Day twenty-two started with two very tired people due to lack of sleep last night as the weather was atrocious. Although it didn’t bother Finn of course so he was full of beans and raring to go as normal bright and early. The good news is that the sun is back out so hopefully yesterday was just a blip and good fortunate is again shinning on us.
After a little walk we set off to the village of Nyksund. The village is in a remote location at the end of a peninsular with a single track un-surfaced road for the last 8 miles.
In the 1960’s the bakery and post office closed down so people began to leave, and after a bad storm in 1975 the last inhabitant left and the village fell silent. Everything changed in the 1990’s when a few individuals started to renovate the houses and commercial buildings and it is has been reborn as an artists colony and tourist attraction. Today as we walked round it was very quiet as there are only about a dozen year round residents, but in summer there are about 60 residents and many more visiting tourists. At the beginning of the bridge over to the island of Nyksund Finn got his second electric shock, Norway is not going well for him on this front. This shock was from a cattle grid so he really did leap in the air on all four paws at the same time. There were absolutely no signs to say it was electric but I assume the locals are familiar with this style of cattle grid but obviously we were not. We had to carry Finn in and out of the village as he was understandably scared to go over the bridge. I am pleased to report no ill effects.
Tonight we are in another picnic spot not far from Sortland in the national park. There was a lovely sunset as we walked back down the hill behind the picnic spot after our evening walk, although it is still cloudy so we are not going to see the Northern Lights tonight.
Overnight – N 68.623359. E 15.6463
Miles walked – 5.2
Miles driven – 185
Weather – very mild with sunny spells