The car and planning
"The absence of noise helps a lot to make the trip less demanding: for me it was a great plus," notes Sterpa. Once again, the car on his long journey was the Ford Mustang Mach-e, Ford's electric SUV that draws inspiration, for style and sportiness, from the iconic Mustang. His model of choice, equipped with a 99 kWh battery, guarantees long distances, minimizing charging point anxiety. An anxiety that is not reflected in reality: these days it is difficult to run out of electricity, with thousands of charging infrastructure points present in Italy (of which Enel X Way is the main supplier, with over 16,100 charging points installed on the peninsula) and in the rest of Europe.
Sterpa left Italy with his wife and children, heading for The Hague in Holland. First came a recharge stop at McDonald’s just outside Bergamo, then they continued on towards the city overlooking the North Sea, where it is possible to connect with the splendid Gothic and Renaissance architectural complex known as the Binnenhof, which is the seat of the Dutch parliament. During the two-day stopover, Sterpa and his family were able to admire the masterpieces of the Mauritshuis, the famous museum of The Hague where the well-known painting “Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Jan Vermeer is hanging, followed by a visit to “Madurodam”, the Dutch equivalent of our “Italy in Miniature”. There was also time to stop for a visit to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Once again on the road from The Hague, Sterpa, in a convoy with the Tesla Model S of a Dutch friend, headed for Ale’s Stones, the famous megalith complex in southern Sweden, in fact the Scandinavian “Stonehenge”. Heading north, it was then the turn of Stockholm, the Swedish capital, where a visit to the island of Gamla Stan, the old city, with its main square (“Stortorget”) and characteristic pastel-colored buildings is a must. Further north, remaining in the county of Stockholm, the town of Sigtuna offered our modern tourists stunning views of Lake Mälaren, one of the largest in Northern Europe.
Arriving here, almost 2,200 kilometers from Bergamo (excluding detours), obviously involved multiple stops to recharge the Mustang Mach-e, as well as the Model S in tow, without ever incurring major inconveniences. The credit also goes to our JuicePass app, which is connected to over 220,000 recharging points around the world, thanks to interoperability agreements that allow the supply of energy also from infrastructure of operators other than Enel X Way. All with a single registration: convenient, right?
Above the Arctic Circle
Returning to the journey to the North Cape, the itinerary then involved crossing Lapland, certainly one of the most evocative routes: “Every time you crossed a hill, you were confronted with an infinite expanse of coniferous woods,” Sterpa affirms. “The many hours of travelling surely weighed much less thanks to this landscape.” An ever-changing panorama: “As we get closer and closer to the North Cape, we witness a change of scenery with a more barren expanse, with the vegetation that is gradually reduced to just bushes.”
Still in Norway
After Nordkapp, it was time for our travelers to head south. Not without some intermediate stops: remaining in Norway, they passed through the archipelago of the Lofoten Islands, and were dazzled by Svolvær, the oldest town in the Arctic Circle. Still in Norway, there was the opportunity to view two splendid examples of “stavkirke”, the characteristic medieval wooden churches. The first, that of Borgund, is the oldest in the country, so much so that it is now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the other is instead in the town of Laerdal and is considered among the best preserved in Norway.