This summer, I had the opportunity to return to Finish Lapland on a kayaking journey, a chance I didn’t want to miss. Yet I was faced with the problem of getting there: do I fly and participate in the destruction of the Nature I am so desperate to engage with? Overland transport is reputed to have less of a carbon footprint; at least I would suggest that the much higher prices one has to pay reflect environmental costs better. So, j’ai coupé la poire en deux, as we say in French. I travelled to Lapland over land and water, cycling between ferry and train connections through the Netherlands and Germany, but flew back home – one long day to cover the distance I had taken close to a month to travel.
Below are some reflections.
The mills of Kinderdijk – a breather after 30km of refineries
How many kilometres have I travelled? I do not know, nor do I care much for the answer. However, for interested parties, this is what the overland route from Mirfield, England to Alta, Norway, entailed: cycle to Dewsbury; train to Hull; ferry to Rotterdam; cycle to Duisburg; train to Hamburg; cycle to Travemünde; ferry to Helsinki; train to Kemijärvi; cycle to Alta – with a slight detour via Lake Inari for a bit of kayaking.