With sailing from Greece to Norway being pretty much out of the question I opted for going overland and by campervan. After some 2.000 km from Greece to Vienna the van needed unpacking of all things southerly and nautical, and re-packing with all things northerly and terrestial. Done in four days, didn’t want to waste any of my precious travel time.The 3.500 km to Lofoten seemed a little daunting at first, but it’s surprising how the mind quickly adjusts to different scales. I for one want to reach my destinations without much delay, but still I felt a little guilty racing past exciting cities and through wonderful landscapes without stopping other than for fuel or sleep.
After 3 days of relentless driving, crossing the polar circle during the night and feeding on the ubiquitous fast-food I woke near Narvik to the sound of the Atlantic Ocean, or the European North Sea, to be more precise. What a moment! Hearing the sea, a completely different type of sea, slapping against a completely different type of shore was like listening to the first chords of a symphony that you have not heard before, bearing a promise of great experiences to be made!