Scandinavia/Norway - July 2018

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  1. Direktor

    Direktor Been here awhile

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    I am in.... just to pick up good locations and attractions in Scandinavia / Norway :-)
    My final destination in 2018 will be Nordkapp :-)
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  2. JimRidesThis

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    I was just re-reading this thread and realised we’re likely be in Norway at the same time Kelly. For some reason I thought you were planning your trip for 2019 :fpalm. I believe I sent you my mobile number, so if synchronicity prevails there might be the opportunity to hook up at some point.

    Don’t worry, I’m not looking for a riding buddy, I like the freedom of doing my own thing and find it much more productive/easier/necessary to interact with local folk when I’m on my own. Swapping stories or POI’s of an evening beside a campfire is another thing altogether though :wave.

    I guess the likelihood of us both being in the same area at the same time is fairly slim, especially as neither of us appear to be planning an itinerary, but the offer/opportunity is there. You have my number.

    Jim :thumb
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  3. GvG

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    These guys did (Northern) Ireland - North Cape - Helsinki - Ireland in 17 days this year, so it might also be of interest for @ktompkins They did use overnight ferries, which is really time convenient. Personally I don't want to use them, because even in daylight conditions I'm prone to getting seasick.
    http://www.tiltheroadends.com/?page_id=558
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK8KkVDuWykGo40X3_lswsQ

    In my opinion Sweden and Finland aren't that interesting, apart from my gps telling me to go straight at the next roundabout in 250km.
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  4. ThorH

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    That just leaves me with a big question: Why? Well, whatever floats your boat, I guess.

    Just read their story. This is why you should not try to see all of Norway in a week or two:

    "When traveling through Norway, we came to the conclusion that the Norwegians prefer to travel through the mountains rather than over them. We must have ridden through 50 or 60 tunnels today alone. Some were over seven miles long."

    No, no and no!!! The good riding is on the small and twisty roads over the mountains! The 7 miles crap is for buses, lorries and people in a hurry.
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    Welcome on board!
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  6. GvG

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    I've done Holland-Trondheim-North Cape-Helsinki-Oulu-Stockholm-Holland (and no cheating with (overnight) ferries and hotels/hytter) in about the same amount of time, though that was in a car and we did at least double the miles.
    It's when I learned there's not really anything special for me in Sweden and Finland. So I have no plans to go and ride there. Grense Jakobselv keeps having a certain apeal though, but Google reckons it's 48hrs if I use the E6 and I don't want to only use the E6. So if I ever do it, I'd probably have to go back through Sweden because of vacation days.
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  7. JimRidesThis

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    Grense Jakobselv :hmmmmm. Yes, I’d like to see reindeer on the beach :clap
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  8. hansen

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    Wanna leave the planet, too? Ride Fv341 from Svartnes (Vardø) to Hamningberg :D
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  9. ktompkins

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    Hi ThorH,
    I will be riding for about 3 1/2 weeks. This is a rough route with any suggested off routes. I plan to spend most of my time in Norway but would like to do the loop as shown or something similar. I have no idea of where to leave Norway to cross to Sweden, heading to Finland.
    My bike is a 2006 R1200gs. I tend to ride long days and enjoy the scenery. I like to stop to walk around in small towns and scenic areas, chat with locals and get feel for the culture. I travel solo and camp at night. My gear is waterproof so the weather won't bother me. I have no idea of where to travel in Norway so looking for input. I don't have to go as far north as I have shown either.
    I hear the riding is not real exciting through Sweden & Finland but I think I would like to see some of those countries. I don't plan an exact route when I travel but like to have some general plan. Any suggestions would be great and there is no hurry. I am not leaving until June 25th/2018.
    I see a person from Estonia on here who I will look to for that area as well.
    Thanks in advance!
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  10. hansen

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    Hi Kelly,

    This thread has been linked earlier, there's already a lot of information over there. If you should still have no idea where to go a good start for scenic routes is http://www.nasjonaleturistveger.no/en

    From Norway to Sweden I'd rather take the route from Narvik to Kiruna. In Finland, I would either stick to the Baltic Sea coast or go to the Saimaa lake area in the southeast. In Poland I would choose Olsztyn, Malbork and Gdansk instead of Warsaw.
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  11. JimRidesThis

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    What a brilliant link, thanks. Certainly helps with ideas. I see the Hamningberg road is on there :D, I’d really like to do that but I’m not going to have enough time to get that far north this trip... probably :hmmmmm
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  12. ktompkins

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    Hi Jim,
    I would love to meet up with you along the road if our paths cross. Stories from Newfoundland meeting stories from England will make for great conversation! I don't see your mobile number anywhere?

    Hi hansen,
    Thank you for the link. I will check it out. I will also consider your suggestions for Sweden, Finland & Poland.
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  13. JimRidesThis

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    PM’d you my mobile number :thumb
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  15. Direktor

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    One question... what about entering in Russia from Finland? Is this possible?
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  16. JimRidesThis

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    Well these guys, Mike and his Dad, did it from Kirkenes in Norway, reentering in Finland, I guess it should be possible the other way round. Drop him a line through his blog, he did his homework before going so he may have the information you need.

    http://yodagoat.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/scotland-to-russia-and-back-again.html
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  19. hansen

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    Don't waste to much time worrying about camping in Norway. When I am done with the day I usually go to the nearest campground and have a look at it, if I don't like it I go to the next one. Never had any problem finding a place to pitch my tent. There are more than 800 campgrounds in Norway, most of them also have cabins, most of them are signposted. There are several websites on this point, you will also find POI files for your GPS device.
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  20. GvG

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    I've had problems finding a cabin when I wanted one, because the weather meant everyone wanted one.
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