|Slettnes, Norway||Week 62 8th -9th July 2012|
| The northern most point of Europe is Nordkap.
We decided to head to a pont a bit further east which is nearly as far north.
Some estimates suggest that with a bit of walking (7 hours) we could be further north, at the real most northerly point.
We stopped at a convenient spot. Named Kalak on the map. A couple of houses, a small harbour, and some shipping to and from a nearby fish farm.
| Watched these two seals for a while.
Until they heard the camera click.
| Its a bit cold and grey as we head north..
The weather matches the grey landscape.
|But still room for cattle.|
| There's a long stretch of road inland. Up and over,
The roads so far in Norway have been a bit iffy. Ridges every hundred meters or so and frequent humps.
It looks like the main road is being rebuilt.
This road north is wonderfully smooth.
| This is one of the more incongruous signs we've seen on
There's not a tree in sight.
|But heaps of reindeer.|
It looks like the reindeer are left to roam then mustered once a year.
We haven't yet learned how they are mustered.
| Nearly there ....
Getting closer ...
With weather like this we should see the midnight sun.
There were several fish factories here in past days.
We'll figure out later what the "Pomor" trade with Russia was.
Like lots of fisheries this one has collapsed.
| Slettnes lighthouse.
Europe's most northerly lighthouse.
Built around 1905, destroyed during WWII and rebuilt.
| Got a bit close to some reindeer.
At least the antlers don't look sharp ...
|Though they eventually settled down.|
| There's always at least one ship in sight.
Quite busy really.
|And an outcrop of quartz among the rock.|
| Amundsen's head apparently.
It took us a while to realise he was lying down. ...
There's a series of small coves like this one which have seen stoneage and more recent settlement.
Though the most obvious bits are leftover from war.
As far as we walked.
There's just one hut remaining - occupied, hence the flag (we think).
There was a map which was a bit hard to decipher. The combined efforts of Swiss, German, Italian, and ourselves, failed to work out what was where.
| But we did notice the lemming tracks.
Along with empty sea urchin shells there were also lemming remains scattered around.
|Skuas (or petrels?).|
| The weather continued to be changeable.
Apparently it doesn't snow much here, there isn't much rain, and its windy.
Just enough rain to make us damp and provide a rainbow over the lighthouse.
We'd strategically placed the rear window facing north to watch the sun-not-set. Thwarted by heavy cloud.
Still struggling with the aftermath of school geography we think this is tundra. Nothing much growing taller than a few cm.
|Kjollefjord to Porsangen, Norway||Week 62 10th -14th July 2012|