Author: Elisabeth And Teije
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It has been only 2 months since we visited Scotland, but we are on our way again. Teije will start with a new job after this holiday, so we fear that we won't have very much time for more trips this year.
- 15 June 2002 - Groningen - Øksendrup, Odense
- 16 June 2002 - To Kopenhagen - via Malmö to Jälluntofta, Sweden
- 17 June 2002 - Jälluntofta - Nyköping , taking a long detour
- 18 June 2002 - Nyköping - Stockholm, via Trosa
- 19 June 2002 - From Turku to Helsinki
- 20 June 2002 - Helsinki - Jyväskylä, many woods
- 21 June 2002 - Jyväskylä - Oulu, and more woods
- 22 June 2002 - Oulu - Tornio (with a detour to Luleå, Sweden)
- 23 June 2002 - Tornio - Ivalo, we pass the Arctic Circle near Rovaniemi
- 24 June 2002 - Ivalo - Norway, through northern Finland
- 25 June 2002 - North Cape - Alta (via Hammerfest)
- 26 June 2002 - Alta, searching for the canyon
- 27 June 2002 - Alta - Krokelvdalen, we visit Tromsø
- 28 June 2002 - Krokelvdalen - Sortland on the Vesterålen
- 29 June 2002 - To the Lofoten (Laukvik)
- 30 June 2002 - Driving the Lofoten from north to south
- 1 July 2002 - From the Lofoten to Fauske
- 2 July 2002 - Fauske - Namsos, crossing the arctic circle
- 3 July 2002 - Namsos - Oppdal (via Trondheim)
- 4 July 2002 - Oppdal - Loen (stave churches, Geirangerfjord)
- 5 July 2002 - Loen - Øvre Årdal, Jostedalsbre glacier
- 6 July 2002 - Øvre Årdal - Oslo - Skarnes
- 7 July 2002 - Back to Denmark
- 8 July 2002 - Safari park at Givskud, Århus
- 9 July 2002 - The homeward journey to wet Holland
1 July 2002 - From the Lofoten to Fauske
We leave early to Svolvær to catch the ferry to Skutvik. We arrive a few minutes after nine and a ferry is just sailing away. Our neighbours were less lucky; they arrive earlier than us, but aren't allowed on the ferry because it is just full. But we can take the next ferry at 10.
It seems as if we leave just in time to escape the bad weather when we look at the sky. From an earlier crossing we had already learned it is wise to bring a coat and indeed, we surely need it in the firm and chilly wind. To the right a picture of Elisabeth with our Dutch 'neighbours' as we keep calling them. The crossing takes two hours and most of the time we spend inside, talking with them. We always like to get to know formerly complete strangers a bit in this way.
In Skutvik the weather is much better and all cars coming from the ferry drive in one long procession 36 kilometers to Ulsvåg and the E6. The road is narrow and winding, so everybody drives quietly on this only road that goes from Skutvik.
And again we drive through a wonderful landscape. We picnic somewhere near Tømmerneset, at the beginning of the Sagfjord. There is also a prehistoric rock drawing of an elk here and according to the travel guide it must be very impressive. Well, we don't agree when we finally find it, but maybe we are spoiled by the many detailed drawings we saw at Alta.
When we arrive at Fauske we first drive on towards Bødø, to the Saltstraum. Here is a narrow opening beween the sea and the fjord (150 meters wide, 3 kilometers long) through which every 6 hours (at ebb and at high tide) 400 million cubic metre water flows, in and out, which creates enormous whirlpools.
Ebb tide is just beginning when we have a look and the water is flowing very fast. Fish are caught by the current and kids catch them, one after another. A duck with chicken is being dragged along by the current to the middle of the flow where gulls feast on the helpless fish and maybe also on the chicken.
Our campsite lies directly along the E6, a bit past Fauske. Fortunately it is a quiet road so we don't hear much noise. But it isn't as warm as it used to be the last few days and when we want to sit outside we need a sweater. But all cabins we have had until now, were well isolated and inside it is very comfortable.
Date: 3/23/2008 2:54:00 AM
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