(light upbeat pop music) – Greetings from Honningsvag Such a beautiful day, right? Well, today we are driving from the top of the world all the way to the Lofoten Archipelago It is going to be a long drive ♪ I’m riding ♪ ♪ Riding in my RV ♪ ♪ Wherever I want to be ♪ ♪ Because I’m free in my RV, yeah ♪ (driving orchestral music) I am still amazed by the surreal landscapes of this part of the world It looks like today we are going to spend all day on the road But if the weather holds up, it is going to be a stunning drive Crossing once again the seven-kilometer-long North Cape Tunnel All these tunnels have automatic gates that close in the winter to prevent freezing Once again, we see reindeer all over the place, as we are retracing our steps on this northernmost part of the trip Later today, we’ll hit a fork in the road at Olderfjord and start heading west towards the Atlantic This looks like a nice place to take a break Let’s walk towards the beach Yeah, even though it is technically not the Arctic Ocean, I feel compelled to walk to the water and at least touch it It’s incredible how many RVs you see in this area (stones crunching) Well, let me tell you, I was really tempted to join the Polar Bear Club and jump into this beach, but it’s really kind of rocky and it’s kind of chilly outside And I’m just gonna touch the water, which is probably freezing cold, but I have to at least touch the water of the Arctic I mean, this is technically a fjord, but it is the Arctic I mean, north is kind of that way, so it is the Arctic Ocean Uh-oh As if somehow touching it makes it more real Yeah, that water is like coming out of a freezer basically Woo! The saltiness is about the same as the Atlantic, I would say, which we are very close to the Atlantic All right, let’s go back to the RV We’re gonna go to this town called Alta, and then from there continue south towards the Lofoten Archipelago, which we probably won’t get to today That’ll be tomorrow Well, yes, technically it is the Porsangerfjord, which leads to the Barents Sea, but eventually it leads to the Arctic, right? So it is the same water. (laughing) And these ladies here, they are cooking on the pavement right behind their camper van Cool, let’s continue (pulsating electronic music) Here we are once again by the very narrow entrance to the Skarv Berg Tunnel Very cool-looking tunnel inside, if a little narrow for my taste Kind of nerveracking getting out through that narrow entrance, especially since you don’t really know what’s coming This is where we stopped on the way north We must be getting close to that fork in the road And the nice weather was unfortunately short-lived
It is starting to get cloudy again And here we are at the fork in the road We’re going to make a right and go inland (light upbeat pop music) Here, by the town of Skaidi, we turn left towards Alta Let’s stop by these rapids here and fly the drone Okay, it wasn’t as dramatic as I thought it would be Let’s continue If anything, it is a fun, stunning drive And here we are, our first glimpse of the Atlantic It is the Altafjord, as we approach the small town of Rafsbotn All right, let’s take a quick break Hmm, it must be low tide And there’s the outhouse Alta Two kilometers You’re gonna think that we have a supermarket fetish, but I think it is just that we’ve been disorganized from the start and never make a list of what we really need But anyways, here we are at the supermarket in Alta Cool, they have digital price tags As we approach the village of Burfjord, we decide to overnight at this free parking area I found using the Motorhome Parkings app I think that’s where we’re staying Well, I think we’re gonna stay here I have no idea what they are, but they are pretty good It turns out lefse is a very traditional Norwegian flatbread Wow, this was the view off our front window all night Not bad for a free boondocking spot, huh?
Well, eventually we had to use our blackout curtains because we are still above the Arctic Circle, so it never got dark last night Good morning from Burfjord, here in Norway This is where we boondocked last night Free spot we found through our app We got a pretty nice view Let’s continue the journey towards Lofoten (soft piano music) I think this is where you empty the chemical toilet (driving orchestral music) Today, once again, it is going to be driving pretty much all day I kind of underestimated the distances It is going to be a stunning drive though, but a very long one at that Sometimes you just have to stop on the side of the road (water rushing) And stop again And again Well, what can I say? Everywhere you look is a beautiful landscape, like this one Boy, the RV’s dirty (driving orchestral music) We continue gaining elevation Ah, let’s stop again I think this is going to be the money shot Well, what can I say? It keeps getting better and better out here There’s a boat down there harvesting something And I had heard that Norway was pretty, but this is not even fair Even on this cloudy day, the vistas are absolutely stunning Actually, now that I think of it, it is possible the bad weather is somehow enhancing the experience I am so glad Petteri convinced me to come and, as he suggested, visit Lofoten And we’ll make it there, eventually But in this case, I think the journey is as exciting as the destination We keep stopping everywhere Every time you look, there’s something beautiful Let’s take one last shot here at this other viewpoint Look at those mountains across the fjord And this one? Well, this one is really impressive here Now, let’s hit the road (driving orchestral music) Hello
Oh, now you’re coming, all of you Yes, by all means, cross the street, yes You too? Oh, you’re shy Let’s take a break here at this Circle K, buy some coffee Let’s see if they have coffee in here Yeah, very picturesque Yeah, they have Simply Great Coffee Pretty cool automated machine here (rhythmic synthesizer music) Yeah, this is a pretty cool spot But red, red light stop here (driving orchestral music) Well, we opened a can of something called brown stew Looks pretty good, we’ll see Bon appetite Oh, and Norwegian potato chips And while we ate, the weather has improved pretty dramatically Pretty striking, huh? Well, it is time to continue on the road again (driving orchestral music) Let’s take yet another break
and check out all these American cars here to the right It must be some kind of group of enthusiasts It is very rare to see American muscle cars in these parts Some more coffee, and let’s continue Do I detect a faint green color on the water? Well, the Lofoten Islands are famous for that color, kind of reminiscent of the Caribbean or some other tropical area, but all the way up here This bridge joins the mainland with the Hinnoya Island And the sun has come out and we even have a rainbow There’s hope, perhaps, for better weather One of the things that Lofoten is famous for is the color of the water And that’s the bridge we just crossed Well, let’s continue We are almost there (light upbeat pop music) ♪ Riding ♪ ♪ Riding in my RV ♪ ♪ Wherever I want to be ♪ ♪ Because I’m free in my RV, yeah ♪ ♪ I’m riding ♪ ♪ I’m riding in my RV ♪ ♪ Wherever I want to be ♪ ♪ Because I’m free in my RV, yeah ♪ This road here is called the Lofoten Mainland Connection, abbreviated as Lofast And it was officially opened in 2007, so it is relatively new, although many portions of it are much older This here is the longest tunnel, the Sordal Tunnel, 6.3 kilometers long Well, I think we’ve found our accommodations for tonight
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of driving We’ll explore Lofoten on the next episode But before we go to sleep, let me show you where we really are (upbeat electronic music) (light upbeat pop music)