Well, of course even the best laid plans change - as does the weather. Our plan was to head up to the Norwegian coast and down one of the fjords to get as close as possible to the north side of Halti - the highest point in Finland. At 1365 meters Halti isn't exactly a challenge to an experienced climber - but this far north anything can happen to the weather, and any change can turn easy into hard going.
|Stuart and Sakari check out the planned route|
|Sakari and me complete with my new mosquito hat!|
|Panorama on the Norwegian coast|
|The place at North Troms where we leave the coast and head south into the hills.|
|A short break as we climb into the hills|
|Car repaired and ready to move on.|
|Waterfall and abandoned building in the hills of North Norway|
The first kilometers are usually the toughest. The 20+ kilo's on your back seem to gain weight as you walk, and the change of pace from normal walking feels quite strange.
|Starting point panorama|
|Sakari tries out my walking sticks - and hates them!|
|The last bits of road|
|Cleaner than bottled water up here in the fells|
|Sakari - taking Finnish sausage to places it has never been seen before|
Looking out across the ancient landscape on these last weeks of July, the patches of melting snow and sound of rushing water remind one that this is the shortest summer season of anywhere in the world and that soon the snow will fall again and cover the land for another eight months.
|Arctic flowers everywhere|
|The most vivid and colorful lichens you will ever see|
|Snow lined banks of the mountain stream|