Nordkapp Road Trip with Audi e-tron – Part II

This is part II of my road trip to the Nordkapp. You can find part I here. The last episode ended with an overnight stay (and charge) at the border between Finland and Norway.

Nordkapp

The border crossing was easy. Mid-August there were no Covid19 restrictions active. A few weeks later this changed again and currently, a border crossing between Norway and Finland is, at least for tourists, not possible anymore.

Our first stop in Norway was Alta, which is about 200 km away from Galdotieva. It has a nice church with very interesting architecture.

There are absolutely no charging options between Galdotieva and Alta. But luckily 200 km is no problem for a fully charged e-tron. After a quick 1 hour charge at the 50 kW DC charger in Alta, while visiting the city, the battery was full again.

Then we continued to Honningsvåg, which is the last village before the Nordkapp and 210 km away from Alta. It is a really beautiful fishing village with colorful boats at the harbor.

Close to Honningsvåg we saw many reindeer groups.

The last 33 km to the Nordkapp led through a spectacular and rugged landscape.

Finally, we arrived at the Nordkapp. And were a bit shocked by having to pay 90€ just for entering the parking lot. The Nordkapp is known as the northernmost point of Europe. This is not exactly true since Kinnarodden east of the Nordkapp is located further north. But Kinnaroden can only be reached by foot on a 48 km hiking trip and not by car. Therefore Nordkapp is the northernmost point of mainland Europe that can be reached by car and in our case an EV.

Getting there with the Audi e-tron was very uncomplicated and we were optimistic that the way back to Germany along the Norwegian coast would be similar.

Arriving back in Honningsvåg our battery was down to 13%. We had booked the lovely hotel The View which has an 11 kW AC Type 2 charger. Luckily it was available and we were able to charge overnight to 100%. If the charger would have been occupied there would at least be one other charger at a different location in Honningsvåg. And worst case we would have to spend an extra night there.

The staff of The View was super friendly and we had a great three-course king crabs menu in the hotel. Both the hotel and the menu can be highly recommended.

Hammerfest

On the next day, we drove to Hammerfest, 180 km from Honningsvåg. Hammerfest was known as the northernmost city in the world. But due to the recent growth of Honningsvåg, this could have changed depending on the definition of city.

Hammerfest is a typical functional northern city without much atmosphere. Next time we would probably skip the visit.

Sadly the DC charger in Hammerfest was out-of-order. We had to rely instead on the slow 11 kW AC charger. While exploring the city we charged in 2 hours from 37% to 61%, enough to safely reach the next DC charger in Alta.

In the meantime we picked up some sushi from, you guessed it, the northernmost sushi-restaurant of the world Niri Sushi. It was really great with local king crabs and halibut.

As for dessert, we have later collected some wild cloudberries, my favorites berries in the world. If you are ever in northern Scandinavia in summer you have to try them. They have a taste unlike any other fruit and they don’t grow further south.

And we were able to watch some porpoise in the sea.

On the way to our next destination Senja, 550 km from Hammerfest, we had a quick 50 kW DC charge in Alta, an overnight 11 kW AC charge at the North of Lyngen Apartments, another 50 kW DC charge in Nordkjosbotn, and a final 50 kW DC charge in Moen.

Senja

Senja is the second-largest island of Norway. It has an extremely spectacular landscape comparable to the Lofoten. But contrary to the Lofoten Senja is not yet an overrun tourist destination. Although recently Senja gained a lot of attention on Instagram and I’m afraid past-covid Senja will quickly be as crowded as the Lofoten.

We had booked there a cabin at Senja Camping for 3 nights. EV-chargers in Senja are very rare (and always slow). Senja Camping has one AC Type 2 charger which charged our Audi e-tron with a maximum of 4.8 kW, enough to get from 50% to 100% overnight in about 11 hours. Luckily we were the only ones during these three days there with an EV.

The next day we visited the Senjatrollet (Senja Troll Park) which was severely damaged by a fire in March 2019 and is closed since then. It is now a lost place and a bit spooky, still worth a quick visit.

There are two popular viewpoints on Senja: Bergsbotn and Tungeneset.

From the viewpoint above the Bergsbotn village, you have a lovely view of the idyllic fjord below.

Tungeneset is at sea level and offers an awesome view of the spectacular Oksen mountain range, especially at sunset.

But the most famous place on Senja is definitely the Segla mountain (especially since the Instagram hype about this place).

The best view of Segla is from the nearby Hesten mountain. The trail to Hesten starts at Fjordgård, a small fishing village in the northern part of Senja. The official parking lot is located next to the school. The trail is moderately difficult and rather short but quite exhausting (about 2.5 km length one-way and 500 m altitude gain). We needed about two hours to get to the top of Hesten, but most people are quicker.

The view from Hesten is absolutely spectacular. We spent there a couple of hours at the top and shot some timelapse footage at sunset before hiking back to our car.

We really loved Senja and could have easily spend another week there. But we wanted to explore some other places in Norway. Therefore we had to leave Senja after three nights to continue our trip.

To continue with part III click here.

4 thoughts

  1. Great story and spectacular pictures. Eagerly awaiting the next part.
    Came from your comment to Frank‘s video with e-Crafter to the Nordkapp.

  2. Just a comment re the EV, I could not stand the hassle of finding charging facility thus staying with my trusty diesel car.

    1. It depends on where you live (or plan to go). In southern and central Norway for example it is as easy to find a charger as a petrol station. But there are still many countries where a diesel car is currently the better (or only) choice, especially in Africa and South America.

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