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Old 07-15-2013, 10:45 AM   #1
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Exploring the Fjords of Norway

May 2012 I set out on a motorcycle journey from Norway, through Europe, Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tadjikistan, Kyrgistan, Kazakstan, Russia (BAM, ROB part together with the Sibirsky Extreme team) and from there to USA, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia, Equador and Peru. A great journey to great places and meeting with great people!
What a life changing journey.

Now, back home I see that there are not too many adventure riders including Norway to their plans. And most of them takes the boring road to North Cape. I plan most of my trips in Norway far away from the E6 (main road from south to north). For me, the fjord area works great for narrow twisting roads with a scenic view and the mountain areas for dirt roads. Photos from summer 2013!

Here you'll find some of both!
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:00 AM   #2
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HjØrundfjord norway, april 2013


Mountains



Ferry ride



Ferry ride



Ferry ride



At the fjord



At the fjord
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:09 AM   #3
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Trollstigen area


Pals


Cold water crossing


Nice scenery


Nice scenery


Still pretty cold


Nice twisty roads at Trollstigen area


Waterfalls at Trollstigen area


Trollstigen area


Trollstigen area


Nice sunset in Romsdal
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:30 AM   #4
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Thumb Beautiful Photographs!

Coastal Mountains have always been my favorite topography.
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:33 AM   #5
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Lovely photos, Steve, just wonderful shots. Thanks for putting them up. I hope they inspire riders to "stretch their legs" and see more of Norway. For anyone who may be reading this who has not read of the incredible adventures of Steve and his fellow Norwegian riders after joining "Colebatch's Crewe"....I highly recommend searching out the story on this site. It's easy...just sort threads by views and it will be near the top (or maybe at the top by now).

Steve, I and I'm sure many others wonder how you would sum up your journey around the world: how did it affect you? What do you see for the future? It seems that these long trips are often very transformational in nature and the person who gets off the bike at the end is not quite the same as the one who rode off in the beginning.
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:44 AM   #6
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love it....some great places.....reminds me of my visits to Lysefjorden over a decade ago for some fun BASE trips ....will return to ride, thanks for sharing your great photos...
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:55 AM   #7
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I've wanted to ride that part of the world for years now. The photos are just awesome.
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:34 AM   #8
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Thank you guys... more to come. I've got tons :)
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:16 AM   #9
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Excellent

Excellent pictures as usual Steve, I really like to the stark beauty of the countryside that you live in. Definitely on my list of places to go one day, Norway intrigues me. My ancestry can be traced back to this land.

Nice to see you doing a ride report again.

Cheers

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Old 07-16-2013, 12:08 PM   #10
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Just how expensive in Norway at the moment ? What is the key to doing
it on a budget ? I think I read fuel is approx €1.90/litre at present. How about food, drink etc. ?
Also, how is the weather in August generally ?
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Old 07-16-2013, 12:53 PM   #11
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Roadtrip to Westcape Part1

Me and Helen had decided to take a weekend trip to westcape of Norway. Not too many hours from Aalesund, but we decided to take an alterntive road. Helen had some issues with her shoulder and could only go short distances at the moment. That meant that we had to take a short milage trip and not too rough.
That works fine for me since I am not off work till 9pm this friday night. After work I rushed home and threw all me gear on the bike and met her at the first ferry. The clock was already 10pm and there were some few drops in the air.
From Aalesund we drove to SOlevåg where we took the ferry to Festøy and drove over to Volda where we took the brand new Kvivsvegen road down to Hornindal. This new road is not marked on older maps!
We camped at the shores of Northern Europes deepst lake, Hornindals lake (Hornindalsvatnet). It was quite grey and still some few drops in the air, but no big showers.
After sharing a bottle of win we found our tents and had a good nights sleep. I just love being on the way somewhere.


Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. First night in camp


Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. First morning in camp


Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Camp site


Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Camp site and morning coffee
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:09 PM   #12
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Roadtrip to Westcape Part2

The next morning we got ourselves a nice warm morning coffee before packing up the camp. We followed the lake towards West and passed Nordfjordeid on the way.
At lunch we arrived in Måløy and found ourselves a great restaurant to have a outdoor lunch. We asked the locals for some advice about some places we had heard of. The Måløy people were very friendly and helpfull and some few minutes later we found ourselves at a nice little beach just outside Raudeberg.
There were a steep dirt road down there, but we had not problems getting either up or down. We dipped our toes in the cold Atlantic water and head of to Refvik, back to Måløy and from there a nice twisty road to Selje.
My bike felt a bit strange, but I did not check it out before we arrived Selje. The front wheel were almost flat when we arrived here. That explained why the bike felt so wobbly.
Since all my tools are currently located on my other bike in Peru I knew we had a issue if we needed help. A saturday afternoon is not the best time for problems.
We fueled up the bikes, and filled up the air at a local gas station and head of and was hoping for the best. At the next village, Leikanger, most of the air had gone. Oooops this was not good.
We stopped at the local gas station there and just when we turned in there was a mechanic opening the garage door. We asked him kindly to borrow us some tools to get the tyre off the rim. That was no problem and he was very helpfull. The leakage was at an old patch which I had put on a puncture in Tynda, Russia last summer.
Luckily it was an easy fix and we got it rolling again. Now without the concern to have no air in the front tyre next morning.

At Ervik we found a great camp at the beach and had a great evening with wine and barbeque before watching the sun setting into the sea. I just love these moments.



Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Beach near Måløy


Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Beach near Måløy


Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. I love big ocean view horizons


Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Helen enjoying the view.


Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Near Selje village


Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Helen enjoying herself at twisty roads.


Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. At Westcape - what a magnificent view!


Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Camp at Ervik


Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Camp at Ervik



The next day we got a well deserved shower before heading off to Hoddevik. Hoddevik is a great surfers spot, but there are usually much people during summertime so we chose to camp at Ervik instead. That was a good idea!
There were a lot of swedes, french and Norwegians here. We discovered the area with some nice small places like Fure and other small roads to nowhere.
The rest of the Sunday we pointed our noses back to Aalesund. What a great small weekend trip we had here!


Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Road to Hoddevik


Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Fisherman at Hoddevik


Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Surfers at Hoddevik


Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Nice costal views


Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Fishing equipment at Fure


Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Boathouse


Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. 1900's design at Fure


Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Pals at Fure village


Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Boathouse at Fure


Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Nice house


Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Rocky shores


Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Dragseidet
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Old 07-16-2013, 02:22 PM   #13
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Thank you guys... more to come. I've got tons :)

Hi Steve
Thanks for your inspirational photos.
I have been captivated by Norway for some time.
As luck would have it, I will be up near your home area soon, attending an International vintage BSA motorcycle rally, hosted by a local BSAOC- roughly 200 are registered; we will be camped a few KMs above Valldal, along the route 64- beginning approximately 3 August, thru 10/8. So look for some vintage bikes in relatively large numbers around this time.
Subscribed to your thread.

Cheers, man.
Thanks again.
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:51 AM   #14
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Just how expensive in Norway at the moment ? What is the key to doing
it on a budget ? I think I read fuel is approx €1.90/litre at present. How about food, drink etc. ?
Also, how is the weather in August generally ?
Norway is still expencive compared to most other places. But it can be done on a budget if you like to. Fuel prices are as you say close to €2/litre these days. But on it is on accomodation, meals, alcohol (especially in bars and restaurants) and sigarettes you can make the big savings. If you go camping, cook some of your own meals and try to avoid drinking expencive wine in restaurants. Than you should come out OK. If you are a big spender - you can easily spend big money!
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:26 AM   #15
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Hi there,

Stunning photography and a great way for the rest of us to discover your beautiful country :)

Thanks for sharing
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