A long journey: “Norway – fully charged to the North Cape.”
30.11.2021 | Travels
Tanja and Denis Katzer are on a long journey – and have been for 30 years. Together, the two are seeking out the most remote corners of the Earth and have already covered over 444,000 kilometres. Overland. During the 2020 lockdown, the coupled travelled through Norway with their expedition truck, two Riese & Müller Superdelites and their dog Ajaci. There they experienced the silent beauty of nature, while behind them the borders closed. They have recorded their impressions in a new book “Norway – fully charged to the North Cape".
» No sooner had we crossed the border than it closed behind us due to rising coronavirus case numbers. We were virtually the only people out and about for almost six months. We gazed in wonder at the autumnal tundra, deserted, somewhat moon-like landscapes and never-ending forests, surrounded by swirling clouds of mist and ghostly clouds. «
» What a journey! A journey that catapulted us into regions we would not have expected in our wildest dreams. We experienced exceptionally warm hospitality, crossed the largest continental European glacier, the Josedalsbreen, with our E-Bikes, swam in the Norwegian Sea and saw the evening sun reflected on the skin of an emerging sperm whale. «
» We followed in the footsteps of the Vikings in their native country. We experienced a winter with ice, snow and hurricane-force winds. An impressive, almost magical country, with extreme weather, brimming full of adventure, myths and romance. It took our breath away with its wilderness, tundra terrain, national parks and bird sanctuaries. «
» The crowning glory of our journey: the deserted North Cape, experiencing the Aurora Borealis lighting up the sky above us almost daily, and E-Bike tours on the snow-clad island of Senja, which lies 350 km north of the Arctic Circle. It was an unforgettable trip and certainly one of the most beautiful journeys we have ever undertaken. «
Denis Katzer, who was born in Nuremberg in 1960, has made travel his raison d'être. On completion of his vocational training and German military service with a special unit, he worked as a sales manager and began his expeditions to remote indigenous peoples in 1983.
In 1991, he abandoned his job and embarked on his life’s project: The Long Journey. During his stopovers, the adventurer, author, photographer and film-maker publishes his experiences in magazines and journals, gives lectures, writes books and works on film documentaries.
Tanja Katzer, born in Nuremberg in 1970, is a trained travel agent and photographic model. She has accompanied Denis Katzer on his long journey since 1991. Together with him, she documents her life project as a photographer and film director. On her often spectacular excursions, she has crossed the “Desert of Death” (Taklamakan) in Western China with Denis, at times on foot, and was the first European to ride 1,500 kilometres on camels through wild Pakistan.
Norway – fully charged to the North Cape
Roadtrip with expedition mobil and E-Bike
Text (german language): Denis Katzer
Photos: Denis Katzer und Tanja Katzer
Publisher: Books on Demand
©All pictures by Tanja & Denis Katzer.