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post #51 of 82 (permalink) Old 24-11-2021, 13:01 Thread Starter
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the bear may have been doing something else in the woods...........
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Good afternoon ladies and Gents here is todays update.Yesterday I was in Inari Finland and 118 miles later today Lakselv Norway.How am I doing how is the van.
MY toilet cassette is indoors no access from the outside it is in the garage under the bed.........I hate to say it but it and its contents are frozen solid.(sorry for that) At one point today near the finland Norway border on my route it went to minus 30 deg C outside or minus 22 deg F it has warmed up now to minus 12 deg c. Even when driving I am wearing two layers of everything with woolly hat ...........what a site and woolly gloves.So the van it is insulated to within an inch of its life but it has weak points the footstep from the side loading door is very cold inside.The rear doors are insulated but I have also hung a continental Quilt around the rear doors to block out the ice which is on the inside of the rear doors in the garage area.On the move whilst driving the Mercedes cab heater is all but useless due to the wind chill chilling everything.Saying that I am now sat parked up just had a lovely lunch in a restaurant and back in the van.Wearing tee shirt and jeans and temp wise its like an English summer day inside the van.
MY cheap £90 chinese diesel heater is fantastic. It is a 5kw heater and it is very good.I can get used to the noise of the pump as long as it keeps throwing out the heat.If it stopped working I would head south immediately.It is run from a 15 ltd tank plumbed in and I also carry ten litres spare.However it did stop yesterday and there was a whiff of diesel insider so I pulled over and it had switched itself off.I tried to get it started three times it wasn't having it.When I installed the heater I routed the exhaust pipe straight thru and under the floor of the van .Well the exhaust had become blocked with Ice so basically it was choked.I have my portable electric drill with me so I drilled the ice out of the end of the exhaust pipe and fish bash bosh it fired up straight away..........Phew.I have cut my daily mileage down to about 120 miles now .Tyres Tyres.The tyres on my van are mud and SNOW tyres I must admit if I was up here in Jan Feb March or April I would go for a set of Friction tyres at the least.I have had to use my chains once but I can tell you chains do the job.I think I have another 136 miles to go to the North Cape and I am going to do that over the next two days.This cold knocks the stuff out of you or it does me. Catch ya later
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I take my hat of to Steve for doing it at this time of year. Its a trip we would like to do but would do so in warmer months tbh.

I don't mind the cold but I fear it would finish Mrs GMJ off....

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Would adding alcohol to the poo help? Tho at the prices up that part of the world, that's maybe a step too far!

Get your clothes on n save diesel!!

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Still here,Inland seems to be a heck of alot colder than coastal.Before I left I put -30 deg c screen wash undiluted...........it dosnt work.When the wind is on the nose the mercedes dash heater is useless.I love my chinese diesel heater.The Sprinter hasn't missed a beat




The north cape was stunning and the weather was brutal.I stayed overnight I got the tee shirt I bought the cup.This is only late Nov I would presume it all goes downhill till maybe next April.Some days I only see maybe 4 cars and alot of reindeer.It took me two weeks to get to the top now I have three weeks to get back.
Camera,Drone Mobile phone batteries even when charged fully die very quickly.The sun hasn't risen above the horizon for days now It just tracks the horizon and then it gets dark again.The scenery and the people are wonderful.I have only paid for one night on a camp site up to now you seem to be able to park up most places as long as you are respectful.There are a lot of roadside services for free.Diesel is cheaper in Finland compared to Norway Sweden.Supermarket prices are ok.When I get home I will upload some drone footage talking of which my Husband Zino Drone lost signal and now is living on top of a frozen lake, next may living at the bottom of the lake (sorry about that as is my wallet).Driving standards here are very high seen as tho they do not seem to grit the road just leave them covered in ice....... BFN
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