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Anyone wanna try something new, what abt. a trip to Norway ?
The trip described is starting in Kristiansand, but of course you may opt to start in Stavanger or bergen, and then take this trip as a roundtrip back to those cities (if ferry from Newcastle ..)

First of All. Norway has weather and you should take a look here before planning anything ..
http://met.no/english/index.html (national weather centre)
see other links to norway below.

Bike season starts late April early May if you can bear some chilly winds ...Best is probably mid May until late August. a lot of music festivals and other festivals in this period too and sun .. perhaps ..

I will recommend keeping off the main E18 as much as possible, it is booring, but probably exciting for those used to M1 and A6 ..

Kristiansand is a great starting point. There is a frequent ferries from Denmark (ferry from UK to Stavanger DFDS), and from here i can suggest travelling to Lysefjorden by inland roads (this will take 1/2 day, then ferry to Stavanger .. if you catch it) or you can do the better option of going Kristiansand - mandal - Åna Sira (take the old road to the right just after the toll station ) - flekkefjord (RV44)- Sokndal/Hauge i Dalane - Egersund - (the coast road) - Hellevik - Jæren(Bryne) - Sola -Stavanger. This will take a day+ (there is a nice small camping in Sokndal or Egersund or Brusand (ogna camping)if you take it a bit slow) Then Stay overnight in Stavanger, camping near Sola airport and the sand .. Then you have the option to go by Ferry north to Bergen, or take ferry to Lysebotn and drive up the road to the top. You may take walk to Prekestolen (preachers chair mountain formation) or to Kjærag. This route (the road ..not the walk in the fog ..) is very scenic and exccellent for biking with a lot of "narrow" and curvy roads..look out for sheep and slippery patches thereof. From Lysefjorden you may continue inland to Kristiansand again (total 2-3 days for this round trip, make a lot of stops and enjoy the scenery). Take the Suleskar road to get to kristiansand.:thumbup: Ps. mountain passages (bring warm clothes) might be cold and still have some snow in summer ..

Maps available in all petrol stations not only selling hot dogs ..

You may wish to continue over the mountain to Bergen or east to Oslo.

Here some great links for planning:
http://www.xplorebritain.com/dfds-ferry-cruise-norway.asp
http://www.colorline.com/servlets/page?section=4000
http://www.visitnorway.no/
http://www.visitsorlandet.com/Region Kristiansand/tabid/115/language/en-US/Default.aspx
http://www.sorlandet.com/index.php?expand=121&menuid=121
http://www.sorlandet.com/index.php?menuid=100&expand=100
http://www.nordsjovegen.no/Default.aspx?tabid=1677
http://www.reisemal-sydvest.no/
http://www.reisemal-sydvest.no/norsk/medlemmer/bakkaano.htm (sokndal camping)
http://www.regionstavanger.com/?sp=GB
http://www.fjordnorway.com/Default.aspx?tabid=1216&subtabid=1302
http://ny.suleskarvegen.no/index.php?m=nyhet&m_action=vis&type=12
http://ny.suleskarvegen.no/index.php?m=nyhet&m_action=vis&type=7

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Cheers for that. Will see Norway in the next couple of tours and will keep your info in mind.
 

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This is a great thread :thumbright: more like this please.:D.
 

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Thanks, doing my best in the late hours... Here are some illustrations to go with the description. Sorry did not take more photos.
 

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And some more pics ..
 

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And the last ones ..
 

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Very nice indeed well presented mate I was there last year well Bergan and on to Voss views to remember. I try and make it once a year for a short break bit expensive mind but hey well worth it, got pulled over for a routine check at a road block near Vik Glad I do not drink and drive cops do not mess about heard from a few who have spent a night or two inside after crossing them, but all the same great country good food and some of the best scenery on Gods earth might see you some time.
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Thanks. Let me know if any of you wish to know specifics abt some part of the country, I can try to look up some sites for you .. if i am logged in that is.. I am one sparkplug tool away from getting on the road again .. had some snow early january, but have been quite mild ever since ..;)
 

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My friend Matt and I have booked our ferry for Newcastle-Bergen leaving on the 7th August this year. The main aim is, of course, Nordcapp and back and I want to see the Lofoten Islands. Thanks for all the other route ideas and web sites. Looks like I've got plenty to research before going. :thumbup:
 

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yep, its bloody expensive - we went 7 yrs ago and it was £6.50 a pint!!!
 

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Ahh, my 1 post here:) To all of you who will ride your bike here in Norway!. Its said earlyer in this tread. Its bloody expensive here.. But ****. Theres a hole lot of nice places as well.

Ex. In medio Mai you should try http://ny.suleskarvegen.no/index.php?m=nyhet&m_action=vis&type=12 nice and smoothie roads and a fantastic area!.

Here is an norwegian website, take a look at some nice pictures http://www.mcsiden.com/index.php?artikkelid=356&back=1 here.

I planning now a ride here in medio mai!... Ahhh.. EnjOY.

Cyrus:thumb:
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Hi Cyrus
Welcome yes we know the expense mate but you are right the views outweigh this, we go as often as we can the wife and I love the place,
great bike and adventure country.
BIG D.
 

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hi guys, just got a reminder to come visit the site-I'm in the USA now, so no @ !
Anyway, I can vouch for Norway being an excellent scenic ride!
 

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Hello,
I did Portugal to Nordkapp in May 2004. Sweden was awesome. Loved a small camping near Rovaniemi in Finland, a couple of miles off Santa´s Village and the Artic Circle. The red wooden cabins were from the 60´s. The midnight sun off the lake was pure nirvana. I did the trip in my Land Rover Defender but must do it on the @twin next time.
Good luck.

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I’m thinking of riding to Bodo next June for the longest day it was going to be on DFDS ferry but they have stopped the crossing so back to the drawing board
To find another crossing

I only want to take a week this time as I have plans to go to Montenegro & Hungary for the GP
 

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Great article, very useful and I can verify the facts. Just wanna underline some issues. Food stores does only axept bank axept cards or cash !! (this irritates even me). As for camping, most camping fields will have small cottages for rent. Do not expect to find available cottages in/near the big cities in high season (esp. Bergen). You can cook your own food in the cottage (bought from supermarked), or you might wish to stay in a tent (cheap, but might be wet. Make sure it is waterproof and you have a proper base on it). Don't forget a sleeping bag. Easy survival technique on the road is to eat at roadside "delis", meetballs and potatoes, chicken plate or wiener sousages are standard, abt 100 NOK. Drinks are expensive, go for water (free). Petrol stations are expensive for any food or drinks, use the local shops instead. The sousage menus at the petrol stations are great fast food, and not badly priced (from 30 NOK), Macdonald menu is abt. 98NOK. Some supermarkeds have their own restaurant, Coop usually have one, and you get proper dinner at reasonable prices. If you come across a IKEA warehouse, make sure to eat your dinner there. Chinese restaurants have lunch menus before abt. 5-6 pm at abt 60 NOK (full dinner). Petrol is cheapest Sunday night or early monday morning, you may save up to 2kr a litre compared to rest of the week (they regulate prices monday). It is an idea to bring 5 litre extra fuel if you should miss that last petrol station. If you are in no rush, keep the right lane .. some cars might come up very quickly behind you in the left lane on motorways etc. Rush traffic in the cities are between 7-8:30 and 15-16:30. Do not wear sunglasses entering dark tunnels, you might not live long ... sun visor works better, or get helmet with flip up inner sunvisor. Watch out for sleepy drivers and silly trailers / lorries. All the best, and enjoy !!!
 
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