Relive the Arctic Adventure

In March 2017, Bailey of Bristol embarked on the Arctic Adventure. Taking two of the Pursuit caravan range (the 530-4 and the 550-4) and a top of the range Autograph 75-2 motorhome, we travelled from the Millbrooke Proving Ground in Bedfordshire, across Europe, into the Arctic Circle in Finland and back again. The journey covered 5,000 miles and took in 12 countries in 16 days. 

You can relive all the stages of our journey below. Click here to return to the Arctic Adventure homepage at any time.

 

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27th February 2017

In a further demonstration of strength and durability, Bailey of Bristol is about to embark on another marathon product endurance test. This time the company, in association with The Caravan and Motorhome Club, will be taking two caravans (a Pursuit 530-4 and 550-4) and one motorhome (an Autograph 75-2) on an epic 5,000 mile journey to the Arctic Circle.

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28th February 2017

On Wednesday 2nd March, we kick off our ‘Arctic Adventure’, where we are taking two of our new 530-4 and 550-4 Pursuit caravans, as well as a top of the range Autograph motorhome 75-2, on an epic 5,000-mile journey through Europe, across the Arctic Circle, and back.

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1st March 2017

Planning a holiday, and then looking forward to it, is all part of the fun, right? Well, planning for the Arctic Adventure was even more fun than usual.

3rd March 2017

Day One - Thursday 2nd March - Millbrook to Brugge

Crossing the Channel via the Eurotunnel and staying overnight at Camping Klein Strand, on the outskirts of Brugge.

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5th March 2017

Day Three - Saturday 4th March - Berlin to Torun

A morning sightseeing in Berlin, including the Brandenburg Gate. Making our way to Poland, staying the night in a campsite at Tourin.

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9th March 2017

Day Seven - Wednesday 8th March - Kuopio to Ranua

Travelling to Ranua via an ice road in Oulu. Overnight at Ranua Zoo Camp, part of the Ranua Wildlife Park.

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 13th March 2017

Contrasting.

Of all the words in the English dictionary, this one sums-up the roads between the UK and Tallinn, Estonia the best. Our route from Millbrook, Bedfordshire to the Eurotunnel took in the delights of the M25 but flashbacks of commuter ring-road hell were soon quashed thanks to Belgium’s empty roads.

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14th March 2017

The Test World proving ground 300km north of the Arctic Circle in Lapland had never had a caravan or motorhome on its test tracks before we rolled in 2,700 miles after starting our Arctic Adventure from its sister site, the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire.

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15th March 2017

Before the Bailey of Bristol ‘Arctic Adventure’, my ice road experience was limited to re-runs of Ice Road Truckers on the TV but our route to Ivalo, Finland gave us the opportunity to take to the ice with a caravan in tow.

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16th March 2017

The Arctic Circle might not be the obvious choice for a caravanning holiday but as we pulled into Ranua Zoo Camping - some 50-miles south of the Arctic ‘border’ and heavily laden with snow - it proved that a caravan doesn’t mind where you take it as long as it’s helping you chase your dreams.

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17th March 2017

During the planning phase of the #ArcticAdventure, the conversation was understandably dominated by the most northerly point on our expedition map – Ivalo, Finland. The journey through the UK, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia was our caravanning version of scaling Mount Everest with Test World, Ivalo, being our summit.

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25th March 2017

I have been feeling very restless since we got back from the awesome experience of the Arctic Adventure. The planning and preparations have been a big part of my life over the last few months, so it’s a bit strange now it is all over.

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10th April 2017

Having spent the past few months planning an expedition to the Arctic, little did we know that there we had a direct family link to the frozen wastes working in our office – and it was one of the most famous expeditions of all time.

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11th April 2017

The Arctic Circle and the Australian Outback are not the first places that come to mind when planning a trip in a caravan or motorhome.