Reaching the top
3 countries, 17 days, 2400 km
Bike: Triumph Street Scrambler -18
Sweden – a nordic icon
Green forests, kind people, weird food and reindeers on the highway. Sweden is like taken from a Disney-movie.
Some motorcyclists might tell you that the Swedish east coast on the way up to North Cape is just a distance of transportation, nothing more. They are wrong – and I'll show you how you can make memories of a lifetime on this route!
Northern Sweden is among the most genuine places I've experienced, here you find the true essence of the north.
favorite towns & stops
The capital of Scandinavia. A green, lively and beautiful city I'm proud to call home.
"The old farmyard", one of Sweden's best preserved farmhouses from over 100 years ago. With a cute café where you can enjoy a waffle with typical Swedish cloudberry jam.
The biggest city in northern Sweden. Perfect for an overnight stop with dinner by the river, or spend a day at the beach by Nydalasjön.
GAMMELSTADS KYRKSTAD, LULEÅ
Visit the amazing UNESCO-heritage Gammelstads Kyrkstad. Travel 500 years back in Swedish history.
PAJALA MARKNAD, PAJALA
So much fun! A little town that normally has around 2.000 citizens gets around 45.000 visitors during this weekend every year. Party, party!
An entire hotel and bar – completely made out of ice. Open all year around thanks to solar panels on the roof. Crazy cool and crazy cold!
The area Höga Kusten was very affected by the ice age, the land rose with more than 300 meters which gave it a unique look that's now on UNESCO's world heritage list. Popular hiking destination.
STOCKHOLM - SUNDSVALL
Take road 272 from Uppsala and then road 83 to Ånge. This road is called "Tidernas Väg".
More info: www.tidernasvag.se/en/.
SUNDSVALL - ÖRNSKÖLDSVIK
E4. The coolest bridge in Sweden; Höga Kustenbron.
ÖRNSKÖLDSVIK - MYCKELGENSJÖ
Road 348. If you want to visit "Gammelgården" in Myckelgensjö.
MYCKELGENSJÖ - UMEÅ
I took the small roads through the villages, and stopped at an amazing view point ("Utkiksplats") in Långviksmon, then road 92.
UMEÅ - HAPARANDA
E4 + E20. All the cool cities; Umeå, Skellefteå, Luleå, Kalix and Haparanda.
HAPARANDA - ROVANIEMI
Road 99, 930 + E75. Visit Santa Claus at The Artic Circle, or skip this part and go straight to Kiruna through Pajala.
ROVANIEMI - KIRUNA
Pajala, Lovikka, ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi and the world's biggest iron mine in Kiruna. Roads: 79, 83, 99, 395, E45 + E10.
KIRUNA - NORTH CAPE
The best route to North Cape: E10, E45, E8 east, 93, E45, 92, 892 + E69.
HENNANS CAMPING, HENNAN
Super cozy little spot by a lake. Camping and cottages for rent.
Safe and nice spot for wild camping in Umeå.
FÅRÖN CAMPING, PITEÅ
Cottages, camping and a big conference house where they sometimes rent out rooms for 25€/night.
VALHALL HOTELL, KALIX
Great hotel with everything you wish at the breakfast table.
Stay in one of the ice rooms in -5 degrees, or if you're not into that you can choose the warm part.
AMAZING SECRET SPOT FOR WILD CAMPING
1h and 40 min from North Cape.
Coordinates: 70°38'60.0"N 25°20'42.1"E
Click on the pictures to read more about some of the moments from the trip.
Riding on the beach in Myckelgensjö. Had a lot of fun and found out that my mc-sneakers weren't waterproofed. :) Photo: Oscar Jettman
Beautiful little Esso nostalgia gas station from the past. A part of "Tidernas Väg".
In the very beginning of my trip. My first breakfast after a night in my tent, what's more romantic than having breakfast by a lake with the thoughts and excitement about 6 weeks of traveling ahead..?
This little town was named "Village of the year" in 2007, but I was more impressed by that blue Beetle matching the gas station.
Want to sleep in -5 degrees celsius? Check in on ICEHOTEL, it's open all year round thanks to solar panels on the roof.
Had the amazing opportunity to meet Jonna Jinton, a big inspiration and fighter for the Swedish countryside. Photo: Oscar Jettman
The first gas stop! So happy and so excited about being out traveling again. :) Photo: Oscar Jettman
Enjoying the midnight sun in Hennan. Wonderful little pearl by "Tidernas Väg". This picture is taken around 11 PM at night. Photo: Oscar Jettman
This little fella had his own wagon attached to him. Usually he has his little brother in there, but not today.
19 km/h is his maximum speed in this tractor called "Gråtass", but still Svein had traveled over 2000 km with his tractor.
Stayed with the locals in Skalmsjö, and here I'm working in the garden for a bed and meals. Loved every second of it!
Freshly baked Sami bread at Pajala Marknad. Delicious! I bought a pack that I put on top of my packing and I ate a little bit every time I stopped... :)
Touch down Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi! A few minutes later I met Santa Claus himself, and ate reindeer.
On my way to Rovaniemi. I love when I can look down into my GPS and see a straight blue line, then look up and have the real straight road in front of me. It might sound simple, but there's something to it.
My first night in the tent, couldn't have gotten a better start. I fell asleep with a smile on my face that evening. Woke up in the middle of the night to take out a warming beanie, but slept like a baby for the rest of it.
Seriously, I'm always bringing a thermos full of tea. And extra teabags.
You can't pass Piteå without trying the famous pite-palt. Palt is a classic dish for northern Sweden and consists of a potato dough with pork filling, and is eaten together with lingonberry jam, butter and carrots.
A cozier and calmer place than this little camping is hard to find. They also have cottages for rent.