FAQ / NorthCape4000 – Edition IV
1 – 2021 Registration process
1A – Event registration procedure for Riders registered for the 2020 Edition
2 – Terms and conditions of registration for the event
2A – Cancellation or shifting of the event
3 – Your “NC4K Edition IV” badge in the Riders page
4 – Documents required to participate.
5 – Request for invitation letters for foreign participants (VISA application procedure)
6 – How to provide the medical certificate.
7 – Identity documents required to travel through the countries covered by the event.
8 – Date of sending the 2021 track to participants
9 – Interpretation of the track
10 – Meeting / Grand Depart at Palazzo Marchetti di Arco, Lago di Garda
11 – GPRS Tracker
12 – Ferries in the Edition IV
13 – Infringements and penalties
14 – Tracking system
15 – Mandatory equipment
16 – Gates : Address / GPS Coordinates, opening time and validation procedures
17 – Staff Media coverage during the event
18 – NC4K World : Lapland, from Rovaniemi to Mageroya. Available services
19 – The last kilometres towards North Cape. Information and altimetry of Mageroya Island
20 – Overnight stays, supermarkets, ATMs and services available
21 – NorthCape visitor centre, business hours, info and services
22 – News Edition IV: Introduction of the time limit for the qualification of Finisher.
23 – What to do on arrival: registration procedure and NC4K Finisher stamp
24 – The staff NorthCape4000 & Visit Norway at the NorthCape.
25 – From NorthCape to Alta, available buses, stops and how to bring the bike onboard
26 – International Airport of Alta, retrieval of bicycle packaging
27 – Where to find the carton for your bike in Alta
28 – Use of the Facebook Group and communication with NC4K Staff
29 – NorthCape4000 philosophy and behaviours not in line with the spirit of the event.
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1) 2021 Registration Process
Registrations for the Edition IV will open on December 1, 2020 at 9 p.m. (Italian time) and will close on sunday, February 28, 2021, as for previous editions, they will take place on the event’s website (www.northcape4000.com) through an online procedure.
At NorthCape4000, we have no intermediate stages of approval of participants. Except for a non- competitive medical certificate, which is required to all riders, you do not have to submit any other documents. Once you have completed the registration and payment process, you will be 100% in; North Cape is waiting for you.
Compared to previous editions the registration procedure has been made much easier and faster, you will be able to register with 2 steps.
Registrations will remain open until sunday, february 28, 2021 unless the available places are filled (200 slots). In this case, the registration page, regardless of the date, will be automatically blocked by the system when the number of participants is reached and you can no longer access the event for the Edition IV.
Payment of the registration is made by Paypal, most safety and used payment platform in the world.
The NorthCape4000 organization may, at any time and at its sole discretion, without the obligation of further motivation, decide whether or not to accept anyone’s registration.
1A) Event registration procedure for Riders registered for the 2020 Edition
Riders registered for the 2020 Edition (210 participants from 36 nations of the world) are guaranteed to be able to access the 2021 Edition at no additional cost, except for secretarial costs and renewal of the MSP sports card for the year 2021, mandatory for law. To this end, a dedicated communication will be sent to them on how to proceed with the payment of secretarial expenses and the 2021 sports card.
2) Terms and conditions of registration for the event
Registration for the event is not refundable and is valid only for the current edition.
But it is right and we want to explain the reasons: unlike other Bikepacking events, at NorthCape4000, we are extremely clear about the standards of the event and we decided to give it high quality features from the outset.
These features are very expensive. Whether it’s the Europe-wide inspections or the obsessive study to provide a 4500 km track every year, the complete coverage of the event in the field with professionals in tow, 2 service cars and latest generation equipment, or the GPRS trackers included in the registration, the NorthCape4000, at the time we are writing, is the only UltraDistance event offering and guaranteeing such a level of quality and investment on these mileages, besides the professional cycling events. In a micro- world like the Bikepacking one, this can be easily verified and, as we are sure of what we are saying, we invite you to do it: find out more.
Precisely because of the standards of the event and whatever the number of participants in each edition, we expose ourselves in advance to ensure an unchanged level of quality every year, and we do so without knowing at all the result of each edition, incurring significant costs at the launch stage and throughout the event, based on each participant. That’s why your registration fee, even if you decide not to use it, is used to keep the NorthCape4000 operating and increasingly accurate.
