NORDKAPP 71° 10′ 21″

The centenary journey

from Tuesday 17th August to Sunday 12th September 2021

 

SUMMARY

A century of life “on the road” is not a milestone you achieve every day and so it should be celebrated in style, with a trip that is set to go down in history! With our compass pointing north, we quickly cross central Europe, also taking trains and ferries to speed up our transfer so that we can spend as much time as possible in the enchanting places that await us.

We then follow the jagged Norwegian coast from Bergen, taking in fjord after fjord (with an unmissable trip to the Lofoten Islands) before crossing the Arctic Circle and reaching our destination, the legendary Nordkapp. On our return, we descend eastward, crossing all the Baltic States and visiting the most impressive examples or Nordic personality and modernity, namely Helsinki, Tallinn and Riga, before finishing with two great central European capitals, or rather Warsaw and Prague. At the end of this unforgettable tour, we will enjoy a well-deserved and triumphant return to Mandello, the heart of the Centenary Bike Meet!

Duration

27 days

km

8.000 approx.

departure

Noale (VE)

arrival

Mandello del Lario (LC)

daily avg

360 km

stops

1 day in Helsinki

1 day in Tallinn

1 day in Riga

1 day in Prague

Travel program

Day 1, Tuesday 17 August: Noale – Innsbruck

approx. km 300

Early morning meet up with the participants and assigning of bikes for a mid-morning departure. We cross the Valsuganato reach Innsbruckwhere, with a little luck, we can enjoy a pleasant walk through the elegant historic centre, the Habsburg’s former residence, along the banks of the Inn river. Then it’s straight to the railway station, where we will load our bikes onto the waiting train. A 9pm departure is followed by a night in the sleeper cabins. Arrival in Hamburg at 9am the following morning.

Day 2, Wednesday 18 August: Hamburg – Hirtshals

km 510 approx.

We awake in Hamburg, an impressive city on the water, where countless branches of the river Elba expand to form great lakes and where there are more bridges than Venice, Amsterdam and London combined. We are soon back in the saddle, heading north along the fast, flat roads of Northern Germanyand across Denmark, until we reach Hirtshals in the far north, where the 8pm ferrywill take us to Norway.

Day 3, Thursday 19 August: Stavanger – Bergen

approx. km 210

We disembark in the early morning and are immediately aware of the spectacular Norwegian scenery, a world of fjords where sea and mountain meet. We’ll cross Hardangerfjord, perhaps the most wonderful of all, before arriving in Bergen, where we’ll spend the afternoon. Bryggen, “the Hanseatic port” and a UNESCO world heritage site, is testament to a time when Bergen served as a commercial hub between Norway and the rest of Europe. The city simply oozes with charm, and stands out for one particular unique feature, or rather its medieval wooden houses with typical pitched roofs that colour the city. These dwellings are a living symbol of traditional local architecture, of which residents are extraordinarily proud and in which – it is said – “they live with their feet in the water, their heads in the clouds and their hearts in the right place”.

Day 4, Friday 20 August: Bergen – Åndalsnes

approx. km 450

Sea and mountains, mountains and sea, stitched together with bridges and underwater tunnels and interrupted with water courses, small lakes and peaks. We travel an endless winding road, at the apex of which is the very famous Trollstigen, or road of the trolls (those fantastical creatures that feature in all Nordic fairy tales) that, immersed in primordial scenery, climbs dizzily with with its eleven very narrow hairpins up a wall of vertical rock. We take in the wonders of western Norwegian nature, with vertiginous views of steep mountains, waterfalls, deep fjords and fertile valleys, as far as Åndalsnes, the so-called “alpine village in the fjords” and the capital of Norwegian climbing.

Day 5, Saturday 21 August: Åndalsnes – Trondheim

km 330 approx.

A day of unique excitement! We jump from one island to another in the western region before taking“the world’s most scenic road” (according to The Guardian). The renowned Atlantic Roadis an eight kilometre stretch of aesthetic and engineering wonder. The road takes in viaducts, raised sections and eight bridges, including the famous Hulvågen and Storseisundet. We reach our destination in time to visit lively Trondheim, the ancient capital of Norway, with its eighteenth century buildings and warehouses lined up along the Nidelva river, while on the other side of the riverbank stands the Nidaros cathedral, an authentic Gothic gem and a symbol of Norwegian Christianity.

