I continue my tour alone. The old man and his Saab in the direction of Narvik. Always further north! After Trondheim, I soon turned onto the coastal road Fv17, the route that always leads along the coast on small roads. You pass many fjords, sometimes they are bypassed, sometimes crossed by ferries, which is always a nice change.
Smaller waiting times must be included. On the route you pass the landscapes Namdalen, Helgeland and Salten. At first, the weather did not want it the way I wanted it to, it was pouring rain. The first day literally fell into the water. Gradually, the weather improved and my rule, min. 10 degree, no rain = open could now be used very often! Gorgeous, in the open Saab convertible the beautiful, varied landscape pass by. The relaxed driving was not quite so, because between the ferry passages is still quite a lot of cars on the road and you want to reach the next ferry in time. Because the ferry leaves, it means to wait an hour or more.
I missed something the serenity, sometimes a ferry to miss. However, it is so, you put a goal, has already booked a hotel and then you just stop there.
You also pass the large glacier Engabreen, Svartisen. Very impressive, if only seen from a distance.
My nights on the track were in Terak, Mo i Rana, Straumen and then at the end in Narvik.
The worst hotel of my life
Terak, how did I get to stay here? Ugly place, godforsaken and probably the worst hotel of my life. The next morning, just a thought away as quickly as possible.
Mo i Rana ok as a passage with a nice hotel and good breakfast. Simple statue in the sea, called Havmannen, makes a nice photo opportunity.
Straumen, site of the world's largest tidal current, the Saltstraumen, an impressive spectacle. Through an 2,5 kilometer-long and about 150-meter-wide sound, the tides swirl almost 400 million cubic meters of water between the Saltfjord by the sea and the Skjerstadfjord inland (also "Inner Saltfjord") back and forth. The Sound is located between the island Straumøy in the south and the peninsula Knaplundsoya in the north. The water flow through the bottleneck between Straumøya and the mainland is small because of shallow water.
The hotel an old wooden box with many outbuildings. When I arrived, 40 motorcycles stood in front of these outbuildings. Something went down the aisle for me right away, I do not really like these things that just produce such an unspeakable noise. The more astonished I was then in the morning! All motorcycles disappeared and I did not hear anything, eh? They must have left early in the morning and belonged to the species that could move a motorcycle quietly.
Then Narvik, an industrial city with all its ugly faces. There is still a lot of ore from Kiruna transported to Narvik and loaded there on the freighter. There is something rough, raw in the air of Narvik. The houses all seem a bit run down or even abandoned. Narvik, but the name has something horrible. The city also has a sad past. During the Second World War, she was badly shaken. Many notice boards show that.
Next stop: The Lofoten.