2A) Cancellation or shifting of the event.
Cancellation – If, for reasons of force majeure that do not depend on the organization but on environmental and / or health reasons at national or international level, the event could not take place, the amount paid at the time of registration will not be refunded but will be considered valid for the next edition. The organization will be entitled, for those who re-register free of charge to the next edition, to a contribution for secretarial expenses and the renewal of the sports card (mandatory by law) of € 47.00.
The payment of the secretarial contribution and the sports card must be made by the date indicated by the organization which will inform the participants through a specific communication.
Shifting of the event – Furthermore, for reasons of force majeure or other serious reasons, which could jeopardize the preparation of the event or the participation in it by a number of people not less than half of the members, the Organization reserves the right to move the place and / or date of the event within the same calendar year. In this case, the registration fee paid will be valid for the event on the rescheduled date, without any additional costs for the members. In this case, it is not possible to move the registration to the following year’s edition.
3) Your “NC4K Edition IV” badge in the Riders page
At NorthCape4000, the real asset of the event is you. You will embark on a wonderful two- wheeled experience that will inspire other people; for this reason, once you register and if you wish, you will be on the 2021 Riders page. The world needs positive examples! We will create a space dedicated to the participants, each one with a dedicated “NC4K Edition IV” file, who can show:
– 1 profile photo – a short BIO – a list of your personal sponsor
You are not required to send us your photo and BIO, but if you decide to do so, these are the specifications of the material required:
profile photo must have a max size of 2 mb Text of BIO must have a maximum length of 300 characters Text of Sponsor list must have a maximum length of 200 characters
The material can be sent by march 31, 2021, exclusively to the e-mail address “firstname.lastname@example.org”, specifying your first and last name, the same ones you used to register for the event. Remember that after this date your Badge will no longer be editable.
On May 1, 2021 the Riders page will be online with the list of all 2021 Riders.
4) Documents required to participate.
To participate in the NorthCape4000 it is necessary to provide a non-competitive medical certificate, issued in your language by your family doctor, where he certifies that you are in good health, free of conditions incompatible with the practice of amateur cycling and, therefore, able to participate in a long distance non-competitive cycling event such as NorthCape4000. The certificate, which usually lasts one year, must have at least two months of residual validity at the time of the event’s departure.
5) Request for invitation letters for foreign participants (VISA application procedure)
Foreign participants may request the invitation letter or documents relating to visa applications exclusively by e-mail and by the end of april 2021. Therefore, we advise foreign participants to start the visa application procedure well in advance in order to avoid last-minute requests that, for organizational reasons, we will not be able to meet, not to mention that if you apply for a visa at the last minute you will be unable to solve it with the Italian representatives abroad in case of problems.
6) How to provide the medical certificate.
The medical certificate can be provided to the organization in two ways:
– uploading it online during the registration phase
– sending it by e-mail to email@example.com no later than one month before the event’s departure.
Remember that it cannot be delivered by hand on the day of departure in any case. If you have not sent the medical certificate with a validity of at least 2 months from the date of departure, you will not be able to take part in the event.
7) Identity documents required to travel through the countries covered by the event
If you are an EU citizen, the document we recommend you have with you during the event is your Identity Card. At NorthCape4000, you will pass through all EU member countries or, like Norway, members of the Schengen area, so the only document required to enter and pass through these
countries is your Identity Card.
If you are not an EU citizen, the required document is your passport and, in some cases, depending on your nationality, an entry visa as well, usually a 90-day tourist visa. We recommend that you contact the government offices of your country to find out the exact details of the visa that may be required.
8) Date of sending the 2021 track to participants
The temporary full track of the Edition IV will be sent by e-mail to participants approximately 3 months before departure (end of April), while the final version of the route, which you can load on your GPS device, will be sent about 2 months before the start of the event (end of May). In this way, you will have the opportunity to plan well in advance your stages and to manage the route to North Cape thoroughly.
9) Interpretation of the track
The organization will provide all participants with a complete track of the route to be followed until the arrival in North Cape, but remember that, at any time and for any reason related to your safety, as well as traffic and road conditions, including road works, deviations and any other imponderable situation that you may face along the track we have provided, you are free, at your discretion, to leave the track and resume it as soon as these conditions have ceased and your safety is guaranteed again.
