NORDKAPP - The top of the top

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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Done all by Hitch-Hiking!!!!

August 10

I've done it!! The northernmost point of Norway and Europe and I did reach by hitch-hiking and all for free (either the toll tunnel to the island and the fare entrance to Nordkapp site itself!).

(thanks to Christian for the tips of how to get to Nordkapp for free!)

So the highest amount I will have spend is for the postcard I sent to my family from Nordkapp itself.

Basically I left Honningsvåg by foot leaving the villages and finally walking along the road for a few km following the fjord and looking at the mountainous landscape. After some km of walk its a finnish guy in a van who stopped by the road and picked me over. He was going all the way to Nordkapp on this trip and was also going to fish at some other places on the island. He was an old man enjoying his vacation by himself as his wife didn't want to join him and stayed in Helsinki.

The middle part of the road was even more wonderful than the one I had been walking. The high plateau of Mageroya island is simply incredible... the views from this really high altitude place over to the toundra, the lakes and the fjord are amazing. (the green is purely green, the grey-rust colour of the rock and cape are distinguish as well as the blue and turquoise of the water.

From a little distance of Nordkapp, I got out of the car and simply walked along the road and cut over the toundra to avoid the toll booth to the site and walked around and as the fog came up at the same moment it was pretty easy to do so. So I walked in the fog towards Nordkapp in the toundra all alone and it felt wonderful... although I also got all my feet and bottom pants wet.

As I arrived by the side of Nordkapp, I got an amazing view on it before the fog wrapped it all with the waves of the Arctic ocean ending on the bottom of it. When I reached the site itself with the touristy feature the fog wrapped the whole cape area and I went inside to visit the museums, movies and installation. The fog moved out some more but really short and as I went in to write my postcards an even thicker fog came over with a really strenght cold wind and we couldnt even see further than 5m ahead and the cold mixed with my wet feet was a bad feeling. I was getting scare of being stuck there for the night though.

So finally, I did though reach it and from that point I'm only 2000km from the North Pole :) It's mostly symbolic as it's simply a rock and its most of the time under fog, but I was there, even if the most northern spot is actually a little peninsula more at the west that can be reached by hiking 10km and stretches few hundred meters more north... I didnt care! My joy and thoughtful moment at Nordkapp was complete by sitting and thinking! One life steps!

From now on the only thing I can do is go back south. But the fog made it difficult as I couldnt see the cars on the parking and therefore could'nt hitch-hike back and the cold temperature wasnt tempting to hike. I looked all cars number plates and potential space in them and went to the lobby to look at the people coming out of the complex. Finally, I followed 2 guys who were leaving and next to their car I asked for a lift. They didnt really wanted to pick me and said they were going to a village not Honningsvåg but I said bring me there anyway and finally I got a ride with these 2 guys from Helsinki riding an estonian car and finally their final destination was the camping few km from Honningsvåg where I had reached while walking in the morning... so it was great and I started to walk back.

Further on the way, as the road are to narrowed for 2 cars to cross while there is a pedestrian along, (which anyway doesn't happen often with the scarce traffic but luckely did then), one of the car simply stopped and then I pulled my thumb up and hop he picked me over to bring me direct to the place where I was staying.

The rest of the evening, I simply cooked some rice and relaxed by the tv room talking with Christian and the others and playing chess. Finally, I got to sleep... closing all curtains because it stays fully lights all night and hop till the morning (saying the goodbyes to Christian already as he was leaving more early than I).
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