The Grand Tour - Northern Europe in a Land Rover Defender Td5

A fantastic two and a half thousand miles travelled, taking in the sites of France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Germany with my brother and uncle.


Before setting off, my uncle had the front wings re-painted, a new clutch and welding on the chassis carried out. Although it's got 150,000 miles on the clock, it managed to get an mpg in the high 20s, sometimes 28 mpg and no additional oil required. Cruising at a steady 50-60 mph on the motorways, the Land Rover didn't let us down once.


Three passengers, three bikes, camping equipment and enough 'stuff' for four weeks.

Having had a quick introduction to this Land Rover on the narrow, country lanes of Dorset, this was my first time driving on the 'wrong side' of the road. I'd only got my license eight months prior to going, so I really learnt to drive properly on this trip.


You can't get much more glamorous than this. Stop number one - Bruges, Belgium.

Berlin hotel room - a complete coincidence.

Hirtshals, Denmark - a bit of off-road driving on the beach.

The view from our camping pitch in Kristiansand, Norway. A Land Rover, a tent and the great outdoors. What could be better?


What you can't see here are the plastic bags stuffed into the foot-wells to keep our feet dry as the door seals leak.


Homeward bound via Calais.


Grateful thanks go to the man who made it all happen - Uncle Mark.

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