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Re: Arctic DOKA

Postby mattwilde66 » 06 Oct 2018, 11:08

937carrera wrote:Nice part of the world.

I remember spending Mid Summer Day one year travelling to Mo I Rana for the midnight sun, heading further North in the morning into the Arctic Circle towards Bodø, before turning right and heading down to Arvidsjaur on my way back home in Värmland in central Sweden.

Just for a sense of scale for those who haven't been, that's further than John o' Groats to Lands' End, no motorways

I miss proper Winters :(
I bought the van in Mo. I know the road you took. Junkerdal over the Swedish border. We go camping in Arjeplog. There's loads of isolated mini beaches on the lakes over there. It's bliss and virtually empty.

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Getting the van back home over Saltfjellet was a challenge. That's the high point where the Arctic circle visitor centre is. The snow was drifting and the shut that section quite often.

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If any of you guys come up, give me a shout. I live on a garage too so if you need any tinkering we can help.
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Re: Arctic DOKA

Postby mattwilde66 » 06 Oct 2018, 11:54

Winchweight wrote:We are definitely up for winter in Norway. We went at Easter last year and only as far as Bergan and Lillehammer, but it was great. We’ve visited Tromso in winter and I’ve regularly flown around Bardufoss and Trondheim, so I can’t wait to see it from the ground.

Are you in the forces by any chance? I've noticed Brize Norton on your avatar? My father was stationed at Brize Norton before I was born. In the year of VC10's and Belfast's

The local F-16s from Bodo regulary buzz our rooftops and keep us on our toes :)
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Re: Arctic DOKA

Postby Winchweight » 06 Oct 2018, 12:42

I was. Left in 2010 but still wok at Brize. I flew as loadmaster / crewman on C130 and helicopters but now work on A400M
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Re: Arctic DOKA

Postby toomanytoys » 08 Oct 2018, 14:21

silverbullet wrote:I'll have to turn over a couple of Post Offices in the meantime to pay for it! :D

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Re: Arctic DOKA

Postby 937carrera » 08 Oct 2018, 14:48

mattwilde66 wrote:Getting the van back home over Saltfjellet was a challenge. That's the high point where the Arctic circle visitor centre is. The snow was drifting and the shut that section quite often.


Yeah, the snow drifts at the visitor centre were still 8' high on 21st June. After my visit I headed for Bodø, brushed my teeth in a little stream on the way, cleanest water in the world, then realised if I went that bit further North the next right hand turn and route back to Sweden would be adding another 4 hours to the journey. The midnight sun changes your perspective on the world, or it did for me, not too convinced about having to live with perpetual darkness in Winter though.
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Re: Arctic DOKA

Postby mattwilde66 » 13 Oct 2018, 16:00

937carrera wrote:
mattwilde66 wrote:Getting the van back home over Saltfjellet was a challenge. That's the high point where the Arctic circle visitor centre is. The snow was drifting and the shut that section quite often.


Yeah, the snow drifts at the visitor centre were still 8' high on 21st June. After my visit I headed for Bodø, brushed my teeth in a little stream on the way, cleanest water in the world, then realised if I went that bit further North the next right hand turn and route back to Sweden would be adding another 4 hours to the journey. The midnight sun changes your perspective on the world, or it did for me, not too convinced about having to live with perpetual darkness in Winter though.


Yeah the water is amazing. Theres a spring out the back of our house and the water tastes amazing.

Theres not that many roads in the north of Sweden. I think its all the way to Narvik and then back over the border up there.

The winters are nice at first but when you get to March, you just want it to bugger off and get some sun!!!
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Re: Arctic DOKA

Postby mattwilde66 » 13 Oct 2018, 16:02

Winchweight wrote:I was. Left in 2010 but still wok at Brize. I flew as loadmaster / crewman on C130 and helicopters but now work on A400M


Awesome! Will the A400M replace the Hercules?
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Re: Arctic DOKA

Postby Winchweight » 13 Oct 2018, 20:03

Hercules numbers are at their lowest and likely to reduce further in the next round of defence cuts. A400 will eventually assume most if not all their roles, but it’s not fully there yet. Reliability and availability are still issues we have to resolve. Nothing is ever easy... :roll:
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Re: Arctic DOKA

Postby mattwilde66 » 14 Oct 2018, 16:21

Its amazing what you find lying about when you live on a garage. These old Merc E-class wheels were tucked away. I only found then when I was swapping out volvo back onto winter wheels for the upcoming seasonal changes.

This lets me bin the old horrible alloys which were on when I bought it. If I could burn them, I would.

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Thankfully both were the same size and ET. I was worried the winter tyres wouldnt go back on being 235/75/15 but they just fit!

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Its still sitting low at the back and thats with all the crap removed! I need to find out what springs I can get hold of in Norway.

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Re: Arctic DOKA

Postby mattwilde66 » 09 Nov 2018, 09:58

Mucking about round the back of the workshop whilst the northern lights are in full swing. The cloud got in the way for most of the night but every so often it buggered off

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Re: Arctic DOKA

Postby clift_d » 09 Nov 2018, 10:35

Great pics!
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