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Old 11-21-2012, 02:05 PM   #16
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Hi,
you definitely need time for this trip. More Time = More Fun = More Adventure
To the Roads: In Poland some of them were not so good. In Skandinavia you have the choice: Either you drive the hole time on normal street or on gravel roads How you like ...
At the Baltic states you can eat out in restaurants because its cheap and tasty. But in Skandinavia its quite expensive! Especially in Norway. Gas over 2€/L and food was very expensive - even in the supermarket! The "rema 1000" supermarket was the cheapest one. But if you want to go to a restaurant its heavy, for example: one pizza for ONLY 20€ :( In Finnland you have to go to the ABC Gasstation. Sounds strange but eating there is cheap and tasty - all you can eat buffet for 9,60€ :)
Camping was great. Good Tent = dry = happy :) campingprices between 9€ (Poland) an 30€ for 2people with one tent. If you stay longer there buy the campingcard:) wildcamping = no shower only cold rivers and lakes :) but definitely possible and no problem.
You need a kredit card, very important! helpful for some gasstations...
I hope we could help you. If you have more questions or need some more tipps, give it here! :)
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Old 11-21-2012, 04:29 PM   #17
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Hey,

Thank you very much for the details on costs. I know it will be bad, but that sounds a little bit disencouraging. On the other hand, I am planning on doing wild camping for most of the time (have no problems with river showers ;) ) so that would help saving a lot of money in turn.

Still there is a lot of planning to do, but also a lot of time as we think about starting around June. Late enough for moderate climate and polar nights, early enough - hopefully - for avoiding the real big tourist crowds, and the mosquitos. I was thinking about 4-6 weeks, so the fact that you two did it in 5 is very much encouraging. Did you stay longer in certain places, or did you do it more 'rhythmically'?

Just two more things.. First, what you said about gravel roads and the possibility to choose sounds great. Which maps did you use to navigate, in particular when it came to gravel roads? (or did you go for good fortune and gut-feeling?) And second, what can you say about the differences between Finland, Sweden and Norway, regarding costs/money and roads/nature?

Keep it on!
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:42 AM   #18
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Old 11-22-2012, 02:03 PM   #19
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Hey,

most time we drove further every day, apart from the cities and the Lofoten, there we stayed each 2 days.
For the planning beforehand we used normal maps from ADAC. We took them always with us in the tankrucksack (is it the same in English than in German??) for a rough orientation. And of course we used a navi :) That’s enough.
I think in Sweden it was more reasonable than in Finnland and Norway. The prices in Finnland were a bit higher than in Germany. And Norway was unbelievable expensive!!! And alcohol is all over there expensive, as well as gas.
The roads in Finnland and Sweden were good and in Norway there were only bad at the beginning. Sometimes there were longer roadworks, which were proper gravelroads for almost 30 kilometers.
Nature was sometimes quiet different but always wonderful. Every country had some highlights like the Trollstigen in Norway for example and all the Fjords!

By the way: we saw the first reindeers at the middle of Finnland – wonderful creatures!! But keep your eyes open and take care.



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Old 11-23-2012, 09:24 AM   #20
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Day 5 on our Trip....


Good morning, hello world....


Break....


On the border to Lithuania...


Greeting Lithaunian style....some more vodka?



Bike change? Nooooo....
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:57 AM   #21
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Day 6 on our Trip....


The mole at the morning


in the right direction...




really nice weather :)


Nida, nice little City


Sunsut in Nida :)
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:52 PM   #22
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Day 7 on our Trip....




Hill of crosses




another border..


at the beach - Jurmala -


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Old 11-25-2012, 03:31 PM   #23
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Wonderful video, really enjoyed watching it.
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:17 AM   #24
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Day 8 on our Trip....


Welcome to Riga








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Old 11-27-2012, 12:25 PM   #26
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Old 12-01-2012, 01:28 PM   #29
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Day 11....

Day11.1

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Old 12-01-2012, 02:18 PM   #30
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What modifications

Hi Will,
looks like a great trip. I am interested in the modifications you did to your KLR. I have 2006 and would like to ride 2 up with gear on a few trips. I am especially interested in your front windshield mod and anything you may have done to the suspension and brakes.

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