Originally Posted by zapf
When is the best time to ride up to top of Norway?
when are you guys doing this....? As I am hoping to do the same in June, with my bike from NZ
Kirkenes, North Cape, Tromsö etc can be rather cold even during the summer abit depending on the weather and what route you take. We hit temps below zero going in to Tromsö in July back in 2009. It was in the middle of the night but that does not do much difference because of the midnight sun. There can be snow on the side of the road in some areas. Bring warm clothes.
This pic was heading towards Lofoten from Tromsö. Just a few degrees above zero C.
Most people seem to say that late july/early august is the best times around northern Scandinavia. Less mosquitoes in Finland. We drove upp from Stockholm/Sweden and in to Finland and we drove through northern Finland up to Kirkenes/Norway and then headed west along the coast. Beautiful ride. It was very warm in northern Finland but LOTS of mosquitoes and wasps. They drove me crazy. We found a very straight dirt road that went on for almost 120 kilometers almost without any turns.
Over + 30 degrees C through the woods and we got attacked by millions of wasps and mosquitoes as soon as we stopped. No fun. But as soon as we got up on higher altitudes after the norwegian border and getting closer to the Arctic Sea it got cold and all the mosquitoes disappeared within a couple of kilometers.....
I prefer cold and no mosquitoes. I hate them! Lofoten is fantastic. Don´t miss that. Kirkenes is a rather crappy town next to the russian border. Not much happens there but it´s a cool place to have been to. North Cape is a bit of a tourist trap. I really like Tromsö. Beautiful town. The war museeum i Narvik can be interesting to check out but Narvik itself doesn´t have much to offer. But it´s a natural place to stay in when heading out to Lofoten and that is a must when in the area. Absolutely stunning. One of my favorite places on earth.
The worst thing with Norway is that it´s so damned expensive. We spent more money during ten - twelve days in Norway than during 7 weeks in Russia/Mongolia.