The first stop is to be considered as adjustment more than a real departure. We tested the vehicle trying to cross Germany with aim to get to the city of Kiel as soon as possible. When you get to Nuremberg you start realizing that you have truly left and the desire to arrive at point zero becomes pure adrenaline.
24 hours crossing by ferry to get one of the most charming cities in the Scandivian, Stockholm. I spent Christmas Eve and Christmas in Stockholm. In this 2 days we enjoyed visiting the city. Stockholm is the capital of Sweden, located in Baltic Sea and it includes 14 islands and more of 50 bridges. Gamla Stan, the old centre with its cobbled streets and ocher-colored buildings, is home to Storkyrkan Cathedral, the Kungliga Slottet Royal Palace and the Nobel Museum, which is dedicated to the Nobel Prize. The temperatures were already starting to get cold and we had to prepare the off road 4x4 for the restart. The important thing in this moment is to stud the tyres, which for me were Hankook Dyna PRO. We found easily a parking area to put Best Grip studs. The procedure was long and well studied as the studs had to be staggered in such a way to create a design for giving greater adherence. The numbers of studs per wheel must be between 80 and 160 starting from the smallest size up to the largest tire. This intervention allows to get greater stability of the vehicle and the possibility of traveling on ice roads for long distances. Needless to say this is a necessary action for this type of trip to North Cape Norway.
We headed to Tornio, our second long stop which allowed us to visit Lapland, the house of Santa Claus. The journey was long but quiet, when unexpectedly a problem knocked on the door. The clutch was having an issue. We stopped in a parking lot and I tried to drain the system but apparently we needed the only spare part that I had not taken with me: the master cylinder pump. So, we contacted Landylandia, a Land Rover spare parts specialist that in this occasion sent the part to Tornio sales point where we were headed. The journey continued at the very slow pace of 50 km/h and after 12 hours we finally reached Tornio.
We arrived in Tornio and started our immersive Lappon experience, organized by the leading tour operator "LappOne". We experienced living a few days with local people, the SAMI. Eating typical products, making a magnificent excursion with the huskies and ice fishing. We managed to celebrate the New Year's Eve two times. Tornio Valley is at the border between Sweden and Finland and it is also close to two different time zones. That's the reason why at New Year's Eve it is possible to celebrate midnight twice, one hour apart. Fantastic!
With great regret we said goodbye to the group of people that in these days shared unique experiences with us, and we left for what is traditionally considered the city of Santa Claus: Rovaniemi. On the road, we stopped to take some photos and curiously enough we passed a bold cyclist running at freezing temperatures. We approached him and we discovered that he was Italian as well! We realized that he was indeed doing the real challenge!
Slowly we approached the end destination enjoying every minute of it in the meantime.
What a wonderful show! We finally reached the northern point of Europe, where we could grasp our first and only Northern Lights. The show of silence, freezing cold and the unique colors of the sky above our head. Unbelievable!
Stockholm, Val di Tornio, North Cape and obviously the most instagrammable the Lofoten Islands, which we visited on our return.
Radiator cover, Auxiliary heating, "webasto" an auxiliary diesel heater, pneumatic nails and chains, fuel additive, Garmin satellite phone I Reach.