Preparation Paris-North Cape Rally

Preparation Preparing your vehicle 0 CommentsDon’t worry; the route is suitable for all vehicles. It includes a few rugged trails, but they are not obligatory, and only the 4WDs, 2CVs and hardy 4Ls will tackle them (as long as they have the wherewithal to dig...
Stockholm city

Stockholm city

Stockholm city is an official partner of the Paris-North Cape. A “Stockholm Photo Trophy” is organized during one day. All participants must arpent the magnificient streets to realize the best pictures in the Venice of the North. A photo exhibition and press...
Jyväskylä city

Jyväskylä city

Jyväskylä city is an official partner of the 18th Paris-North Cape. A “Jyväskylä Photo Trophy” will be organized the 17th and 18th of August. The participants will have one evening and one morning in order to discover the beauty of Jyväskylä region through...
Paris-North Cape Photo Rally

Paris-North Cape Photo Rally

PARIS-NORTH CAPE Photo Adventure This event launched the concept of photo adventures open to all. Since we started in 1988, we have welcomed participants from over 20 countries. You will explore Scandinavia during the period of the midnight sun, from the fjords of...
The Registration Pack

The Registration Pack

THE BEST WAY TO PREPARE RAID 8€ PARTICIPANTS FILE The fruit of our experience 70 pages. An infinite source of information and advice The Registration Pack Includes everything you need to know about preparing for the Paris-North Cape Rally. Combining all the experience...
Day 1: Start of the Paris-North Cape Photo Rally

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

Start of the Paris-North Cape Photo Rally 1st day: 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...
Day 2: the ferry for Bergen in Norway

Day 2: the ferry for Bergen in Norway

the ferry for Bergen in Norway 2nd day : 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...
Day 3: Bergen’s fjord

Day 3: Bergen’s fjord

Bergen’s fjord 3rd day 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,...
Day 4: along Norway’s highest roads

Day 4: along Norway’s highest roads

along Norway’s highest roads 4th day: 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. The mountain lakes and traditional...
Day 6: landscapes of Norway and Sweden

Day 6: landscapes of Norway and Sweden

LANDSCAPES NORWAY AND SWEDEN 6th days: 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...
Day 7:  herds of reindeer trotting

Day 7: herds of reindeer trotting

herds of reindeer trotting 7th day: 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...
Day 8: home to the Sami

Day 8: home to the Sami

home to the Sami 8th day: 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...
Day 9: the Lofoten Islands

Day 9: the Lofoten Islands

the Lofoten Islands Day 9: 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...
Day 12:  the rugged mountains of northern Sweden

Day 12: the rugged mountains of northern Sweden

NORTHERN SWEDEN 12th day: 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...
Day 13: Kebnekaise, Sweden’s highest peak

Day 13: Kebnekaise, Sweden’s highest peak

ASCENSION OF KEBENEKAISE 13th day: 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...
Day 14: the first of the “Midnight Sun” stages

Day 14: the first of the “Midnight Sun” stages

the first of the “Midnight Sun” stages 14th day: 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...
Day 15: The next Midnight Sun stage

Day 15: The next Midnight Sun stage

The next Midnight Sun stage 15th day : 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...
Day 16: Sørøya

Day 16: Sørøya

FABULOUS ISLAND 16th day: 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...
Day 17: The North Cape

Day 17: The North Cape

The North Cape ! 17th day : 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...
Day 18: photo trek to “the real North Cape”

Day 18: photo trek to “the real North Cape”

Trek Photo "the real North Cape" 18th day : A new Trek photo, the one that allows us to reach 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...
Day 19: Hamningberg “the end of the road”

Day 19: Hamningberg “the end of the road”

Hamningberg “the end of the road” 19th days: 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...
Day 21: the world’s most beautiful sauna

Day 21: the world’s most beautiful sauna

the world’s most beautiful sauna 21th day: We spend the evening at a beautiful campsite near one of Philippe’s Sami friends, which allows us to luxuriate in what could be the world’s most beautiful sauna where the great rally driver and former Paris-North...
Day 22: photo trek of the “Bear Trail”

Day 22: photo trek of the “Bear Trail”

photo trek of the “Bear Trail” 22th day: 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...
Day 23: Arne and Kirsti

Day 23: Arne and Kirsti

Arne AND Kirsti 23th day: 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...
Day 24: Take the time to stop

Day 24: Take the time to stop

Take the time to stop 24th day: If you lose your way, do not hesitate to knock on doors. 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 –...
Day 25: rest and work on our reports.

Day 25: rest and work on our reports.

REST DAY AND REPORT 25th day: 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...
Day 26: Turku

Day 26: Turku

archipel de Turku 26ème jour : 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...
Day 27: welcoming capital, Helsinki

Day 27: welcoming capital, Helsinki

Etape de liaison pour rallier Helsinki 27ème jour : 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!) Later in the evening, we submit our latest set of photos and reports. Tomorrow’s jury is...