It was a good night without rain. After packing up, the first climb was waiting. But then we realized that there was a brand new tunnel with a bicycle button to push. It indicates that there is a bike in the tunnel, so the cars can be a bit careful, if they care. Unfortunately, the tunnel was steep uphill anyway. The first out of six tunnels today. But they didn’t matter much because there was not much traffic.
We followed the tourist road 82 on Senja, which passed by a funny looking Troll park. But no time for a closer look.
Then, the road went over a very steep pass at 300m altitude. The landscape was getting better and better.
A bit annoying was that half of the downhill part after the pass went through a tunnel. You arrived complete sweaty on the top and went freezing through two km in darkness and probably 5 degrees. But the next hours were leading through amazing landscape. This was just after the tunnel:
And about 20km later:
Then one last 150m climb, about 15km before the ferry, payed of with this view:
We were cycling all around this fjord. Beginning on the right in the background, going around to the left and up the hill.
Senja had one of the most beautiful landscapes I have seen so far on this trip. It was tough because of the steep hills but totally worth it. It is a bit like Lofoten without the traffic. One of the highlights so far.
Besides of the Rondane road (my other favorite), this was the second “tourist road” I took. Seems that these are the best locations for cycling in Norway because they go through great landscape and are too narrow for trucks and caravans. I should check out more of these.
We took the ferry to Kvaløya after 80km with 1000m of climbing. There, we went fishing first. Manuel caught his first cod and broke his fishing rod afterwards. Fishing is not his favorite activity, I guess.. After catching five too small seith, I got one with a decent size (JalapeñoOst for scale):
That was fun fishing. It was 20 o’clock afterwards and we still needed a place to stay. So we kept on cycling until we found an OK spot after about 10km.
Just 50km to Tromsø now.