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Old 12-27-2009, 10:23 AM   #1
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Norway: Lindesnes to North Cape 2009 (Southernmost to northernmost point)

Hi guys, happy holidays and all that.

I've written a few of these before and know that alot of people mostly just look at the pictures. Never the less I am going to write a little, just about enough to tell the story and I hope you'll have the patience to tag along.

It's alot of work converting picturefiles to jpg, adjusting the size, uploading to a webhost and writing the damn ride report with all the links. In the past I've grown tired of working on the thread in the later stages and may have rushed it just to get to end making for a halfassed RR.

So I'm going to try to keep this one coming at an steady pace without rushing it so please keep checking for updates.


P: Lars

I'd been planning this trip in my head for quite some time. The main inspiration was "Atlanterhavsvegen" - The Atlantic coast road. I'd seen som pictures of this funky looking bridge and figured I had to go see it.



The more I thought about the more I expanded the route to get to and fro this bridge and ended up with a plan to ride from the southernmost point of Norway - Lindesnes - to the northernmost point of Norway and Europe for that matter - North Cape.



Now, I had planned for this to be a solo trip. During my 10 years as a motorcycle rider I'd actually never ridden solo longer than day trips and I felt it was about time I did something about it.

I didn't keep it a secret per say, but I didn't tell anyone about the planned trip either. Untill someone asked me what I had planned for summer vacation that was. That someone was Lars. A long time friend and riding buddy, who also happens to be my cousin. He didn't have anything planned for the summer either and asked if he could tag along. So now there were two.

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Old 12-27-2009, 12:41 PM   #2
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Im in!

I have a trip to Norway on the todo list for the spring, looking forward to some inspiration!
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Old 12-27-2009, 12:45 PM   #3
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Norway ride report


Norway on 2 wheels is up near the top of my bucket list.
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Old 12-27-2009, 12:47 PM   #4
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One of my dream trips...the Atlantic road.
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Old 12-27-2009, 12:56 PM   #5
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Old 12-28-2009, 06:00 AM   #6
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Old 12-29-2009, 01:01 PM   #7
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Day 02 - 26/7-09 (Hiking to Prekestolen)
0 km - Total milage: still 690 km
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One of the things to see whilst in Norway is a place called Prekestolen (since Norway has two official languages it is also known as Preikestolen)

From Wikipedia

"Preikestolen or Prekestolen, also known by the English translations of Preacher's Pulpit or Pulpit Rock, and by the old local name Hyvlatonn, is a massive cliff 604 metres (1982 feet) above Lysefjorden, opposite the Kjerag plateau, in Forsand, Norway. The top of the cliff is approximately 25 by 25 metres (82 by 82 feet) square and almost flat.

During the four summer months of 2006, approximately 95,000 people took the 3.8 km (2.4 mi.) hike to Preikestolen, making it one of the most visited natural tourist attractions in Norway."


Yngve's place in Stavanger is only a short car and ferryride away from Prekestolen so day 2 of the trip was earmarked long before we left Oslo.


P: Lars

One can wonder if they're not related....



And Lars may not be at all the runway shows in Milan, Paris and New York, but he's not lacking in fashion sense..... from his vantage point looking out of his store window in downtown Oslo, he has picked up on the latest trend from all the 15 year old girls - the bare belly look.



We drove off the ferry and followed the line of cars going to Prekestolen. Hindsight is a bitch. Sunday. Late july, but the later of the two main holiday periods is still not over. Crap. None of us had thought about that, it'll be like Karl Johans street on may 17th


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And ofcourse, not far from the mainroad by the sea we were holted by a couple of officials and told that the parkinglot was full, we'd have to park in the ditch along the road and walk the rest. Not perfect, but it wasn't that big of a deal really. Was a bit longer than we thought though.

After a while we reached the start of the trail out to the pulpit itself and acc to Lars GPS (which he's always carrying) we had covered 3,8km on asphalt already.


P: Lars

Took a breather before taking on the trail from hell




P: Lars





They've built a long bridge over some marshlike terrain. The trail continues over the top in the background





After you make it to the top there's a sign telling you were you are. I've also added where we parked....



But the climbing wasn't over yet. Looking at the trees there's no question what people grab onto



Guessing that if we were in the US there would be fences...



First peek of the fjord.....



.........and around the next corner - the pulpit





Lars just making sure our track has been logged



There are many different ways to near the edge. Here's one technique. Used by many I might add. It's a huge drop.


P: Lars

Here is the other way



Lars isn't too keen on heights so I thought I'd show him how the view from the edge was.



Wonder how many pictures are now circulating around the interwebs with a point of view from the cruice ship looking up ?


