Nordkalotten 2015 – the journey in numbers

The journey

My journey took 55 days – I have still some weeks holiday left but decided to shorten the trip. In this 55 days I visited Solberget, Abisko, the Vesterålen, Tromsø, Murjek, Loma Vietonen in Finland, Björkliden, Nikkaluokta, Alta, Honningsvåg, the North Cape, Kirkenes and many other places.

I slept in my tent only 3 times, had 16 free overnight stays and payed 36 times between 23 and 69 Euros.


I travelled 6630 kilometres by car, which consumed 563.5 litres of fuel (if I wrote it down correctly). The longest distance on one day was the journey back home from the Kirkenes Snow Hotel that took 856.5 kilometres.

563.5 litres were burnt to circa 1300 kg CO₂. That’s the same impact as flying from Bremen (my home town) to Tenerife and back again.


It’s hard to calculate how much the journey costed. Shell I include food that I need at home, too? The new battery for the car?

Anyway the journey costed round 3200 Euros, including the daily food, excluding the car battery and some equipment I bought.

Accommodation: ca 1350 EUR · Fuel: ca 900 EUR · Tours/entrance fees: ca 200 EUR · Restaurants: ca 250 EUR · Food: ca 450 EUR


The winter this year was extremely warm. Therefore the lowest temperature on the journey was a mere -24 °C. The lowest temperature while tenting was -22 °C. There were at least 20 days with temperatures above zero. The largest amount of snow I should guess was 150 cm since it was shoulder deep. Mostly the snow in Sweden was between 70 and 100 cm, in Norway a bit less and later on the journey less as well due to the high temperatures.

The temperature minimum home in Skelleftehamn was -16 °C. The last years it was less than -20 °C several time each winter.


5 comments to “Nordkalotten 2015 – the journey in numbers”

  1. Sabine NL 2015-03-12 12:37

    Thank you Olaf for this insight in travel costs!

  2. Nenia 2015-03-12 18:37

    Es war toll deine Reise zu verfolgen.

  3. way-up-north 2015-03-13 08:58

    You are welcome, Sabine NL.

    Schön, dass es Dir gefallen hat, Nenia.

  4. Sylvia 2015-03-13 09:17

    Deine Statistik ist echt interessant – hast Du nebenbei noch ne Art Wanderbuch geführt? Besonders bemerkenswert finde ich, dass Du den Co2-Ausstoß berechnet hast. Hast Du mal vor, auch eine entsprechende Sommertour zu machen?

  5. way-up-north 2015-03-13 15:20

    Sylvia: Ich habe nur eine kleine Tabelle, wo ich aufgeschrieben habe, wann ich wie viel getankt habe, wie viel ich gefahren bin und wie viel Geld ich ausgegeben habe.

    Wenn ich einen Mäzen gefunden habe, der mir eine Sommertour über ein paar Monate finanziert, werde ich darüber nachdenken. Ansonsten werde ich weiterhin gerne im Winter, meiner Lieblingsjahreszeit unterwegs sein, auch wenn das unbequemer ist, als im Sommer zu reisen.

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