Sorjushytte to Sulitjelma (and a hitch to Naurstad)
A clear, cold night - a wet tent. Still, I am positively surprised that low clouds are not dominating the sky this morning.
I leave early once more. Starting my day with a climb over easy going rocks and scree and snow fields. Soon enough I reach the highest point of today. A bit over 1000 meters. The views are wonderful once more.
Slowly, I start the long descent towards Sulitjelma, which is at 200 meters. It's seems much shorter than I was expecting and by 11:00 I'm licking on a chocolate ice cream, considering all my options.
Sulitjelma, a skiing town, is like Celerina during off-season: dead.
There's a hotel and not much else. A campground in the middle of nowhere, too. But I don't feel like camping.
Fauske, the nearest larger town has no suitable place to stay either. I try Bodo. Nothing that catches my intention.
Then I try airbnb and find a reasonably priced accommodation in Naurstad. On a fjord. Looks nice. Just, how to get there? An option is public transportation but it would take ages. So I throw out my thumb and it doesn't take long I'm on my way to Fauske. I learn a lot about the mining history of Sulitjelma from the friendly driver, who drops me at the edge of town. After a 30 minutes wait two young workers take me all the way to the Naurstad intersection, from where it's am easy hitch to Anne-Lise's lovely place. A bit far away from everything but going from complete remoteness directly into into a big city might have been too much for my brain to process.
Still, later that day, when my host decides to head to Northern Norway's largest shopping center, I use the chance and join her. She gives me a great tour around Bodo, passing the airport and the aviation museum.
With bags full of groceries and some stuff, with which I can hopefully fix my sandals we return home. Now it's finally time relax and enjoy the comfort of a real house.