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Old 12 May 2008
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Norway Stavanger to Nordkapp (top of Norway)

Looking for route advice including road numbers and towns, villages etc. Route from Stavanger to Nordkapp via Lofoten Islands keeping to the most scenic roads.

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Norway is very long and thin! Everyone uses the E6 for a reason, it's the main road north all the way to the Nordkapp (E69 for the last bit). You can take diversions off it to visit places like the Lofotens and go whale watching from Andanes, but you'll end up back on there. Don't think it's a main road in a European sense it's a beautiful ride with plenty of bends in places. If you want to play on some gravel you can do that too on your way up. You can even pop into Sweden or up north Finland and the Russian border.

If you get off the boat at Stavanger, and why not, I've done it too as you have time to find a campsite before it gets too late. Most people going to the top tend to stay on until Bergen though. From Stavanger head inland before going north. Following the coast road up to Bergen is lots of ferries and tolls, the tolls are free for bikes.

Remember you can get the return boat from Bergen which makes sense as you can spend some time in the fjords on the way back.
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Thanks for the information, sailing from Newcastle on the 3rd of June. I hope the weather is kind to me.

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I'm planning the same trip mid July, so I'll be curious to know how things go for you.

A Dutch member, Jan, did the trip in 2006 and wrote up his account here:

Jan Krijtenburg homepage (Travel pages)

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Originally Posted by tourman View Post
Looking for route advice including road numbers and towns, villages etc. Route from Stavanger to Nordkapp via Lofoten Islands keeping to the most scenic roads.

Yep, one road really, you can cut through Finland for a detour (we did on the way back) but roads were worse.

Hope you get good weather in the Lofotens, we got 3 days of rain :-(

Take detours, get to Geringer Fjord (road down rocks !).

Boring day by day report at http://www.ytc.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/...orway2005.html (i've been improving my writing since then :-) )

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Hi Tourman,

I am in Oslo just now.
I was on the Newcastle to Stavangar DFDS ferry on the 4th May.
I got to Oslo in 11 hours!
Thats a hell of a long time, that should have only took 7.5 hours.

Now, as the Doc' said, just because the E6 is down on paper as a "main road" you really have to take that in the loosest sense of the word.
Seriously, I have seen 100's of UK "b" roads that are better than some of the Norwegian "main roads"

So just bear in mind when you plan your time.

The ferry leaves Newcastle, and the first stop is Stavangar, it's there for about 90 mins, then off to Haugesund, then off to Bergen.
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