There are many that heed the call of the North Cape each year: Between 250,000 and 300,000 visitors travel to the Nordkapp Plateau annually. But there’s only a handful of folk that stand out above the masses. In the next couple of posts, I’d like to feature some of the Nordkapp pilgrims that fascinate, intrigue and inspire me. Whether it’s on foot, skis or kayak, these people are ready to face physical and mental challenges as they follow their own call to Nordkapp.
The extreme weather conditions, rough terrain and breath-taking beauty of the North of Norway haven’t gone unnoticed by the television industry. In fact, the first, and longest lasting reality tv series on Norwegian television is 71º Nord, which started airing in September of 1999.
And true to any reality program, there’s a flare for the dramatic:
I’m not a fan of reality tv, but I have to admit I watch this one. Probably because I live up here, as well as many of the competitors are impressive athletes that push themselves to their mental and physical limits (scripted or not).
The concept is so popular that the idea has been sold to other countries as well: Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Switzerland, USA/Canada, Germany, Belgium/Netherlands, and England. Here’s the UK trailer, keeping true to the cheesy, dramatic, reality tv flare:
Now none of these competitors actually travel from the Lindesnes to Nordkapp. They walk, bicycle, hike, climb, kayak, etc, bits and pieces of the country, heading up to the North Cape.
In my next posts I will feature people who I believe deserve publicity: Those that go the entire journey, without the television crews and the enticement of a grand prize, like Tonje Helene Blomseth and Henrik, Håkon and Andy. Everyday people that have chosen to follow the call of the North Cape.