As soon as work was out this past Friday, we set out for the Oslo Airport Gardermoen. We had packed our finest weekend garments and were in vacation mode. We cruised on the highway listening to tunes and expressing our excitement about the upcoming weekend adventure.
Where: Egersund to Feda
Distance: 83.7 km
Time on bike: 5 hr 52 min
Total distance: 1990 km
Where: Just outside Leknes to Stamsund, Lofoten
Distance: 18.5 km
Time on bike: 1 hr 40 min
Total distance: 901 km
Where: Just north of Nordmela to Stokmarknes
Distance: 105.5 km
Time on bike: 5 hr 59 min
Total distance: 749 km
Where: Silsand, Senja to Andenes, Andøya
Distance: 64.5 km
Time on bike: 4 hr 16 min
Total distance: 613 km
With a veil and a tuxedo bike jersey in hand, we left Nordkapp like rock stars. Plenty of German tourists enjoyed our little dress up stunt and snapped away.
We have made it to the starting point! The very Northern point of Norway and Europe, The North Cape (Nordkapp) at latitude 71•10’21”N.
We spent our last weekend in Canada – for now – in Banff. The occasion was originally the Banff Food and Wine Festival, but as it turned out it was also the fabulous weather, hikes, friends and family. That being said, we also enjoyed our share of food and wine!
The drive from Jasper to Banff, through the Canadian Rockies, is one of the most beautiful drives in the world. According to the Icefields Parkway’s own website: “This is more that just traveling a mountain road; it’s a journey of the self and a celebration of protected wilderness grandeur.” I guess I can agree with that!
We stopped a number of times along the way. The first stop was at The Hike of Five Lakes. It is an fun, easy hike that goes by five different lakes all with different colors, beautiful. In the parking lot, we met a German couple who had just bought their vehicle and were on their way South. South as in South America! We exchanged stories and advice and gave them our Spanish textbook, some left over Costa Rican money and wished them a fantastic journey!
Not many people were on the road, so we mostly had it to ourselves. Beautiful, grand, spectacular – What more can one say!?