So – you want to ride your motorcycle to Norway?

You have seen all the classic images of Norway. Of the Geiranger fjord, the Atlantic Road, the Lofoten Islands and the North Cape with its midnight sun. And you wonder: “What if I took my bike there?”

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Photo: Dean Marshall

Then you start worrying about everything from weather to costs, and in the end you dismiss the whole idea, even though you know you will regret that you didn’t follow your dreams.

Fortunately, you have stumbled upon this blog, which is here to tell you that it is far easier to experience Norway by bike than you perhaps imagined. Here you will find everything you need to know about how to ride Norway – even in the coldest depths of winter, if you are of the really adventurous type.

Come on over, and be amazed. Norway is truly motorcycle heaven!

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Happy 2020!

What will you do? Where will you go?

A big shout-out to followers and readers of your one stop shop (although everything is for free) for motorcycle touring in Norway, RideNorway.com, wishing you an exciting 2020 with lots of great roads, nice weather and wondeful experiences on two (sometimes three) wheels.

See you around in Norway somewhere!

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24 December: God jul!

Thank you for following the countdown to Winter Solstice and the Jul Celebration – which in Norway is on the 24 December – on RideNorway.com. No list today – we just want to wish you all a fantastic Season’s Holiday, God Jul, and a Happy New Riding Year. Maybe we’ll see each other on the road somewhere in Norway soon!

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23 December: Top 3 fun facts about Norway

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23 December: Top 3 fun facts about Norway

We have our oddities and funny facts about this country too. Here are our top 3 fun facts about Norway:

 

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C3PO at Finse. (Image: starwarsplaces.com)

1. The Battle of Hoth was filmed at Finse

In Star Wars – Episode V (film two in old trilogy, for the SW fans out there) – you would see the Rebellion HQ at the snowy planet of Hoth being attacked by the Empire. These epic scenes were filmed only a few hundred meters away from the railway station of Finse, a stop along the Oslo – Bergen train tracks. Legend has it that no taun-taun has been observed in the area since.

 

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They have even provided proper stops inside the tunnel so you can take your photos.

2. The World’s longest road tunnel is in Norway

You know you want to ride it: The 24.5 km/15.2 mi long Laerdal Tunnel not very far from Bergen is the longest road tunnel in the world. It opened in 2000 after five years of construction, and pushed the Swiss Gotthard Tunnel down from the throne. A special ride indeed.

 

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Huuuuuge structure!

3. The largest object ever moved by man was moved in Norway

The Troll A gas production platform is the largest object ever moved by humans. The platform is 472 meters high – of which 369 under water – and weighs about 656 million kgs. This huge structure is two times heavier than Empire State Building in NY City, and the underwater part of Troll is exactly the height of Empire State Building top floor. Troll A is mostly a concrete structure that contains reinforcing steel corresponding to 10 times the entire Eiffel tower.

Read more Norway fun facts here!

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22 December: Top 3 Norwegian Jule-dishes

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22 December: Top 3 Norwegian Jule-dishes

We wish each other “God Jul” these days in Norway. Our way of celebrating the Winter Solstice – “Jól” – of course comes with some special dishes that is served mainly during the Season’s Holiday. Here are the Norwegians’ Top 3 favourites:

 

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Pork ribs. Best served with aquavit.

1. Pork ribs

Most Norwegians prefer pork ribs with accompanying pork sausages, pork meat balls, sauerkraut, potatoes and a healthy helping of aquavit. A winner on any Julebord!

 

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Sheep or lamb ribs. Best served with aquavit.

2. Sheep/lamb ribs

Salted and dried lamb ribs are soaked into water for a day or two. Then pulled out of the water and put in a pot with some birch sticks in the bottom, adding a few inches of water. Let this steam for a few hours, make a rutabaga stew, add some sausages and potatoes, and hey presto! You have just made the Norwegians’ #2 Jule-favourite dish! Oh, and remeber healthy helping of aquavit.

 

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Lutefisk. Best served with aquavit. Some prefer it without lutefisk.

3. Lutefisk

Made from stockfish, which has been process in lye. It requires some skills to prepare lutefisk properly, but once you have tasted the real deal with the accompanying bacon, mushy peas, mustard and a healthy helping of aquavit, you will not go back. It is an acquired taste for sure, and many Norwegians can’t stand it, but it is still up there among the Jule-favourites. (Some Norwegians prefer fresh cod for their Jule-dinner, though.)

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21 December: Top 3 motorcycles from Norway

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21 December: Top 3 motorcycles and mopeds from Norway

Triumph. Moto Guzzi. Ducati. BMW. KTM. You know them, and you know where they’re from. Whereas Norway has been pretty good at producing the juice which makes these makes run, we do not have a long and glorious history of motorized vehicles. But we have some very few that we are still somewhat proud of. Here are the Top 3 motorized vehicles from Norway.

