Midnight sun, or as close to it as we've got on the trip. In the Artic Circle there is a period of time in summer where the sun doesn't quite set. It gets close, then starts to rise again. I love this eternal light. Things start to get interesting about 3,pm, but there is no rush here. You have nine more hours before the sun sets. Then boom, it's sunrise. I imagine photographers here work on a different schedule. The reason ithe midnight sun has been so hard to catch (besides us being asleep at that time), it the weather. At the coast there is usually fog or clouds. We have yet to see a totally clear night.
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Late night in Norway. Time for bed. We were too tired to stay up for the midnight sun, so we set an alarm to see if we could catch it.
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Mjelle beach turned out to be perfect for young geologists. It probably pretty nice for full grown geologists as well. Besides the garnet particles we found so many interesting rocks it was hard to choose which ones would make it to the peanut butter jar (Keira's collection).
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The red sand beach at Mjelle. I found it difficult to capture the red sand with photos. There are patches of it here and there along the cove. The sand itself looks like tiny gems and is made up of garnet particles.
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We made it up to Bodø (to catch our last long ferry for a while), but then kept on going in search of a nice place to bed down for the night. We settled on the beach at Mjelle. A short 1.5 km walk brought us to a nice cove with a red sand beach. It was chilly out there, but the sun felt nice.
More photos from Helgeland. 1) Heading down to Storvika Beach for some time in the sand. 2) Low Tide. 3) Saltstaumen, one of the largest tidal currents in the world. The elevation of the water on each side of the strait can be up to a meter different. Large malstrøms or whirlpools up to 10m wide and 5m deep can form in the area. Check out the birds in the distance. They love all the fish the current kicks up.
A quick roadside dinner stop on our big drive day. We had had to make a major push north to stay on schedule. The water melon was our reward for making distance.
21214 July, 2019
Big drive day. We started the morning with rain in Trondheim. We packed up as quickly as possible to beat the meter maids to the car. A quick stop at Ikea for a blanket, fry pan, veggie meatballs, coffee cup, chocolate, a hot dog for Keira, potato pancakes & lingonberry jam and then we hit the road. We needed to make a big push north to stay on schedule and the weather was awful, so we drove almost 9 hours. This, however is Norway and the roads are small and the speeds are low, so we only covered 327 miles, which brought us within 3 hours of Bodø. By the time we stopped the weather was wonderful.
A la question "Pourquoi tu voyages seul ?” Voici ma réponse.. Le voyage en solo, ce n’est pas forcément une manière de voyager réservée aux grands solitaires qui rêvent de traverser tel océan ou tel désert en ermite, et même plutôt… au contraire ! C’est pour les personnes indépendantes, qui n’ont pas envie de dépendre des autres pour réaliser leur rêve, un projet ou pour les gens qui ont envie de suivre leurs idées. C’est aussi pour celles et ceux qui sont seuls à un moment donné dans leur vie, pour une raison ou une autre... Se retrouver seul dans un endroit inconnu est une opportunité unique de se découvrir soi-même et faire des rencontres inoubliables.
Sometimes you just need a moment to take it all in. One of my favorite parts of road trips is that you have the power to stop wherever you want for as long as you like. Western Norway is jam packed with spots like this one. Where are your favorite places to road trip?