Day 6 at the Top of the World ( well Europe anyway)
Today we reach our furthest point, the North Cape. So far I haven’t felt cold once, either on or off the ship. The biggest surprise is the length of the days. I expected a sort of Arctic twilight, but a t 6.30 a.m. it is gloriously sunny and bright. It doesn’t get dark till after 5. Unfortunately as the day wears on we have seen a lot of cloud and several evenings it has rained quite hard. THIS IS NOT THE WEATHER FOR THE NORTHERN LIGHTS,!
Everyone is hoping for clear skies at night, perhaps we will see it change when we turn round to start the Southbound journeys.
It is 3p.m. and I have just returned from a trip to the North Cape. It is about a 40 minute drive from where the ship is docked. The quayside was a skating rink, TG for my spikes. I bought them online and they are great. There is an immense amount of snow here so the drive to North Cape was quite spectacular. The road was a winding corniche type road and the final 5 kilometres was on a road which is.pretty well closed at this time of the year. Any vehicles wishing to travel have to go in convoy led by a snow plough. The North Cape centre was very interesting with several film shows and a sound and light show.
At 5 p.m. just as it got dark I joined the Snowmobile trip into Lapland. I suspected that it would be chilly so got all togged up in my warmest but as I joined the tour I was ushered into a sort of garage where snowmobiling gear was waiting for me and my companions.
It was similar Rob’s motor cycle gear but not as smart. Complete with boots pants helmet and mittens. We had a quick lesson in how to drive a snowmobile then we were off into the pitch darkness across the snowfields. Our guide insisted that we drive in his tracks which bothered me a bit as I can still remember the problems if you let your cycle wheels get stuck in the tram tracks. Even bigger problems here though if you hit a partly snow covered rock.