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Pole to Pole

Day 17: Hammerfest to Karasjok

Hammerfest, Norway 
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The Nordnorge's Captain.
Michael Palin - Pole to PoleWe return in the direction of Hammerfest, but even the stragglers I'd seen earlier on the roadside have vanished. The reindeer quest turns into pure farce when we find ourselves bouncing up a rocky track to what appears to be a rubbish tip. Amid stacks of rotting cardboard, waste paper, rusting machinery and frozen-food packets stands the unhappy figure of Mr Anders, arms spread in a rather unlikely 'they were here a minute ago' pose.

Somewhere between Hammerfest and the Same 'capital' of Karasjok, 130 miles to the south-west, I must have fallen asleep. When I wake the scenery has changed completely. The treeless plateau has given way to an endless vista of lake and forest. A comforting sign that we are once again heading in the right direction.

Elk for dinner. Almost impenetrable.
Hammerfest, Norway 
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The Mayor and his Polar Bear.
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  • Series: Pole to Pole
  • Day: 17
  • Country/sea: Norway
  • Place: Karasjok
  • Book page no: 35

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