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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15 December: Top 3 shoestring tips for Norway

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15 December: Top 3 shoestring tips for Norway

Some may be put off visiting Norway due to its notoriety for being expensive. While it is true that some things are particularly expensive, it is no problem to tour this country on a shoestring. Here are the Top 3 tips on how to save a buck while riding in Norway:

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To find a nice spot and pitch your tent somewhere in the uncultivated land adds to the experience of Norway. (Image: RideNorway.com)

1. Camp for free

Accomodation may be expensive in Norway if you opt for hotels or other hard-roofed alternatives. But Norway has a big money-saving legislation up its sleeve, namely the Freedom to Roam Act. This act entitles you to put up your tent and stay a couple of nights practically anywhere in the nature. So bring your camping gear, and spend the nights in the nature you came to visit anyway.

 

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Bring your stove and prepare your own food. (Image: RideNorway.com)

2. Prepare you own food

Shop necessary foodstuff in the supermarkets, and prepare the food yourself. Bringing a camp kitchen is a huge money saver, as food from cafes or restaurants can be pretty expensive. Remember to bring your fishing rod, as sea fishing is for free (and you have more than 100.000 kms of coastline to fish from) and the catch and quality is top stuff.

 

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All service station brands have a coffee/tea deal. Get one, if you are a coffee/tea drinker. (Image: BestStasjon.no)

3. Get into a loyalty program at service stations

Petrol will most lightly be your highest cost driver while in Norway. It is a long country, but fortunately service stations are plentiful, even in the more rural parts of Norway. All the major service station brands – Shell, Circle K, Esso, YX etc – offers loyalty programs which saves you a buck or two for each tank you fill. They also provide “hot drink deals”, where you buy a cup for 20-30 euro, but you can then fill it for free at any of their service stations for a year. Even if you do not plan to stay a year, you’ll save some money on this deal if you love your coffee or tea. A nice treat for riders.

Here are more shoestring tips for traveling Norway. If you have others, let us know in the comments below!

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14 December: Top 15 cities to visit in Norway

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14 December: Top 15 cities to visit in Norway

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Ålesund. One of the – or perhaps THE – prettiest town in Norway. (Image: RideNorway.com)

It may be a bit over-ambitious to call our cities for “cities”. They are rather small compared to those in the continental Europe. Maybe Oslo falls within the city framework – other than that, we mostly have towns. Anyway: Here is a list of the 15 best cities – or towns – to visit in Norway. It’s compiled by the travel web site Touropia, but it’s actually quite good, and hence recommended by RideNorway. Would probably put Ålesund on top – its architecture is simply astonishing! – and we’re not too sure about a few of the contenders at the lower end of the scale, but anyway: Here it is, the Top 15 Cities to visit in Norway.

Disagree? Let us know in the comments below!

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13 December: 10 best places to visit in Norway

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13 December: 10 best places to visit in Norway – according to others

 

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Usually not on the “must see” list of Norway, but a pretty funny sight nevertheless. The houses stand under a cliff in Jøssingfjord. (Image: RideNorway.com)

As a rider planning to go to Norway you have of course read RideNorway.com from page to page, getting tips on where to go and where to stay. But there are also others that may have a different view on what to see and where to go. Travel site Touropia has listed these 10 places as the best to visit in Norway.

Do you agree? Are these also on top of your list? Let us know in the comments below!

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12 December: Top 3 reasons to choose a motorcycle when visiting Norway

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12 December: The top 3 reasons why you should choose a motorcycle for visiting Norway.

Of course you, as the die-hard rider that you are, know that there are only one way to visit Norway – or indeed any country on the planet – which is by motorcycle. Nothing beats the feeling of fresh air, control of you bike, a nice curve or chewing flies that somehow managed to get between your mouth and the visor. But did you know that Norway is particularly catering for motorcyclists? Here are the top 3 reasons why a bike is the way to go when visiting this country:

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Bikes park for free, and are excempt from road, bridge and tunnel tolls. (Image: RideNorway.com)

1. No road tolls

Yep, it’s true. You do not pay road tolls, bridge crossing fees or any other fees for using the roads. You are free to roam. Most places you don’t even pay for parking. There is only one tunnel where you need to pay – the undersea tunnel from Averøy to Kristiansund – but that is also so cheap for bikes that you really won’t mind.

 

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They do not recognize us – but refrain from speeding nevertheless. Safety first – then wallet. (Image: wikipedia.org)

2. Speed cameras don’t recognize bikes

Do not take this as an invitation to speed. It isn’t, and you may get caught by a highway patrol – and getting caught for speeding is expensive. But in the event that you in a moment of inspiration or plain joy pass a speed camera in a somewhat higher speed than what is indicated on the signs – do not despair. Norway is governed by rule of law, and nobody can be charged or penalized if you are not properly identified. Behind a helmet, your face is obscured and proper identification is impossible. Therefore, the lawmakers have stated that speed cameras will not and cannot detect motorcycles and its rider.

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Norway takes care of you as a rider. You can even use the bus lanes. (Image: NMCU.org)

3. You can use bus lanes

Our lawmakers have recognized that riders are more vulnerable than other road users (bar pedestrians and bicyclists), which is why the allow for riders to use the bus lanes. It is in other words a safety measure just for us. This is particularly handy when nearing the bigger towns and cities of Norway. When nearing a traffic jam, just swoop over to the bus lane, and off you go. You can also filter between the cars in a jam situation, if there are no bus lanes. Handy, right?