So, you can deviate from the path at any time and then resume it later, using alternative roads at your discretion, if conditions require it. In any case, the organization will always be able to check your route, your position and your speed.
10) Meeting with Participants and Grand Depart at Palazzo Marchetti, Arco, Lago di Garda
Pedigree of the NorthCape4000 is the start of the event in some of the most enchanting places in Italy. We did it in Florence, we did it on the wonderful Reggia di Venaria Reale and now, in the majestic setting of the Lake Garda.
The Meeting with the Participants in the afternoon of july 23 (from 3 pm to 6 pm) and the Grand Depart of july 24 (Rendez vous at 7.30am / Grand Depart 8.00 am) of the NorthCape4000 Edition IV, will take place at Palazzo Marchetti, Arco.
Here the details:
Meeting july 23 2021, from 3pm to 6pm: Palazzo Marchetti, Arco P.za Marchetti, 2 – Arco (Tn) – Tel. +39 0464 517151- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grand Depart july 24 2021 (Rendez vous at 07.30am / Grand Depart 08.00am) : P.za Marchetti, 2 – Arco (Tn) – GPS : N 45° 55’ 8.145” / E 10° 53’ 9.984”
11) GPRS Tracker in the Edition IV
In the Edition IV of the NorthCape4000, each participant will receive a satellite GPRS tracker or another device at discretion of the organization, on a free loan, for the entire duration of the event.
In case of tracking system made by device, this will be delivered during the meeting on July 23. To receive the GPRS tracker, which we remember is free of charge, a deposit is required (fully refunded on return of the device). To be refunded the device must be shipped working and complete with all its accessories (case and USB charging cable) to the address that the Staff will sent to you. For technical specs about the GPRS tracker and the deposit a dedicated email will be sent to each participant.
The details of the deposit and the repayment times / procedures relating to the GPRS tracker will be communicated later.
12) Ferries in the Edition IV
In the IV edition of NorthCape4000 you will have to cross a sea route from Estonia (Tallinn) to Finlandia (Helsinki). The following routes are available:
Tallinn (Estonia) / Helsinki (Finland)
For ferry reservations or viewing prices, you can consult the many sites of maritime brokers such as:
www.aferry.it www.directferries.it / … co.uk
Or directly the shipping companies that cover the routes involved, in this case, to find the shipping companies directly and make the booking on their website or even to see the prices / availability of the various routes, just text the route on Google, for example “ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki” and find the company in the search results, in this case:
13) Infringements and penalties
In case of behaviours or conduct that goes against the founding values or the spirit of the event, after direct communication to the person concerned and in case there is no repentance by the same, the organization is free to adopt various types of penalties up to the exclusion of the participant from the event in the most serious cases.
In the 2018 edition 1 participant was expelled from the event and 6 others were penalized, In the 2019 edition, 2 penalties were applied to the order of arrival.
From the 2019 Edition, all types of vehicles are prohibited even with the sole purpose of documenting the event. Unfortunately, thanks to the incorrect behavior of a car following an athlete in the 2019 edition, this will no longer be allowed for anyone, under penalty of immediate disqualification of the participant.
14) Tracking system
The participant’s Live Tracking system during the event and the updating of the position of each athlete on the LIVE MAP, is implemented through a tracking system, at discretion by the organization, provided free of charge by the organization to each participant for the entire duration of the event. For the 2021 edition, we are working to ensure the best available solution for the event and the organization, as soon as possible and well in advance, will provide all the details to the participants.
15) Mandatory equipment
On the day of departure (July 24, 2021) and the day before, during the collection of the competitor’s pack (July 23, 2021), we will check that each participant has the following minimum safety equipment, otherwise he will not be able to take part in the event:
adequate front lighting system
adequate rear lighting system
high visibility reflective jacket
16) Gates : GPS coordinates, opening time and validation procedures
Gates are intermediate checkpoints to be crossed by all participants to perform a validation action. The validation action can be represented by the passage itself in front of the Gate or, at the participant’s choice, by the stamping of the CDP (Carnet De Passage) by the Gate staff. The 2021 four gates are listed below:
G1 Balaton – (exact coordinates and details will follow) G2 Krakow – (coordinates and exact details will follow) G3 Riga – (exact coordinates and details will follow) G4 Rovaniemi – (exact coordinates and details will follow)
Gates are placed along the route and to reach them you only have to follow the track provided to you (the gates are identifiable and marked by WayPoint GPS).
