/ Gear advice for Norway
I've been on ukc for a little while now and have been trying to be a sponge absorbing advice and tips in preparation for my first (hopefully of many) expeditions. Basically I'm going to northern Norway, so there will be a little ice around but temperatures not that low- it'll probably be a bit like early/late Scottish winter.
So the primary question I want to ask is has anyone been to Finmark in the summer and has any advice for kit/ tips for general expedition life that I may not have thought about?
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Finnmark is mainly I believe open moorland and rolling fjells, I suspect there won't be much snow around at all, some patches are likely but inland Lapland looses most of its snow.
What are you doing there?
Climate will vary from stonking hot, humid, full of ants, black flies, horse flies and some of the most vicious mosquitos that will eat you through a waterproof to freezing cold with bitter winds at high elevation (I assume you have plans to mooch about Øksfjordjøkelen?), or dull generic rain... endless endless rain, but probably no snow.
Early Scottish Winter is an exaggeration, not even Svalbard gets like that in summer, average temp will probably be around 15 degrees.
You will have to prepare for all these, but the generic UK walking clothing and equipment will be perfectly adequate.
Exped tips... Dry socks, bog roll, wetwipes and merino.
Also get really familiar with the terrain; I guess you've come across this? http://geo.ngu.no/kart/arealisNGU/
BSES? Our scientific research mainly revolved around getting shat on by geese, and staring endlessly at arctic hares through binos whilst gossiping about who smelt the worse, who was getting off with who, and who wanted to get off with who. Darwin, eat your heart out.
> Our scientific research mainly revolved around getting shat on by geese
on that note, I would add, if you see one of these; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parasitic_Jaeger
Give it a wide berth....
Other than that, insect repellent and a mossie net are items I'd take.
Water treatment or filter would also be useful.
"Expeditions" to the country with the highest standard of living in the world always struck me as a bit odd!
PS I'd recommend good quality boots and waterproofs plus mozzie repellent/nets
> Give it a wide berth....
They don't give you a wide berth though! Aggressive buggers as I remember.
Someone was asking on another thread whether they can drink water from streams on Lofoten. Do you live up that way? What would you say?
There's plenty of space up there Chris. Thinking about it I've spent weeks in northern Norway without meeting more than a handful of locals, easily enough done.
> There's plenty of space up there Chris. Thinking about it I've spent weeks in northern Norway without meeting more than a handful of locals, easily enough done.
Indeed - and it is a fantastic part of the world, but 'expedition' makes me think of hot sweaty jungle, pack-ice or burning deserts and not a petrol station, camping cabin or cafe within a weeks march!
Don't laugh, but the water 'problem' is (or was) due to dead lemmings(!)
Last year there was a huge population of them, and dead lemmings were turning up everywhere, and dead lemmings in the water was the reason behind the advice.
The problem was so bad, one of the airports (Narvik I think?) had a team of 12 people to sweep dead lemmings off the runway (!?!).
In reply to your question, I'd describe myself as a (very) frequent visitor, soon to be resident.
Not laughing at all - I know it can be a real problem in the arctic sometimes. We were warned about it when I went to Greenland, but that turned out to be a low lemming year.
In reply to earlier posters: High standard of living... whatever, I always boil water I will use in large quantities, small amounts from streams or whatever is fine, but it either sits in stagnant water bodies on the top of mountains or flows downstream from them.
And I have to say after last years fiasco, its a good job bses are in Finnmark.
Having said that you are absolutely right, Finnmark in July = insect repellent, more insect repellent, a good set of water proofs and some more insect repellent.
To the OP - have an awesome trip, its a beautiful part of the World that not many people get to see. FYI Oslo is closer to Lands End than Nord Kapp
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