Blitzing by Scandinavia in a fleet of traditional Porsches

Happening a street journey could be one of the vital pleasant issues to do, particularly whenever you get to drive some fantastic automobiles.

Final yr we gathered a bunch of Porsche fanatics and headed north to Stekenjokk, an exquisite place in northern Sweden. The journey was successful and so we felt we needed to do it once more.

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This time round we might have a couple of extra automobiles as a result of our final journey had acquired slightly “commercial”, so to talk. A number of of the members had learn the article of final yr’s journey in some automobile magazines and others had heard about it by pals and social media.

Many expressed their curiosity and because it normally occurs some dropped out, for varied causes, the nearer we obtained to the journey.

In the long run, we nonetheless ended up with eleven automobiles divided between a bunch of 911s and two 928s. The homeowners had been additionally distributed by way of place of residence from Stockholm within the south to Luleå within the north. And as a bonus, we might meet a Norwegian Porsche fanatic in Bodö.

This time, there have been no “last-minute” operations on any automobile, so we might comfortably take pleasure in a barbecue night at certainly one of our fellow travellers, Lelle, the place many people gathered the night time earlier than. Sleeping locations had been distributed, automobiles had been washed, and the temper was at its greatest.

Wednesday morning and time to depart. After all, it’s raining a bit, however that doesn’t matter when the Lofoten islands are calling for us and our previous Porsches are stuffed with gasoline.

Simply earlier than departure, a couple of extra automobiles be a part of, and we’re on our method. It gained’t be lengthy earlier than we’re in Arvidsjaur and having lunch. Pär from Ljusdal meets up together with his 911 SC in Arjeplog and from there we proceed to Sandviken’s Fjällgård for espresso and buns at Lotta and Micke’s earlier than persevering with throughout the border into Norway.

A little bit method into Norwegian soil, on the first cease, Johan Andreas is ready together with his black Porsche 964. Johan Andreas lives in Bodö and has already suggested us about appropriate lodges and good routes on Lofoten.

None of us are in a rush to get to the resort in Bodö the place we’ll spend the primary night time in Norway, so Johan Andreas takes the lead and takes us out on fantastic small roads over the mountain in order that we get into Bodö slightly little bit of the again method.

Pretty little roads invite lively driving, however you have to remember that sheep and lambs can seem each right here and there, so you need to watch out.

Earlier than we verify in at Clarion Assortment Grand Bodö, we naturally suppose that we must always take a bunch photograph within the harbour. All mentioned and finished, the automobiles line up and to our shock a reporter seems who has been tipped off about our street journey.

After the interview and a few photographs, it’s time to park the automobiles within the resort storage and have a late dinner. As soon as within the resort’s restaurant, one other couple from Stockholm meet up – they’ve pushed to Bodö with their Porsche 928 and checked in a couple of hours earlier.

After a beautiful night time’s sleep and breakfast, there will probably be some sightseeing in Bodö and naturally some extra espresso for a few of us.

A little bit misunderstanding signifies that not everybody will get a seat on the early ferry over to Moskenes and Lofoten, so we’ve to attend for the subsequent one. However as soon as we and the automobiles are on board, we’ve 3.5 hours to get some meals and benefit from the pretty solar on deck. It’s splendidly lovely to see Lofoten with its wonderful nature because it will get nearer and nearer.

Arriving in Moskenes, all you have to do is get off the ferry and steer in the direction of the night’s dinner location. In case you are on Lofoten, you have to have a fish burger at Anitas Sjömat in Reines. It’s each a comfortable atmosphere and a few good meals, so it may be beneficial. After the meal, we transfer on to fulfill the a part of the gang that took the sooner ferry with the intention to take pleasure in a couple of beers on the resort collectively.

Now you should be conscious that even the shortest distance on Lofoten takes time, not solely as a result of the pace is restricted however extra since you see a lot magnificence on a regular basis. So, anticipate to cease to admire and take footage consistently.

After a great night time’s sleep at Scandic Leknes and a great breakfast, we proceed slightly additional north alongside the E10. Now, it’s not the E10 you wish to drive on whenever you’re in Lofoten, even when it’s like a traditional Swedish small nation street. In case you are there along with your Porsche, you wish to drive as a lot as doable alongside the even smaller and curvier roads. Our plan is to keep away from the E10 as a lot as doable.

After a few mile north after the E10, we flip left in the direction of Unstad and Unstad Seaside. The street there may be enjoyable and curvy and there’s a lot of magnificence to see alongside the best way. Don’t miss stopping midway for an exquisite view of certainly one of all the attractive fjords on Lofoten.

One other enjoyable element is that there are some small and slender tunnels that you just drive by, so roll down the home windows, shift to a decrease gear and hit the ground. Yummy!