To perform the compulsory validation action, available H24, you can, at your discretion:
– Go to the Gate during opening hours when you will find the Gate staff; the validation action will be represented by the stamping of your CDP by the Staff.
– Go to the Gate during closing hours. You will not find the staff and you will not be able to receive the stamp; in this case, the validation action, verifiable by the organization via satellite, will be your passage through the Gate.
Recommendation: during the operations of registration, participants are advised to pay attention to their bicycle. The Krakow and Riga gates are in a position of tourist importance and in some cases thefts have been reported, so please pay attention to the bike and in case, bring it by hand, inside the office for the registration.
17) Staff Media Coverage during the event
Since its inception, NorthCape4000 has been characterized by the physical presence of its staff in the field up to North Cape. We are talking about covering the whole of Europe. Together with us, 2 service cars, a control gate system organized with staff from all over Europe and the latest technological equipment.
Nevertheless, you can understand that, in an event of such distance and scope, it is very difficult to ensure that all participants are taken in the photos and videos of the edition, even if deploying considerable resources. We assure you that we will do our best to make you protagonists of the event, but please do not to send us emails or publish posts, as already happened, to ask to appear in the videos or to be reached by the nearest car, as well as complain about not being framed.
Remember that we, like you, cover the whole Europe and have no preferences. In addition, while the participant ahead is probably in Denmark, the one in the queue is still in Switzerland, so there may be even a 1500 km long distance, then it is impossible to cover every participant with photos and videos; it would be nice, but it is not really feasible, believe us.
Furthermore, remember that the NorthCape4000 experience will remain unique regardless of whether you are shown in the videos or not, because even if they are beautiful, they are only the outline of your magical Adventure. Live the event without distractions and with the spirit that most satisfies you, we guarantee that you will treasure the greatest experience of your life.
18) NC4K World : Lapland, from Rovaniemi to Mageroya. Available services
Even before being a geographical region, Lapland is a cultural area that embraces four nations (Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia) and is the place where the Sami population lives. During NorthCape4000 Edition IV you will officially enter Lapland in the city of Rovaniemi, the same city that houses the gateway to the Arctic Circle, located at the Santa Claus Village and Gate number 4.
It will be exactly in this fairytale landscape that you will ride the last 700 km towards the North Cape. Majestic forests as far as the eye can see, typical Sami villages, the scent of nature all around and groups of reindeer walking peacefully in the middle of the road. In Scandinavia, but especially here in Lapland, forget the loud noises, the traffic and the thousand distractions that prevent people from enjoying calm and balance.
To reach NorthCape, you will first follow the E75 from Rovaniemi, then the 92, the E6 and finally the E69. About 700km on roads in perfect condition and despite the geographical position, with many supply points available. Small cities, shops and service stations that will allow you to stock food / water and find different places to spend the night, both in hotels like B&B and in the typical and cheap wooden cabins.