We told you that Norway is made for riding. Agree?

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11 December: Top 3 oddest Norway destinations

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11 December: Top 3 oddest destinations in Norway

There are plenty of pretty sceneries to be seen in Norway. But if you want to experience something else – something on the odder side – then plot in these Top 3 odd destinations in Norway:

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Steep. And funny. (Image: Municipality of Årdal)

1. The Offerdal Tunnel

This is the world’s steepest road tunnel. Due to poor map data, half of the tunnel was blasted with a wrong climb. Hence, the other half had to be corrected to end at the right spot in the village Indre Ofredal. This meant to allow for 15.5% climb in the the tunnel. Enjoy!

 

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Fancy some legwork while in Norway? Try these stairs! (Image: visitrjukan.com)

2. The World’s Longest indoor wooden staircase

Visit Mår hydro power plant. Along the tubed water fall powering the plant, there is also built a separate wooden staircase encased in its own tube. The 3875 steps will have you going for a while, and the staircase is recognized as the world’s longest indoor wooden staircase.

 

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Out in the fjord he lies, Keiko from “Free Willy”. (Image: AtlasObscura)

3. Keiko’s Memorial Cairn

The star of the movie “Free Willy”, Keiko the Orca, became an overnight sensation. Scores of fans followed in his wake wherever he went. He ended up living in Taknes Bay – which is also where he one day caught pneumonia which led to his demise. He is buried (in lack of a better word) just a few meters from where he died, and you can even pay your respect to Keiko by adding your stone to the cairn nearby.

Do you know of other odd places in Norway? Let us know below! Or find even more odd destinations right here!

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10 December: 3 essential bring-alongs for your Norway trip

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10 December: 3 essentials to bring for your Norway trip

Not counting your camping and riding equipment, there are some things you should specifically bring for your Norway trip. Of course you can buy these things in Norway, but make sure that you bring them one way or another for an even better experience.

 

 

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Fishing in the sea is for free, in lakes you pay a very small fee. River fishing for salmon is another matter. Do not try, unless you are really certain what you are doing and have paid the fees. (Image: RideNorway.com)

1. Fishing rod

Do not leave home without it! Fishing in the sea is for free, and fishing in lakes is available for a meager fee – you can buy a license at the nearest petrol station or kiosk. The catch is good, especially in the sea, and the quality of the fish is top notch.

 

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Bring your mosquito repellant. Just in case. (Image: RideNorway.com)

2. Mosquito repellant

Especially if you are venturing north, you should bring a good mosquito repellant. Preferably a repellant that also scares off midges and ticks. We do not have any really dangerous insects or spiders roaming around in this country – it’s not like Australia – but the aforementioned critters may be a significant annoyance unless you have your quality repellant at hand.

 

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You will be in one of the most scenic countries in the world. Don’t regret you didn’t bring your binoculars. (Image: RideNorway.com)

3. Binoculars

You are probably bringing your camera with you, but a pair of quality binoculars is very good to have. When at the coast, you might spot some mammals swimming around in the sea, perhaps even an Orca. Or for bird watching, even if you are not the typical bird watching type. Remember that long sunny evenings, in the north 24 hrs sunlight, gives you ample time to sit outside your tent, savouring a wee dram while looking at the surroundings.

Any other essentials you would bring for your Norway trip? Let us know in the comments below!

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9 December: Top 3 Viking destinations

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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

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An impressive digital Viking installation! (Image: TheVikingPlanet.com)

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!

 

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The Oseberg, Tune and Gokstad viking ships at display. (Image: UiO Museum of Cultural History)

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!

 

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The Chieftain’s House. (Image: The Lofotr Viking Museum)

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.

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8 December: Top 3 Winter Rallies of Norway

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8 December: Top 3 Winter Rallies

Norwegian riders rides in the winter too. Where there are riders, there are rallies. These are RideNorway’s Top 3 Winter Rallies:

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The Primus Rally. Sometimes snowy, sometimes just downright cold. (Image: RideNorway.com)

1. The Primus Rally

Probably the most know of them all on these shores. This quintessential winter rally has been going on for some 50 years. No-one seems to know exactly when it was organized – or rather: Not organized – for the first time, but it was sometime in the very early 1970s. It is the Norwegian winter rally that attracts the most foreign riders too. It’s always in the last full weekend of February – book your ferry tickets now! Check out YouTube for videos from the rally, or have a look at this one, from 1980. The funny thing is that it looks more or less the same today as it did 40 years ago.

 

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The Woodgatherer Rally is always in the 1st full weekend after the 1st winter day, which is 14 October. (Image: RideNorway.com)

2. The Woodgatherer Rally

Even though this rally is held in October, and not nearly as cold as the Primus, it is technically still a winter rally. It is always held at the 1st full weekend after the 1st winter day, which is 14 October. It is also held at the same place as the Primus Rally, at Fjorda in Bjoneroa. A wonderful rally!

 

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The New Year’s Rally is a fantastic blend of bikes and fireworks. And snow.  (Image: RideNorway.com)

3. The New Year’s Rally

In the first full weekend of January – sometimes the second full weekend – the ladies and gentlemen of Sandefjord MCC throws a New Year’s Rally at Trollsvann in Vestfold. People show up with their bikes, tents, cooking gear and – above all – fireworks at a parking in the deep forest, celebrating the New Year as only winter riders can. Highly recommended!

For more information on winter rallies, visit this page. For tips on winter riding, read here. And if you disagree with this list, let us hear in the comments below!

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