Nordkapp, also known as North Cape, is one of the most popular destination for motorcyclists from around the world and one of the most amazing trip to be done at least once in a lifetime.
Marco and Sofia, have realized their dream and that of a dear friend, covering the approximately 10,000 km to reach the most northerly point of Europe on their BMW F800 GS. Enjoy their video.
“A very important journey for us: the realization of a friend’s dream, which disappeared too soon but gave us the strength and the motivation to overcome the kilometers, the bad weather, the obstacles and the problems we encountered during the journey.”
The trip was not planned, the decision was sudden but there was no doubt, we had to do it for him. In just over a week we have planned the itinerary and on July 30th we left home, heading North. We crossed Switzerland with its green mountains, Germany with large wheat fields and Denmark with its wonderful wind turbines located in the most unthinkable places. Finally we reach the Øresund bridge and startcrossing the Scandinavian countries. The tour of Sweden is accompanied by its endless straight roads, surrounded by pine forests interrupted by glimpses of lakes and sea. The days are getting longer and longer, until the darkness becomes a distant memory. After about three days of intense driving we reach Finland: in Rovaniemi we visit the very touristy house of Santa Claus and we cross the mythical border of the Arctic polar circle. After sharing with other motorcyclists experiences and travel trips, we start again aware that from that moment on it would have been easy to meet the reindeer on the road. In fact they did not take long to show themselves in all their beauty and pride. The short stay in Finland gives us an amazing sunset that we can enjoy from our first hytte (typical wooden accommodation) in Sodankyla. There are only 500 km left to travel to reach the long-awaited destination.
We decide to leave early in the morning, we enter the Norwegian tundra where the climate becomes more rigid, gusts of wind and rain accompany us all day making driving at times challenging. It is about 8pm when we can book a hytte for the night in Skarswag. Finally some rest in a warm spot: the morning after, we ride the last 10 km to reach Nordkapp. The entrance to the structure, not really cheap (about 50 €), allows us to get to the famous globe where we enjoy the amazing view. We live intense moments of satisfaction and emotion. The morning we start our descent through Norway, but it is also the beginning of a week of incessant rain. We visit the Lofoten islands under heavy storms that hits on us even while waiting for the ferry to Moskenes for Bodo where there was not a single shelter. We land in the middle of the night and we can’t find a place to sleep, so we decide to camp freely with our tent. Hopefully, after about 1800 km, finally the sun begins to warm up our journey.
We visit Trondheim and the first fjords enchant us with their beauty. We follow the Trollstigen (the valley of the trolls) a road that climbs the mountains between majestic waterfalls and a landscape worthy of a fantasy film. We visit Lærdal, part of the UNESCO heritage of Norwegian history, an enchanting village made up of beautiful wooden houses dating back to the 16th century. We walk the 24.51 km of the tunnel of Lærdal illuminated by blue lights, very suggestive but also very polluted: the air was unbreathable and the skin has become black due to exhaust fumes. Unfortunately, we had some troubles with the bike and we are forced to stop for a while. So, even if we have to rush a bit on the wayback, Norway gives us its breathtaking landscapes. We embark on Larvik and greet Norway with the promise of a future return to fully enjoy all that we could not see. We disembark in Denmark at Hjørring, we take a quick ride to Fredericia. We enter Germany and we enjoy the last night of travel to Ulm. Luckily there’s a village festival with rivers of beer and pretzels.
After eighteen very intense days we arrive at home, a bit tired but above all grateful for the views and unique emotions that this experience has given us and that we will always carry in our hearts. It taught us to roll up our sleeves and stay positive in order to face the difficulties encountered along the way. It was a journey that gave us the opportunity to get to know a little bit more about ourselves, full of encounters with wonderful animals and fantastic people, always ready to help others. Not to forget the countries crossed for the cleanliness, love and respect for nature and the civic sense of people. A journey that we will remember forever with a smile and a look upwards to the sky.
By: Marco Nebbiolo and Sofia Messa – Photo credits: Marco Nebbiolo – Video by Moto Travel Adventure (Youtube).