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Troms Fylke

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  • Day379

    Close to the waterfall stopover there was another restplace with a designated toilet cassette emptying point. We once again swiped our bank card to open the door but instead of a cubicle with a drain we were faced with a machine with a roller blind. When we pressed a button the blind raised revealing a space into which we placed our toilet cassette before the roller lowered and the machine automatically emptied and cleaned our toilet, leaving it with just the right amount of water and ecological fluid! All for free! We were so impressed at this space age emptying system! Vicky was even tempted to take on toilet duty the next time we encountered one!

    We travelled down the coast road for about 5 hours and took in some awesome scenery, including beautiful reflections of blue skies, white clouds and snowy mountains in the water surface of the fjord from which they rose. We (especially Vicky) were in need of a place to stay for 2 nights to relax and digest all we'd experienced. We initially stopped at a nondescript restplace with picnic tables but Will managed to find a large layby overlooking the Straight that ran between the mainland and
    Hinnøya (Hinn Island), the fourth largest in Norway. We had a great view of the water and the Tjeldsundbrua bridge that connected the island to us on the mainland. We also had access to the water via a steep bank, which meant Will could occupy himself fishing and didn't risk becoming bored in the van and annoy Vicky 😉

    The morning brought a stillness to the water of the Straight so the island hills and bridge reflected well in the bright sunlight. Vicky spent a lazy day in the van catching up with photos, videos and the blog. Will fished to his heart's content and even caught a small Coalfish! Other fishers came and parked up at various points during the day and one who Will had talked to even caught and left another Coalfish for him, so we were able to have one each for tea!

    Today was supposed to be one without too much excitement but as Vicky was looking out of the window she saw a dorsal fin breaching the water surface as a Harbour Porpoise made its way towards the bridge, occasionally coming up for air. She shouted down to Will who managed to also catch a glimpse. Later we were both in the van and saw a group of 3! They were feeding and surfacing to breathe 3 or 4 times before diving for fish. We watched two different sessions of this behavior for about 10 minutes each before they got too far away.
    If this wasn't mind blowing enough, we later saw a Sea Otter close to shore. We reckon it had been attracted by the fish guts Will had thrown in the water when cleaning his catch. It was swimming along on its front, twisting and floating on its back for a while and diving with a plop as its thick conical tail disappeared. We once again felt blown away by what Norway had revealed to us!

    The quality isn't great but we managed to catch the Porpoises and Otter on film and have uploaded a video to VnW Travels' YouTube Channel here: https://youtu.be/gqOB3s9zN4M
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  • Day375

    Glacier walk + video

    July 6, 2017 in Norway

    Will had invested a bit of time scouring Maps.Me and had found a glacier that wasn't far out of our way. Neither of us had ever seen a glacier before and were excited at the prospect. We drove towards it and when we saw the exposed face, poised high up on the mountain, there was no confusing it with an ordinary covering of snow, its hard ice darker and more angular, like the rocks that surrounded it.

    We drove to the end of a single track road arriving at a small parking area with a compost loo and a few large, colourful wooden houses. From here there was the option of a boat trip to the foot of the glacier or an 8km walk along the side of the fjord. Liking to travel under our own steam when we can, we opted for the later. The going was tough right from the start, with rocks and roots poking up out of the grassy track through the woods. We crossed many streams and a few rivers, a couple with unstable wood and metal bridges layed between the two banks, but most via natural stepping stones or a single wooden plank. Our adrenaline was running high with the prospect of actually being able to reach the foot of the glacier, where the snow reached down to the water. As we carried on the track became rougher and less defined, to the extent that we found ourselves hopping between boulders on the ragged shore, without any path.

    As we slowly inched closer and closer to the compacted ice, more details revealed themselves. We could see the running water emerging from the glacier bed, cascading over the slick dark cliff face and plunging underneath the snow drift at the base, before spurting out into the fjord. We could hear the roaring of many waterfalls and fast flowing rivers but as we progressed towards the head of the fjord, the noise they made faded out and we were able to focus more on the incessant pounding of the glacial meltwater. Very occasionally a short thunderous rumble filled the valley a noise we are pretty sure was made by the glacier creaking forwards. From a distance the mass of ice had a dull blue hue amidst the grey shadows but drawing nearer, the blue intensified to the point where it was almost a neon blue in the right light. A distinctive looking triangular archway drew our attention, its angles enhancing the colours.

