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Old 02-08-2007, 01:02 PM   #1
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There is snow on the streets here now and I look forward to drive my bike when the season starts. Meanwhile, I managed to put pictures and thoughts together to report the fantastic Norway trip I did in the summer of 2005.

Across Norway with Swedish BMW club, 2005

After trying the BMW GS model in my 2004 trip in Pyrenees, I decided to buy a new model of GS, a R1200GS.

After buying a BMW, I thought that it would be a good idea to join the BMW club of Sweden. This is a very well established club with over 5000 members. The club has its own website, forum, a two monthly journal, training programs and motorcycle trips.
In 2005, the club decided to have its yearly meeting in northern part of Sweden, a national park area called Björkliden. This area is close to the city of Kiruna, roughly 1200km north of Sweden. It is very cold up there (around -20 degrees and below) in the winter time and dark but in the summer time the sun doesn’t go down for a while. There were two trips reaching this area, one through Finland and the other one through Norway. After talking to the organizer of the Finland trip, I realized that most of the driving will be through thousands of lakes in Finland and curvey roads start at the northern part of the country close to the Norwegen border whereas Norway is a paradise of curvey roads, I did drive car there before with my brother. We both loved the country, actually my brother loved Norwegen girls a lot too So the decision was not so difficult I called the organizer of the Norway trip, he is from south of Sweden, a area called Skåne. This part of Sweden has a strong dialect and I learned Swedish only five years ago. I am Turkish originally. Anyway, I asked my questions like which roads we will drive, what kind of bikes etc. Then Thomas starts to talk, I understand maybe 10% of what he says After 5 minutes of telephone conversation, I barely understood that there is a small group of people from Stockholm who will join the Skåne group in Oslo. Great, I can understand Stockholm dialect; I better call one of these guys. After talking to Stefan from Stockholm, I learn that we will be around 20 people. Thomas has organized successful and fun trips before. Sounds good plus my skånish will improve

But a thougt strikes me, a trip with 20-25 people! I am used to travel by myself, those who read my reports in the Alps and Spain know that. I am used to the freedom of driving as I like, staying wherever I want, putting my tent and looking at the stars. Kind of a lonely wolf one can say. I don’t want this trip to turn into a school trip. Tour leader decides on everything. Sometimes I want to drive fast maybe civilized BMW club members wouldn’t appreciate that, who knows. My girlfriend convinces me at the end. “Just try it, if it gets boring, say bye and continue the trip by yourself” I realize how wrong I was after the second day of the trip.

The 10 day trip had the following route.

The Stockholm team drove towards Oslo and then we met the rest on the west. Then we all start driving towards north, all the way to Lofoten, then towards east to Sweden.

to be continued....
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Old 02-08-2007, 01:22 PM   #2
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Old 02-08-2007, 01:44 PM   #3
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We leave Stockholm 22nd of July. Our plan is to overnight somewhere after Oslo and the day after meet the group from south of Sweden to take the Lysefjord boat. After Oslo, we will follow the following route.

As you can see in the map below, if we miss the boat then we have to drive towards south to reach the destination. An unnecessary trip.

A little bit info about my packing in this trip. I guess I learned to pack very compact after my other trips. For 10 days I had a tankbag and a plastic roll. All these items fit into my packing

  • ducktape
  • airpressure gauge
  • BMW original tire repair kit
  • engine oil (well it is a boxer right )
  • leatherman
  • photo camera
  • ipod
  • underwear, functional undergarment, couple of t-shirts
  • raincoat, extra warm clothes, extra gloves
  • shampoo, soap etc..
I was impressed myself that all these things fit into the packing.

The Stockholm team is giving a break. We were 2 R1200GS, 1 R1150GS and 1 K1200LT.

As you can see, Stefan and I have different packing philosophies

Meanwhile, the south of Sweden team is boarding to the boat which will take them from Sweden to Oslo. They will have a nice journey with a lot of beers

On the right side, Thomas the leader and planner of the tour.

Stockholm team passes Oslo and we stay in a small town. Lodging is expensive in Norway and there are few hotels outside of big towns. We find a hostel. In general the quality of these hostels are quite good.

After checking in to our rooms, we take a short walk in the small town. Then we eat the most expensive pizza in the world

Next day, we drive towards west to the harbour where the boat will take us through a fjort. We reach a highland with a lake and give a coffee break.

We approach the small harbour where the boat will take us to Lysefjord. The road down is quite curvy.

We arrive to the seaside and wait for our friends from south Sweden.

This cute young couple join our team while we are waiting for the rest.

The south of Sweden group arrives in last minute. Apparently, they had to speed some. We are talking about Norway here, maximum speed limit is 100 km/h on highways and they arent many. Rest is 80 km/h maximum speed. It looks like couple of bikers couldnt make it and had to drive around The ones who made it to the boat relax with a beer

Here, Bertil is enjoying the boat ride. As a former cross motorcycle sportsman, he is still very competitive. I overtook him once on the road and he wasnt long behind me trust me

Now, some views from the Lysefjord. These fjord formations are amazing!

Sometimes we see these small farms in the middle of the fjord. Most of them have access only from water I heard.

