World’s Greatest Motorcycle rides | Norway


Ever since I saw pictures of the roads around
Norway I wanted to do a road trip there, but for years I was not in a position to do so. This summer I finally found the time to do
this trip. Even though it rained a lot, the times when
it didn’t proved to be spectacular. I moved to California in 2015, before that
I grew up in Sweden, which is right next to Norway. Even though I lived near by I never had the
time or the possibility to do a motorcycle trip there. This year I booked in a trip to Sweden to
visit my family and after that rent a motorcycle in Sweden and ride into Norway. I
researched the roads around the coastline as I had heard these are the best ones for
a motorcycle ride. I also had to consider that I only had 5 days
in total to ride and get back to where I started. I decided I was going to start the trip by
riding to Bergen from Hønefoss by National road 7, then from go from Bergen to Ålesund
by E39 and then from Ålesund to Trollstigen, the famous serpentine road, then from there
to Lillehammer by E136 and E6. My journey started with beautiful weather,
around 17C or 63 fahrenheit. The landscape initially looked a lot like
it does in Sweden, with big fields and farms, dense forests and lakes. As I drove west the landscape started shifting
more and more, I reached the Hardanger Plateau, which is the largest mountain largest mountain
plateau in Europe. There the landscape featured treeless moorland
with lakes, rivers and streams all around. My first stop along the way was at Ørteren
lake, to have a look at the cairns, or Varde in Norwegian. A Cairn is a stack of rocks that are meant
to mark points of interest or caution along sailing routes, or when they are used on land,
they can be used to show where the trail goes. As I drove further west the mountains kept
getting bigger and bigger, and I went through several tunnels which where longer than 1
km, which is about 0.6 miles. Lakes were no longer present and where replaced
by Fjords. Fjords are created by glaciers, and the Fjords
proximity to a glacier can be seen by its emerald-turquoise color. This color is created by the mud contained
around the glacier which mixes with the water when the ice melts. I reached Bergen after around 7 hours, including
stops. My hotel was close to Bryggen, which consists
of buildings from the Hanseatic times. The Hanseatic League was a commercial and
defensive confederation of merchant guilds and market towns, started in Germany in the
late 1100s. Bryggen was setup in 1360, and the buildings
foundations have been preserved since that time. I went to bed quite early as the next day
would be the big ride, along the coast on E39 between Bergen and Ålesund. The day started out with heavy rain fall,
but I was prepared with watertight Goretex gloves, rain jacket and pants as well as boot
covers. Even though it rained the temperature stayed
around a nice 16 c or 61 degrees fahreheight. Around this temperature is nice when you have
all that rain gear on, which doesn’t breathe very well. Along the route I had to pass several Fjords
by ferry, which proved to be a nice way to get off the bike, stretch my legs and see
some beautiful scenery. Having gone half the way I stumbled upon one
of the most peaceful and picturesque cities I have ever visited, called Vadheim. Life here seemed very serene and relaxed. As I continued, after having looked up if
any houses were available for sale in Vadheim, the rain gradually became less dense. More Fjords had to be passed by Ferry, which
I used to fill up with some coffee and chocolate. Coming closer and closer to Ålesund the sun
eventually started shining through clouds, and I managed to capture one of the biggest
rain bows I have ever seen on camera. Its hard to see the scale on camera, but it
looked like the size of a mountain. After that the rain stopped completely and
the scenery close to Ålesund was truly breathtaking. I reached Ålesund late after a 8 hour ride. I had a quick dinner and fell flat on my face
to sleep. I woke up extra early so that I could reach
Trollstigen or Trolls trail, in time before too many tourists would be there, as it is
a very popular tourist attraction. I rained slightly in the morning but cleared
up after about 30 minutes of riding. The ride to Trollstigen was spectacular in
itself. To enter the road from the bottom side, you
pass over a small bridge that only accepts traffic in one direction. You really have to look twice, because it
doesn’t look like the road that would go to a major tourist attraction. Trollstigen is a serpentine mountain road,
not too dissimilar to mountain roads in California. The main attraction is the unique landscape
surrounding the road, with two waterfalls, steep mountain sides which is all situated
at the end of a valley. The narrow road up to the main piece of serpentine
road was ever fun to ride, especially since I was there early enough for there to not
be too many cars. The true scale of this place is hard to describe
with video, it is truly a place you need to visit in order to fully appreciate it. I didn’t plan for the ride to Lillehammer
to be a scenic ride, but this being Norway, it still delivered. I was tired and had a sore back from riding
the rather compact BMW F800ST. But my head was clear from all troubles, and
I had a different focus from when I had started the trip. If you ever get an oppurtunity to ride a motorcycle
through Norway, you should take it. Over and out.

37 thoughts on “World’s Greatest Motorcycle rides | Norway

  1. Norway is so beautiful, so raw and pristine. Thank goodness for North Sea oil, they don't have to exploit their land resources and ruin the landscape so much. (RIP to those countries which do/have to.)

  2. Looks amazing, I also have always wanted to ride Norway – did you lease your ST for this trip? Thanks so much for sharing, very inspiring!

  3. Thanks for documenting your experience! Can you do a video on windscreen configuration for touring? Does the wind hit your helmet or go over? How do you minimize noise? For touring screens should you look through it? Thanks!

  4. Var där själv i sommar, körde sandefjord -> Rujkan -> odda -> Voss -> geiranger > Trollstigen sen Lillehammer hem. Fantastiskt resa, kul att se din med!

  5. Love what you did with this video. Only using an action-camera and a point-and-shoot makes it feel like a vacation video (which it probably is). Really shows what you can do with minimal equipment and great storytelling.

  6. My favourites in southern Norway: Lysevegen fv500, sauda-røldal 520, Røldal skicenter mountain pass,…

  7. That is a beautiful place. Thanks for the view of beauty. When thinking of the great outdoors that just shows how much is out there to be seen. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  8. That keystone arch bridge at 10:03 is gorgeous. The whole area is gorgeous, it makes one believe that all is right in the world 👏.
    I wish you had shown Lillehammer so I could see if it compared with the Netflix series 😁.

  9. Norway is by far the most stunning thing Ive ever seen. Been to Lysefjord for two weeks and ever since then I have plans to do a MC trip around the place.

    Your video is the straw that makes me pull the trigger. Next year its adventure time!

  10. Nice trip, just wandering what type of motorcycle did you use? how much cost you the hole trip? Including motorcycle rental.

  11. What a lovely road trip vlog. Enjoyed it really, music is wonderful, and that part of the Third Rock from Sun is like no other. Love from Serbia 🙂

  12. Beautifully shot and edited! Wow, amazing scenery and lovely roads on that trip. Do you have your camera on top of your helmet? Does that cause wind drag, and helmet buffeting for you?

  13. Riktigt trevlig resa du gjort!
    Kört ett par gånger och får liksom inte nog. 👍👍👍
    Tack för att du delade.

  14. Fint med skryt 🙂 Men Sverige er også vakkert,når man er utanfor allfarveg…Blir når MC kortet er klart 🙂

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