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Day 1: Start of the Paris-North Cape Photo Rally

Every edition of the Paris-North Cape Photo Rally starts in front of the magnificent Château de Vincennes, on the edge of Paris, an idea that has since been copied by many other events. The teams gather round the start podium, in the administration tents and in the VIP truck in order to collect their vehicle […]

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ferry
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Day 2: the ferry for Bergen in Norway

At the end of another transit stage we get to Hirtshals in northern Denmark, where we embark on the enormous ferry that will take us directly to Bergen in Norway. This cruise is exceptional both for the quality of the service (cabins and buffet) and for the superb scenery we glide past during the thirteen-and-a-half-hour […]

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Day 3: Bergen’s fjord

Photos for the first competition are taken from the ferry, making the best of the morning light as we sail past the Norwegian coast with its fabulous fjords. The last leg along Bergen’s fjord is magic. Perched almost 20 metres above the waves, we zigzag for two hours through a labyrinth of water and rock […]

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norvege
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Day 4: along Norway’s highest roads

After breakfast, we are back in our cars for a driving stage along Norway’s highest roads, many of which are unpaved. The spectacular scenery is often reminiscent of the Alps or the Andes, but the mountain lakes and traditional grass-roofed houses are typically Scandinavian. Our destination is the campsite at Randsverk, which, like all Norwegian […]

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Glittertind
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Day 5: to climb Norway’s “Mont Blanc” or to visit an iconic fjord.

There are two options available for today: to climb Norway’s “Mont Blanc” or to visit an iconic fjord. Partial melting of the glacier on its summit has shaved 5 metres off the top of the Glittertind (2,465-m), relegating it to second place in the hierarchy of Scandinavia’s highest mountains. Nevertheless, for us, it is still […]

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Norvege
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Day 6: the differences between the landscapes of Norway and Sweden

Today’s stage highlights the differences between the landscapes of Norway and Sweden. In just a few dozen kilometres, the countryside becomes less rugged, the houses change colour and the vegetation becomes denser. We follow minor roads and narrow tracks through a corner of Scandinavia very few tourists see. This is an ideal occasion to stop […]

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Day 7: herds of reindeer trotting across the open moorland

Driving through two nature reserves and a national park We keep our eyes peeled for herds of reindeer trotting across the open moorland or, more alarmingly, standing in the middle of the road as we come round a corner! We are getting ever closer to the Arctic Circle and the “evening” sun shines late into […]

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Suede
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Day 8: home to the Sami

We continue heading north to Lapland, home to the Sami (as the people of Lapland should be known). Our campsite lies on a small peninsula that juts into the crystal-clear waters of a beautiful lake. Inger, the manager is a charming Sami who also breeds reindeer and loves teaching visitors about her culture. This evening […]

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ile lofoten
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Day 9: the Lofoten Islands

Another transit stage takes us back to Norway and one of northern Europe’s most spectacular gems, the Lofoten Islands, which we reach by ferry. The vessel’s prow is an ideal vantage point from which to admire – and photograph – the incredible scenery. Green and blue mountains plunge straight down into the sea, like a […]

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Trollfjord
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Day 10 one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Europe

Today’s drive is much shorter, so we have time to explore the Lofoten Islands and concentrate on taking great photos. We spend the evening in a village at the end of the track, but, before we settle in, we head off under the midnight sun for a “night-time” hike to one of the most beautiful […]

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lofoten
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Day 11: first jury jury of photographers and professional journalists

Day 11: Today is unusual. While the organisers, in conjunction with the local council and local press, convene a jury of photographers and professional journalists, we are free to choose how we spend the day: taking pictures, sorting through our photos or working on our reports. In fact, each team has to produce a report […]

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haute route de Suede
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Day 12: the rugged mountains of northern Sweden

We leave Lofoten and head up into the most northerly and most magical corner of Sweden. Once again, the landscape changes completely. After the dramatic peaks of Lofoten, the rugged mountains of northern Sweden and have a very desolate atmosphere that we try to capture with our lenses. We leave our cars at the end […]

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Day 13: Kebnekaise, Sweden’s highest peak

The fittest among us head off to climb Kebnekaise, Sweden’s highest peak. Even though it is not as high as the Glittertind (climbed on day 5), the ascent is longer, so Philippe and the Rally’s doctor make sure that everyone who wants to do the hike is fit enough and well-enough equipped before allowing them […]

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soleil de minuit
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Day 14: the first of the “Midnight Sun” stages

Today’s stage, through a corner of Finland tucked away between Norway and Sweden, has a special place in the hearts of Paris-North Cape’s organisers. Much of the driving is on the dirt roads for which Finland is famous and which allow us to explore a superb backwater where the Sami culture remains very strong. This […]

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soleil de minuit
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Day 15: The next Midnight Sun stage

We spend the morning in the “Sami Nature Centre” in the company of some of the people from this beautiful region, who have joined us for a slideshow of our photos. We also get the results from the second jury, which met the previous evening. The next Midnight Sun stage takes us along one of […]

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Day 16: Sørøya

The morning is just as fabulous. We head off towards the island’s little village, walking past a beach of white sand that would not be out of place on a desert island, although the sea is somewhat chillier! Nevertheless, some of the hardier participants can’t resist taking a short dip. The villagers give us a […]

