Located just above the Arctic Circle in Lapland, it is a place steeped in Sami culture and while very popular in winter, especially early February when the winter markets are on, it is also a place that delights in Summer. Famous for its winter markets, Jokkmokk (Lule Sámi: Jåhkåmåhkke or Dálvvadis; Northern Sámi: Dálvvadis), is a place that should be high on any travellers list of places to see in Northern Sweden.
So, how far north in mainland Europe can you drive? Nordkapp in the Norwegian Finmark region which, at 71°10′21″N, is promoted to be the most northern point you can reach on the European Mainland, but actually the most northern point is Knivskjellodden which stretches a further 1.4km north, but to reach that it is a long hike on foot.
France was never an intended place to spend some serious time touring but after spending about 3 days in the summer of 2001, I vowed that I would return to really investigate the country that holds such allure for many people around the world. After 6 weeks planning I was ready to embark on a trip of a lifetime on a Triumph Adventurer which I had already ridden from as far south as Crete (Greece) all the way up to Inverness in Scotland.
I knew where I had to go but could not find the road to get me across. So while looking at a map I was approached by a friendly local who helped me out and had me follow him and he was to show me where the tunnel was… 15 miles down the road he indicated where I was to go and said to keep right.
Looking for one of the great journeys of central Sweden? This road-trip of discovery takes in the wonderful Norrland via Östersund, through the breathtaking landscapes of Medelpad and Jamtland (Jämtland) to the spectacular mountains and lakes around Åre before heading across the border into Norway. Heading north past pristine lakes before heading back east across the mountains and then back south along the aptly named Fish Road (Fiskevägen).
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© Simon Bayliss 2006-16