    After some time we arrived at an open grassed area where we saw two reindeer cows with their calves, one of which was suckling! There was a picnic bench and signpost with a little green postbox on it. Inside was a visitors' book which we signed. Beyond this point, the path was marked by small cairns and the occasional weathered red plastic snow pole. It took us up the steep mountainside and became so narrow and difficult that we concluded it was used mainly by the reindeer. Altough the glacier seemed so close, a rigid inflatable boat had driven to the base of it and the people inside seemed very, very small. We couldn't see any sign of a track over the scree slopes between us and our destination and so as the mountainside we were traversing became precipitous and the gravel slippery, we decided we had come as far as we could. The increasing danger of continuing wasn't worth risking.

    The return journey seemed to take forever and being tired, we needed to stop and rest more frequently. At one of these pauses Vicky decided to scramble up the rocks to a river covered in snow that wound its way down the mountain. It too, was further away than anticipated but it was worth the hike to have reached a bit of snow.

    7 hours and nearly 10 miles after setting off, we celebrated at the sight of the van. We think the 8km on the information board had been as the crow flies and so were very glad we'd turned back when we had. We hadn't expected the route to be so rough and difficult and the going to be so slow. We were exhausted and sore but glad we'd tried. We felt we'd tasted a bit of Norwegian wilderness, not least in the mountain spring water we'd scooped up from the streams. We'd watched the details emerge on the glacier as we drew closer to it and heard its thunderous creak echoing off the walls of the fjord.

    We'd planned to move on after the walk but decided that eating and sleeping now came higher up our list of priorities, so we stayed put for the night alongside some French and a German van that had arrived.

    We took a few video clips along the walk, so if you'd like to see glimpses from our journey, go to VnW Travels' YouTube Channel here: https://youtu.be/wGoIth9qWUY
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  • Day376

    Waterfall restplace on E8

    July 7, 2017 in Norway

    After travelling only a short distance yesterday, we needed to make real progress today. The E6 coast road is decent quality and we were able to keep up a good pace (for a motorhome). The views were beautiful, but when the road took us down the side of Lyngenfjorden, there were views over the water of the jaw droppingly stunning Lyngen Alps; dark, craggy, pointed and patched with snow. Their forms were reflected in the clear blue water below, upon which the sun shone, reflecting silver sparkles and occasionally highlighting green the shallows. The sight just took our breath away.

    Carrying on down Storfjorden the mountains changed to bulking masses with table top summits. Innumerable white, string-like waterfalls, ran hundreds of meters down the steep slopes, eroding their path between trees, exposing the bare brown rock so it appeared as if giant talons had scored slits along which the water fell. The running water would be visible for a long stretch, then disappear beneath a covering of hard, widespread snow before emerging again; a process repeated several times for each waterfall.

    These white water wonders were present day features on the side of mountains whose forms had been shaped by the work of the last ice age. An unimaginable mass of water accumulated and froze hard into glaciers that crept towards the sea, plucking and dragging boulders whose horizontal gouge marks are still featured in the U shaped valleys scoured out, smaller (but by no means small) ones feeding into larger ones.

    On top of the amazing grandiose sights, we passed so many roadside waterfalls, some splashing off and soaking the dark rocks so they appeared sleek and black while the droplets of water, highlighted by the sun, sparkled in a fine white spray, as the thousands of small collisions with the rock caused division into smaller droplets forming an even finer mist.

    We both felt totally overwhelmed! Will thrived on all the excitement but it took its toll on Vicky and she buried her head in her knitting to try and keep level. Luckily Will was able to drive and found a good overnight restplace on the E8. There was a high tech toilet which required you to swipe a bank card for entry but was free to use and had warm water to wash you hands. Walking over some rough ground we reached some trees, behind which was a wide waterfall about the height of a house. We went to see it when the sun was just right and produced a rainbow, which, if you peered down into the plunge pool, almost formed a complete circle!
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  • Day377

    Tromsø

    July 8, 2017 in Norway

    Although Tromsø was out of our way, we thought that as it was by far the largest city in northern Norway, it was worth a visit. Driving to the end of the peninsula, we passed through an undersea tunnel to get to the island of Tromsøya on which most of the city was located. We are getting used to travelling through tunnels and this looked like your everyday two lane tunnel. The only thing was that it was the left of two tunnels in a country where you drive on the right. It was used to take traffic in one direction, then switched entrances and exits to take it in the other. We found it more than a little disconcerting that green arrows directed us to the blocked right side tunnel, while barriers funneled us into the left. After 5 minutes of daylight the sat nav plunged us into yet another tunnel. This one had three roundabouts in it with other subterranean roads leading off in different directions. The sat nav lost us and so we had to guess at which of the exits signed 'Sentral' we needed to take. Luckily, Will's sense of direction still worked underground and we ended up at the world's northernmost Botanic Gardens as planned.

