Thursday 22nd September 2022

We arrived in Finnsnes, 68N 17E, under cloudy skies with some light persistent rain but conditions improved by 10:00.

Autumnal colours are now more apparent as we have entered the northernmost area of the country. Having crossed to the island of Senja and used tunnels through the sharp, teeth-shaped mountains we crossed the island itself. We revisited the beach at the head of Ersfjord where there is a public toilet that cost many thousands of pounds, is painted gold, though is self-sufficient in fuel and water.

Later we called at Torsken, (derived from the skin and bones of the head of a cod), a fishing port with only a couple of hundred regular inhabitants, which produces fish-farmed salmon and processes ocean-caught cod. We tasted their delicacies and visited the fish dock. But it was sad to note that with 85 lorries leaving here per day with local fish for national and international consumption, the only shop was advertising Findus frozen fish.

We are due to depart at 10:00 p.m. for Tromsø.

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