May 15th 2007 - Helsinki PDF Print
Tuesday, 15 May 2007

At 7.45am they began their journey towards Helsinki in a thunderstorm and the temperature was around 10°C (50°F). Two hours later the sun came out, the temperature rose to 17°C (63°F) and it was a nice day to ride. As they got closer to Helsinki it began to rain again.

The first thing they did when arriving in Helsinki was to find the Russian embassy which turned out to be closed today (a familiar thing) but will be open tomorrow. They'll go there and hopefully get an extension for their visas in to Russia to be on the safe side.

As they didn't have much else planned for the day a short visit was made to the Icelandic embassy and afterwards they tried finding a Yamaha dealership. Einar's bike needed a new oil filter and oil had to be added which they did just before 6pm when they finally found the dealership.

A decision was made to try and get a room outside the city as it's difficult to find accommodations for the bikes in the city. Eventually they found a room at a hotel called Krapi.

Today they added 588km to the distance traveled. 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 May 2007 )
May 14th 2007 - Finland PDF Print
Monday, 14 May 2007

This morning they woke up to rain and a temperature of 4°C (39°F) and continued north, riding through a very monotonous landscape.

Crossing the borders to Finland changed everything. The temperature rose to 13-14°C (55-57°F), the sun came out and they went forwards 1 hour. With the rising temperatures the mood changed as well and everything seemed better. They began heading south and are now at a Motel called Nuttulinna in a small Finnish town where no one talks English but everyone is very friendly. Supper was a slice of cream cake and beer (not exactly the first thing you'd expect) and afterwards they were given open sandwiches which were well received.

Mom got a phonecall from the satellite phone which worked very well.

Total km traveled today, 664.

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 May 2007 )
May 13th 2007 - UmeÄ, Sweden PDF Print
Sunday, 13 May 2007

Todays journey began in good weather but it got cold in the mountains. After about 8 hours they'd done 680 km and decided to stop at a small guest house called Norskensgården which is just outside of Umeå in Sweden.

 Tomorrow they'll continue north Towards Finland. More news on Sverrir's blog.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 May 2007 )
May 12th 2007 - Outside Trondheim PDF Print
Saturday, 12 May 2007

Today  the trip was made in beautiful but slightly cold weather going from sea level to 1.000 m altitude. Riding through Norwegian fjords and mountains. In one place they had to turn back as the road had not been cleared of snow. The distance traveled was about 580 km and they're now 10-15km outside of Trondheim.

Their position has been logged in We Are Here. 

Last Updated ( Saturday, 12 May 2007 )
May 11th 2007 - Lavik PDF Print
Friday, 11 May 2007
Our two travelers have arrived in Lavik in Norway. They went 100 km today in cold but bright weather. Tomorrow the journey goes on.
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