    Unfortunately Vicky was feeling too fatigued to do a tour of the city but we both really enjoyed wandering around the free, open air gardens, with their Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine areas. Tiny cushion plants bunched together on gaps between rocks where earth had accumulated. Our favourite plants were the Himalayan Blue Poppies that came in a range of sizes and whose colours ranged from indigo when first peeping out of their buds, to a light blue after they'd been faded by the 24 hours of UV exposure day in, day out.

    On our way out of Tromsø we passed the Arctic Cathedral, a striking place of worship, encased in 11 white arching triangles designed to resemble glacial crevasses like the one we'd seen in the glacier a few days ago.

    That evening we returned to the waterfall restplace we'd stayed at the previous night and filled the van's tank with water from the waterfall.
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  • Day21

    Dem Norden ein Stück näher

    July 27, 2017 in Norway

    Über einen schönen Pass gelangten wir zum Geirangerfjord.
    Der Ort ist ein wenig überfüllt mit Touristen, doch wenn man ein bisschen weiterfährt kann man alleine die Schönheit der Gegend bestaunen. 🏞
    Weiter gings über den Trollstigen nach Ålesund. Bis spät in die Nacht sind wir dem Abendrot entgegengefahren und es war trotzdem noch ziemlich hell. ☀️ 🌅
    Nach einer kurzen Nacht erkundeten wir am folgenden Tag Ålesund. Danach machten wir uns auf den Weg weiter Richtung Molde. Hier hatte Olaf einen Wellnesstag! Er ist jetzt wieder weiss! 🚌➡️🚐 Von dort sind wir über die Atlantic Road nach Kristiansund gefahren. An einem gemütlichen Rastplatz haben wir uns eingerichtet und übernachtet. Am nächsten Tag fuhren wir ca. 600km in Richtung Norden. Am folgenden Tag überquerten wir bereits den Polarkreis. Unser Olaf hat nun schon über 188'000km auf dem Buckel und ist immer noch in topform. 💪🏻 🚐
    Mit der Fähre gings von Bognes nach Lødingen auf die Lofoten. ⛴
    Nun sind wir am Gullesfjordbotn Camping in Botn. ⛺️
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  • Day7

    Es geht zum Nordkap

    June 21 in Norway

    Nachdem es gestern etwas später wurde, haben wir länger geschlafen und sind erst um 13:00 aufgebrochen. Unser Ziel für heute bzw. morgen früh ist Hammerfest. Hammerfest galt bisweilen als die nördlichste Stadt der Welt, zumindest bis Honningsvåg (circa 2000 Einwohner) 1998 den Status einer Stadt erhielt.

    Wir werden heute mehr als 800 km zurücklegen und haben dann nur noch ca. 200 km bis zum Nordkap.
    Die Fahrt durch den verregneten norwegischen Norden verbringen die meisten von uns schlafend. Bis jetzt haben sich heute Matze und Levi das Steuer geteilt.

    Nach einem späten Chili sin Carne geht es nun durch die Berge weiter nach Hammerfest. Ankunft am frühen Morgen.

    Die Landschaft, die wir durchquert haben, war wirklich beeindruckend und extrem abwechslungsreich. Schade das wir nicht mehr Zeit und ein gute Kamera dabei hatten.

    Gegen Ende haben wir auch die ersten Rentiere gesehen.
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  • Day27

    Lofoten

    August 2, 2017 in Norway

    Den "Schlecht-Wetter-Sonntag" nutzten wir zum Kaffeetrinken, fischen und planen. ☕️ 🎣 🗺
    Am Montag konnten wir am Nachmittag bei gutem Wetter auf den Reinebringen wandern.
    Der Auf-und Abstieg dauert nur kurz, doch ist sehr fordernd. 🏃🏼
    Die Aussicht von dort oben ist besser als in jedem Reiseführer beschrieben werden kann. ⛰
    Am Abend fuhren wir wieder zurück nach Svolvær, wo wir übernachteten.
    Unser Lofoten-Aufenthalt ist vorbei.
    Letztes Jahr hatten wir Wetterpech auf den Lofoten. Dieses Jahr hatten wir Glück! 🍀 ☀️
    Bei schönem Wetter ist dieser Ort noch schöner und einfach nur traumhaft!
    Momentan sind wir in Skibotn auf dem Camping und geniessen die langen Tage! ⛺️☀️
    Unser nächstes Ziel ist das Nordkapp, welches noch ungefähr 515 Kilometer von uns entfernt ist!
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  • Day43

