Only 730 km, easy.
Under normal conditions.
In any season other than Winter it would be.
And without hundreds of twists, turns and mountain passes.
Oh, and without riding on an Ice Hockey rink all the way down to Alta.
AND without being a photographer too.
It’s one of the things I sometimes struggle with, do I stop and take the shot or do I keep going. Sometimes I have to force myself to stop, which I shouldn’t, but I do. I mean, when a 240 km journey takes me 8+ hours I sometimes feel like I’m going to need a helluva lot more than 7 years to get through my
7 continents in 7 years trip.
Being a photographer has it’s drawbacks, namely, for me at least, there’s not a minute goes by when I don’t see something I want to stop and take a picture of, and that can be a bit of a problem at times.
On many occasions, usually at the end or close to the end of my days ride I have forsaken a shot or a location because I just didn’t have the energy or enthusiasm left to stop one more time. Or because I just had to get to where I was staying for the night before it turned into the next day.
Or because it was just too damn cold to take off my gloves and take out the camera again while my fingers froze and then the pain set in to them after a few minutes of handling a cold bodied camera in -20. They get cold and painful really quick, and even though I have heated grips, once cold they’re hard to get warm again. It doesn’t happen immediately. They start to get warm, then the pain comes, then goes in a minute or two then all is good.
So instead I headed back to Alta for a week or so before I headed south into Finland and the city of Rovaniemi, the official Home of Santa Claus. I had wanted to spend a little more time there before I left the North of Norway for this year anyway.
Alta Cemetery with a 2 second exp.
There’s an accidental spooky feel to this shot, I didn’t plan it that way. It was just so dark I figured a 2 second exposure would lighten the shot up a bit, and then I saw how it turned out. I didn’t alter the colors in edit either.
There were still a few places I wanted to photograph in Alta, the new Northern Lights Cathedral being one of them.
The original drawing and design description, from what I saw look very interesting and definitely not your average looking Cathedral. According to the architects website there is an area inside the building where visitors and churchgoers will be able to observe the Northern Lights.
The Cathedral is slated to be opened this month and I’m looking forward to seeing if the final design is near to the original. If it is it should be quite a spectacular looking building.Have to wait until December to see it though, as I won’t be going up there before then.
Early Morning, Route 93 South, Norway. Jan 2013.
There’s not a whole lot of anything between Alta to Kautokeino, just 130 kilometers of beautiful, cold and barren landscape covered in snow.
Right up my alley.
South of Kautokeino, Norway, a few kilometers before the border of Finland.
This is where I saw the sun for the first time since late November, 2012.
Riding south on Route 93 toward Rovaniemi, Finland I was approaching the Norway/ Finland border and there it was, right in front of me.
“Hello Sun. Nice to see you. Been a while”.
The further south I rode, the more beautiful the vista got. The sun, in all it’s radioactive glory, was bringing everything to life. I mean, I enjoyed myself in Alta and Nordkapp, but until now didn’t give it much thought that I never saw the sun up there. As a photographer it’s an essential ingredient, one that can’t be substituted with a flash or any other type of lighting. We need the Sun. My camera needs the sun.
On the other side of that green traffic light is Finland. I bade Norway and it’s people a heartfelt farewell and thank you for all the wonderful experiences I had there.
Now it was time to make some new ones in Finland.