Camping Due North, Day 14

Trip Start Jun 04, 2006
Trip End Sep 04, 2007

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

This morning we drove back to the information centre after a quick breakfast in the car as the weather was very cold. It was soon becoming apparent that the further North we drove to, the colder the weather was going to be. At the information centre we found out about a few hikes we could and a canyon that we could go and see. I thought that the canyon was going to be far away from us, but it was only 150 meters away. After the canyon we got ready to drive to Narvik in Norway, since we were so close to Norway. We decided that instead of driving all the way up North of Sweden we would go and explore Norway for a few days. As we got back on the road and started driving towards Narvik, we remembered that we hadn't checked out Lapporten, the famous mountains with a valley in the middle that you can even hike through. So we went back to the information centre and the lady told us to go back on the same road we were traveling on and stop at the look out. So we did, but sadly we could not see the mountain, due to the poor weather.

We started driving to Riksgränsen which was the last city or town in Sweden before entering Norway. We decided to stock up on food as it was going to be rather expensive in Norway, even more expensive than Sweden! 2 tins of Ravioli and lot of bread and spread later, we got back on the road and soon entered Norway. The border crossing was pretty much like the one in Finland. The scenery however, was absolutely magnificent. We both felt that this was the best road we had been driving on, so far. We stopped in Narvik to ask about a tourist road along the coat and we found one.

In my opinion if Sweden is the land of lakes and pine trees and forests, Norway is the land of Fjords and mountains. The view was totally and utterly out of this world and something that words cannot describe. The gigantic mountains around us as we drove around and through them, through the tunnels. The length of these tunnels varied from less than a km to over 8 kms. The fjords were so elegant and their reflection in the dark waters of the lakes and the ocean was quite something. In a way it was Milford Sound all over again for me.

We drove to Fauske that night, which involved taking a ferry. We camped that night after a long time of searching for a decent campsite.
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