Goodbye Norway, you were simply fantastic, but it’s time to push a different kind of scenery past a Motorhome window, we now turn south, with a little regret, heading out of Norway. Miles and miles of windy roads, skirting the last remaining fjords we will see. The land begins to level, the roads begin to straighten, the trees, although they’ve always been there, begin to grow higher and triple in density. We slow down several times to urge reindeer out of our path (on the road) and before long, the Norwegian-Finnish border is upon us.
We had another hour to the time, add another 10° to the thermometer, put away all things Nok and get the $Euro out. There isn’t alot to report on in this northernmost part of Finland, it’s mostly inhabited by reindeer, carpeted in forest, interspersed by lakes and streams and occasionally dissected by long strips of gently undulating tarmac. The MPG gets back up to something reasonable, all the up’s and down’s in Norway have held it in the sub-25 mpg for some time now, but thankfully the long 6th gear cruising now puts it back above 30mpg.
Before long, we are in Inari, home to a recommended Sami museum, Sami the indigenous people of northern Finland, Sweden, Russia and Norway, thanks Julie & Jason. It’s quite a large museum, made up of 2 parts, an indoor area showing the history and lifestyle and an outdoor with area with reconstructed houses, food stores and the like, all very interesting and a bargain at €10 each.
The sun came out for a bit and we had a good afternoon at the museum. We can park in the town at an old disused aire behind a petrol station, not exactly a great view, but will do for one night.
Next day is a day we have been looking forward to this for such a long time…Lidl. Yes this is the day we get to go shopping again. We havent been in a Lidl since Denmark and in Norway we have been paying 3 times the price for everything we needed, which, to be fair, hasn’t been that much because we were well stocked up, fresh stuff mostly, bread & salad. It was sure good to see that big blue & yellow sign again.
It was still expensive, but a step in the right direction, with the promise that the price was coming down. The government still control the price of all alcohol over 5% Vol. through its chain of Alko stores and the cost of wine is still vertical, £25 for a 3l box, £8 for the same box in Spain, but the price of beer has thankfully dropped to £2 per 50cl tin.
Next, the long drive to see Santa.
Cheers, Wayne X
Kárášjohka/Karasjok car park accross from Rema 1000(free WiFi) Free. no services. n69.472607 e25.510930
Inari. Little back road car park facing a small pond. Very quiet.Free. All services at rug-wash deopt. n69.904092 e27.009688
Luosto. Small clearing just off main E4. Free. No services. Quiet.n67.127984 e26.966590
NAPAPIIRI. Santa Village car park/Aire. No services. Surprisingly quiet and Free. Very good WiFi from Santa. n66.54413 e25.85148
Rauna. Disused park. Free. Quite.n65.93057 e26.49805
Oulu, Laplan Hotel. Not free 🙂
Oulu, Boat-yard. No services. Free WiFi. Quiet. Free. Some funny looks from the locals, but the police did a drive-by, so all must be OK. (Our Bumble sleepy spot) n65.009420 e25.454109