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3 December: Top 3 Viking destinations of Norway
Norway is also about vikings, of course. If you are into viking lore, you need to visit at least these three to get a flavour of our heritage.
1) The Viking Planet
This is the world’s first digital Viking museum. It opened in 2019 in Oslo, right next to the City Hall, and is the first in a series of digital viking museums that are planned in Norway and abroad. Check it out to satisfy your viking cravings!
2) The Viking Ship Museum
Also in Oslo, this museum displays the spectacular Oseberg, Tune and Gokstad viking ships. They used to be sea-going vessels until the were used in burials back in the days. They were discovered in the early 20th century, and you can now see them in flesh – or wood, if you will – at the Viking Ship Museum in Bygdøy, Oslo. Go there!
3) The Lofotr Viking Museum
This is in Lofoten, and if you are there anyway – which any rider visiting Norway should – you may as well ride to this museum to check out how the Vikings built their longhouses and lived back in the days. You can also sail in a viking ship – replica, of course – in the sea nearby.
Have you other Viking places in Norway to recommend? Let us know in the comments below! Or read on here.
Britton Julian Davies undertook a month-long trip to Nordkapp and beyond to raise money for the battle against cancer.
Julian Davies is a Brit restaurant owner and – above all – a motorcycle enthusiast. Here with his trusty Suzuki V-strom which he rode on his epic journey.
Julian visited Nordkapp in May. While this may be a good month to ride in other parts of Europe, you may encounter snow and even blizzards when passing the Arctic Circle. Which is what Julian experienced. He also outran Hells Angels in Denmark, was invited to a meal and a bed by some Norwegian farmers, found Troll droppings outside his camp cabin, had coffee in a hotel manager’s office – and a lot more. Read about his amazing journey, chronicheled by Steve Evans, and see the images: Julian’s Blog – By Steve Evans
Categories: Northern Norway, norway, Trips
Tags: adventure, bike, bikes, camping, cancer, motorcycles, mountains, nordkapp, norway, Suzuki, v-strom, winter
Norwegian rider Halvard Kolsing rode to Hamningberg in the summer of 2019. Check out his video!
Halvard and his friends aimed for Hamningberg in Finnmark this summer. Knowing that Hamningberg sits at 70N30E, the weather is always a hit-and-miss affair. Usually miss. But Halvard and his crew rode there in the evening (24 hrs sunlight in the summer, remember?), temps hovering around +24C.
The most spectacular thing about Hamningberg is not necessarily the small abandoned fishing village itself, but rather the road that takes you there. It is narrow, bendy, and surrounded with an almost surreal geology. A must for riders! Check out Halvard’s video, and be inspired!
If you want to experience something totally different, go North. You can even stay away from the North Cape, which may be pretty crowded (all in relative terms) in the summer. Instead, aim for other parts of Finnmark.
Midnight Sun over the sandy beach at Ekkerøy. You can camp here if you wish. (All images: HP/ridenorway.com)
Finnmark county in the far, arctic north is particularly suited for riders not settled with only visiting the standard tourist attractions of Norway. Finnmark is for the advanced rider who really wants to broaden his or her horizon. The are is not as spectacular as – say – the Lofoten Islands nor the magnificent fjords of the West. But it definitely has plenty of charm. Especially if you put in some effort to get to know the locals over a beer or two and don’t mind the mosquitos or the fact that the weather changes every 15 minutes or so.
The locals at Honningsvåg near Nordkapp knows how to handle the windy conditions.
The radar dome at Vardø.
Go out and catch your own dinner near Vadsø. Add the local brew from Qvænbrygg.
The airship mast used by explorer Roald Amundsen on his way to the North Pole in his airship “Norge N1”
It’s all about fish in Vadsø.
The road to Hamningberg is worth the trip in itself.
The graveyard at Hamningberg, telling its story. Here lies an unkown sailor.
All 91 who were murdered during the which trials in the 17th century are named at the Steilneset Memorial in Vardø.
A monument over those burnt at the stake.
A small abandoned fishing village at the very end of the road. And the road leading there is spectacular on its own. The houses in Hamningberg are used as summer retreats for locals – in winter nobody lives there, and the place is abandoned until spring. A very special place. It easily serves as a substitute for – or addition to – the North Cape when it comes to bragging rights. On your way there, drop by Vardø to see the Steilneset Memorial for those who were burnt at the stake in the which hunt processes in this area in the 17th century.
Dried cod heads. Nowadays mostly to impress the tourists.
There are no stores at Ekkerøy, but they have a nice restaurant.
Now this is a special place. A small peninsula some 15 kilometres east of the town Vadsø. Into WW2 history? This place has a few stories to tell. Love bird watching? You’re in the right place. You can stroll along the beach, have a swim in the arctic waters, or rent the sauna for a couple of hours. You can pitch your tent at the beach or rent a cabin. What you will get, is peace of mind. Bring everything you need – there are no shops nor stores here. But they have a quite nice restaurant. Oh, and actress Renee Zellweger’s mum is from Ekkerøy.
The Varanger Scenic Road
The Varanger Scenic Road is one of the 18 designated scenic roads in Norway. It takes you off the E6 at Varangerbotn and leads you all the way to Hamningberg. It is PERFECT for motorcycles!
The road towards Berlevåg is something else!
Stop at the Kjølnes lighthouse for some dramatic scenery.
The weather changes rapidly – from clear sky to fog.
More Berlevåg road.
The road to Berlevåg is worth a trip on its own. It is magnificent, much like the road to Hamningberg. Kongsfjord and Veines are particulary nice areas. The town of Berlevåg itself is like most small fishing towns in Finnmark – not very scenic. But go there to check out the great people living there!
Categories: Images of Norway, Northern Norway, norway, Routes, Trips
Tags: adventure, arctic, berlevåg, ekkerøy, finnmark, hamningberg, norway, touring, vadsø