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cap-nord
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Day 17: The North Cape

We get back to our cars for the queen stage of the Rally, the day we have all been waiting for – the drive to North Cape. We arrive in convoy at the stroke of midnight. Headlights on and horns blaring, we line up next to the famous globe, on the edge of a 300-m-high […]

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le vrai cap nord
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Day 18: photo trek to “the real North Cape”

We wake up late, very late for some. In fact, we are completely disoriented. What time is it? Late morning? Midday? Early evening? Oh yes, midday, not midnight. But when are we going to eat? Is it breakfast time or lunchtime? The people here eat fish at any time of the day, so does it […]

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randonnée
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Day 19: Hamningberg “the end of the road”

Some of the organisers have set off ahead of us to organise the next photo jury, leaving us to enjoy another of Paris-North Cape’s classic stages – the drive to Hamningberg, an abandoned fishing village on the northeast tip of mainland Europe. Often said to lie at “the end of the road”, Hamningberg is even […]

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Day 20: Lemmenjoki River is a favourite haunt of gold panners

Today is a day of contrasts. Within the space of a few kilometres, the mountainous landscapes of Norway give way to the dense, dark woodlands of Finland. Surrounded by emerald-green forest, the Lemmenjoki River is a favourite haunt of gold panners. If we hadn’t already chosen the topic for our report, it would have been […]

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lac finlande
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Day 21: the world’s most beautiful sauna

where the great rally driver and former Paris-North Cape patron Ari Vatanen learnt his trade provide the setting for today’s stage. Few of us are used to driving on tracks like these, so the organiser’s safety tips on the reflexes to adopt (and avoid!) are very welcome. We spend the evening at a superb campsite […]

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sentier de l'ours
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Day 22: photo trek of the “Bear Trail”

Yesterday evening we submitted another set of our photos to the jury, so this morning we are free to relax or work on our reports until the results are announced in front of Kuusamo municipal council. We all want to know how well we have done, but we are also eager to hear the judges’ […]

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chez-arne-kirsti
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Day 23: Arne and Kirsti

Driving along Finland’s sinuous dirt roads, all the people we meet are very welcoming and many have heard of Paris-North Cape. Our hosts for the evening are Arne and Kirsti, a retired couple who have been part of the Rally since its first edition, in 1988. They mow their field, set up “Nordkapp Rallye” signs […]

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Day 24: Take the time to stop

It is easy to lose your way on the labyrinthine network of dirt roads that criss-crosses this part of Finland, so it is not unusual to meet teams going in the opposite direction – are they lost or is it us? However, the area is dotted with isolated farms and houses, and the people who […]

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camping d’Hankasalmi
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Day 25: rest and work on our reports.

There is nothing planned for today, so we can rest and work on our reports. Even though we were free to choose any theme linked to our journey (apart from the Rally itself) and to plan our subjects before leaving Paris, writing isn’t easy when you are continually on the move, especially given the long […]

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archipel de Turku
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Day 26: Turku

We set off along Finland’s minor roads for a transit stage that will take us to the southwest coast and the country’s old capital at Turku. The area is, in fact, a huge archipelago consisting of thousands of islands, some of them minuscule, scattered over dozens of kilometres. Despite being difficult to get to, many […]

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finlande
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Day 27: welcoming capital, Helsinki

We take the ferry back to the mainland (arriving in plenty of time to get on board, as the next one may not be for some time!) and then drive across to Finland’s discreet but welcoming capital, Helsinki, where the Finnish media are waiting for us. According to one journalist, Paris-North Cape is “better known […]

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marche-helsinki
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Day 28: Great arrival then photo exhibition on Helsinki

The morning begins with an open-air show between the presidential palace and the port, near the fruit and vegetable market (the midnight sun produces enormous and extremely tasty strawberries and bilberries), presented by Markku Veijalainen, one of Finland’s most famous TV personalities. The winners of the Best Photo Trophy are invited onto the stage to […]

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Stockholm
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Day 29: Stockholm’s fjord

The approach along Stockholm’s fjord to Sweden’s capital is even more beautiful than our arrival in Bergen at the start of the Rally, so the four hours spent sailing past the deserted and inhabited islands of southern Sweden are a delight. We get off the ferry and explore the beautiful old quarters and official buildings […]

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copenhague
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Day 30: Copenhagen

We head south to another Nordic capital, the peaceful and historic city of Copenhagen. Our photos from the last two days are judged at the offices of the Rally’s long-standing partner, National Geographic Nordic, by a jury headed by the chief editor, Karen. After another photo exhibition, we head south to see the magnificent cliffs […]

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photo jury
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Day 31: Latest photos before the final jury

We have a long drive ahead of us today As we need to get from Denmark to central Belgium, where we will enjoy a last-night party in a village just south of Brussels. Our photos have been sent on ahead in one of the organiser’s cars so they can be presented to the final grand […]

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Vincennes
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Day 32: the last few kilometres to the Château de Vincennes

All the teams come together so we can drive the last few kilometres to the Château de Vincennes in convoy. We get to the finish at the end of the afternoon and gather round the podium to hear the final results of our Paris-North Cape Photo Rally. Of course, everyone hopes to win, but the […]

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