Scandinavia/Norway - July 2018

Discussion in 'EMEA' started by JimRidesThis, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. JimRidesThis

    JimRidesThis Local celebrity

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    I’m not intending to plan where I’ll camp each night, I like to go with the flow, but I think the app is a useful addition to what I might find on my daily travels and might well come in useful if I’m looking for a cabin when they’re in high demand. Simple to use too.
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  2. hansen

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    If you look for a cabin before 5:00 pm you won't have problems getting one.
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  4. slowriding

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    This is great stuff. I will be heading out from Germany in July heading for the Baltics and wasn't sure what to do after. Now I think I will head for Nordkapp and drift south through Norway. I need to meet a friend in September for a ride through the Pyrenees. Staying north should keep me out of the heat I ran into in the Balkans during this last summer.
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  5. Little Bike

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    This is a great thread, I’m heading from Germany to Norway next summer too!
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  6. JimRidesThis

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    I think it’s going to be crowded in Norway next summer! :D

    We should all try to meet up somewhere and have our own ADV rally. Who’s bringing the beer? :lol3
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  7. hansen

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    This would be a great place to meet up. :D
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  8. JimRidesThis

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    Well, you certainly wouldn’t go there by accident! :D
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  9. hansen

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    Well, I went there almost by accident. I was curious where that road would end, and the view was nothing less than spectacular.
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  10. vesseli

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    Hi all,

    Many have stated here that Sweden/Finland is boring compared to Norway. Well, everything I know is boring compared with Norway, but there is some exceptionally good riding coming down f.e from Kirkenes Norway, via Sevettijärvi Finland and keep it as close to eastern border of Finland as you reasonably can. Through the lakes/east side of them. If and when next summer I´ll go north again, my choice is to drive north keeping the Norwegian sea close and back down south via eastern parts of Finland. Then one gets the spectacular views and nice twisty tarmac roads of Norway and the deep forest nature, worlds best camping, and fast gravel roads of Finland. This comes from a finn who lives in Sweden and visits Norway +10 times a year. My bucket list (focused on the northest parts) for a first-timer would be: Lofotens, best views in Europe. Fishing at the Kvalsund bridge area (possible whale sightings). Old postal road Alta-Kautokeino for suitable bikes/riders. Tundra road between Lakselv-Ifjord-Tana. Road Kirkenes-Sevettijärvi- Inari. Be aware of reindeers and elks. Nordkapp is IMO overhyped (crowded and expensive to visit).

    But heck, everything is nice up there, really...
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  11. JimRidesThis

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    I need another two weeks over there at least! :D
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  12. ktompkins

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    Hi Vellesi,
    Thank you for adding some input to this great thread!. I am not sure if I will get as far north as you are recommending. From the Narvic area I think I will work south through Sweden towards Helsinki and cross over to Tallinn. I am looking forward to travelling through Sweden/Finland as part of my adventure! It's going to be a long winter here in Newfoundland looking at my bike in the garage!
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  13. hansen

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    You would run out of time as well, Scandinavia's north is highly addictive. :D
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  14. GvG

    GvG Been here awhile

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    If you're going off road both Finland and Sweden have great roads. With my current bike I won't be going off road, though.
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  15. JimRidesThis

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    No, in my hands the TDM isn’t really suited to off-road. The odd gravel road maybe, but not for long distances. If I was taking my XL600R, or still had my Africa Twin or GS, I’d be seeking out the off road stuff. Maybe next time.

    I’m still intruiged by Sweden and Finland though. I know everyone is saying they make for dull riding compared to Norway, but they’d still be a new experience for me. We’ll see how the trip pans out - my ideas change every time I look at the maps :D I’ll probably only make up my mind once I’m on the road :rofl.
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  16. Little Bike

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    Yeah, the only plans I have are head north for a few weeks then head south for a few weeks :lol3
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  17. Tvileren

    Tvileren Offroad Touring Club #888

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    I'd also be more than happy to help you out

    On another point, an adv meet somewhere in the old country would be cool

    Thomas
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    I found this guys videos to be great informative viewing...

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  20. rattis

    rattis Long timer

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    I did not read all of it but here are my 2 c
    No problems with the ferries, there's always room for a bike.
    When there are queues on the motorway, ride on the verge.
    The Norwegian police and the speed limits they have make Gestapo seem like a bunch of kindergarten on a picknick, the bastards have average speed cameras!
    And the fines are hefty, that's why all Norwegians drive like idiots once they get over to Sweden, I kid you not.
    Food in N is quite expensive and not very good value, and let's not speak about alcohol, feck!
    The Swedish E 45 is boring, lots of trees, there are some quite beautiful spots as well, Sunne, Mora.
    Norway and the coast is stunningly beautiful, but things like the ocean road, Atlanterhavsveien, that is very hyped all the pics of the curved bridge and that's about it.
    Should you decide to stop for the night somewhere south of Gothenburg, PM me and you can either camp in one of my fields or maybe we have a bed and a beer.
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