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Report and pics on my trip to Norway in August.
I left home on 29th of July at about 1pm and just over 1 hour later I was in Folkstone waiting..in the rain..to board the 3.20pm Eurotunnel.
I hoped the weather would get better on the other side of the channel. I had lots of time to hope because there were 2x 20 minute delays whilst queueing in the rain. There is a small shelter at the front of the queue and it turns out to be a great place to meet fellow bikers sheltering from the rain ....all having a story to tell. A group of Harley riding Dutch bikers on their way home from a Scottish tour, a lone biker on his way to Paris, a group of English lads on a 4 day pocket rocket trip to the Black Forest, and a young Argentinian I.T expert called Fernando riding his brand new R nine T Urban GS to Eindhoven to start a 7 month work contract.
It was good to finally get on board and out of the rain. Me and Fernando decided to ride together until we reached Eindhoven.
We rode the 200+ miles in torrential rain. Bidding each other good luck i carried on for another 30 miles before finally finding a hotel. No camping in this weather.


Up and out early next morning for the long ride to Hirstals for a ferry to Larvik. I had friends in Tonsberg and Bergen. Tonsberg would be my base. I had about 3 weeks and my plan was to get to the Artic Circle and to try to see some of the more well known sites en route.
Missing my late ferry by minutes and still not having got my camping head on because of the rain I booked into the very expensive...got you over a barrel type of thingy...Montra Skaga Hotel. They wanted £150 for a room...I pleaded poverty and they found a conference room... a 3 bed dorm type room with shared toilet and shower for £90...all to myself.

Next morning up and out early...that was a theme to this trip..and the 200 yard ride down to the port put me first in line...where I met Mick the Oz touring on his Moto Guzzi 1200..btw he's based in the UK. We had a chat and enjoyed a sunny morning standing around waiting to board.


Arriving in Larvik about 2pm after the 4 hour crossing i made my way to Tonsberg...about 1 hours ride away.
I spent a few days chilling out and seeing some sights.

Sunset over Tjome.
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Bikes and Lighthouse in Verdens End
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Replica Viking ship in Tonsburg
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After a couple of days I was up early and heading north.
Utoya Island north west of Oslo on the E16. Site of the 2011 Norwegian massacre.
I stopped and said a few quiet words.
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On up past Lilliehammer on the E6...the road that takes you all the way to Nordcapp. Nice ride so far and a good introduction to riding in Norway. Never fast and usually single carriageway.

Randon on the road.
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By the time I decided to stop in a hostal (could'nt be arsed camping) near Dovre at about 7pm I had ridden about 250 slowish miles.
Parked next to an Italian on his way solo to Nordcapp.
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Up and out early again...towards Trondeim and the road to Hell.
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That's a small town a few miles east of Trondheim. It's not as bad as they say

Hell train station...it really is the end of the line.
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It was here i made the decision to go west as the forecast was for rain all the way to the Circle...turns out it was rain in the west too.
I made my way back past Trondheim..in the rain.. onto the E39 to Orkanger and turned off onto the Fv462. Turning right onto the RV65 to catch the ferry to Frykkem from Kvanne i met a group of about 13 mainly Harley bikers and followed them for the 60 dry miles to the ferry on a beautiful twisty road.
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Buying tickets on board.

Ferry from Kvanne. All the ferries I took cost about £6 for the short crossings. Pay on board with card or cash.
Card is used every where. Some petrol stations are unmanned and only allow card at the pumps.
Athough these 3 beauties were not in use.
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I carried on alone still smiling after that great ride with the Harley riders. I'm not a Harley lover but the sound of all those big bikes for 60 miles was ringing in my ears all day. Aftert 60 wettish miles on otherwise lovely roads I eventually got to a place called Vistdal, a proper one horse town, and found a camp site...my first camp.
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Very basic and hot water was not working...but I was tired and thought it was time I actually done some camping. It was shite to be honest as no sooner had I set the tent up it rained until 10am next morning...I was a prisoner in my one man tent for hours. It's times like these when you wish you'd brought a good book with you
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Up and out...when the rain finally stopped about 10am next morning, but only managed about 50 miles as it started again as soon as i had packed up.... and this time there was heavy mist with the rain. Slow wet ride before i finally gave up and stopped after 50 miles.
Tovika
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Made it to Andalsnes Camping by late afternoon.


It had just stopped raining but i was wet and tired so camped here until 6am following morning when I left to ride up the Trollstigen and on to Geiranger.


View from my tent at Andalsnes camping. Hot showers, cafe and free wifi.
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Early start again on wet roads but clearing skies.
Pictures of Trollstigen ride.
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Cold ride to the ferry for Geiranger.
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A twisty climb up then a twisty descent to Geiranger.