Unstad Seaside is a well known browsing spot, however initially of June there are nonetheless only a few surfers between the waves, however we rely a minimum of 5 surf buses. For comparability, I can point out that once I was in the identical place a couple of weeks later, there have been a minimum of 60 surf buses of various sizes from many European international locations on the identical seashore.

Earlier than we go on, there’ll after all be espresso and buns at Unstad Arctic Surf. Good however costly, however you don’t go to Norway as a result of it’s so low-cost, as a clever man as soon as mentioned.

Time to observe the E10 for some time once more alongside fjords and over incredible bridges earlier than we flip off in the direction of Henningsvaer, which is a fishing village with round 500 inhabitants. And while you’re there, take the chance to take a look at the soccer area that’s on the far finish of the village. Maybe the world’s most fantastically located soccer area.

We proceed additional north and switch onto Midnattsolvejen, observe the shapes of all of the fjords on the best way, benefit from the view, cease, and chat and take much more photographs. These are fantastic roads to drive on and there are not any pace cameras. However you continue to should preserve an eye fixed out, quite a lot of sheep and lambs are out for a stroll on these roads as properly.

We drive all the best way to Fiskeböl, the place we proceed with one of many many small ferries between the islands on Lofoten.

The ferry goes throughout the ocean to Melbu, the place we proceed alongside the coast alongside route 82 to Sortland and Scandic Sortland, which would be the subsequent in a single day keep. It’s a new and contemporary resort that’s positioned proper on the water and presents a pleasant view from each the rooms and the restaurant.

The night is spent within the bar and there may be speak of automobiles, enjoyable roads and, above all, Porsche.

An excellent resort breakfast is adopted by an additional espresso within the solar earlier than the journey continues. The automobiles remind us that additionally they need some breakfast, so all of the automobiles are crammed up, the oil is checked, and we uncover that Norway has a excessive tax on sugar. Higher purchase your sweet in Sweden!

In the present day’s stage vacation spot is Andenes, which is essentially the most northerly village on Lofoten. Andenes is on the island of Andöja and, as some say, this actually doesn’t belong to Lofoten. However I feel you possibly can say that the entire archipelago could be referred to as Lofoten, however that’s me.

We observe street 82 to Risöyhamn earlier than we flip onto Lv974 and go by way of Björnskinn and Bö to Andenes. Someplace alongside the best way, the street modifications its title to Nordmelavejen, however simply preserve in the direction of Andenes and you can be proper.

The nearer we get to Andenes, the more serious the climate will get and eventually the rain comes. However we’re not complaining, we’ve actually been fortunate with the climate all alongside till now. Espresso is consumed on the comfort retailer in Bleik, the place the joy is excessive amongst locals once we roll in and fill the whole car parking zone with our automobiles.

As soon as we arrive in Andenes, there will probably be some sightseeing within the rain earlier than we resolve to take the quick route in the direction of Narvik and the final night with the gang. The quick route on this case is route 82 to Sortland, route 85 to Gullesfjord after which E10 to Narvik.

With 80 km/h because the pace restrict and a few pace cameras and the data of actually costly rushing fines, it’s a tricky journey within the rain, particularly for Christer in his 964 and me in my 911 SC. The issue Christer has is that the warmth in his 964 has gone bananas and it turns into like a sauna within the automobile. It will get so sizzling that he begins to fret that the plastic on the air outlet might soften.

My drawback is the other: I’ve no heating in any respect.

With the sportier exhaust system, the heating chambers fall away, and that’s exactly why there’s a small petrol heater mounted within the boot compartment of the 911 as a substitute. The one drawback is that the petrol heater for some cause didn’t wish to begin on this explicit day. So, with Christer sweating and me freezing, we each lengthy till we arrive on the resort in Narvik.

Maybe we must always have modified automobiles each fifty kilometers with the intention to preserve our physique temperature fairly regular.

The night time is spent on the High quality Lodge Grand Royal however to be sincere the resort is neither “Grand” nor “Royal”. In case you are in Narvik, search for one other resort.

It’s Sunday morning and it’s the final day. We are saying “goodbye” to among the group and a now barely smaller caravan of Porsches heads in the direction of the mountains and the nationwide border in the direction of Sweden. Inside Sweden, we load up with some “low-cost” sweet and proceed our journey to Kiruna for a espresso.

As soon as once more, we are saying goodbye to among the group, proceed to Vippabacken outdoors Överkalix for the compulsory hamburger after which drive the remaining 120 kilometers earlier than I drive up the driveway at residence.

In complete it was virtually 2000 kilometres for me and other than the warmth hanging on the one chilly and wet day of the journey, each mile was crammed with pleasure and pleasure. If solely time might go slightly sooner so will probably be time for subsequent yr’s journey once more.

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