Day 6, Sunday 22 August: Trondheim – Mosjøen

km 390 approx.

We continue our climb towards the Great North, passing fjords, white beaches, mountainous moors and dense forest and travelling from Stiklestad, the heart of medieval Norway, to the galleries and coffee shops of Sjøgata, or Sea Street, an historic area of Mosjøen.

Day 7, Monday 23 August: Mosjøen – Bodø

km 320 approx.

Norway becomes narrow at this point, squeezed between rugged mountains on the one side and the advancing sea on the other. Today, our long journey takes in a very important and symbolic stage. In the middle of the desolate upland of Saltfjellet, at a latitude of 66°33’39” north, we cross the parallel that marks the Arctic Circle, the point beyond which the sun remains above the horizon for at least 24 consecutive hours (midnight sun) in summer, and vice versa, the sun remaining below the horizon for at least 24 consecutive hours in winter (polar night).

Day 8, Tuesday 24 August: Bodø – Svolvaer

km 130 approx.

Within a couple of hours, a ferry boat takes us to an archipelago, the islands of which are draped in the turbulent waters of the Norwegian Sea, far above the Arctic Circle. This rare, deserted outpost offers a landscape of majestic mountains, deep fjords, colonies of honking sea birds and long beaches… We are on the Lofoten Islands, a continuous series of bays, pastures and fishing villages crossed by the E10. In this ancient Viking country, time seems to have come to a standstill at its most magical moment. The landscape is strictly protected, and traditional activities such as fishing and the processing of cod and dried cod (very important at national level), are still carried out according to traditional methods. We will make a few select stops to savour the magic, visiting Ramberg bay for example, with its fine white sandy beach reminiscent of the tropics, as well as some colourful and hospitable villages.

Day 9, Wednesday 25 August: Svolvaer – Tromsø

km 420 approx.

We then enter Norway’s most northerly region, Finnmark, a vast Arctic land that remained a common space until the beginning of the nineteenth century, with no clear borders with Sweden, Finland or Russia. It is home to the Sami people, commonly (and mistakenly) referred to as Laplanders, a population of reindeer breeders and hunters who, until the 1950s, lived like nomads in portable conical huts known as kota, or in tents called lavvu, and practised Shamanism.

Day 10, Thursday 26 August: Tromsø – Skaidi

km 380 approx.

With the help of countless ferries, we reach the Lyngen peninsula, soaked by the fjord of the same name, a region of glaciers and lush valleys and home to Norway’s highest mountain range that dissipates into an immense plateau extending all the way to Finland.

Day 11, Friday 27 August: Skaidi – Nordkapp – Honninsvag

km 190 approx.

Day eleven, and we’ve covered almost 4000 km since starting out, but we’ve finally arrived at Europe’s northernmost point (reachable with a vehicle)! We have reached the NORTH CAPE, an impressive promontory with a precipice of more than 300 metres, where the freezing waters of the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans mix, and where the sun never sets between mid-May and the end of July. It’s interesting to know that the first tourist to set foot on the Nordkapp, in 1664, was in fact an Italian, priest Francesco Negriwho, between 1663 and 1666, undertook a long, autonomous trip to Scandinavia, which he then wrote about in a book entitled “Northern journey” published in 1670.

Day 12, Saturday 28 August: Honninsvåg – Inari

km 360 approx.

After ten full days in Norway, we bid the country farewell as we enter a new and equally fascinating nation, Finland. The land of legends and dreams, the most evocative of which tells of a land of gold. Still today in fact, many people come to the extreme north in search of the world’s purest gold.

Day 13, Sunday 29 August: Inari – Kemi

km 450 approx.

From this moment on, our compass does a full 180 to point a fixed south. We descend below the Arctic Circle once more, and allow ourselves a not-to-be-missed stop in Rovaniemi, capital of Lapland and, more importantly, the place recognised since 2010 as the official residence of Santa Claus, who has an actual office here that is open to the public; what gift will you be asking for?!

