June 13, 2003

Norway - big goaty things

The plan was to leave the campsite early, as although the ride to Hammerfest wasn’t long, it was all mountain roads. Some advice we were given by Sam Manicon during our trip preparation was to always be flexible, with this in mind we naturally had a lie in and left late! Thanks Sam! The day started off wet and cold; as we steadily climbed higher into the mountains the rain…
June 12, 2003

Norway- freezing bike washing

Today was a crash-out day, which meant having a lie in, followed by checking the bikers over, charging up the laptop and washing smelly socks, which had begun to show signs of early life! One of the oddest things we’ve done so far was to wash the bikes down – not strange in itself but when you consider our latitude and longitude it puts the "weirdness" into context. The campsite…
June 11, 2003

Norway - the iceberg cathedral

Off to Tromso today – a city that neither of us know a lot about and yet a name with which we are now both so familiar – for the last two years it has been repeatedly mentioned during conversations regarding our (upcoming) journey. It now feels quite strange and exciting to actually be here!We drove in from the campsite, which is 17 miles north of Tromso on the E8…
June 10, 2003

Norway - petrol?

The weather decided to brighten up today with even an occasional glimpse of the blue stuff. After a late breakfast we decided to make this a travel day and make our way up to Tromso. We stuck to the main E6 as we headed north, what a fantastic road. A motorcyclist dream, (even in the wet). The countryside is glorious with forest’s and waterfalls skirting the road. The road twists…
June 09, 2003

Norway - Astride the Arctic Circle

We started off late today. The rain had started early this morning and then set in, (no surprise there) and neither of us were looking forward to putting the tent away in the wet, again! Besides it’s Lisa’s 41st Birthday and she reckoned she deserved to stay in bed. We finally conceded that we needed to move. With the tent away and kit bags packed, we were off to the…
June 07, 2003

Norway - Enjoying Trondheim

The image below is how our day started. This is one of the most spectacular sunrises we've ever seen. I have no words...stunning! We visited Trondheim this morning on our way north and to the Arctic Circle. Although it was meant to be a quick visit we ended up loitering  and enjoying the city for 2 hours. Trondheim is famous for a few reasons, not least of which is the…
June 06, 2003

Norway - NAF campsites

We missed out a visit to Alesund as we decided to head towards Kristiansund. Oh dear, we shouldn’t have bothered – so we treated ourselves to a burger (!!) which is something we never eat.We both felt uncomfortable in Kristiansund so we left pretty dam quick! We have no idea why we had this feeling but both of us felt the same.We had 4 ferry crossings today – bloody expensive!!…
June 05, 2003

Norway - Fjord initiation.

We left the campsite in rain again. No matter how you look at it, it's demoralizing. Out of Bergen and we easily joined the E39 as our best option to cross Norway's best known fjord, the immense Sognefjorden.This vast body of water is also the second longest in the world. It was time to tackle our first ferry crossing. As we arrived in the ferry waiting area we were hit…
June 04, 2003

Norway - the Floyen funicular

This morning we woke to glorious sunshine! After days of relentless rain, this, in itself was cause for excitement. With our geared locked and secured in our tent, which we then in turn, locked to Lisa's bike using a long cable, we got ready, threw on our riding suits and took “Tinkerbell” (my ‘pet name’ for my R1100GS)  south and back into Bergen to explore. Taking one bike was a…
June 03, 2003

Norway - Land of the Vikings

We arrived in Bergen Norway, the land of the Vikings at 12:00 midday. It really feels like our trip has begun! Surprisingly we had had a good nights sleep. We were expecting seats, that's what we'd paid for, but were delighted to find that the “couchettes” we had booked are in fact small rooms with three sets of bunk beds in each. Bliss! We arrived to indecisive weather, again. It…

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