Targa to the Arc­tic Cir­cle

It’s our cra­zi­est mis­sion ever: can a Porsche Targa 4 GTS power us from Lon­don to the Arc­tic Cir­cle – and back – in a fort­night?

Total 911 - - Contents - Writ­ten by Lee Si­b­ley

5,000 miles from the United King­dom to Nor­way and back… it’s part one of To­tal 911’s most epic road trip ad­ven­ture yet

part one: reach­ing the arc­tic

It was al­ways go­ing to be our big­gest road trip chal­lenge yet. 5,000 miles to cover in just 14 days, and the roads aren’t ex­actly fast, flat and di­rect. There will be lit­tle help read­ily avail­able if our ve­hi­cle so much as picks up a punc­ture, let alone re­quires repa­tri­a­tion to a Porsche Cen­tre, and the haz­ards present from chal­leng­ing ter­rain and rogue wildlife will be height­ened.

Our road trip ideas at To­tal 911 are be­com­ing more out­landish, I ad­mit, but per­suad­ing the mag­a­zine’s man­age­ment to let us em­bark on this ad­ven­ture took some do­ing. Look­ing at the facts, it’d just be eas­ier not to go, but then there’s no fun in duck­ing a chal­lenge – es­pe­cially one as mad as this.

Why the Arc­tic Cir­cle, I hear you ask? There may be seven bil­lion peo­ple cur­rently in­hab­it­ing our planet, but only four mil­lion live within the Arc­tic Cir­cle. This is be­cause it’s a chal­leng­ing re­gion in which to live: de­fined as an area above an in­vis­i­ble line of lat­i­tude around the Earth at ap­prox­i­mately 66°30’ N, for at least one day a year there is 24 con­sec­u­tive hours of sun­shine in the sum­mer and 24 hours of dark­ness in the win­ter at its base, ris­ing to six months per year by the time you reach the

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