    Senja

    August 14, 2017 in Norway

    Der Nachteil unseres Campingplatzes: er ist sehr ausgesetzt. Und es waren Sturmboen angesagt. Mitten in der Nacht mussten wir das Dach runterklappen und am Morgen die Faltschüssel suchen, die wir unter dem Wohnwagen abgestellt hatten. Sie wurde bis zum anderen Ende des Platzes geweht. Natürlich war klar, dass bei diesen Windverhältnissen die Walsafari, die wir heute machen wollten, nicht stattfinden würde. Was also tun? Wir entschieden uns spontan, abzureisen und unser Glück auf Senja zu versuchen. Bei ziemlichem Mistwetter, man kann es nicht anders sagen, nahmen wir also die Fähre nach Gryllefjord, die mit Abstand schaukeligste und teuerste! Das Wetter wurde auch auf der eigentlich schönen Insel Senja nicht besser. Frustriert bauten wir uns bei Regen auf dem wenig charmanten Campingplatz auf und brauchten erstmal einen Kakao mit Rum, um die Stimmung aufzuhellen. Dann haben wir ordentlich eingeheizt und doch noch einen ganz muckeligen Abend in Matti verbracht.

    Tageskilometer: 116 km
    Gesamtkilometer: 4336 km
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  • Day44

    Tromsø

    August 15, 2017 in Norway

    Langsam ist der Bedarf an Wind, Regen und Kälte gedeckt. Die Zivilisation ruft, sprich wir fahren heute zügig weiter nach Tromsø, einen Tag früher als geplant. Es ist nur ein Katzensprung im Vergleich zu vorigen Etappen und so kommen wir schon Mittags um 12 Uhr an. Der städtische Campingplatz erweist sich als sterile durchgestylte Angelegenheit. Wir stehen auf Asphalt, vor uns Kunstrasen. Heringe für das Vordach einkloppen? Vergeblich. Aber bald schon heitert es auf und wir wagen eine kleine Tromsø-Besichtigungstour. Am Ende landen wir natürlich zielsicher in den Ølhallen, dem Ausschank der nördlichsten Brauerei der Welt. Hier probieren wir uns ein wenig durch's reichhaltige Sortiment und unterhalten uns angeregt mit einem Typen aus Kirkenes. Meine Frage, ob sich ein Besuch dieses abgelegenen Ortes lohnen würde, beantwortet er natürlich mit ja. Verdammt!

    Tageskilometer: 82 km
    Gesamtkilometer: 4418 km
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  • Day45

    Tromsø von oben

    August 16, 2017 in Norway

    Heute Morgen war strahlender Sonnenschein, wie vorausgesagt. Also kurze Hosen an, Campingstühle raus und ein bisschen Sonne tanken. Wir stehen direkt am Eingang des Campingplatzes und so konnten wir an diesem schönen Vormittag eine norwegische Eigenheit studieren: zu jeder passenden Unzeit und am besten so lange wie möglich den Motor laufen lassen. Nun ja, wir sind im Urlaub und blenden das einfach aus.
    Das tolle Wetter lockte uns auf den Fjellheisen, den man vom Campingplatz aus sehen kann. Praktischerweise fährt eine Gondel hinauf. So waren wir schnell oben und konnten die Wahnsinnsaussicht auf Tromsø und die umliegenden Berge erleben. Danach fuhren wir auf die andere Seite zur Hoppbakke, einer Skisprunganlage, die wohl schon bessere Zeiten erlebt hat. Nach einem kurzen Stopp im Brauereishop ging es zurück. Kurz vor Feierabend hörten wir verdächtige Geräusche vom nahegelegenen Stadion. Eine schnelle Recherche ergab, dass heute Abend dort ein Fussballspiel stattfinden würde. 2. Norwegische Liga! Das haben wir uns natürlich nicht entgehen lassen. 90 kurzweilige Spielminuten für 100 NOK. Kann man mal machen.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Troms Fylke, Troms, Romsa

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