After Nordkapp we headed back to Skarsvag (pronounced ‘Skarshvog’) and Espen waved us in from his spot on the frozen lake – we were given 4 arctic trout for our dinner! We parked up and Sharon gutted and cooked the fish, under my expert (!) supervision.
We went to the frozen lake for 7pm and were greeted by the Skarsvag locals with soup, chocolate and booze! The Northern Lights made an appearance so I spent some time trying to take half decent photographs… A little later on as I was stood behind the camera a short and feisty young woman marched up to me in her purple snow suit and said ‘Hey mr photographer, do you want to go somewhere darker to take a picture?’ Next thing I knew I was on the back of a snow mobile, trying to cling on with one arm whilst clutching the camera and tripod with the other. The snowmobile can be quite a rough ride, and after bouncing down a dip before a steep hill, the driver (June) hit the throttle and I just couldn’t hold on! Slipped off the back and landed in a heap in the snow, laughing and unhurt! June apologised profusely and suggested I hold a little tighter!
Nordkapp may be a few K’s on the road, but on snow mobile its very close. June brought me to a bay overlooking the North Cape, and I managed to grab a couple of photo’s before we headed back to the lake. I had a quick go on the snow mobile… crazy thing, you don’t so much steer it more suggest which direction you’d like to veer… bit like the Landy really!
After a couple more drinks and chatting we had an early night.
Saturday we had a lie in and then met Lill and Espen in the tent once again, out on the ice. Espen kitted us out with rods, and ice holes and just in case we were rubbish, another 5 trout he’d caught earlier! We stuck out the cold and caught absolutely nothing! No surprise. We met some great people, as well as the locals, a couple of ‘foreigners’ - Jamie, a photographer from London who quit his job to come and work with his cousin on a fishing boat and North Cape Experience adventure company, and Nathan a Dutch guy from Utrecht who has been coming out to Skarsvag for a couple of years, working on the fishing boats or in the fish company in the village.
After the fishing competition we sadly said our goodbyes. Skarsvag had initially been a low point when we felt we were getting cheated out of our goals by the weather and the dreaded snow barrier, but Lill and Espen and the people of Skarsvag (even if many of you don’t live there all year round) made it the highlight of our trip so far! Thanks so much your kindness.