Some facts about our Italy – Norkapp Motorbike Trip in 2012. Hope that the few details may be of help in organising your own adventure. For any inquiry, just email me:

Title Italy – Norkapp Motorbike Trip 2012
Dates 28 June – 18 July, 2012
Days 21
KM 11744
Motorbike BMW R 1200 GS 2010, Tires Metzeler Tourance
Who Umberto Straccia (me) and Maria Pia Nuti (my wife), on one motorbike
Countries Italy, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden
Itinerary Lucca (Italy), Munich (Germany), Hamburg, Hirtshals (Denmark), Ferry to Kristiansand (Norway), Bygland, Oltedal, Ryfylkevegen, Preikestolen, Sand, Vikedal, Førde, Søfteland, Bergen, Eikedalen, Farnes, Helgheim, Geiranger, Åndalsnes, Bud, Vevang, Rensvik, Eidsvåg I Romsdal, Tågvollan, Trondheim, Vellamelen, Holm, Alstahaug, Øresvik, Bodø, Ferry to Lofoten, Moskenes, Kvalnes, Andenes Hvalsenter, Bjerkvik, Storfjord, Alta, Olderfjord,
Nordkapp, Kaamanen (Finland), Napapiiri Rovaniemi, Puolanka, Räsälä, Savolinna, Änkilä, Lapinjärvi, Helsinki, Kaarina, Kustavi, Ferry to Brando, Torsholma, Ferry to Mariehamn, Ferry E18 to Kapellskar (Sweden), Stockholm, Copenhagen (Denmark), Lubeck (Germany), Hamburg, Munich, Insbruck (Austria), Lucca (Italy)
Itinerary Maps Global Map Overview
Pictures You can find some pictures about the trip Nordkapp 2012 Motorbike Tour.
VISA None.
VISA Notes None.
Carnet de Passages en Douane (CdP) None.
Insurances None. EU insurances valid.
Border Crossings Easy. Nothing to comment.
Cartography Having a map helps once your navigator fails, which will fail or will be imprecise for sure at least once. I took maps for whole Europe, Norway, Finland and Sweden.
Navigation maps A good navigator helps, makes life easier in the
country side of remote areas. I have a Touratech‘s version of the Zumo 550 from Garmin. I used Garmin’s City Navigator Europe NT map. Alternatively, you can rely on those provided from the OpenStreetMap project. Specifically, there are some places on the web from which you may download directly maps (called OSM maps) that you can install into Garmin’s Basecamp and then into your Garmin device. I used the Garmin Openstreet Map to download a map for Morocco to be installed into Garmin’s Basecamp, which then allows you to transfer the map to your Garmin device together with your daily trips. I also used JaVaWa GMTK, to load multiple OSM maps into BaseCamp.
Google Maps I used Google maps to figure out my daily trips, which then I’ve copied manually into Basecamp. Personally I preferred this two step approach rather than doing it directly in Basecamp.
Equipment Laptop, 2l water bottle, puncture kit, various tools, spare motorbike lamps, 2l motor oil. Tent.
Travel Guide Books Lonely Planet guide of Norway
All countries: Not really an issue.
About Documents I’ve made a colour copy of all my docs and also stored them on USB pen and Dropbox.
Downloads You may download my Nordkapp Garmin routes as GPX data or KML data.
General Notes
Money I took euro with me and two credit cards. My wife had a credit card as well.
Addresses Be sure to have stored in your phone, paper and in electronic format on USB pen and e.g., all your relevant addresses (embassy, police/road Assistance) in the countries you move through.
Kindness Be always friendly. Remember, people may not be in holidays as you are.
Asking about Help People are keen to help you.
Roads Wonderful, perfect and a billiard in Norway