Returning from Nordkapp

From the northernmost point in Europe to Stockholm

The Nordkapp – Stockholm route.

I am resting after riding my velomobile 716 km in 3 days from Oulu in northern Finland to Åbo where I took the ferry to Stockholm. I’ll take this opportunity to give you a short report before I continue to my home at the Swedish west coast.

A short film from the very top of Europe.
A few kilometers from the top of Europe.

Avoiding -33° Celsius

I was very, very happy to have made it to Nordkapp in these cold and harsh conditions. On my way to the north I had given up several times but kept on going. It was tougher than what I had expected. My original plan was to reach Nordkapp in the autumn, but I was delayed, and the winter had arrived much earlier than normal.

After resting one day at Nordkapp, I decided not to send the velomobile back as cargo even though the temperature on the highland was -33° Celsius. Nordkapp is close to the water and therefore warmer than the inland. If I stayed close to the coast until the temperature on the inland decreased, then I would probably be able to cross the highland fast before it got colder again.

I had three route options to choose for the return trip, the Norwegian coast, the Swedish coast or the Finnish coast. Norway is very hilly, the roads by the Swedish coast are not bicycle friendly and I hadn’t seen Finland before. My choice of route was easy, Finland it would be.

When returning from Nordkapp and going south, the low sun was shining into my eyes the few hour there was light and good weather.
The guest house in Honningsvåg, the closest town to Nordkapp.

From my log

11 November 2019

97.5 km +570 m / -580 m

-1°C when starting
-13°C at the end of the day

Today it has been minus 33 degrees Celsius on the Norwegian and Finnish highlands to where I am going.  Will run short day stages to fit in a forecast that promises only minus ten degrees a few days from now.

The morning light.
The pale sun is not able to light up the landscape at midday.
The early sunset.

12 November 2019

63.8 km +490 m / -474 m

-12° C

Sunrise 8:41
Sunset 13:22

I am following the coast and temperature is not too low close to the water.

13 November 2019

164.2 km +1469 m / -1283 m Max Grade: 18.7%

-12° C

Departed: 07:12
Total Duration: 12:45
Avg Speed:17.2 kph

This is one of the hardest rides during the whole trip. There is a lot of new snow on old hard packed and slippery snow. The route is very hilly and I must drive in first gear for hours. But I need to push hard today because the cold could return as soon as it stops snowing. For now, the clouds are keeping the warmer temperature close to the ground. I rest for a couple of hours while I charge the battery and ride a total of 164.2 km in this rough terrain.

I had a cup of tea in a bus shelter from where I took this picture. The wind was quite strong.
The sun was hidden this day.
A lot of uphills.
New snow on old snow.

14 November 2019

I was tired, it was snowing heavily and the forecast was promising relatively high temperatures following days. Therefore I decided to rest this day.

Too much snow to continue this day.
The guest house in Kaamanen.
The shop in Kaamanen where 200 persons live.

15 November 2019

140.1 km +991 m / -925 m

-3°C when starting
-6°C at the end of the day

I had made the right decision. It was not snowing anymore and the roads where cleaned. Temperature was good but I still had to have the telephone inside my clothes to keep it warm. Otherwise it’s screen would turn black and useless. Reindeers where all over in the forest, the roads and the villages. But as soon as I pointed my camera onto the reindeers they were gone.

16 November 2016

150.5 km +569 m / -632 m

-9°C

The same routine followed the whole trip when going in to the velomobile: knocking away the snow and ice on the clips under the sandals. If I forgot to do that, it was almost impossible to attach the sandals to the pedals.

The more south I came, the more traffic on the road. I was very glad to have strong light on the back of the velomobile. There were situations when snow dust was covering the velomobile, especially when big trucks were passing. Cars coming behind these trucks would not have seen me if it wasn’t for the strong light.

17 November 2019

69.7 km +389 m / -473 m

-6°C

When I was going north and arrived at the Arctic Circle, I had a feeling of being very far north. This time, when coming from the north to the Arctic Circle, I had a feeling of being very far south.

There is a big difference between the activity by the Arctic Circle at the small village Jokkmokk in Sweden and the activities in Rovaniemi. In Finland there are large buildings with shops selling souvenirs and a queue of turists wanting to be photographed together with Santa Clause.

The days are still short.
On the Arctic Circle at Rovaniemi.

18 November 2019

120.2 km +366 m / -492 m

-3°C

The closer I come to the coast, the warmer it gets.

Melting snow close to the coast.

19 November 2019

2°C

In Uleåborg I was invited to stay at the house of velonaut Mika Rintala and his wife Miriam. It was a very pleasent stay. I was able to have the velomobile in a warm garage and get rid of the remaining ice from the condensation. I was also able to send 15 kilograms of safety and camping equipment home by mail. Thank you Mika and Miriam!

Mika Rintala with the box I am sending home. In the background you can se Mikas green Quest and my blue QV #5.

21 November 2019

230 km +774 m / -783 m

2°C

Today I met Sauli Nurila, a very well known YouTuber. He met me on the road and made a very good video where he interwiued me about the trip. Don’t miss it! Watch it here:

22 November 2019

2°C

211.2 km +898 m / -885 m
Pasing the Old city of Vasa that burnt 1852.

23 November 2019

0°C

275.3 km +1255 m / -1256 m
The ferry from Finland to Sweden.
No nice picture, but I was so tired that I forgot to shoot when I was outdoors.

24 November 2019

Stockholm

Total amount of km from Nordkapp to Åbo is aproximatelly 1640 km and total climb is about 8400 meter. Now there is only about 550 km left to home.

Thank you for visiting and best regards!

PS:
Do not forget to watch the interview with Saukki here above!

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8 svar på Returning from Nordkapp

  1. Ocki Tiger skriver:

    Så fantastiskt! Helt otroligt tufft gjort! Beundransvärt! WOW!
    Tjusiga bilder! Intressanta filmer.
    Ja, jag bara skriver korta utrop men jag får inte fram nåt annat för jag är så imponerad.
    En sommardag på åttiotalet liftade jag till Nordkap. Det är nog inte så många som gått på Mageröya och gått och gått och gått utan att minsta lilla bil dök upp. Inte ens en ren som jag kunde lifta med. Så äntligen dök en liten lastbil upp. Frågan var om den skulle stanna. Jo! jag fick åka med ett bra stycke. Bilen stank av fisk.
    Delar denna blog till mina barn och vänner.

    Högaktningsfullaste hälsningar
    Ocki Tiger

  2. RulleRolf skriver:

    Det har vært et eventyr bare å følge deg på bloggen din, jeg må si jeg er imponert.
    Det kommer vel et lite innlegg til fra Stockholm til Gøteborg?

    • Alve Henricson skriver:

      Hej Rolf,
      Trevligt du gillar.
      Jag får nog lägga ut lite bilder från nästa etapp också.
      Sedan blir det 202020 nästa år 😉
      Hälsningar

  3. Fritz skriver:

    Hello Alve!

    It has been very interesting and exciting to follow your journey so far. Really great. And I was jealous of you. I would have liked to have been there. Maybe I can do that in a few years.
    Greetings
    Fritz

    • Alve Henricson skriver:

      I’m glad you like it.
      You should go there, but I would recommend early spring or autumn.
      Regards!

    • Wido Drolshagen skriver:

      Hey Alve,
      tank you for sharing this great trip.
      It was a pleasure to follow you, it really inspired me.
      Best regards from the south German Highlands.
      I’m riding QV#143
      Wido

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