Friday 16 August 2019
This is the FaceBook post I published just before I began the walk . I wanted to remind people that there was a serious reason for me being there and attempting this walk
Well this is it. After 4281 miles and 104hrs 10mins driving, I’m about to start the walk to the furthest point on the European mainland, Knivskjellodden, Finnmark, Norway. It’s about 11 miles there and back and the weather looks good for the day. Here’s to completing my goal. Wish me luck! And please, if you can, make a small contribution to the charity I’m supporting on this project, The Alzheimer’s Society. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ascandinavianadvanture
It was a reasonable day weather wise and I set off in good spirits. I was by far not the only person there and I probably saw about fifteen people on the walk at sometime or other.
The path is fairly level for most of the way and reminded me of the Lyke Wake Walk across the North Yorkshire Moors, but not quite as muddy.
The path is reasonably well marked by poles around eight feet high. The idea is that you walk to one pole then look for the next pole in the distance and walk to that. It seems to work.
There were many reindeer grazing on the moorland around me.
After about four miles you get to the coast and descend a short but fairly steep hill on to the beach. The path then turns north and follows the coast toward the end of the peninsular.
By now I was getting a bit tired and I knew I had to go back by the same route. As I got down to the beach, I looked to my right and there was North Cape – south of my posiiton. I knew it couldn’t be far now. I could clearly see the dome of the North Cape Centre and oh, how forbidding those cliffs looked. They had been shrouded in fog when I’d been there a couple of days before.
I continued on and suddenly there it was – the marker point for the most northerly point on the European mainland. Knivskjelodden.
I was elated. I’d done it. There were half a dozen people already there including a Swiss couple who agreed to take my photograph in the obligatory pose on top of the marker point.
One more task to complete the project and that was to sign the registration book that’s kept at the point. That would entitle me to a certificate saying that I’d actually been to Knivskjellodden
I had a chat with the Swiss couple. He was an IT consultant. He was wearing a kilt because, he said it was warm and really comfortable for walking in. He was also mad about Scotland and visited as often as possible.
So now it was time to begin the walk back to the van, about 5 miles away. Mission accomplished.
The walk back was uneventful but quite exhausting. It occurred to me that sometimes I forget how old I am! But I’m determined to keep on keeping on 🙂