading about the history I had no clue this was actually sea water already. This made me realise how long Lofoten actually is.
More next time.