Norway: Lindesnes to North Cape 2009 (Southernmost to northernmost point)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Gravel Seeker, Dec 27, 2009.

  1. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    No, thank you :thumb Hope it didn't keep you from something truly important :lol3
  2. Wal2

    Wal2 Been here awhile

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    good read and pics......i have a Norwegian friend (Erling) here in Newcastle, he and his wife visit his folks near Drammen.....i hope to join them this year for a look around.......
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    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    Thanks

    If you or anyone else would like a riding buddy a day or two when passing the Oslo region just shoot me a PM and we'll see if our schedules line up.
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    So glad this TR was bumped back to the first page. It was a delight to read it again.
    Norway is so beautiful, and your words were just right.
    Thank you and safe travels mate!
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    This is an AWESOME shot, winter I'd guess? It looks like mother nature was having a BAD day!:rofl:rofl
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    Not sure when the pictue was taken as I just linked to it, but we certainly had more luck with the weather when we rode through there :deal

    The weather I was referring to in that post also reaked havoc here in the eastern parts where tons of forest got levelled.
    Offroading with motorized vehicles is totally forbidden here, but this year it wouldn't have mattered. I tried riding forest trails on my mountinbike a couple of times, but most of the time I was either carrying the bike around or over fallen trees or trying to navigate the 2 feet deep tracks left by the wood cutting/ processing machines.
  7. Panayos

    Panayos Adventurer

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    Dear friends,

    This is the most informative article.
    Been dreaming to head for North Cape for some years now.
    Finally i got the decision to travel this year, so i will be heading to North Cape all the way from home, Limassol, CYPRUS, on a solo trip in August 2013.
    From the southern most point of Europe to the Northest on my BMW R 1200 RT.
    Around 14000 kms.
    Any tips are very welcome.

    Thanks for the nicest article

    Panayos
  8. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    Thanks for the nicest comment !

    Visit Norway is a good place to start planning your rummage around our parts of the world. There are "where to go" and "what to do" buttons.

    Hope you have a nice trip !

    Practical tips could be
    • In the cities grocery stores are open between 09.00-21.00 and some 07.00-23.00. Closed on sundays.
    • "Bush" camping is allowed, meaning as long as the land is not cultivated or there is grazing animals/ pastures, you can camp there.
    • Beer is sold in grocery stores most places, but they are not allowed to sell after 20.00 (18.00 on saturdays)
    • Some counties only sell beer from special beer outlets, it varies alot from place to place.
    • Wine and spirits are only sold at the state run monopoly. It closes at 18.00 on week days and 14.00 on saturdays I think.
    • We have pretty low speedlimits, especially in rural areas. One house per km or so and the speedlimut drops to 70km/h, two houses and you're down to 60km/h. Traffic normally flows at a pace 5-10km/h above the speedlimit on the highways and the police only go after people who stand out either by severe speeding or irresponsible driving. Lane splitting is allowed in the sence that there is no law against it. If you ride sensibly the police do not care.
    • Speedlimits are enforced by laser traps on 40-80km/h roads. The police also use marked and unmarked cars on all types of roads. The fines are pretty heavy: http://www.roadmc.com/default.asp?pubid=14 at €72 - JAIL
    • Public tollroads are usually free for motorcycles. Private roads (often gravelroads in the mountains) are almost never free for anyone, but the price is lower for motorcycles at €1-3
    • It is often cold in the mountains in june and snow is not unusual. Most roads open in May though.
    • the moose warning singns are there for a reason, so be careful if you ride in dusk or dark conditions.
    • Many places have long tunnels which are not nescessarily the most awsome thing when on a bike so check the maps and find alternative routes if you want to see the countryside and not freeze your ass off (the longest tunnell is the Lærdal tunnel at 24,5 kms. At 4-5C inside the mountin it gets cold fast
    • Norway is on "top of the food chain". Average annual income for 2011 was €60.000 for males and €40.000 for females, therefore everything is more expensive here than most places in Europe.
    • Price examples 2013:
      For your bike
      - 95 octane: €2 per liter
      - Set of road tires: ca €400
      Sleeping
      - Basic hotel room w/ shower and sometimes breakfast: From €110 per night
      - Cabin at caravan park: € 50-60 per night
      - Pitchin tent: €4-9
      Grocery store
      - Loaf bread: €1-5
      - Carton milk 1ltr: € 1,7
      - Can domestic beer 0,5 ltr: €3,3 - 4,7
      Pub
      - 0,5 ltr domestic beer, pub: €7,3 - 12
      - Gin/ tonic, vodka/ coke or similar, pub: €11 - 18
      Gas stations are semi grocey stores, but they are more expensive. They also sell alot of freshly made food
      - Cup of coffe: €2-3
      - Hamburger: € 11 - 16
      - 0,5 ltr softdrink, like cola: € 3,5 - 4,5
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    Great RR....don't know how I missed it three years ago
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    haha, that's quite understandable - I miss a hell of a lot more than I manage to read :lol3
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    I really enjoyed this and was glad to bump it. One thing I cannot understand is how it is that Alaska looks so dumpy in pictures I have seen of the communities where Scandinavia looks so clean and tidy. I saw this picture of Barrow on an Alaska web cam:

