Moving north, bigger Islands and Troms, Norway.

The weather up here changes so rapidly. You could be sitting out eating your tea in glorious sunshine one minuet, half an hour later, holed up indoors shouting to be heard over the pounding rain. Last night we watched the sun dip down behind the distant hills, this morning we are surrounded by thick fog. But we’ve learnt that this ‘fog’ is actually sea mist and it’s very much localised, drive for half an hour and you soon drive out of it. It does look nice spilling down from the hills into the valleys.

Mist rolling in

Mist rolling in

Illusion that the bridge is holding the mist up.

Illusion that the bridge is holding the mist up.

Pushing on North-East along the E10, the views don’t get any worse, but the knife-sharp cliff faces are slowly starting to submit into rolling hills. Continuing a theme of wild camping (aka too tight to pay) we continue to find nice little car parks next to the sea, car parks in Henningsvær and Svolvær and parking areas just off the main drag, it all goes into keeping the budget down. I also got lucky with fishing, catching my first ever fish worth eating, in a fjord, 2 very nice sized mackerel, which were served with chips of course, which also helps to keep the budget down.

Sucsess! At least 2 meals here.

success! At least 2 meals here.

If you’ve ever been into a Norwegian supermarket, you will know why we stocked to the gills in  Germany and Denmark before we came over into Norway. We were pre-warned that prices were high for most things, a loaf of bread £3, Tuborg lager, 33cl cans £1.80 per tin, that’s £5,50 per litre! Best advice to anyone doing this, pack and hoard food and drink, as much as you can cram into every available space. Of coarse eventually you will need to buy fresh stuff whilst in Norway, then you will need to cough up £3 for a small punnet of cherry tomatoes you only pay 80p for in Asda, but if you can live out of the freezer as much as possible, your wallet will thank you.

Can't afford to buy beer

Can’t afford to buy beer

North Lofotens

North Lofotens

Not a bad front room view.

Not a bad front room view.

Ok this weeks sleep-overs:

Henningsvær-car park, tight & very busy. No services. No WiFi. Nice for a walk, but over-sold. n69.46600 e15.40070.

Svolvær, car park in Surprisingly quiet shopping centre area. n68.23466 e14.55920. No services. The Rema 1000 has good WiFi.

Rest area off the E10, next to a fjord. VERY nice quiet spot. No services. n68.46610 e15.40075.

Harstad (north), Stornesst. Ferry terminal car park, Fresh water and toilet waste in ferry building. Remote and quiet. n68.852840 e16.489960.

Over the mid-week hump…Wayne.

Angie found me a badge, just to remind me how old I am.

Angie found me a badge, just to remind me how old I am.

6 thoughts on “Moving north, bigger Islands and Troms, Norway.

  1. Rick and Karen

    Hi Wayne and Angie, are you heading for Nordkapp then before heading South (you can’t go further North!)? Loving the photos, what an amazing country. Keep them coming, we’re following you all the way XX

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    1. Wayne Post author

      Yes Nordkapp eventually, a few things to do here first – Tromso. But we are still unsure of which ‘Kapp’ to do. Then it will be about face and south through Finland. Watch this space. XX

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  2. Alan - Going Nomad

    The weather there sounds like a typical summer day here in Northern Ireland. It is the season you never know what to wear. Put on a coat and the sun will peek out from behind the clouds and the sweat will be running. Forget your coat and within 5 minutes the rain will be bouncing off the ground for the next hour or two! A couple of fine looking mackerel for dinner I am sure tasted beautiful that fresh.

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    1. Wayne Post author

      Hi Alan, yeah…Ive been to Moy a few times and its always rained, but when the sun did come out it was beautiful. The mackerel were super thanks, all the better for being free 🙂 I hope to get some more soon. All the best with your project too, bet you can’t wait to join “the lucky few”.

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