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Norway trip

Hi guys
I am planning a trip to Norway with another friend by motorbike. I request all the gurus to guide me please.

About the number of days required, places and roads that should not be missed cost essential requirements etc. Please tell me about the best ferry routs from Inverness to Norway as well.

Any information is most welcome?

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Hi

.... get a guidebook for the sightseeing

.... don`t speed , f******* expensive

.... take a lot of cash with you

.... don`t ride the E 6 , very boring

.... ride the RV17 Kystriksveien - the coastal route - accommodation, activities and attractions along the Nordland coastline in Norway

.... take always the roads which are banned for mobilhomes

Norway is a beautiful country

Have fun and happy trails

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Please tell me about the best ferry routs from Inverness to Norway as well.

Apparently there are currently no ferry routes between Norway and the UK. There used to be one (Bergen/Stavanger <—> Newcastle), I´ve actually used it in 2005, but it was stopped a couple of years ago. But new lines come and go all the time. Check out: www.ferrylines.com for the current situation.
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Hi,
I am doing a pre RTW this summer, and plan to go up through Norway; I'm leaving from Northern Ireland so worse than you.
However, I want to look at Holland and Denmark too, so will just do the boring run down through Engand.
Have all the ferries stopped running from Orkney and Shetland? What a shame.

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About the number of days required, places and roads that should not be missed cost essential requirements etc.
Here is my tripreport from my trip to Norway.
Jan Krijtenburg homepage (Travel pages)
Maybe you can get some useful information from it.

Norway is a real motorcyclists country. Great roads through beautiful nature and friendly people that often speak good English.
But bring your raingear because the weather is not always good !

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Hi!
Here's a tip from a norwegian newspaper, which lists what it claims to be Norway s' best mc-rides.
It's in Norwegian, but you can get a fairly good translation by using google translate. If you have questions, I'll answer if I can
The article lists scenic roads from all parts of the country.

Norges beste MC-turer - VG Nett om Bil og trafikk

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Hi Badrakumar we met about two years ago up at the scottish mini meet on the ride out. I am coming back up to the meet (i hope ) this year. I have toured Scandinavia and Norway top to bottom numerous times and am sure I could give you quite a bit of information if you wanted any help - I can also lend you an excellent set of large scale maps if you want. If your going to the mini meet let me nknow and I can pop my maps in the bag for you. Jake.
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All you need to know about riding in Norway here:
Budget travel in Norway - Minutes of a Motorcycle Addict

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If your going to the mini meet let me nknow and I can pop my maps in the bag for you. Jake.
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Thanks for remembering. Where and when is the scottish mini meet this year?

Yes any information about norway will help. Please. Thanks.
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Hi Badrakumar, the mini meet is at Cannich campsite Friday 18 May. Informal do camping a few s and a few faces old and new getting together its been kindly arranged by Bruce and Angus.
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I live in Norway and would definately ride up the west coast. You ca easily start from Bergen and just move on upwards. Depends a bit how far up you would go, but here are some ideas.
- Start in Bergen, visit Flåm and Nerøyfjord area
- Keep going north by Stryn and visit Geiranger, take the ferry on the Geirangerfjord
- Visit hotel Union Øye at Øye (google it)
- from hotel Union Øye you can go to Stranda where you take the ferry and do the Trollstigen road (winterclosed till end of May).
- Visit Ålesund and have a nice meal there. From late June there are some nice boat excursions from Ålesund (Especially a RIB excursion to bird sanctuary at Runde)
- Further north through the Atlantic road (Atlanterhavsvegen)
- From there continue north and from Steinkjer or Namsos you should head out to the coast again. Keep in mind that there are lots of ferries and traffic are generally slow and you need more days than you would guess.
- The remote islands of Vega, Træna, Lovund and the Sanna (*) is worth a visit if you have time.
- Near Bodø you will cross Saltstraumen (recommended)
- In Bodø there is a nice aviation museum
- From Bodø you can take the ferry out to Lofoten islands. That is a great area which is a must to see. Depending on how much time you got - think about visiting Verøy at the tip of Lofoten (ferry only one time per day and requires one night there).
- Å, Svolvær, and lots of nice places to visit. If you have time - check out the smaller roads heading to the west coast.
- Lots to see in this area and you need some days in Lofoten, vesterålen area. Whale safaris if you are into wildlife.
- from here and up I am a bit blank till NorthCape which is nice (Except the £20 fee to get in to the cape itself).
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Hi Badrakumar

I had a great run through Norway a few years ago. My tips are:
- take a bottle of Bushmills with you. Open it each evening outside your tent and you will make friends for life
- stay in the Hutte (variety of wee huts which come in all shapes and sizes) as it is real fun and they are cozy. If you are going early in the season (June) do a bit of polite haggling - I always got them a bit cheaper than the asking price
- wash in the public loos. They are cleaner than you will believe. I even found one with aftershave (honest). I always felt I had to polish the loo seat before I LEFT!
- buy your grub in the supermarkets. Drink the coffee at the Statoil stations. I met some great folk over a coffee and the further north you go - you will see them again and again (like me you will probably end up eating with a new friend when you reach Nordecape)
- wild camp if your into that. Fresh air was invented in Norway
- remember the Fjiords are salty! On day one I rode a few hundred miles, found a quite siding to stick my tent up, got the kettle on only to find when I went for water at the 'nice lough' there was seaweed on the shore. Dooh!!
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Please tell me about the best ferry routs from Inverness to Norway as well.
Technically not a ferry, but it can still get you there ...

DFDS Seaways' Brevik - Immingham freight ferry shipping route - DFDSSeaways.com/Freight
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^ Yep, that route is worth noticing. But also to keep in mind, like you said, that it´s not like a regular passenger ferry line, may not be cheap, and has very limited number of cabins (and truck drivers probably will have priority in bookings). So contact the company well in advance.
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^ Yep, that route is worth noticing. But also to keep in mind, like you said, that it´s not like a regular passenger ferry line, may not be cheap, and has very limited number of cabins (and truck drivers probably will have priority in bookings). So contact the company well in advance.
It's cheaper than the Harwich - Esbjerg ferry.
Freight does have priority but i've not heard of any issues with it.
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