Here is the elevation profile of the Lapland section of the NorthCape4000 Edition IV:
Here a useful mileage roadbook of the cities / structures that you will encounter towards NorthCape, with the details of the services that you will find (we have not been able to trace all the facilities available for overnight stays and some, including the cottages and cabins, although often present along the route, they were not included in this roadbook):
KM 0 – City of Rovaniemi / SuperMarkets / Bike Shop / Restaurant / Hospital / ATM /
KM 7 – GATE 4 at Santa Claus Village / Stamp and registrations of the participants / Markets /
Shops / Restaurant / Accomodations
KM 25.7 – City of Vikajarvi / Service station with market / Restaurant / Accommodation services
KM 30 – Accommodation services
KM 37 – Accommodation services
KM 41 – Accommodation services
KM 68 – Service station with market
KM 128 – City of Sodankyla / SuperMarkets / Restaurant / Medical Point / ATM / Miscellaneous
overnight services / Information
KM 183 – City of Peurasuvantu / Cafe – Restaurant / Accommodation services
KM 197.3 – Cafe – Restaurant “Kivelion Kala Ky”
KM 219.20 – Cafe – Market
KM 220 – City of Sodankyla Vuotso – Market and Restaurant – Accommodation services
KM 229 – Accommodation services
KM 250 – City of Kakslauttanen – Accommodation services of various types
KM 256 – Accommodation services
KM 260 – City of Saariselka / SuperMarkets / Restaurant / Medical Point / ATM / Miscellaneous
overnight services / Information
KM 292 – City of Ivalo / SuperMarkets / Restaurant / Medical Point / ATM / Miscellaneous
overnight services / Information
KM 330 – City of Inari / SuperMarkets / Restaurants / ATM / Miscellaneous accommodation
services / Information
KM 357 – City of Kaamanen / Service station with market / Accommodation services
KM 385 – Accommodation services
KM 391 – Accommodation services
KM 430 – Border between Finland and Norway – City of Karigasniemi / Markets / Restaurants /
ATM / Accommodation services
KM 447 – City of Karasjok / Accommodation services / Markets / Restaurants / Sport Shop “Sport
1″ / ATM
KM 520 – City of Lakselv / Accommodation services / Restaurants / Markets / ATM / Information
KM 583 – Village of Olderfjord / Minimarket / camping / Accommodation services
KM 597 – Accommodation services
KM 612 – Tunnel “Sortvik” / length 496 meters / Front and rear light mandatory
KM 654 – Tunnel “Nordkapp” / length 6870 meters / Front and rear light mandatory
—- MAGEROYA ISLAND —-
KM 661 – Tunnel exit
KM 670 – City of Honningsvag / SuperMarket “REMA1000” / Restaurants / Medical Point / ATM /
Miscellaneous overnight services / Bus for High / Information
KM 690 – Village of Skarsvag / Camping / Restaurant / Accommodation services
KM 698 – Finish of the North Cape 4000 / Nordkapp Visitor Center / Café / Restaurants / Buses
for Alta & Honningsvag
19) The last kilometers towards North Cape. Information and altimetry of Mageroya Island
Mageroya is the island where North Cape is located. Unlike the entire itinerary of NorthCape4000, where the altimetry is fairly moderate, this wonderful island looks like a RollerCoaster. You reach the island after crossing the famous “NordKapp Tunnel”. The 6870-meters long tunnel, open to bicycle traffic (we recommend caution and visible lights), which descends to 212 meters below
sea level, is a unique experience and is basically a very long descent and subsequent long ascent. The average slope is 9%. Once out of the tunnel, you will have to face the last ford that leads you, after about 54 km, to the arrival of NorthCape4000. Below is the altimetry of the last 30 km from Honningsvag to North Cape
20) Overnight stays, supermarkets, ATMs and services available
Honningsvag (30 km away from North Cape). The northernmost city in the world has all the comforts of a small Arctic community including 4 hotels, 1 Hostel, Medical Point, ATM counter, Information Office and various types of restaurants, in addition to the “Rema1000”, a very well-stocked supermarket.
Skarsvag (detour from the road to North Cape)
After about 20 km from Honningsvag, along the E69 road leading to North Cape, you will find the detour to Skarsvag (right, 3.5 km away). It is a very small town where you can find two campsites (tents & cottages), complete with laundry and restaurants. There are no supermarkets.
21) NorthCape visitor centre, opening hours, info and services
The North Cape Visitor Centre (free entry for cyclists) is open every day:
– from may 18 to august 17 is open from 06.30 to 1am – from august 18 to august 31 is open from 06.30 am to 10 pm – from september 1 closed at 3 pm
It has shops, 2 restaurants, 1 café, 1 area dedicated to documentaries and the natural heritage of North Cape. As with all places in the world that have a strong tourist attraction, restaurant prices inside the centre are not very cheap; remember that you can buy the necessary things at the supermarket of Honningsvag, the “Rema1000”, for a reasonable price. The Visitor Centre Staff is operative from 9am to 1.00am and can be found at the 3 check-in desks located just beyond the entrance door.
At NorthCape4000, you are free to organize your schedule and the time of arrival at North Cape; if you arrive at night, you will have to stay outside the Visitor Centre until 06.30am, which is the opening hours. Remember that in North Cape, there are no overnight accommodation facilities, except for the free campsite with one’s own tent. In the previous editions, some Riders slept outdoors, in the back of the Visitor Centre, sheltered by a wing of the building.
