Day 10, Alta – Nordkapp 268Km (167 miles)

I wake up with the sound of the rain on my tent. I don’t feel like getting up, so I wait until it stops.

After sorting out my luggage and arranging it on my vespa, I hit the road. I stop at Alta to buy some food, since I’ll camp at the North Cape for 2 days.

The more I ride, the more the weather turns better, unveiling an amazing landscape. Temperature falls instead.

During the last kilometres I’m really thrilled. I’m almost there.

I have to wait until 1, when tourists go away, to take a picture with my vespa. I pitch my tent around there, along with others.

Day 9, Rovaniemi – Alta, 497Km (309 miles)

Early in the morning I take a tour of Santa’s village with a picture on the polar circle marker. I even met Santa, and now I realize where he gets the money for the presents: 40€ for a picture with him.

An asian guy took the picture on the polar circle instead, and he didn’t want anything in exchange.

Since there are signs warning for wild animals crossing, I want to see them. During the first kilometres I already get satisfied.

Here in the north couchsurfers are a rare breed, so for the nights to come I will always sleep in my tent. I can’t complain, though.

Day 8, Umeå – Rovaniemi, 615Km (382 miles)

I leave Umeå  without disturbing the couchsurfers, still sleeping. I’ve got much road to cover today and I’ll get to the destination after dinner.

Along the road I stop in a few towns and I stumble upon a country music festival. I think they like this genre very much here.

Along the road I see many classic cars, so I ask a few guys getting off one of those at a gas station and they tell me there is a show in Umeå today. Then they ask me about my trip and take a few pictures of the vespa.

Today I left Sweden and entered Finland, or, more accurately, Rovaniemi. I can’t find the couchsurfer’s place, my sat-nav sent me 20km far away. Luckily I get some help and find the right place.