Exploring the Fjords of Norway

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by stemic01, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. stemic01

    stemic01 Steve Royset

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    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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  2. stemic01

    stemic01 Steve Royset

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    Mountains


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    Ferry ride


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    Ferry ride


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    At the fjord


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    At the fjord
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  3. stemic01

    stemic01 Steve Royset

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    Pals

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    Cold water crossing

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    Nice scenery

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    Nice scenery

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    Still pretty cold

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    Nice twisty roads at Trollstigen area

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    Waterfalls at Trollstigen area

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    Trollstigen area

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    Trollstigen area

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    Nice sunset in Romsdal
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  4. Lacedaemon

    Lacedaemon Been here awhile

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    Coastal Mountains have always been my favorite topography.:clap
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  5. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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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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  6. freeflow

    freeflow get in or go in

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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 :augie....will return to ride, thanks for sharing your great photos...
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  7. Hair

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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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  8. stemic01

    stemic01 Steve Royset

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    Thank you guys... more to come. I've got tons :)
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  9. RevyRider

    RevyRider Intrepid Traveler

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    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

    Ron
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  10. airhead_irl

    airhead_irl Been here awhile

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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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  11. stemic01

    stemic01 Steve Royset

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    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.

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    Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. First night in camp

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    Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. First morning in camp

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    Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Camp site

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    Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Camp site and morning coffee
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  12. stemic01

    stemic01 Steve Royset

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    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.


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    Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Beach near Måløy

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    Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Beach near Måløy

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    Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. I love big ocean view horizons

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    Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Helen enjoying the view.

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    Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Near Selje village

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

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

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    Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Camp at Ervik

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    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!

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    Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Road to Hoddevik

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    Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Fisherman at Hoddevik

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    Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Surfers at Hoddevik

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    Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Nice costal views

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    Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Fishing equipment at Fure

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    Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Boathouse

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    Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. 1900's design at Fure

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    Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Pals at Fure village

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    Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Boathouse at Fure

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    Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Nice house

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    Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Rocky shores

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    Roadtrip to Westcape Norway. Dragseidet
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  13. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider MotoMojo

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    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.
    Tom
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  14. stemic01

    stemic01 Steve Royset

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    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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  15. asilindean

    asilindean Adrian

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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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  16. Schussboelie

    Schussboelie Been here awhile

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    I've spent a few weeks in Norway with a motorhome but damn I need to go back and bring the bike!
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  17. Eyore

    Eyore Been here awhile

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    I think I am inspired to visit Norway, what stunning scenery made all the better by some stunning photography. Thanks.
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  18. BIG-E

    BIG-E AKA; Mongo-E

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    Outstanding, WOW, just Outstanding!:clap

    Thank you for taking me to a place that I will probably never get to visit.:cry

    Ride safe my Friend, Eric.
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  19. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider MotoMojo

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    Cannot WAIT to get to Norway! I keep coming back to view these photos.
    Flying to Hamburg Friday 26 July. BSA International Rally near Valldal begins 2 August.
    Jazzed.
    Totally.
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  20. Paulie

    Paulie Been here awhile

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    Yeah Steve, thanks for all the fine pix! :clap Enjoyed yer BAM thread too.

    Norway's by far the most beautiful place I've ever been. I got to ride as far N as Narvik & hit Lofoten...wow! Trolstigen too.

    Wanna go back...
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