If you arrive at night, your Finisher registration will take place the next morning and we will consider your last GPS tracking valid for the time of arrival.
Tip: Once you get to Honningsvag, do the point of the situation and keep in mind, if you arrive at Honningsvag in the evening, that at the North Cape there aren’t accomodations to spend the night, so consider, also in light of your psychophysical conditions, whether or not it is the case of arriving at North Cape during the night; or, after a few hours of rest in Honningsvag, conquers Caponord with the light of day. The choice is yours, but always remember that you are at the Arctic Circle and the weather,in Nordkapp, can change in every moment, as well as the temperatures. If you get tired or at the limit, it may be difficult to spend an outdoor night.
22 – News Edition IV: Introduction of the time limit for the qualification of Finisher. (NEW)
Designed to give everyone the opportunity to live an extraordinary human experience, the NorthCape4000 has been open to different philosophies and performances since its inception, so even in 2021 you will continue to be free to cover the path with maximum freedom and you can get to North Cape whenever you want, enjoying the event and its magical atmosphere in every aspect.
However, you should know that, in order to get the title of Edition IV Finisher and be placed in the order of arrival, you should complete the route in a maximum of 22 days (by August 15, 2021).
So, you will be Finisher of the Edition IV if you arrive at NorthCape covering an average distance of 180 km a day. If you arrive in NorthCape after August 15 you will not be registered.
23) What to do on arrival: registration procedure and NC4K Finisher stamp
For the registration procedures, on your arrival to North Cape, you will have to go to the Visitor Centre (leaving your bike in the entrance tunnel next to the NorthCape4000 roll-ups, as you cannot introduce it in the centre), where you will be welcomed to Desk number 1 (which is located just beyond the entrance door), by the NorthCape4000 Staff or, if after August 10 but within august 15, 2021, by Visit Norway staff.
24) The staff NorthCape4000 & Visit Norway at the NorthCape
Arrival in North Cape by 10 August 2021, welcome of the participants managed by the NorthCape4000 Staff.
The staff NorthCape4000 will welcome you to the Visitor Centre by stamping your CDP (Carnet De Passage) with the FINISHER stamp at Desk 1, as well as registering your name, date and time of arrival. In addition, when you wish, the staff will be happy to give you a short interview and video footage, in addition to the official photo of the arrival together with your bike (to access the North Cape Globe by bicycle, you will have to go through the external path that is to the left of the entrance door), which will be taken under the Globe, as usual.
Arrival after 10 August and until 15 August 2021, welcome of the participants managed by the Visit Norway staff.
If you reach North Cape after August 10 but until august 15 (last day to get the title of Finisher of the Edition IV), Visit Norway staff will welcome you to the Centre. Go to Desk 1 to get the FINISHER stamp and if it is not supervised by the staff, have a moment of patience and ask for an attendant. The staff will stamp your book and register your name, date and time of arrival at the centre.
Arrival in North Cape after August 15, 2021.
You will have lived, like all the other athletes and absolutely following your times, a great and unforgettable experience. However, your arrival at the North Cape Visitor Center will not include either registration or inclusion in the order of arrival of NorthCape4000 Edition IV.
25) From NorthCape to Alta, available buses, stops and how to bring the bike onboard
When we talk about North Cape, we always think of a place isolated from the world, difficult to access and requiring an incredible amount of energy to anyone who wants to return home. In fact, things are very different and, despite you are in the heart of the Arctic Circle, North Cape is a place that is very well connected to the rest of the world, especially in summertime.
Unless you decide to return home by bicycle or post boat along the Norwegian coast, in 95% of cases you will return home by taking a plane from the International Airport of Alta (200 km from North Cape, the largest airport in Finnmark, the region where North Cape is located). Booking a flight from Alta is easy and thanks to Norwegian Airlines’ low cost airline, it is now also cheap if booked well in advance.
