From Snowy Nights to Northern Lights: How an unplanned drive turned out to be the best one of my life.


By Anjali Dedha

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As the ferry gently glided into the harbor of Helsinki, we could hardly contain our anticipation for the next leg of our journey along the Road to London Drive 2023.

Our destination loomed ahead: Nordkapp, the legendary northernmost point of Europe, where the land meets the icy embrace of the Arctic Ocean. However, little did we know that Mother Nature had her own plans for our adventure, plans that would test our resolve and ignite our spirits in ways we could have never imagined.

Our initial plan was to set a course for the Arctic Circle, charting through the rugged beauty of Finland’s northern reaches.

But as we disembarked onto the snow-dusted streets of Helsinki, we were greeted by a sight that took our breath away. Flakes of snow danced lazily in the crisp winter air, transforming the landscape into a shimmering wonderland of white.

It was a scene straight out of a fairy tale, but it posed a formidable challenge to our carefully laid plans. You see, our cars were equipped with summer tires, ill-prepared for the wintry conditions that now enveloped the land. As we huddled together on the dock, debating our next move, a sense of uncertainty hung in the air.

Should we abandon our dream of reaching Nordkapp and retreat to the safety of the west? Or should we summon our courage and press on, despite the obstacles that lay ahead?

For us, the choice was clear. We are adventurers at heart, bound by a shared passion for exploration and discovery. The Road to London was not just a journey, but a quest to uncover the hidden treasures of the world and share them with our travelers. And so, with steely determination, we resolved to confront the challenge head-on, come what may.

Leaving our cars behind in the cozy confines of Rovaniemi, we set out in search of a solution.

It was a gamble, to be sure, but one that we were willing to take in pursuit of our dreams. And after much deliberation, a plan began to take shape. We would rent winter tires, transforming our humble vehicles into veritable ones capable of traversing even the most treacherous terrain.

With our newfound resolve, we embarked once more on our snowy drive, the crunch of fresh snow beneath our boots a constant reminder of the adventure that lay ahead.

Our journey took us through the heart of Finland, a land of towering forests and frozen lakes that stretched as far as the eye could see. Each bend in the road revealed a new vista more breathtaking than the last, from the snow-capped peaks of Lapland to the shimmering fjords of Tromsø.

But it was not without its challenges. The snow, though beautiful, was also unforgiving, obscuring the road ahead and testing our skills behind the wheel. Yet, with each obstacle we overcame, our bond grew stronger, our resolve unshakeable in the face of adversity.

And then, after fourteen days of snow-drenched adventure, our perseverance was rewarded in the most spectacular fashion. As night fell over Tromsø, the sky erupted in a kaleidoscope of colors, the Northern Lights dancing overhead in a mesmerizing display of nature’s beauty. It was a moment of pure magic, a testament to the power of perseverance and the wonders that await those brave enough to chase their dreams.

As we stood beneath the shimmering auroras, a sense of awe washed over us, mingling with a profound gratitude for the journey that had brought us here. For in the end, it was not just about reaching Nordkapp, but the experiences we shared along the way, the friendships forged in the face of adversity, and the memories that would last a lifetime.

Looking back on the drive, we realized that sometimes, the greatest adventures are the ones that challenge us the most.

For it is in overcoming obstacles that we discover our true strength, and it is in embracing the unknown that we unlock the secrets of the world around us. And so, as we turned our gaze once more towards the northern horizon, our hearts filled with a sense of wonder and anticipation, eager to continue our journey along the winding road to London.

As told to Adventures Overland by Akshay Chandra.

Published On: 9th May 2024

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