When i was parked at Alta museum i spotted another English van but know one around, when I drove into Alta I saw the same van again with the occupants inside so I figured I say hello, it was Steve and Kate from Burnley (I thinks that were there from) and they too were going to the North Cape but where going to travel back down through Norway again on there way home. Steve mentioned the jaw dropping price of cigarette papers here so I gave him 10 packs out of my stash as Joanne could fetch me some more from an English pound shop (I stocked up before leaving, saves a fortune on filters too). After an hour or so of chatting it was time to part ways and I figured I find a spot for the next few days, A supermarket car park won’t quite be suitable……..
Well for the last few days I haven’t done a great deal, but my parking spot find is quite good though at the end of a headland overlooking some boats, mountains and the airport, it’s the best place to stop in Alta and put your feet up for a couple of days, it’s even got a few fish drying out beside me. The occasional person shows up to do a bit of fishing and that’s about it.
The sun finally came out for two days so I had a bit of a zip around the area of Alta on the motorbike, The town itself is quite modern but nothing of interest in it to be honest but besides the UNESCO museum here Alta is also known for one of the best salmon fishing rivers for in Norway (The Alta river). I also found a nice spot on the river that’s quiet and right on the river bank with walks in the area too. GPS Position: 69.93230, 23.2620, but if you prefer campsites then there are also two of them on the opposite bank, GPS Position: 69.92824, 23.26467 You can also do canoeing here as there are lots of boats available at the sites and at the building at the top of the road.
The great guys from OurTour – Jason & Julie are crossing the Fin/Norway border and we’ll meet up here in Alta probably when Joanne gets back, they are low on LPG so when I was out and about I checked the LPG.eu postion for gas, GPS Position: 69.96627, 23.35717 and it’s open. Good news for them and us too as we’ll be topping up before we leave Norway, Finland doesn’t have LPGs station as we know it so we’ll need to be full to the brim for our visit. The next place we’ll get it will be Estonia, and that’s quite a distance from us at least 2500km away straight down south.
Today though the rain has returned so their isn’t anything worth mentioning, Well that’s until Joanne gets back tomorrow night, you can then read up on the Alta Museum and its famous rock carvings no doubt after that.