Above the arctic circle in Scandinavia

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by meeteetr, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. meeteetr

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    I've been reading through some amazing road reports during the winter and thought it might be my turn to share some pics. This is our trip above the arctic circle in Scandinavia in August back in 2009. It was 3 days riding for about 900 km (600 miles) in a pretty nice scenery.

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    I don't how much Google Map projection distorts the view but we were
    pretty high up in the north. Way above the arctic circle.

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    F: Hetta: start and finish
    B: Kalkkoaivi
    C: Kilpisjärvi
    D: Halti (approaching from Norwegian side)
    E: Alta
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    I'm excited to see some photos from this trip. This is a part of the world I would love to visit sometime. Please post some photos.
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    There was no road to our cabin in Hetta, only a foot path and some tracks made by ATV for about 3 km (2 miles). This was our day 0 and the KTM clutch hydraulics failed in the middle of nowhere. Two guys like to feed mosquitoes. It's 9 PM.

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    Base camp, originally built and used by loggers.

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    Booze and smoke did not keep millions of mosquitoes away but we were happy to be on the road. Or off the road to be more precise. This photo was taken at 11:30 PM.

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    Inside the loggers' cabin. Rug on the floor is a reindeer skin.

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    It was an amazingly warm week. Highs were over 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit) every single day. We stopped almost every day for a swim.

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    You better keep your eyes open when riding on these roads.

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    Road to Kalkkoaivi above the tree line.

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    It was build by Germans during WW II.

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    German machine on a German road.

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    Road to Kalkkoaivi is a dead end so we had a campfire and dipped for a swim.

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    "Fresh gasoline and diesel". This must be a busy place.

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    We stayed overnight in a cottage with all amenities in Kilpisjärvi.

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    View in Kilpisjärvi.

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    Taking it easy on the road to Halti, approaching from Norwegian side.

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    Yet another camp fire.

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    It is August but all the snow has not melted and it won't.

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    Backroads in Norway.

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    More back roads.

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