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    Norway looks incredibly civilized. I have no desire to ride anywhere where its cold and damp in June so I get great pleasure from seeing this places on ADV rider. I see the appeal of Norway with its tidy towns and great roads. Alaska looks gnarly and wretched by comparison. I don't get it.
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    Tanks conchscooter. If I had the choice I'd live in Florida during winter :D I fucken hate winter...

    First of all, I don't think Barrow looks that bad :dunno At least not when considering it's a severe outpost on the steps to the arctic ocean.

    Live 360 deg webcam feed from North Cape, Norway

    Comparing Alaska to Norway, and the northern part in particular really isn't fair. Since we have the gulf stream flowing along our coast we don't have the same climate as Canada/ Alaska/ Russia. We have no perma frost and our winters are shorter and less severe. I also think the architecture plays a big role in how the places are perceived. In a place like Barrow I can't imagine people invest too much time, money or energy in their garden or deck since they hardly get to use it. I'm also guessing a house with as few add ons as possible handle the hard winds better than a typical tropic house which has to be well ventilated with large areas of shade rather than heavily isolated and bolted to the ground :D

    Barrow, Alaksa
    Average
    High: 17,2F (-8,2C)
    Low: 6,2F (-14,3C)

    Honningsvåg, Norway (on the same little island as North Cape)
    Average
    High: 40,6 F (4,8C)
    Low: 25,2F (-3,8C)


    Not sure if that web feed from Barrow is from an indigenous community or not, but it seems those places are similar in structure at least, regardless of where you go in the word. We do not have defined communities like USA, Canada and Australia have, but there are certain places that, for agument's sake, are more or less a community.

    Ths music video was shot in Kautokeino (one of the places we stayed at on our trip), which is in the heart of Sami country (our indigenous population).

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    Great stuff! Thank you for sharing.
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    That guy on the sled has MAJOR stones, back out of it and you're COLD! Not to mention minus a sled for awhile!:lol3
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    The artist (Torgny), always has a cameo role in the videos: the guy with the shades. He collaborated with film maker Emil Trier to make a trilogy of music videos for three of the songs from his debut album "Chameleon Days", all of which featured Maria Due on guest vocal. The videos depict 3 very different, but eerily similar Norwegian youth cultures if you look past the clothes and hairstyles.

    The first video was this one
    Torgny - "The Only Game"

    Setting: "Rånere/bygdeungdom" Boy racers/ countryside youth. Alot of older, somewhat tuned, but mostly styled cars.



    The second one
    Torgny - "Big Day"

    Setting: "Russ" Russ is the term penned for graduating seniors. Since the 50's it's morphed from cleanly groomed youths marching the streets, waiving the Norwegian flag on May 17th (our independence day) and singing to full blown, inside parties lasting pretty much from April 20th to May 17th. The "russ" will pool their money and buy a van or a bus, trick it out with insane loud systems and just go at it. In this video they tagged along with a bus from the western part of Oslo, the rich part. They compete to have the "best bus" and I'm guessing these girls payed USD 200.000,- or so for this bus.




    The third one, "I came here", was set in Sami country (linked to a couple of posts ago, post #212)





    If you enjoyed the music, Torgny also made a song called "Dying Hipster" feat. Maria Due