The journey from Skaidi to Alta was the last leg of our 3-day field trip. Our bus arrived at Skaidi at about 15:00 after our visit to Stabbursdalen national park and the visitor center. Skaidi is a town in the municipality of Kvalsund which has a population of approximately 1,100. The travel from Skaidi to Alta is at a distance of 84km which takes about 1.5 hours by bus.
Skaidi -where the sea meets river and mountain
On arriving at Skaidi, we bid goodbye to Ellen who was primarily responsible for organising a memorable field trip and gave her a round of hurrah. We took the opportunity to stretch our legs and quickly commenced our bus ride back to Alta on highway E6.
The bus journey traverses through the beautiful Kvalsund municipality which boast of its pristine nature. Kvalsund municipality has been rightly quoted as “where the sea meets River Mountain”; most parts of our journey was along with the clam flowing Repparfjordelva River which flows up north. The river is an important feature for the population living in the region as it is home to some of the best salmon in Norway. Repparfjordelva is also host to outdoor activities like kayaking, fishing etc and during winter it is a perfect spot for ice fishing.
Spectacular change in topography
The spectacular landscape that we witnessed on this is part of the journey was a treat to the eyes. It was interesting to see the change in topographical features from land covered with midget birch trees to a near barren rugged landscape with only a few shrubs and dried wild grass. On either side of the road, though it was rugged land, we noticed small range of mountains at far distances which were again completely bare surface lacking any life. As the landscape was flat it was easy to spot small reindeer herds running away in the opposite direction of human transport. It was fascinating to see patches of small bodies’ lakes/ water catchments which I presume are a source of water to the native wildlife.
As we neared Rafsbotn and leaving Kvalsund municipality behind, we immediately noticed the change in the landscape. The autumn colours of birch trees were visible again. It was like; there is new life in the surrounding. The bare landscape was being replaced by thick vegetation on either side. It trees were greener, there were vast patches of farmlands and few sections of fenced sheep farm. It was indeed very intriguing to witness the change in topography within a short distance.
Travelling along the Altafjorden
Closer to Alta, the road drove us along the Altafjorden which was again a splendid view. With increase in human habitation and the road traffic, we knew our journey was coming to end, leaving behind amazing nature that we had the pleasure of witnessing. The Altajorden was lit by dusk sky colour as we saw the clam waves falling on the banks of the fjord.
Ending our journey at the UIT, we disembarked from the bus, gathered our belonging and as suggested by Britt, we all gave each other a warm hug. The Golden route of sampi excursion had left all of us with deep thoughts and great memories to cherish for life long.