My mother passed away earlier this year at the ripe old age of 92. In her own way she was one of life’s adventurers and always encouraged my brother, sister and I to be independent, self reliant and outward looking. A few years ago I made an offhand comment that I wanted to take a motorcycle trip to Sweden and Norway. She was always interested in our travels. For my birthday that year she presnted me with a Rough Guide to Scandinavia and large-scale maps of Norway. It was her way of saying ‘you’d better get going then!’ So, you could say that this trip is a partial tribute to my Mum, but in truth it’s just me getting some R&R, experiencing new vistas and connecting with new people. The rough plan: Catch a ferry to the Netherlands, ride through Germany, Denmark, Sweden, possibly a little bit of Finland. Then across to the Lofoten Islands (not to fussed about slogging up to Nordkapp but I’ll see how I feel once I’m up there) down to the Trondheim area where a work colleague is going to meet up for a few days sea fishing, then down through Fjordland, ferry to Denmark and back home. Camping all the way. Three weeks to throw at the trip. All on my ownsome The finalised bits of the rough plan: Outward ferry booked - Hull to Rotterdam 30th June Hirtshals to Langesund ferry booked for 4th July I have the bike, the camping gear, fishing tackle and a passport The concerns: Trying to pack too much in. My Google map is full of starred places. Conversely, missing out on something great - places, experiences, people. The costs in Norway (but I don’t drink alchohol which I understand is very expensive and a primary worry for many). The potential for bad weather (though I can always turn about and head south). The questions: 1. What should be on my ‘must see/must do’ list? 2. What’s the intel regarding trout fishing in Sweden and Norway? e.g. permits, etc. In the UK we have a national licence and then you have to buy a ticket to fish many waters, although some are free. 3. Any recommendations for campsites or accommodation (e.g. hyttes)? I do plan to camp wild but wouldn’t mind a few facilities from time to time.