This was the end of the road for us: Driving with my family from France in our Peugeot 404, our goal was to go as far north as possible, by way of Denmark and Sweden. What I didn't know was that back then, about 100 kilometers north of the Norwegian capital Oslo, roads were in really, really dire condition. So when we made it up to Narvik, my car's tires, windshield and rearview mirrors told me it was time to head back.

A couple of years — and asphalt layers — later, we tried again and made it to all the way up to Cape North, at the northern extreme of Norway.


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