Well we did it, a most enjoyable holiday from Kristiansand to Northcape. We mainly followed the E6
The first part of the ride to Lillehammer (YHA 200nok/pp) was a right pain, connect wheels into tracks on road and be prepared to get gassed following the nose to tail cars in front of you, speed cameras are as common as lamp posts. Not really as much of a problem as soon as soon as you find out speed taken from the front.
Our next stop was at Grong, camping 110nok/tent and breakfast from supermarket. Leaving Grong was very overcast and it was not long before it started raining,we passed the POLAR CIRCLE visitors centre with no thoughts on stopping and by this time the road looked as if there were fish swimming in the small ponds. Oh and did I mention the wind almost putting a 45 degree angle on the Pan European? Can you tell this was the worst day? When we reached Narvik, the Frank Thomas over suit had let in water,the Hein Gericke all season paddock was leaking and leather trousers were starting to soak up water ment for the fjord,just as well skin is waterproof.
The next morning saw brilliant sunshine for our run to Alta, a quick look at a map and a look at the latest new toy, garmin gps, sugested it was not far, in fact there was probably another 500km to do leaving only a short hop to the North Cape. Watch out if there is a cruise ship in port at Mageroya as there is a fleet of yellow busses taking passengers to the North cape
We arrived at North cape and looked at the ticket booths and thought why pay £17 each to look over a cliff, hope it does not catch on at Land's End or John O'Groats, and turned around and headed for a campsite near Skarsvag after being asked to move the bikes from the side of the 6 lane width road as there was buses coming in.
The midnight sun did nothing for Niki's sleeping pattern, more of an early to bed early to rise person but she apparently enjoyed the 5am walk and skinny dip in the lake.
The return journey was at a more sedate pace with overnight stops at Mo i Rana (American tourist asks at tourist info, "how many people live here"? Answer - "25000". "how many pubs"? Answer - "1". We camped just south of Mo I Rana and went on to Trondheim turning onto hwy 3 to Elverum (good road with less traffic than E6) ---Kongsberg (hwy 41 is probably a better road for going North from Kristiansand, a good introduction to riding in Norway with a lot less traffic and more the type of road to expect up North)
A few nights before the ferry at Kristiansand gave us a better chance to look around. Niki's bike needed a new rear tyre, the three bike shops we found quoted about £400 for a pair Got one today in Newcastle for £100
Generally riding through Norway gave the feeling of riding thru the USA with single street towns and log cabins and a strong American car fraternity. Not much in the way of a British holiday destination but a worthy challenge to do by bike. Speed limits are strict but a lot more relaxed the further North you go--90km.
I did take Iains advice and took a spare set of brake pads and did have to change the rears
In all we covered 3400 miles
Gary & Niki