 

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A 1960 Tempo Taifun 175 ccm. (Image: Tempo-online.no)

1. Tempo

With a history traced to 1908, the Øglænd Brothers began serious moped and light motorcycle manufacturing after WW2, even though serial production of some motor-powered bicycle-like contraptions was ongoing since the 1930s. The Tempo became for Norwegians what Vespa was for Italians: A practical, economical and robust means of transport. The Tempo brand comprised mainly bikes from moped size 49 ccm to light 175 ccm motorcycles, and the Øglænd factory kept churning out these mainly Sachs powered vehicles until the last moped was shipped from the factory in 1987. Not totally unexpected, the Norwegian Tempo Club is one of the biggest – if not THE biggest – motorcycle enthusiast club in Norway.

 

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The Raufoss Moped. (Image: Andreas Mathisen)

2. The Raufoss Moped

The traditional armament producer Raufoss Ammunisjonsfabrikker had in the mid-1950s a brilliant idea: Why not make a sturdy, top quality moped that was also  prepped for winter duty for the Norwegians? As said, as done: In 1958, the Raufoss moped was presented to a huge audience (for Norwegian standards) comprising representatives from all but one of the 19 Norwegian counties, a dozen newspapers, more than a hundred retail sellers and more. The interest was very high in the days, as was the quality of the moped: Prepped for winter duty and a sturdy Zündapp engine was supposed to make it the ideal transporter for Norwegians. Alas, after only four years of production and very meager sales, the Raufoss moped was history in 1962. Its quality never lost appeal, however, and is today highly sought-after by Norwegian moped connoisseurs and enthusiasts.

 

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The 1922 Spanjola. (Image: Unknown)

3. The Spanjola

If you pull the “Spanjola” name up in talks even with Norwegian riders, they will most lightly not have a clue of what you are talking about. No wonder: This monster of a sidecar contraption is a single build, being the brainchild of Norsk Hydro engineer Christian Larsen in 1920-1922. It is three meters long and has plenty room for a family of five and their two dogs. It was powered by a V4 of 2000 ccm, derived from Indian engines, and even had aluminium parts to make it somewhat lighter. The remains of this beauty was discovered some years back and is under restoration. The restorers have pledged to have it on the road in 2021. A unique and fascinating piece of Norweigan motorcycle history!

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20 December: Top 3 Summer M/C Rallies in Norway

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20 December: Top 3 summer motorcycle rallies in Norway

If there are any of the lists presented so far that are slightly biased, this must be it. It is purely based on personal preferences. What is true for any proper motorcycle rally in Norway, though, is that they tend to be smaller and more intimate than the huge continental rallies. Most of our rallies attract some 200-400 riders, but the quality of the attendance is genuinely top shelf! Here is our top 3 list:

 

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No, it’s not a boat race: The Pekaill Rally organizers ships you off shore for shrimps and beverages if the weather is fair. (Image: RideNorway)

1. The Pekaill Rally

Located at the islands of Averøy in the North-West of Norway, this rally is as good as it gets. The organizers goes the extra mile to accomodate visiting riders. If the weather is fair, they usually organize a boat trip, serving shrimps and beverage. The location of the rally is itself worth the visit. All are welcome, and foreign riders in particular. Usually held in August. Ask your questions at the organizer’s Facebook page to learn more.

 

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Evje – the rally where winter riders end their season and summer riders start theirs. (Image: RideNorway.com)

2. The Evje Spring Rally

Held in the last weekend of April at Kilefjorden Camping in Evje, not far from the ferry port of Kristiansand, the Evje Spring Rally is where the winter riders end their season and the summer riders opens theirs. The organizers are a helpful and friendly bunch, making sure that everyone feels welcome and are having a good time.

 

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Bring your GS, Tenere, Husky, KTM or whatnot, and enjoy the Bukkerittet Offroad Rally! (Image: RideNorway.com)

3. Bukkerittet

This is for the gravel fans among you. The losely organized people in the aptly named Offroad Touring Club comes together in August each year, mainly at Grimsbu Turistsenter, to ride the miles and miles of gravel roads in the area. All are welcome, but do bring a tent as the cabins at Grimsbu are booked for this weekend for years to come.

