Northern Lights

The Route

Registration Day:

Saturday 7th October 2017

Home to Amsterdam

(225 miles, 3.5 hrs from Calais)

Registration is in the fantastic city of Amsterdam on Saturday afternoon. The competition starts immediately following the checking of all documentation so it is important you make every effort to get across the channel as early as possible. It is a 225 mile drive from Calais which should take approx. 3.5hours. We will then relax, albeit living dangerously, for the evening in our chosen bar.

Day 1:

Sunday 8th October 2017

Amsterdam to Larvik (via Hirtshals Ferry)

(600 miles, 9 hrs 45 mins Driving, 3 hrs Ferry)

As is often the case, the first day is a big driving day in order to make some ground to get to the best bits! There’ll be time in the morning to walk the grid and grab some photos before the official launch. You will then leave The Netherlands behind, pass briefly through Germany and travel to Northern Denmark and the ferry port of Hirtshals, all whilst doing your first daily challenge! There should be enough time to enjoy a meal and a beer or two before boarding the 22:15pm ferry to Larvik, and on arrival we’ll already be in NORWAY!

Day 2:

Monday 9th October 2017

Larvik to Innvik

(320 miles, 7 hrs 45 mins)

We begin our journey in beautiful Norway today and settle into the Norwegian way of life for the rest of the trip. Unlike Boom’s other routes in which we look forward to our one ‘big mountain day’, we now have 4 to look forward to! It will be one stunning vista after another, just what you signed up for, and although it will be testing on your chosen car and indeed your driving skills at times, missing out on any of this route is simply not an option. We end the day at Innvik overlooking the fjord whilst enjoying a well-earned beer…

Day 3:

Tuesday 10th October 2017

Innvik to Trondheim (via Alesund)

(285 miles, 8 hrs 45 mins)

There are a few options today to take a detour or two, depending on what you might like to see, and to a degree how brave you are! Our suggested route includes a picturesque lunch stop in art deco Alesund and of course is still packed with scenery and great driving. However, you could head in the opposite direction to take in some roads at the top of many ‘best drive’ lists! These include the Old Strynefjell National Tourist Route, Geirangerfjorden- a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and maybe even Trollstigen – the Troll’s Path which has 11 hairpins on a very steep mountainside! Whatever you chose, these routes will meet back up before Molde after which there is then the opportunity to drive the short stretch of Atlantic Ocean Road. This is only 5 miles long but is a series of small islands linked by 8 bridges, very impressive ones at that! We end the day in Trondheim, the third largest city in Norway with plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from!

Day 4:

Wednesday 11th October 2017

Trondheim to Mo-i-Rana

(295 miles, 6 hrs 45 mins)

Today we get tantalisingly close to the Arctic Circle, maybe too close to resist?! However there is plenty to look forward to before we get there. The route follows Highway 17 with yet more dramatic ocean and mountain vistas… but these are the ones you could never tire of! The day ends in Mo-i-Rana, less than 50 miles from 66 degrees North…

Day 5:

Thursday 12th October 2017

Mo-i-Rana to The Arctic Circle/Bodo*

(140 miles, 3 hrs 30 mins)

Tonight we spend the night within the Circle! And you’ll forever be able to correct people when they say “it’s freezing..!” More mountains, Norway’s second largest glacier and the natural phenomena known as Saltstraumen are the order of the day before we reach our final destination and take the chequered flag! This will be a closing party to remember even if we do have the place to ourselves?! Let’s face no one else was there… they don’t understand!We suggest returning to Trondheim where scrapping your car and flights back to the UK are easier to arrange. This is a 10 hr drive via the most direct route. Unless you are driving home? You might just be a little surprised how much you’ve grown attached to the rust bucket!