On leaving Geiranger I climbed to over 1000 metres and really felt the cold.
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One of the shorter tunnels.
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I lost count of the tunnels I went through. One was 11kms and i think the longest one is about 20kms...bloody amazing engineering...
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Found a great Hostal in Forde. Forde Hostal was a life saver as I'd had a tough day in the rain. £75 including brekkie. They offered to dry my clothes out in the boiler room. Perfect start with bone dry riding kit for early next morning...but as I set off the heavens opened again.

Made it to Bergen...it had been raining every day for 70 days. Then carried on to stay with some redneck Norwegian friends just south of Bergen.

Hatvik....Another ferry...in the rain again

Gjerdmundshamm ferry crossing.
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Furebergfossen Waterfall
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The morning had started nice but soon turned to torrential rain.
Crossing Telemark I had to stop after riding for 60 miles in horrendous conditions with nowhere safe to stop until I reached Amot.
Coming down off the mountain I found a camp site in Amot. Groven Camping...so happy to find they had a hut available...£50 for the night. Hot showers, sauna and a dry room for wet clothes.
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Left early the following morning with the sun shining. It turned out to be the best day's riding i had had. Just north of Amot is the Fv854...a beautiful riding road which I took until it met the N134 at Flatdal. I took all day riding this road ad I was exploring off road into the forests.
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Arrived back late in Tonsberg and spent a few days there
Then to the 8am ferry from Larvik to Hirstals
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I have a Danish friend who lives about one hour from Hirtsals in Aalborg. I spent the night there before the long ride to Dunkirk for the ferry to Dover.
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By the time I got home to south London I had ridden about 835 miles in one day. I slept well that night.

Great trip but very wet. Norway is a beautiful country with some amazing riding...but it is just so expensive....food especially.
Having said that I will go back one day because it's just so beautiful and because the rain messed up any sightseeing I had planned I feel I have unfinished business... I'm lucky because I've got a few friends dotted all over Norway. Maybe Nordcap next year flying up through Sweden and slow ride down the west coast. Hopefully if that trip happens it won't be during the wettest summer in 20 years as this trip was. All good fun though...

Sorry about picture layout...
I have no idea how to post piccies. The last lot vanished so editing now with these...and I can't seem to delete the 2 below this..
But hey ho!
I hope you enjoy.
 

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Nice. :thumb:
 

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When did the top box fall off ? :p
Thanks for taking the time to share your trip
 

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Great ride report....The summer in Denmark has not been much better...Wettest in about 20 yrs.:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
I was lucky heading home through Denmark. One very heavy downpour leaving Aalborg but stayed dry all the way to Germany and on to Dunkirk...then the heavens open again when I got to Folkstone:D
 

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Great read & a great trip,

I did the Arctic circle a while bike on a 600 Bandit two up with my 18yearold son ( he is now 31:confused: )
Having worked there recently I know how expensive it is and was when I went, weather was good for us once we left Bergan in the Rain

Bergen has the record for the most days of recorded rain consecutive days with rain 300+ I think and they were cheesed off a few years back as they had 2 sunny days and so missed a new record :rolleyes:

May go back if I win the lottery :thumbup:

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Great read & a great trip,

I did the Arctic circle a while bike on a 600 Bandit two up with my 18yearold son ( he is now 31:confused: )
Having worked there recently I know how expensive it is and was when I went, weather was good for us once we left Bergan in the Rain

Bergen has the record for the most days of recorded rain consecutive days with rain 300+ I think and they were cheesed off a few years back as they had 2 sunny days and so missed a new record :rolleyes:

May go back if I win the lottery :thumbup:

Bergen sets new record for rain
2 up on a 600 bandit....jeez. ?
Bergen is nice...once you navigate the tunnels...I got lost and was back and forward about 20 miles before I finally got to friends house. I'll take a satnav next time.
Yes, it just rains in Bergen.....and rains and rains ?.
I'll definitely go back one day. Great place despite the crazy prices.
 

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Missed this thread originally,very nice. Always love a Norwegian RR. I know Tonsberg and Verdens End well from my youth, all the memories again ! :thumbup: Thanks.
 

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2 up on a 600 bandit....jeez. 
Bergen is nice...once you navigate the tunnels...I got lost and was back and forward about 20 miles before I finally got to friends house. I'll take a satnav next time.
Yes, it just rains in Bergen.....and rains and rains .
I'll definitely go back one day. Great place despite the crazy prices.
600 Bandit was a great bike... wee renthal rack on the back for the tent and a set off oxford throw overs....

even did a 200 yard off road section as part of the 'summer' road from Ovra Ardel was washed out...

next Bike was the 600 Transalp Bandit went a while back but Alp staying :thumbup:

if you want a good read search for the guy who did it in winter on a Honda 90...... class
 
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Missed this thread originally,very nice. Always love a Norwegian RR. I know Tonsberg and Verdens End well from my youth, all the memories again ! :thumbup: Thanks.
It's a great place for a road trip......pricey but worth it :p
 
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