Any other recommendations? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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19 December: Top 3 Historical Sites of Norway

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19 December: Top 3 historical sites of Norway

If you, like us, likes to visit any country’s historical sites to better understand how it came to be, then these three sites should be visited when you are in Norway. You can of course find ancient and viking artefacts in museums, but visiting places where the history is alive is far more interesting. Besides, it gives you ideas on where to ride next. Here are our top 3 historical sites which should be visited while in Norway:

1. The Rock Art of Alta

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The Rock Art of Alta. (Image: Altamuseum.no)

No, it’s not a tribute to the Rolling Stones. This is the largest concentration of rock art made by hunter-gatherers in Northern Europe. These rock carvings and paitings are 7000 to 2000 years old, and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. How’s that for art for eternity?

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Urnes Stave Church is the oldest of the 29 remaining in Norway, dating back to ca 1140. (Image: Nina Aldin Thune/Creative Commons)

2. Urnes Stave Church

Never mind your religious beliefs, if any: The stave churches of Norway are worth visiting as they are also a testament to craftmanship. Several hundreds of years ago, Norway had probably hundreds of these churches sitting all over the country. Today, only 29 remain, and Urnes Stave Church is the oldest of them all, dating back to year 1140. Quite impressive, as these churches are made from wood.

 

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In to big guns? These will still your cravings. (Image: RideNorway.com)

3. Austrått Fort

From newer history, but nevertheless a very cool place to visit if you’re into World War 2 stuff. The Austrått Fort’s claim to fame is its enormous triple gun tower coming from the Nazi-German warship Gneisenau, the sister ship to Scharnhorst. Both had a role in the Nazi-German invasion of Norway 9 April 1940. The Gneisenau sustained heavy damages in a British air raid in 1942 and was subesquently decommissioned. However, one of its gigantic triple gun turrets were shipped off to occupied Norway and to Austrått Fort. It is still sitting there, and you can go have a look in its 5 story halls in the mountain. Scarily big!

Other tips for historical sites in Norway? Let us know in the comments below!

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18 December: 10 must-see places in Norway

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18 December: 10 must-see places in Norway

There are so many sights to see in Norway, so it’s hard to make a list. Therefore, we are borrowing the recommendations from timelapse photographer Morten Rustad. If you are a photography person yourself, these are extraordinary places to visit. But they are, of course, as enjoyable if you are a regular rider who just likes to have a look around. Some of them are best visited during winter, but maybe you are one of those really adventurous riders who are not stopped by mere snow and ice?

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17 December: Top 5 hikes in Norway

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16 December: Top 5 hikes in Norway

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The Pulpit Rock. Or “Preikestolen” as it is known in Norwegian. Wear proper gear if going on a hike while in Norway! (Image: ridenorway.com)

Of course you are first and foremost a rider. But some of you still like to take a day or two off the bike and go for a hike. Rarely have you been in a country where the hiking routes are so available and enjoyable. So pack your hiking gear (proper footwear and clothes is a must!) and follow these tips from fjordnorway.com, which ridenorway.com too can recommend.

 

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16 December: Top 3 Souvenirs to bring from Norway

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16 December: Top 3 souvenirs to bring from Norway

As the smart rider you are, you do not fall for the touristy souvenir stuff that is for sale everywhere. You do not want cheesy troll figures (which are made anywhere but in Norway), nor do you want a lusekofte sweater. You want something more savoury or practical to remember Norway by. Here are our top 3 tips.

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The Løiten Linie aquavit has crossed the Equator in barrels to become this golden gem. (Image: RideNorway.com)

1) Aquavit

Scotland has its whisky, France its cognac – and Norway has its aquavit. It is our national spirit in a bottle. Some of the brands have been shipped round the Equator in barrels. Some are clear, others are golden in colour. Our favourites are Gilde Non Plus Ultra, Løitens Linie (Equator-crossed) and Løiten Tur Aquavit (with a touch of liquorice), but all are good. Gives you loads of bragging rights when back home, and is said to help grow some hair on your chest.

 

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Brown cheese. Sweet and very Norwegian. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

2) Brown cheese

You’ll either hate it or love it, but this sweet brown cheese is a national gem. It is perfect accompanied by bread or crackers to go with your coffee. It has a long standing tradition, and is made from either goat or cow milk. It can be kept for a long time in your fridge, and whenever you feel like going on a trip down memory lane, you can have a slice and savour it while looking at your pics from your Norway trip.

 

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Get a proper cheese slicer while in Norway. It is a Norwegian invention, and will help you slice your cheese in an egalitarian manner. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

3) Cheese slicer

This typical design cheese slicer is a Norwegian invention. It epitomizes the Norwegian egalitarian thinking, as the cheese will be sliced evenly thick – or thin – whether you are rich or not-so-rich. It was patented by a Norwegian carpenter back in 1925, and you should have one. Whenever you slice your cheese with this, you’ll have fond memories of your ride in Norway.

Other souvenir tips? Let us know in the comments below!

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