To reach Alta, you are spoilt for choice as there are bus connections either directly from the North Cape Visitor Centre (in the area opposite the entrance, 30 meters away), or, if you want to relax a few days and enjoy the beautiful nature of Mageroya, you can take the bus from Honningsvag (bus terminal at the port). Alta is about 200 km from Honningsvag (about 4 hours and 20 minutes travel time) and the bus stops at Alta Airport and at Alta Bus Terminal. Bike can be carried unpackaged simply by removing the front wheel and bags.
The company of the Boreal group that operates connections in the region is SNELANDIA: http:// www.snelandia.no/
Info about timetables and prices are available directly on the SNELANDIA website or at the Visitor Centre of North Cape; tickets can be purchased directly on board without reservation (bus departures 30 meters away from the Visitor Centre). In summer, there are frequent daily connections, both for the Honningsvag / Alta route and Nordkapp / Alta route.
26) International Airport of Alta, retrieval of bicycle packaging
Once you arrive in Alta, you will find a small town with all services, including campsites, hotels, restaurants, ATMs, medical points and supermarkets. Bicycle embarkation by air always depends on the policy of the individual airlines; Norwegian Airlines low cost airline accepts bikes even without packaging (in this case, you will have to disassemble the front wheel and pedals, deflate the tires and cover delicate parts such as the derailleur). If you want to bring your bike to the check-in desk (safer), we suggest you to go to the Alta bike shop to get your bike packaging or, if you do not have one, go to the local supermarket and find a cardboard packaging.
In any case, as things may change and for further details, check the transport policies on sports equipment with Norwegian Airlines: https://www.norwegian.com/uk/travel-info/baggage/sports-equipment/
About the box, usually, supermarkets keep free cartons for bicycles at the disposal of riders, given the high turnout of tourists by bicycle in summer, so just ask the staff to have one for your bike.
27) Where to find the carton for your bike in Alta
Here is just a partial list of shops where you can find the packaging for your bike:
Rema1000 (supermarket close to the airport) Indirizzo : Smibakken 11, 9515 Alta
Europris Alta (supermarket close to the airport) Indirizzo : Buktaveien 4, 9515 Alta
Sport 1 Sykkel og Ski (sport shop) Indirizzo: Bjørn Wirkolas vei 15. 9510 Alta
G-Sport Hammari (sport shop) Indirizzo : Løkkeveien 10 , 9510 Alta , Norway
Canyon Sport (sport shop) Indirizzo : Altaveien 285, 9515 Alta
Sport 1 Alta (sport shop) Indirizzo : Markedsgata 21-25, 9510 Alta
28) Use of the Facebook Group and communication with NC4K Staff
The NorthCape4000 Facebook group has been created to facilitate the exchange of information between participants and event enthusiasts. The Staff answers only during the event while, during the year, it answers questions from participants or anyone who wants to receive information via
email and to questions that are not included in the FAQ page. We remind you that in 99% of cases, the answer to any questions about the event is included in the FAQ page, so you are invited to read it carefully. The Facebook group, as stated in the event guidelines, is a place where polite and positive behaviur is required, in line with the spirit of the event. We also kindly ask you not to send private messages to staff members for strictly operational matters concerning the edition. For questions regarding the event, please use the event email if there is not already an answer on the FAQ page.
29) NorthCape4000 philosophy and behaviours not in line with the spirit of the event
NorthCape4000 was created with a specific aim: improving people’s lives through an extraordinary sporting experience in a unique geographical context. Improving means enjoying and benefitting from an experience that most people only experience once in their lives. For this reason, all that is related to the event should be lived and interpreted with positive feelings, enthusiasm, politeness towards others and the staff, as well as awareness of being able to live something extraordinary that can open your mind and really change your life. Fortunately, this happens in almost all the people who participate in the event.
Unfortunately, sometimes this spirit is completely misunderstood or neglected, with the result that not only the participants do not experience the event as it was conceived, but use incorrect tones towards those who work hard to develop the event all year round. This behaviour not only disrespects the staff, but also pollutes the atmosphere of the event and damages those who rightly come to NorthCape4000 to live a positive interval that goes beyond problems, clashes, anxieties and frustrations typical of everyday life.
So please, always remember that the purpose of participating in this event is to do something extraordinary that will make you happy and that you can tell with contagious enthusiasm. Then, even if we understand that the preparation can “bring” a certain amount of anxiety, approach the event in all its aspects with happiness and joy, after all … you are here for that!
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