Where: Somewhere in between Breivikeidet and Fagernes to Silsand via Tromsø
Distance: 43.7 km
Time on bike: 3 hr 13 min
Total distance: 549 km
A much needed day of partial rest coincided nicely with a visit to Tromsø, famously nick-named Paris of the North. It really is quite a city with a stunning location amongst snowcapped mountains and majestic fjords.
The main road into the city has quite a bit of traffic. The bike path took us through neighbourhoods and by the water. A much nicer route!
On our way into the city, we came across a little table with pottery on it. In front was a note saying: “Up for grabs.” It was beautiful pottery and we could not help but stop and look at it and grab some. The artist was outside her house and we started talking. She was a lovely woman and took us on a tour of her studio and her artsy house. It was a splendid little visit and a great introduction to Tromsø!
The arctic cathedral (Ishavskatedralen) is a famous landmark in Tromsø. It is nicely located across the water from downtown. We crossed the big city bridge to get to le Paris.
In Tromsø, we walked around, had Thai food on the main square, tried a couple Mack beers and enjoyed the sun along with everybody else in town. At 4:15 pm, we boarded our boat to Finnsnes and said bye, bye to Tromsø – for now.
When disembarking the vessel, the sky opened up and it rained pretty hard. We donned our rain gear and hopped on our bikes in search of a adequate camp for the night. Urban camping has its challenges. The most obvious being not seen from the road or nearby houses. The not so obvious is how hard it is to carry loaded bikes through the woods!