Day 44 It was cloudy but dry as I left Kirkenes. I headed westward on the E6 back to Nordkapp for 40 km. In Neiden I turned southward onto road 893 and crossed the norvegian-finnish border after 10 km.
I met only a few people on the road during the day. After the breathtaking views all over Norway, the open landscape of Lapland was relaxing and cycling was easy.
As I wanted to stop and pitch my tent in the evening, it started to rain and I did not stopped but continued, hoping that I would find a laavu (shelter) near Inari. But as I finally reached Inari after the 200 km ride, I had to improvise, because the laavu was locked. I found a beautiful place on the shore of the Inarisjärvi (Inaris lake) with a wooden terrace and quickly set up my bivvy (tent footprint, air mattress, air pillow and sleeping bag). After this longest longest touring cycling stage to date, I felt so comfortable in my first class hotel and after a last glance at the lake bathed in the fairy light of the midnight sun, I fell asleep.
200 km 14:15 14 km/h 1,520 m 1,400 m 3,197.6 km 4,917.1 km
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