P: Lars ('s camera, hehe)

Yngve packed the Jetboil and his wife had made chocolate cake. Mmmmm



However nice this place is, it's sad to think about how many people commit suicide here each year. It's our Golden Gate bridgde I guess.

Going back down. I wouldn't recommend this hike for those who have problems walking. That said I saw surpirsingly many elderly and obese people up there. Good on ya !


P: Lars

We had planned to continue the trip north after returning back to Yngve's, but we were too tired and decided to carry on in the morning instead. We'd been lucky with the weather so far......


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Old 12-29-2009, 01:25 PM   #8
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Good stuff, Im in!
Will do a similar trip this comin summer, starting to feel a bit guilty of not seeing more of norway seeing as Ive been livin here for 5 years now :)
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Old 12-29-2009, 03:45 PM   #9
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Great photos! Rode to Lysefjorden myself last year (Brokke-Suleskar absolutely rocks!), but didn't visit Prekestolen :|
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Old 12-29-2009, 03:56 PM   #10
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Old 12-29-2009, 08:11 PM   #11
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Just great mate. Please carry on,,
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Old 01-01-2010, 10:11 AM   #12
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I always get all oogie inside when I see people hanging over cliffs like that. But yet, I keep looking!

I look forward to more!
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Old 01-01-2010, 11:14 AM   #13
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Thanks for the great RR and thank you Norway for not putting a big ugly railing around that "pulpit"
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Originally Posted by Gravel Seeker
Day 02 - 26/7-09 (Hiking to Prekestolen)
First peek of the fjord.....



.........and around the next corner - the pulpit





Lars just making sure our track has been logged


There are many different ways to near the edge. Here's one technique. Used by many I might add. It's a huge drop.

Here is the other way



Lars isn't too keen on heights so I thought I'd show him how the view from the edge was.



Wonder how many pictures are now circulating around the interwebs with a point of view from the cruice ship looking up ?


P: Lars ('s camera, hehe)
Realy nice pictures...just Amazing!!!!
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:44 AM   #15
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Day 11 - 5/8-09
225 km - Total milage: 3992 km
Stabbursdalen - Kautokeino



Recycling an image from the previous day to remind everyone what region of the world we are in.



The trip was in reality over. We'd acclomplished what we set out to and the combination of the cancelled road racing in Mo i Rana on the return trip and my almost hospitalized machine, we'd decided to ride the shortest way back down to Oslo through Finland and Sweden. The terrain on this route is not very challenging so we were hoping my bike would make it....

The first leg would take us to Kautokeino by way of Karasjok, in the heart of Sami country.



Saying our goodbyes to the makeshift chef from the night before


All pictures this day is by Lars (or at least his camera)

Thick seafog held a firm grip on the budding morning, but the road was nice and the sun would soon prevail anyhow







We saw this in Porsanger; "Reindeer police"....snicker....



This is where we had a late breakfast



We really were very lucky with the weather after the first week



Signs up here are in Sami first, then Norwegian.



Riding into Karasjok we filled our tanks and went on a hunt for maps showing the region in greater detail than the ones we already had. After finding the maps we settled in with an ice cream in the sun and along comes this guy on a scooter dressed to tour the world.





His name was Honda Kawayamazuki....... (just guessing, it might be something different entirely) was on a world trip and had ridden his scooter from Tokyo through Russia and was now on a mission to make it to North Cape. We loked at maps and pointed him in the right diection. He was a serious chain smoker too, must've lit four cigs just in the 20 minutes we were talking to him.

We wished him luck and set off in the opposite direction of Honda







In Kautokeino we rode into this site; Arctic Motell AS, phone: (+47) 78 48 54 00
[ GPS: N68 59.869 E23 02.276 ]

It was very nice. The people we're nice and the grass was nice. The amenities were old, but clean.
These chairs cost us NOK 90,- a piece at Jysk and they worked perfectly the whole trip. Very good investment in a country where sitting on the ground leaves you with wet pants more often than not.





To paraphrase Doctor Sheldon Cooper: Bazinga ! Yet again you've fallen victim to another one of my practical jokes (The Big Bang Theory)

How much fun is it to "barrow" someones camera and take obscure pictures only to let the owner discover the nice "present" in the comfort of their own home days or weeks later ?!



I've left out the one where I pointed the camera down the front of my pants.....

There were insects in Nothern Norway to say the least. Both in Stabbursdalen and here in Kautokeino we were fighting a losing battle with the bloodsuckers.



Don't know if this one was mid flight or sitting on the lense, cool non the less



Like most other days this one was comming to an end and since we were late in the season we would actually see the sun dipping below the horizon









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