I look more carefully for trolls, you know these small ugly creatures.

and I see the face of one troll, can you see?

After a fantastic boat ride, we drive only 10 mins and arrive to hiking station at Preikestolen.

The view of the station from above.

After checking in, Thomas, Lars, Thor and I have some more energy. We decide to take a short ride around. After a high tempo driving of 1 hours, we take the boat back to where we stay. I get a feeling that this trip is going to be great

to be continued...
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Great pictures, keep it comming, I've bookmarked this one!
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Old 02-09-2007, 02:35 PM   #5
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Next day is our off-day and we plan to see the famous Preikestolen rock formation. This famous rock is about 640 meters above the sea level. We leave the hiking station around 10 am.

As we ascend, the hiking station disappears from sight.

And we see the lake in front of the hiking station

After hiking about 30 minutes we reach a plateu and this small lake. There were some crazy young people swimming in it. From their screams, I guessed that it was quite cold in the water

Some team members are taking a break. I can see in some people's face the question "is this a biking trip or hiking trip". I hope this famous rock is worth it.

We continue walking and see the sea finally. Then we realize how high we are!

We must be very close to this rock. A narrow passage close to the rock wall is waiting for us.

As we turned the corner, we see the magnificient Preikestolen rock

It is really amazing! A block of rock rising 600 mts from sea level.

This block of rock is about 25X25mt big. The view from the top is breaktaking.

The ones who are not afraid of height sit close to the edge but many other didn't dare to come close to the edge.

Some of our friends are brave but look how he is holding to the rock

Thure is posing next to his piece of art.

The view is very special. I can't describe it with words or pictures, you have to experience yourself. You get a urge to fly so high up.

Unfortunately, it is time to walk back before it gets dark. Bye Preikestolen, I promise I will be back.

After some downhill hiking

We arrive at our hiking station with its great view

We deserved cold beers and endless discussions about tires, engines and oils

Tomorrow, we will start driving towards north.

to be continued.....
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Old 02-09-2007, 02:57 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by viatormundi
We approach the small harbour where the boat will take us to Lysefjord. The road down is quite curvy.
I should say it is! Good to see the pics from the ferry,I didn't have the patience to wait for it!

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Old 02-10-2007, 03:28 AM   #8
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Next day we are rested and ready to drive. The hiking station was nice, but the food wasn't great according to my taste. Actually if you have nice expectations on food, I would say lower them when you visit Norway I am Turkish, so good food is essential for my well being and kharma so I was actually little concerned that the food will be like this for next ten days but Thomas assured me that the quality will be better in coming days

Final preparations before we leave.

My buddy Lars Eve gives the OK sign! We had great fun together. We were kind of crazy young kids of the group and loved to piss of Bertil (the former motocross sportsman) Lars also joined us in some gravel road driving with his K75. The bike and himself performed very well but he also realized that he is a natural born GS driver. Now he drives a GS.

Today's route is about 300 kms and our destination is a small town called Ullvik.

Thomas planned the trip in good detail, each day we had some alternative routes, with different scene or gravel roads. We had such an alternative today too.

After 40 minutes we come to a ferry station. In Norway, these ferries are a necessity to continue driving. Most of them have frequent time schedules. Because of these ferries and very curvy roads, average speed is less than one plans on the map

While waiting for ferry, a sausage tastes good.

Group leaders and people driving last were wearing these reflective vests that Thomas distributed. I can strongly recommend them, I use them myself in long drives. Visibility helps a lot.

Finally we are on the ferry. The nord wind blows hard and chilly. I can't imagine how it can be in the winter time.

After the ferry, some groups follow the main route and give a lunch break in a small town.

Afterwards, they drive on this damm

and take some photos of this nice lake

They also meet some snow in July

Meanwhile we follow the alternative route and face this nice scenery

Then we meet Thure in a small town by coincidence. He made a mistake and left with bad tire from Sweden. Finally his tire gives up and he ends up in a tricky situation. It can be difficult to find a matching tire to his 1200 LT in Norway and it can be really expensive. But he has luck. He finds some kind of Chinese tire and can continue driving.

All groups meet at this nice waterfall called Latefoss. It was impressive I have to say. I would like to come there earlier time of day to skip all tourists to take more pictures.

Our reliable adventure companions are waiting patiently for us

We continue driving to Ullvik. The scenery gives you a freedom feeling plus the weather was great during the whole trip. Weather can be tricky in Norway and it can rain non stop but I was lucky myself. I have been driving in Norway two times and both trips had decent amount of sunshine. Late July seems to be a good time to travel to Norway.

We arrive at Ullvik and the hotel we stayed was really nice with decent food. (as I said, we Turks get impressed by food very difficult, used to our own good food you know )

After dinner, Thomas goes over tomorrows route and it sounds like we will have more fun.

to be continued...
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Old 02-10-2007, 04:17 AM   #9
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Your report inspired me. If I will find some time in summer, I'll go on Tour to Scandinavia again.

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Fantastic!! Thanks for the beautiful pics and report...

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As before, great reporting and pics! It´s very interesting to read your reporting of
traveling with the Swedish BMW Club, with your point of view. I also like to travel
alone, 2up with GF or in small groups. So keep reporting how your feelings develops
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