I’ve been thinking about driving to Nordkapp for over 10 years, but there was always something… First there was no time, then there was no money, and now I’m too lazy. Well, not exactly. I’m sitting 69 degrees north, it’s under 10°C. And it’s 1 AM and the sun just won’t set. It’s June 30, and I’m 4,500 kilometres away from home. Trips such as this one are no mean feat, and certain preparations need to be made. Firsty, the vehicle. Amarok has already proven itself on our way to Africa, but there’s another trial ahead, the northernmost part of Europe. After the car service, there’s the most tedious task known to man – stacking up luggage.I thought everything would go according to plan. I was wrong. I’m still in Ljubljana and it’s about 12 o’clock. I have a hefty 25 hours of time to catch my ferry in northern Denmark. Jesus, 1,710 kilometres. Let’s go. It’s 10 AM and I’ve driven 1,700 kilometres. It wasn’t difficult but it’s very boring driving on these straight roads. The ferry has arrived. It cost me almost 100 EUR to get to Norway which should take less than 4 hours. I’ll finally be able to get some sleep. It was 35°C in Ljubljana when I started, and here it’s only 15°C. I need to put some warm clothes on. I finally got some sleep. Now for the first kilometres on Norwegian roads, and what do I see? Construction sites, congestions, same as being back home. After a day of driving and more than 2,000 kilometres, the Olympic town of Lillehammer was my first stop. Come next morning, I’m heading to the roof of Norway. This mountainous country is scattered with excellent roads which can be a test of your vehicle as well as your skill.And most of these roads which lead to inaccessible places are well maintained. I’m only halfway to Nordkapp, and I’ve been completely taken aback by Norway’s scenery. I’m in Spiterstulen which got its name from that steep waterfall. Otherwise this the Jotunheimen national park. On the altitude of 1,100 meters it’s practically winter here in the middle of June. I’m off to eat. But first I need to build myself a house. For those of us who don’t earn as much as politicians, this is probably the best solution for spending a night in Norway. It’s almost bigger than the Amarok! You can pitch a tent practically anywhere in Norway. Except here in the national park. I’ve paid 50 Krones to get here, and another 50 to pitch a tent. Which is about 14 Euros. And because I
cherish a good night’s sleep, I’ve brought a bed.I’ve driven on the highest road of Northern Europe. It’s winter here in the end of June, and the scenic beauty is indescribable. Lakes, glaciers, snow … and cold. And when you think you’ve seen everything, you come across this glacier. Probably the most beautiful glacier I’ve ever seen. Straight from high school textbooks. The next day after the fyords, which should steal at least a week of your time, I’ve treated myself with some spaghetti in Ungernes. And for this morning, the biggest treat of this trip. That. I’ve been dreaming of driving on this road ever since I was a kid, and finally I’m here.Incredible. It’s called Trollstigen or Trolls’ Ladders. Its meaning is pretty obvious, it looks like a giant ladder a troll could use to climb the mountain. The climb is 6 kilometres long, but the difference in altitude is only about 600 metres. The view is amazing though. The waterfalls really diversify the scenery. The road is, of course, closed in the winter. They’ve been building it for 8 years and it’s nearly 80 years old. And it’s still in mint condition. Slow tourists tend to drive here which take all the pleasure from it, so you better come in the morning or at night. It’s bright anyway. Because the day doesn’t end at all, I’ve decided to take on another – the famous Atlantic ocean road. It’s a 100 kilometres drive to the westernmost part of Norway. It isn’t called the most beautiful tourist road in the world and the construction achievement of the 20th century for nothing. It’s not just to attract tourists, but there are plenty of these throughout the day nonetheless. If I didn’t need to talk right now, my jaw would be touching the ground. 8 bridges connect 17 islands.It’s interesting this road is the busiest in bad weather. Everyone wants to experience the raw power of the Atlantic ocean. After a week I’ve actually managed to shave. I’m continuing north, but first to the Lofoten islands. Another interesting thing. Road tolls are paid only until the construction expenses are covered. It’s free after that. Can you imagine something like that in Slovenia? POLAR CIRCLE I’ve just crossed the polar circle and received a certificate, which, you won’t believe, is free. I’ve also build my mandatory troll. The drive is very time consuming though. This is why. I have just barely managed to get the last free spot on the ferry, and weather is beginning
