Scandinavia/Norway - July 2018

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  1. nordicbiker

    nordicbiker Been here awhile

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    If you make it to the norwegian north the tip is to forget about he totally overrated north cape and better spend some days on the lofoten islands. There it is very much worth changing mototcycle gear to hiking clothes and get up on those mountains. I have had some of the best views of my life up there and I have done quite some hiking! Sadly I am not at home now, so no chance to add some pics. Simply google ”view on henningsvaer” and you’ll get a good impression!
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  2. JimRidesThis

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    Thanks for the tip @nordicbiker - I don’t plan on visiting Nordkapp and the Lofoten Islands are a top priority. I’ll be taking boots and a rucksack so a day or two hiking might be a good break from riding. :thumbup

    View on Henningsvaer - Wow!
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  3. JimRidesThis

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    Does anyone have any experience of the Frederikshavn - Oslo ferry route. It’s half the cost of Hirtshals - Kristiansand.
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  4. ThorH

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    I usually take the boat from Hirtshals to Larvik (Color Line) or Langesund (Fjord Line) when I ride alone, it is the fastest and cheapest. The longer ferries Oslo - Fredrikshavn / Copenhagen / Kiel are all so expensive, on these a cabin is mandatory. But if you are in a group, take the Kiel boat. Denmark is boooring...

    Companies with ferries to Norway:
    - https://www.dfdsseaways.no/
    - https://www.stenaline.no
    - https://www.colorline.no/

    There are also routes to Gothenburg, appr 4h from Oslo.
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  5. JimRidesThis

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    Just looking at the prices, the Stena service from Frederikshaven to Oslo is £19 including the bike! It’s a daytime voyage (leaves at 09:15) so no cabin required. It might be different for the return journey, haven’t checked. It’s a 9hr voyage though, getting into Oslo at 18:00.
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  6. ThorH

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    You are partly right. In the low season you can book without a cabin. But try booking in July, and "mandatory" pops up.
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  7. Bell driver

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    When taking the ferry Wischhafen-Glückstadt you do not get in line with the cars.
    You go all the way to the front and postion yourself so the crew can see you.
    They will wave you in first or after the last car got on.
    There is always an empty niche for bikes and to them it's additional profit.

    I was in Sweden this August, the cheapest Ferry was Grenaa-Varberg for €37 one way.
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  8. ktompkins

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    I am following this thread as I am planning a similar trip July 2018 starting from Cork, Ireland. All the information here is exactly what I am looking for. Any suggestions for a sim card that will be good for the whole area? Mostly looking for data when looking up points of interest in areas.
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  9. ThorH

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  10. JimRidesThis

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    I’ve just booked Hirtshals > Langesund for 4 July with Fjordline - €38.00 for bike and rider. (Coincidentally that would have been my Mum’s 94th birthday! Synchronicity eh!)

    I went through the whole booking process for the Frederikshaven > Oslo ferry (£19 or €22 for bike and rider on the same date). For anyone considering that route, there was no mandatory requirement to have a cabin on that date. You leave Frederikshaven at 09:15 and arrive in Oslo at 18:30.

    I chose Hirtshals > Langesund route primarily because I didn’t fancy landing in Oslo at 18:30 hrs and then trying to find a campsite or other accommodation. And, on this trip I intend to avoid cities where possible. That gives me three days to get from Rotterdam to Hirtshals, around 1200 kms by the indirect route I have in my head at the moment. :D
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  11. JimRidesThis

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    You’ll be coming through the UK at some point then! If you take the ferry from Belfast or Larne over to Cairnryan then you’ll probably be passing my doorstep. We usually have room for a weary traveller and funnily enough most of them seem to be from Canada!

    I’ll be posting a Scandinavian ride report too, so you’ll probably be able to find out lots about how not to do it :rofl!
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  12. ktompkins

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    Hi Jim,
    Thank you for the kind offer but I may be south of you? I will be coming from Cork so I will take ferry to Holyhead and across to the trunnel to Calais. I arrive in Cork June 25th and will spend a couple of days doing some regular maintenance on the bike. Like you I don't think I will go to the far north. South/central Norway seems like the place to explore. I think I will do the Lofoten islands as well. I plan to do the loop around to Estonia as it is all new countries for me. I did a Baltic cruise a few years ago and loved every minute. I will be camping as well and I never know where I will be from one night to the next. That's part of the adventure! I find talking to local people wonderful for suggesting things in areas.
    I am not planning to book any ferries ahead of time. I will probably travel Hirtshals -Landsgard or Larvic. I hope I am not butting into your thread here but our tirp seems similar.
    This link below was suggested to me above for a sim card? My phone is a Canadian phone but it is unlocked. Will this work I mine?
    Thanks,
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    http://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/consumers/telecoms-internet/mobile-roaming-costs/index_en.htm
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  13. ThorH

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    Kelly, the link was official EU info about roaming in EU / EFTA. It basically says that they are not allowed to charge extra for roaming. While there may be price differences between the countries, they will not break your budget. So you can get a SIM in the first country and use it all the way.
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  14. JimRidesThis

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    No problem Kelly, Holyhead is well south of me. I hope you have a great trip, it sounds like you’ve got a bit more time to throw at it than I have. Like you, I’ve only a loose plan of where I’ll be going and a lot of starred places on my google map :D. Now I’ve booked those ferries that’s it, the rest is all open to whim :D.

    And no, you’re not butting in on ‘my’ thread. Grab any info you need and feel free to fire away with your own questions, it’s ‘our’ thread now! :thumb
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  15. GvG

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    Not EFTA but the EEA. This is the EU+Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland.

    Had it been EFTA then Switzerland would have had to follow suit as well. Now they don't (though some carriers do offer the same conditions to roaming in Switzerland, definitely not all of them do).
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  16. ThorH

    ThorH BMW R1200GS

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    If you guys want input on routes etc in Norway, I am happy to help. Just give me your preliminary routes and as much info as possible on your preferences. One tip: Don't try to do it all in a short time!
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    :thumb

    I’m strictly a ladies man Thor :lol3
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  18. ThorH

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    It would have been safe to come out, we are open minded in Scandinavia!
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  19. JimRidesThis

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    So I’ve heard :jack
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  20. ktompkins

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    Hi ThorH
    Once I have some idea of my general route I will take you up on that offer of suggestions. Thanks
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