Arctic Adventures

Trip Start Feb 21, 2012
Trip End Jun 05, 2012

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Flag of Norway  , Finnmark,
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A full today here in Honningsvag after a sleep in after Nordkapp. ATVs, king crab fishing and the ice bar, bring it on!

Our group was first up on the ATV's. First we put on these bright orange suits before a quick orientation on how to drive the ATVs. It was hard to hear the instructions and I was nervous driving first - after all not only have I never driven one before, I can also count all the times I've driven in the past year on one or two hands! Luckily was able to ride with a friend on the way up where we had time for pictures and a quick snowball fight for some, and then I got a turn at driving said ATV back to where we were.

The beginning was tentative for sure, especially being off road with tight turns along with a few snow covered spots. Yikes. Some places didn't have guardrails at the turns and I definitely didn't want to drive us off the cliff either! Made it down slow and steady, by the time we hit the main road, I was feeling comfortable and pushed the speed towards 50 and 60. Wow, such a feeling of freedom driving down the open road, especially since my helmet was one of the few without a face shield so I could feel every gust of wind right in my face.

I missed the turnoff back into town though as I actually didn't know I was looking for it - oops, guess I should have paid more attention =P That resulted in a very awkward u-turn, where in the end I kinda ended up on the sidewalk and then down so we could get back to the exit and into town. Haha, a little crazy I know, and I'd definitely do it again. Thanks to my friend who got quite nervous a few times for hanging in there! And being honest about not being in/on the vehicle if I were to drive again.

There was a little confusion on the timing for king crab fishing as we were told by the locals it was at 4pm, and most of us thought it was at 230. After some sorting out, we were back in our orange suits speeding away to the king crab traps.  We boarded a zodiac boat and skimmed out on the water, parts of it were bumpy and we nearly flew off. It reminded me of our speedboat ride in Croatia, but thankfully most of the zodiac is rubber so we didn't hurt as much.

It was really cool to see them pull up the traps with the crabs and they passed the crabs around so we could hold them and take pictures, but we thought it would've been more hands on, so that was a little disappointing, especially given the price we paid.  We did get to the crabs though, so that was a very nice lunch. Didn't feel too full, but it got to a point where we didn't want to eat any more crab.

Back to shore for the ice bar excursion which was really neat to see. They showed us a video of how the bar is built before we picked up our ponchos and headed in to check it out. Everything truly was made of ice, from the shot glasses to the bar to the igloo. Great fun overall but time felt short as we headed outside to toss our shot glass into the lake to make a wish like the Trevi. Drinks were non-alcoholic tasters really so nothing to exciting there. The weather was on our side for much of the day, with the snow and sleet only returning as we were leaving the bar to get back to the hostel.

On the menu tonight, reindeer stew! Still partially full from the crab, we grabbed a bit of dinner and tried the reindeer. I can't remember if I actually tried it in Iceland, but this would be reindeer in a different dish. It's nice and tender but I wouldn't eat it on a regular basis. It kind of tastes like lamb but without the aftertaste.  Following dinner, we braved a walk back into town for a photo with Bamse, a fondly remembered dog here in Honningsvag. He's a huge Saint Bernard of a statue and we snagged some with the troll nearby as well.

Another early flight tomorrow back down to Oslo tomorrow, as we say good bye to Norway not too long from now. Back to Sweden we go and Helsinki before a day trip to Tallinn and coming home =) I will definitely miss Honningsvag as I was lucky to have the opportunity to do so much I've never done, creating memories I will never forget in the land of the midnight sun.
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Lynn on

I like the photo of you holding the large hairy crab. That's one big crab! Glad you had fun!

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