Day 21: Crossing the Arctic Circle

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Where: Halsa across the arctic circle to 30 km after Kilboghamn, Helgelandskysten
Distance: 61.8 km
Time on bike: 3 hr 43 min
Total distance: 1126 km

Today’s journey involved two ferries and while on one of these, we crossed the arctic circle after 23 days in the arctic!

The day started out really nicely and we were stoked to sport our shorts and t-shirts. We were also enjoying this little quote as we were waiting on ferry number one.

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Helgelandskysten is known for its beauty and after yesterday’s rain and cloud cover, we could finally see some of it!

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From ferry number two we could see this sculpture (which is mysteriously similar to the one at Nordkapp) marking the line of the arctic circle. Since we flew up to Alta on May 30th, the sun has not set! We have had times with overcast, but it has been completely light all the time.

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Sometime during ferry number two, the weather started changing. It turned darker and the wind picked up. Eventually, we were peddling like crazy even to go even downhill! The wind made it impossible to go anywhere and we decided to call it a day and set up camp. We had just enough time to cook up dinner and set up the tent, before it started pouring down. It rained and rained and rained some more. When we woke up in the morning, it was still raining. Unfortunately, there is not much to do about it..!

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2 thoughts on “Day 21: Crossing the Arctic Circle

  1. Sally O'Byrne

    When we visited Norway, I heard from several people about the vast forests of Norway with huge ancient trees. All I ever saw were relatively skinny trees in areas that had been lumbered, and the only trees I saw that were huge were stumps in museums. Would you please let your blogosphere audience know when you find the ancient giants? I am hoping the tales of your massive trees are not just myths. If you see a gnome dancing amongst the trees, could you take a photo of that as well?….. thanks

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