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Cycle Tour Bike trip to the North Cape

Dag 29, etape/stage 22: Nuorgam-Ifjord

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Elevation profile Cycle Tour Bike trip to the North Cape

Added on 03 Mar 2014

on 22 Apr 2014

Cycle route metrics

ridden

Total distance in km

111

Cumulative elevation gain in m

1.781

Avg. slope uphill in %

1,60

Cumulative elevation loss in m

1.750

GPS track data

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Rights owner

Ottocolor

Rights characteristic / license

by-sa: CREATIVE COMMONS Attribution-ShareAlike

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by Ottocolor on 08 Mar 2014

Track points in total

1.481

Track points per km (avg)

13

Start/endpoint

Start location

Utsjoki, Pohjois-Suomi, FI (17 m NHN)

End location

Lebesby, Finnmark, NO (48 m NHN)

ridden on

14 Jun 2010

Weather

Chilly in the valleys, beastly cold in the mountains. Overcast almost all day with just a few sunny spells. Windy! Moderate to fresh breeze from West.

Accommodation

Ifjord Fjellstue
Riksvei 98
NO-9740 Lebesby

Properties

From Nuorgam across the border to the junction with the E6 on a good road with only little traffic, then there is more traffic into Tana bru. From here to Vestertana on a quiet road along the river, then steeply ascending into the Ifjord mountains. First on tarmac, then, in the mountains, on a very bad gravel road. The descent is challenging, even if it runs mostly on bad tarmac.

Remarks

The toughest stage of the bike trip. No doubt about that. Finland is over a few kilometres after Nuorgam, and the Norwegian mountains are waiting. Firstly in the lowland, however, into Tana bru, where I eat my packed lunch and watch Denmark's first World Cup match (0-2) in the local hotel. I also buy a new bike computer to replace the broken one from the stage to Nuorgam. After yet another piece along the lovely river Tana the road swings to the West and ascends steeply. Twice I loose all height again and twice I believed to be well up in the mountains already. That troubles me. The wind is also an issue, as it blows right from ahead. In the mountains it's really cold. Ice covers the lakes, but luckily the road is not slippery. A break with some ryebread is necessary, but very cold for my fingers. When the tarmac ends and a bumpy gravel road begins, it gets really strenuous. For my bike as well. Luckily it works on the quick descent from the mountains to Ifjord. But at last the rear wheel bearing breaks. To my utmost joy I'm just outside Ifjord mountain resort, where I'm warmly welcomed with coffee by the young hosting couple, even if it's very late. I'm also allowed to pitch my tent in the garden. I make supper in the kitchen. Tomorrow I have to solve the problem with the bike.

Travel report

Farvel Finland, goddag Norge/Goodbye Finland, hello Norway
Farvel Finland, goddag Norge/Goodbye Finland, hello Norway
Broen over Tana-elven i Tana bru/The bridge across river Tana in Tana bru
Broen over Tana-elven i Tana bru/The bridge across river Tana in Tana bru
Med Smalfjorden har jeg nået Ishavet. Smalfjorden is a arm of the Arctic ocean
Med Smalfjorden har jeg nået Ishavet. Smalfjorden is a arm of the Arctic ocean
Ifjord-fjeldet rykker nærmere/The Ifjord mountains draw closer
Ifjord-fjeldet rykker nærmere/The Ifjord mountains draw closer
Puha, det ligner et hårdt stykke arbejde/Gosh, that looks a tall order
Puha, det ligner et hårdt stykke arbejde/Gosh, that looks a tall order
Tid til at tanke vand/Time to fill up the water bottle
Tid til at tanke vand/Time to fill up the water bottle
Vildt!/Tough going!
Vildt!/Tough going!
Flinke tyskere giver gode råd/Nice Germans give me some good advice
Flinke tyskere giver gode råd/Nice Germans give me some good advice
og to dåser tysk øl/and two cans of German beer
og to dåser tysk øl/and two cans of German beer
Stigningen flader ud/The ascent levels out
Stigningen flader ud/The ascent levels out
Tid til finsk rugbrød/Time for a break with Finnish rye bread
Tid til finsk rugbrød/Time for a break with Finnish rye bread
Vejarbejde har smadret vejen for mig/Road works have ruined the road for me
Vejarbejde har smadret vejen for mig/Road works have ruined the road for me
Her er jeg virkelig presset/Here I really feel the strain
Her er jeg virkelig presset/Here I really feel the strain
Turens tag/On the roof of the trip
Turens tag/On the roof of the trip
Paradis for en træt cyklist: Ifjord fjeldstue/Paradise for a tired cyclist: Ifjord mountain resort
Paradis for en træt cyklist: Ifjord fjeldstue/Paradise for a tired cyclist: Ifjord mountain resort