to worsen. The first sight of the Lofoten islands isn’t very tempting at all. The weather is much better 200 kilometres south. I’ve just arrived to one of the most beautiful spots on the planet. Just look at this fishing village, which makes a living solely on fishing. There isn’t much else to do in this remote place. The dry the codfish here. The heads emit a very nice odor which tend to bother many tourists. But the locals say it’s the smell of money.Of course I needed to see the village Å in the south with the world’s shortest name. It really is called Å. You’ll forget about the smell once you see this beach. Just look at this. If I wasn’t wearing all these clothes, you could easily think I was visiting the tropics. I’m actually in Arctic circle, it’s 5°C and it’s windy as hell. If I had the guts to dive into the icy water, I would no doubt enjoy the unforgettable scene.Snowy mountains, emerald green water, fine white sand beneath my feet. But I’m going to the camp. As if this wasn’t enough, I’m treated with another amazing road. It’s reason enough to visit this place. But I’m cold to the bone. Again, it connects many tiny islands with its magical bridges, but where the water was shallow enough they dug tunnels. But the nature here is the really impressive part. The mountains rising from the ocean, which keep the snowy peaks throughout the summer, form an unforgettable scene for all who drive here.The colours are video game-like. The scenery looks like it’s been photoshopped. It truly is memorable. I don’t feel like going north, but I’ve got work to do. As many of you who travel a lot know by now, not everything is as they picture it in the catalogues. The Lofoten islands impress with their scenery, but you’ll need tremendous luck to have that picturesque weather. It was pouring down today, that’s why I packed my tent and headed north to the Andoya island. And this is where I’ve come. This incredible location is called Stave camping. Believe me, it’s worth visiting if you happen to be nearby. I’ve never pitched a tent in such a beautiful location. On average, I pay around 25 EUR a night for two persons for camping. I’ve brought all the food because it’s just too expensive here. I only buy bread daily, but even that costs 5 EUR! If you’ll have any money left, you can see the whales for 120 EUR. Andenes is the best town for that. It’s been raining at night but the weather cleared so I hope
I’ll see some myself. I’ve brought my glasses, but they refund you if you don’t see any whales.I was hoping to see at least one, but I’ve seen three of them. It shows they have 20 years of experience. Even the dolphins showed up in this nice weather. For all those who are more interested in birds, there’s a colony of 40,000 puffins here. Eagles are already soaring above them, setting their sights on their pray. But you are not allowed to set foot on this beautiful island. However, if you want to get up close like me, you’ll need to pay 50 EUR. A nice hike after dinner with an amazing view, which isn’t anything special at 9:45 PM by Norway’s standards. The sun is still very high up. The landscape is changing rapidly up here in the north. It is becoming more gradual and the treeline is receding. But you come across a totally new sight. Reindeer. They’re all over the place, I just hope I don’t hit any of them. They aren’t just by the road, they visited me in the camp in Hammerfest during the night. They say this is the northermost city in the world. It’s kind of boring since there’s nothing but oil industry here.I’m getting very anxious, I’m finally getting close to my end destination – Nordkapp. I’ve been asking about the weather there, but apparently it’s impossible to predict. Not even a fortune teller. I’ve just arrived to the Mageroya island, home of the Nordkapp. I’ve come through that tunnel, which is built 212 metres below sea level. And the tolls have been cancelled in July, which saved me 30 EUR. I have to say I’ve been pretty worried on the other side, just look at the weather. It’s been pouring. It’s OK here so I hope everything will be alright. It’s very dark ahead, I can feel the rain clouds breathing down my neck, it’s drizzling already. But I’m only a few kilometres from Nordkapp so I hope the weather holds. Yes, there we go, the northernmost point of Europe. Well, not exactly, that one down there is. This one is the most easily accesible by car, and many Slovenians have been here. Damn, it’s windy. So, what have I accomplished? At least the Costella water bottle made it this far.I’m going home. I’ve only walked 100 metres and I’m soaked. Where to? Home. It was windy and raining throughout the whole night, I was attacked by hordes of mosquitoes, the camp was an illustration of Scandinavian cleanliness. And very early in the morning, instead of an alarm clock I was awaken by an
excavator. Spending the night in the tent was very pleasant, indeed.I just drove by the Inari lake in Finland, where straight roads get a whole new meaning. There are hardly any turns and the road changes in elevation all the time. Very nice for the stomach. It’s the second time I’m at the polar circle, this time driving south. It’s getting much warmer. Finland is poetically called the land of a thousand lakes, but I’d call it the land of a billion mosquitoes. The Amarok is riddled with them. Before I go to camp in Rovaniemi, I have a very important errand to complete. Yes, it’s July, and I am already sending Christmas postcards to the Santa’s office. If you ever wondered as a child where all the postards that you had sent to Santa in the North Pole ended up, well, they came here. 600 EUR … 2,200 EUR. It’s sunny here in Finlad, I just don’t feel like going home. But I have a job and it won’t wait long. After a quick calculation of the expenses, I see I’ve spent about 2,200 EUR for the whole trip. I have another 3,000 kilometres ahead of me, which adds up to another 600 EUR. 2,800 EUR overall for two persons then. The Amarok’s consumption was exactly 8 litres per 100 kilometres, and mine about 40 litres of Costella water in 14 days. Of course, you need to come prepared for a trip like this. Iglu Sport provided the gear and Dormeo made sure I slept well. Costella quenched the thirst, and Garmin made sure I didn’t get lost. It was great, excluding the wind and rain. It’s 4th of July, and about 35°C in Slovenia so it’s pretty nice here. .