"This is an experience that does not happen every day and that somehow can make you feel like a hero".
Those are the words of Davide Leopizzi, an Italian artist who earlier this year embarked on what he calls an "artistic journey" across Europe, from the Southern Italian village of Parabita to the North Cape of Norway at the other end, all in service of the project he calls Hyperbòrea.
And he's doing this on his second-hand 1982 Vespa PX125E.
UKPro wouldn't dare miss out on this type of gumption, so we supplied Davide with some great GoPro accessories for his journey, including a Pole38HD extendable pole which the artist ingeniously mounted on various places on his Vespa to get unique angles on his ride.
"At some point I realized that I needed a project that transported me completely, so that's how the idea was born of a long journey", Davide explained to us from the road recently. "As you can imagine, it is not hard in Italy to find a Vespa, and I decided to use one because as an artist I did not have a lot of resources", he continued.
"Someone is always asking me, why not make the journey by car instead? But to feel the wind in your face is certainly a stronger feeling on a Vespa!"
By all signs the journey has been a very rewarding one, taking Mr. Leopizzi from the boot of Italy all the way to a chilly summer in Northern Scandinavia.
"I was really overwhelmed by the beauty of Norway! During my stop on the Lofoten Islands the weather was not the best, but the clouds that mingled constantly with the light of the midnight sun moved me deeply. The landscapes there are some of the most beautiful in the world!"
We were pleased to be there for Davide's journey. Check out his Facebook page for the latest images and updates from his trip and upcoming videos detailing the entire project, and see his website for the Hyperbòrea project here.
His closing words on the gear : "If you have a GoPro you can not do absolutely what you want without the help of UKPro."