Tour of Scandinavia and the Baltic States

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by whereisgibson, Jun 18, 2013.

  1. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    Sorry about the weather...

    Local weather forecast here: http://pent.no/forecast/Lysebotn;59.05560;6.65044
    Just enter the place in the box "Søk etter sted" (search for location) and pick the one you're looking for.

    It'll show you the forecast from both the major weather companies; YR.no is the government run site who gives your the forecast on NRK tv and Storm is a private company that has the weather for the other national broadcaster; TV2.

    If both predict the same you'll know, otherwise you'll just have to choose which one to believe :deal:D

    Be careful in roundabouts and turns in general around gas stations, many trucks usually spill quite alot of diesel right after they've filled up and it's slippery as fuck when it rains. Also watch for buses and trucks in the hairpins and switchbacks. You'll lose. Every time.
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  2. IslandMonkey

    IslandMonkey Been here awhile

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    Definitely subscribed. Looking forward to the rest and hoping the weather improves for you.
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  3. whereisgibson

    whereisgibson Been here awhile

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    Day 4

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    We were waiting out the weather yesterday, was it the right decision? Yes!

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    Once we got there the weather closed in...
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    But that doesn't stop us!
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    And another hostel for the night:
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  4. Stretchah

    Stretchah Been here awhile

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    Awesome ride and pictures Martin....just wondering if Stace is producing an alternative video diary :)
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  5. whereisgibson

    whereisgibson Been here awhile

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    Day 5.

    Here's our trip log. A great day, no rain - lots of twisties, snow, and gravel.
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    Every road trip in Norway seems to involve a ferry
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    Found a little guy in my radiator - not dead, simply pining for the fjords.
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  6. linksIT

    linksIT nOObie

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    Awesome trip and fantastic photos thanks so much for sharing:freaky
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  7. snoofus

    snoofus FNG

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    "Found a little guy in my radiator - not dead, simply pining for the fjords."

    Lovely plumage.
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  8. andyff013

    andyff013 Fireman

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    Saw you at the Ace Cafe, in fact we sat at the same table as you when we turned up having just ridden up from the eurotunnel. Looks like an interesting trip, have a safe ride! Andy.
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  9. Hallwine

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    Subscribed! Makes me want to go back and do the full round circuit:clap
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  10. whereisgibson

    whereisgibson Been here awhile

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    Day 6:

    Here's our track log:
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    We started off with a nice climb at Geiranger:
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    Then we took on the Trollstiegen:


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    We rode the Altantic highway:
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    Rode some more past Trondheim:
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    Finished off the day with some wild camping.

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  11. Stretchah

    Stretchah Been here awhile

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    Enjoying this Martin, good work, looks like an amazing trip and some stunning scenery, do you know any more info about the German plane?
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  12. Oldone

    Oldone One day at a time!

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  13. whereisgibson

    whereisgibson Been here awhile

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    Day 7:

    Here's the trip log:
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    The plan today was to get to get out of the Trongheim area and head up towards the North, via route 17. Today was the definition of 'sunshine and showers'...
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    Checked into a hostel in Sandvik to escape the weather and dry out our tents from two days of rain.
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  14. whereisgibson

    whereisgibson Been here awhile

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    7 Day Summary.

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    Lessons learnt:
    - It definitey costs more to ride two bikes to Esjberg than to take the ferry, if otherwise in a pair sharing a cabin.
    - Hostels in Norway don't appear to offer shared dorm accommodation, but rather private rooms. Traveling solo here could be expensive.
    - Norway is heavily farmed and well populated (so far). This makes finding wild camps less easy than we expected. Nearly all small roads lead to a home, not to access a field.
    - Ferrys aren't cheap and appear to get more expensive the further north you go. NOK 46-75 one way for a motorbike. Expect 2 or 3 per day on coastal routes.
    - One could easily have a month's good riding in the South alone. Don't just head to Nordkaap!
    - It's late June now. We've had daylight at night since being in Norway, and it has made us run quite late into the evening before stopping. This has meant less sleep overall due to early starts.
    - No problem finding fuel. A little more than in the UK.
    - Progress is not as expediant as expected. A combination of the twisty roads, road works, waiting for ferries, and passing through cities has taken the edge off us. Expect ~500km in a full day if taking the twisties / coast / ferries.
    - If there's an alternative road to a tunnel, take the alternative (but be prepared to understand why the tunnel is there!).
    - Gravel. No big deal, expect it in roadworks, and just blat across it. I'm on conti trail attacks.
    - Wet. I don't have any all-day wet riding gear. Apparently being here in the summer is no guarantee of good weather and you do need all-day wet kit.
    - Road quality so far is great. Tarmac has grip in the wet, and corners are well sign posted. Repairs are good quality too.
    - Pack a lunch if you can because road-side food is not abundant. No major fast food chains (not bad thing), not many cafes, though limited hotdog/burger options in petrol stations.
    - Not much traffic on the roads. Caravans, coaches and agricultural vehicles mostly.
    - Midgies and mossies. Have something to cover your head whilst you camp, and a tent that stops them getting in.
    - Whilst travelling through the fjords I have not seen one Norwegian Blue.
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  15. whereisgibson

    whereisgibson Been here awhile

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  16. whereisgibson

    whereisgibson Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the weather update. I think we've decided not to check anymore... :rofl
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  17. whereisgibson

    whereisgibson Been here awhile

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    Hi Fritz, hopefully our summary has some info for you. Pretty similar to riding in N America tbh, signs and signals-wise.
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  18. Deaks

    Deaks Adventurer

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    I am loving this ride report, you have some amazing pictures. I particularly love the ones taken while on the move.
    They look too good to be from your GoPro so I assume they are taken with the DSLR.
    How do you manage to take them with your left hand? Is it just practice?
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  19. whereisgibson

    whereisgibson Been here awhile

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    Day 8

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    Today we got off the 17 and joined the E6, in order to pass through the Arctic Circle on the road - the 17 crosses on a ferry.
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    We then continued to Bodo
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    We took a four hour ferry over to the Lofoten islands
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    And arrived in Moskenes
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    And stayed in a hostel for the night
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  20. 24seven

    24seven n00b

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    Thanks for this great report Martin, love the video diary especially :clap
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