Day 14, Monday 30 August: Kemi – Kuopio

km 400 approx.

We enter the most famous tourist area of Finland (and deservedly so!), Lakeland, which comprises 188,000lakes and roughly 180,000 islands. A blue labyrinth of lakes, islands, rivers and canals intersected by birch forests for hundreds and hundreds of kilometres that make up Europe’s largest lake region. Riding these narrow strips of land, between infinite shades of blue and green, will leave every rider with some truly unforgettable memories!

Day 15, Tuesday 31 August: Kuopio – Helsinki

km 490 approx.

We cross a region where infinite lakes alternate with sunflower fields and national parks dense with green forest. Every so often we’ll spot the colours of the delightful wooden cottages where Finnish people like to spend their holidays. e’ll make a short detour to Savonlinna, the “gem of lake Saimaa”, particularly well-known for Olavinlinna, one of Northern Europe’s most spectacular castles and home to a world-class opera festival. At the end of the day, Helsinki, the nation’s capital, opens its doors to us.

Day 16, Wednesday 1 September: Helsinki

After two weeks of incessant riding, we finally enjoy a rest day in a lively and dynamic city that has a very different vibe to the rest of the country. Overlooking the Baltic Sea, and also known as “daughter of the Baltic or “White City of the North”, Helsinkihas a population of around 1.5 million but has remained compact, perfectly integrating with the beautiful nature and archipelago of 315 small islandsthat surround it. The city, a centre for design with its own dedicated area, boasts a very varied architectonic patrimony, which can be enjoyed during a pleasant walk from Senate Square, home to the enormous cathedral and neoclassical buildings from the 19th century, to the streets of the exclusive Eira district with its magnificent pastel coloured Art Nouveau and Art Deco style buildings. And don’t miss a relaxing experience in one of the many public saunas!

Day 17, Thursday 2 September Helsinki – Tallinn

km 10 approx.

We get back on the bikes but not for long, soon loading them on to a ferry which will take us to the other side of the Gulf of Finland. Within a couple of hours we are literally catapulted into a very different world – welcome to theBaltic States! The oldest Northern European capital, Tallinnhas a medieval-style historic centre that is protected by UNESCO, although it doesn’t conceal its links to the future, which have much to do with technology. Outside the historic centre, the districts of Kalamaja and Lilleküla have developed over the centuries, a series of wooden homes immersed in greenery. And it is here that we will spend our afternoon.

Day 18, Friday 3 September: Tallinn – Riga

km 310 approx.

We head towards Latviabut not before making a stop in Pärnu, Estonia’s coastal gem. Nestled on the country’s south-westerly coast, it is a very popular summer destination known for its thermal waters and their beneficial effects. We cross the border and follow the road that flanks the Gulf of Riga, also known as the Gulf of Livonia, views of endless sandy beaches leading us to our destination. We arrive in Riga where we will spend the next two nights.

Day 19, Saturday 4 September: Riga

Another important rest day in which to visit Riga. The Latvian capital, the largest city in the Balkans, is a fascinating blend of proud Latvian traditions and influences from the various nations that have occupied this country. With its historic centre, a UNESCO world heritage site since 1997, the capital of Latvia is equally, if not more, charming than its two Baltic sisters, Vilnius and Tallinn. Boasting more than 800 Art Nouveau buildings and wooden constructions dating back to the early 19th century, Riga has retained its medieval urban fabric despite the changes made in subsequent centuries. A walking tour of this romantic ‘Paris of the North‘ is not to be missed.

Day 20, Sunday 5 September: Riga – Vilnius

km 350 approx.

We travel towards Lithuania where we make an immediate detour to Šiauliai. We will visit the Hill of Crosses, a striking memorial site where 50,000 crosses represent the Lithuanian people’s cry of pain and yearning for freedom. We will reach the Lithuanian capital in the late afternoon, still in time to be captivated by its centre, also thanks to its pleasant atmosphere and the proverbial hospitality of its residents.

21° giorno, lunedì 6 settembre: Vilnius – Lodz

km 590 approx.

