February 24, 2014

Norway Arctic: Where is the European highway E6?

Tour to Norway Arctic. Day 07 - going South along E6 - crossing: Finnmarksvidda

After a great day up at the North Cape the time has come to start my car for the long journey south to Tromsø where a new coastal express is waiting.
I have in this photo already passed the long underwater tunnel from Magerøya (where North Cape is situated. The tunnel is 6,875 metres (22,556 ft) long and reaches a depth of 212 metres (696 ft) below the sea level).
I am cruising along the European highway E6 in the outskirt of Finnmarksvidda (Finnmark plateau) in wind of gales force.
The snow blowing over the road - almost without traffic - makes it difficult to see the road shoulder. As a Norwegian I have good winter tyres and know to adjust the speed to the existing driving conditions. Better to be a bit delayed - keeping the car on the road, sitting in a warm environment inside, than end up in a ditch sitting in a cold car waiting for assistance....
(Suggestion: Have this photo in mind next time you drive along a green marked European Highway E6 :-))
My goal this day is the small village Nordreisa some 450km South - where I will visit the farm and the valley of my great grandfather and his family that lived up here 1855-1943.
The tour continues....

From wiki about Finnmarsvidda:
Finnmarksvidda English: Finnmark plateau/highland) is Norway's largest plateau, with an area greater than 22,000 square kilometres (8,500 sq mi).
The plateau includes extensive birch woods, pine barrens, bogs and glacially formed lakes. Finnmarksvidda is situated north of the Arctic Circle and is best known as the land of the once nomadic Sami people and their reindeer herds. Their shelters in the tundra, are still in use in winter time.
Kautokeino municipality is Norway's largest by area. Within its borders is the coldest village in continental Norway, Sihcjavri.
Finnmarksvidda, located in the interior of the county has a continental climate with the coldest winter temperatures in Norway: the coldest temperature ever recorded was −51.4 °C (−60.5 °F) in Karasjok on 1 January 1886.

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