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Thu, 12 Jul 2007
day 06: north cape - we've been there! (0 comments)
this day we got up very early (yes, we've had two alarm clocks set to 07:00, just to make sure), heading for the north cape. on the way there, there's a toll charge to pay for using the road to the north cape island. the closer we got to the north cape, the foggier it was. after paying the entrance to the cape itself, and finally being at our destination point, we were enclosed by fog. due to the heavy fog we did not even find the right way at first. instead we ended at some cliff. after walking around more or less blindly we found the building next to the cape. in there, there's loads of stuff to see, like a very very small thai museum (aehem, there once was a king, namely chulalongkorn - no, not a rice brand, that was his name! and for that he got his own museum). in fact it was a very small room with a few old pictures of king chulalongkorn and some thai daemon-mask. then there were loads of dioramas showing the history of the north cape. another great thing was the "supervideograph" (yep, cool name!), showing a movie in wide-angle (125 degrees, on five screens) showing the landscape around north cape through the four seasons, partially under the sea. the movie was pretty fascinating and we got an impression of what it would look like if there's not a thick wall of fog. therefore we decided to go to a nearby small village (skarsvag). there we were below the fog. we climbed a small hill that gave a good overview of the village. later we drank tea, ate something at a parking ground where we had a good view to the north cape (and its horn). while the upper cape was still in the fog, the horn was not. so we waited several hours just to return to the cape again after the fog has lifted. this time, unfortunately, we were not alone anymore. tourists were around the place, but not as much as we had expected. guess this is the good thing about the fog - not too much tourists. this time we had a far better view from the cape and the platform. we were glad that we had returned there for a second time. first checkpoint on our journey done - yuhu! we've been to the most northern point of the world (that can be reached on a road)! afterwards we've been driving to hammerfest, the most northern town in the world, with the only ice free harbour during the winter in northern europe, and the most northern catholic church community in the world.

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