We enter the vast territory of Central Europe and dive into placid Poland, immediately welcomed by the religious atmosphere that this country projects, despite its troubled recent past. We will visit the Camaldolian Monastery in Wigry before continuing on towards the capital and beyond, stopping in Lodz, the Polish capital of fashion, design and culture.

Day 22, Tuesday 7 September: Lodz – Prague

km 490 approx.

We soon cross the Polish region of Silesia to stop in Wroclaw, idyllic with its twelve islands and 130 bridges. A few kilometres further on and we’re in Bohemia. Steeped in woodland and legend, its very name is appealing. We cross the Krkonoše Park and continue in the direction of Prague, passing castles and breweries before arriving in the Czech capital and being struck by its extraordinary liveliness.

Day 23, Wednesday 8 September: Prague

A final rest day on this extended tour allows us to visit Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. It is also known as the “golden city” of “city of 100 towers” for its many gold-tipped towers that reflect the setting sun and medieval church spires that pierce the horizon. Here, we will be distracted by street artists, free tour guides with their colourful umbrellasand the façades of the pretty pastel coloured houses. From the old city we will move on to the Jewish quarter with its synagogues before walking along the Moldava river to admire its magnificent bridges.

Day 24, Thursday 9 September: Prague – Innsbruck

km 540 approx.

Before leaving Bohemia, we will pay tribute to České Budějovice, the capital of South Bohemia, which, as well as giving its name to a beer that has been produced for seven centuries, also boasts a relatively unknown Baroque historic centre. We then enter Austria and already glimpse the mountains that await us tomorrow on the horizon as we arrive in the capital of the Austrian Tyrol for our last night on the road.

Day 25, Friday 10 September: Innsbruck – Mandello del Lario

km 350 approx.

Our last day before the grand finale. We enter Italyand immediately join Passo Giovo. We take Val Venosta before climbing the Stelvio pass. Once at the top, we descend steeply down the other side, reaching Valtellina before making our triumphant return to Mandello, as only Eagles know how! By evening we arrive in Mandello, where will we spend two days enjoying a real celebration of guzzisti passion!

Day 26, Saturday 11 September: Mandello del Lario

The whole day is dedicated to the Moto Guzzi Open House event that will be even busier this year, on what is the Eagle brand’s Centenary. We’ll enjoy the welcome that our hosts extend, mingle with thousands of passionate riders from all over the world, visit the factory where all Eagle branded bikes have been produced since 1921, and round out the evening in the best possible way, celebrating the epilogue to this memorable adventure!

Day 27, Sunday 12 September

After breakfast, we return the bikes and bid farewell to the participants, our tireless travel companions on this unforgettable tour.

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The tour will be confirmed once 15 Moto Guzzi fleet riders have registered

Prices

  • Rider with rented bike: Euro 7.950
  • Rider with own bike: Euro 5.950
  • Passenger: Euro 5.450
  • Single room supplement: Euro 1.950
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The price includes

  • 25 nights in hotel with breakfast
  • 26 lunches
  • 25 dinners
  • Train Innsbruck – Hamburg
  • Ferry Hirtshals – Stavanger (Denmark – Norway)
  • Ferry Bodø – Moskenes (Lofoten Islands)
  • Toll to enter the North Cape
  • Ferry Helsinki – Tallinn (Finland – Estonia)
  • Bike rental from Guzzi range*
  • Fuel*
  • Liability insurance*
  • 1 motorcycle-riding tour leader
  • 1 guide with support vehicle
  • 1 support van for transportation of luggage and any bikes that break down
  • Accompanying spare bike*

* not included for participants with their own Moto Guzzi

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The price doesn’t include

  • travel costs as far as the meeting point
  • medical/baggage insurance and optional trip cancellation insurance
  • supplement for deluxe cabin with private bathroom on the Innsbruck-Hamburg train: €100 per person in a double cabin, €150 for a single cabin. Limited availability with a fixed number of places • meals on the ferry
  • meals on the ferry
  • drinks with meals
  • any road tolls/underground tunnel tolls
  • parking costs
  • tips, extras and personal expenses
  • anything not specifically indicated in “the cost includes”

Registration by 31 July 2021

Registration for participants with their own Moto Guzzi bikes will open upon reaching the minimum number of participants with Moto Guzzi bikes from the factory fleet