The North Cape Route

 

Tor, Jon and myself did this trip back in the summer of 2012. Well, actually, Tor had to abort in Karesuando due to mechanical failure on his Aprilia ETV1000 Caponord, but Jon and I did the whole trip. Jon on his 2011 Triumph Tiger XC 800, me on my 2011 Moto Guzzi NTX 1200 Stelvio. A great trip!

Tor had a technical malfunction on his Aprilia Caponord and turned back at Karesuando.

Tor had a technical malfunction on his Aprilia Caponord and turned back at Karesuando.

We did this trip in 14 days, including a two-day stay-over in Vadsø to visit the secluded, abandoned fishing village Hamningberg. I have divided the route in parts, due to Google Map’s inability to calculate small ferry crossings up north, but it should be fairly accurate anyhow.

The idea of this route was to speed up Sweden, and take the nice, scenic route down along the Western coast of Norway on our way back. For distances pr day, please see the map links.

Day 1: Oslo – Östersund in Sweden for our first stay-over at Ledkrysset Hostel, right in the middle of the town.

Day 2: Östersund – Arvidsjaur. Another transport leg in Sweden. Stay-over at Silvercross 45 Hostel.

Day 3: Arvidsjaur – Karesuando. Crossed the Polar Circle en route. Had to do a small detour due to road works, but not a major deviation from the route. Stay-over at Karesuando Camping, just on the border to Finland. Oh, and make sure you have your mosquito repellant with you.

 

Jon on his Triumph on our way to Vadsø.

Jon on his Triumph on our way to Vadsø.

Day 4: Karesuando – Vadsø (NO). Stay-over at Varanger Motorcycle Club’s club house just outside the town center. Very nice! Accomodates only a few, though, but a very nice place! At this point of the journey, you are farther to the east than Istanbul.

Day 5: Ride-out to Hamningberg. Another night at Varanger MCC’s club house.

Day 6: Vadsø – Honningsvåg (near Nordkapp). There are two routes you can choose. We did the one over Ifjordfjellet. A bit hairy in parts due to road works, but should be fine by now. Stay-over at Honningsvåg Camping. Foul weather!

Me at the North Cape globe, ca 8:00 in the morning. This kind of weather is unusual, though. Be prepared for worse.

Me at the North Cape globe, ca 8:00 in the morning. This kind of weather is unusual, though. Be prepared for worse.

Day 7: Honningsvåg – Nordkapp – Alta. Early in the morning, the foul weather had given way to nice, sunny skies, so we made it to the Nordkapp plateau before heading to Alta for an early stop for some tire maintenance and a couple of beers, maybe. Stay-over in a private house who rented out rooms.

The North Cape is not the furthermost point in Europe - it is Knivskjelodden nearby. Jon is pointing at it. He has been there. It takes a few hours of walking - but then you have been to the actual northernmost point.

The North Cape is not the furthermost point in Europe – it is Knivskjelodden nearby. Jon is pointing at it. He has been there. It takes a few hours of walking – but then you have been to the actual northernmost point.

Day 8: Alta – Tromsø. The Tirpitz Museum is found on the route, but foul weather made us push on to Tromsø, where we stayed the night at the posh (not really) Thon Hotel in the middle of the city. Tromsø is usually a really going-out town, but we were too exhausted after hitting the town in Alta the day before so it was only for us to get an early night even if we were in The Paris of the North, which Tromsø is dubbed.

Day 9: Tromsø – Ringvalen (for ferry crossing to Botnhamn). Please check the time tables thoroughly. The route is called Botnhamn – Brensholmen (we departed from Brensholmen ferry quay).

Day 9 (con’t): Botnhamn – Gryllefjord to catch the ferry Gryllefjord – Andenes. Again: Check time tables thoroughly, as some of these ferries only run one or two times a day, and only in the summer.

Not the worst of views at Varanger MC's club house in Vadsø.

Not the worst of views at Varanger MC’s club house in Vadsø.

Day 9 (con’t): Andenes – Midnattsol Camping Bleik for the night’s stay-over. It is here we pitched the tent close to the sea. They even had open air log fire heated “spa”. Must be tried!

Day 10: Midnattsol Camping Bleik – camp site near Moskenes ferry quay. I cannot remember where we camped in Lofoten, but there are plenty of campsites, so no worries. AND – it’s really, really scenic in that area. Probably the most beautiful area in the whole of Norway. No kidding!

Day 11: Moskenes – Bodø ferry crossing. Stay-over at Bodø MCC’s club house just outside Bodø city center. A great place to spend the night! Also make sure that you book ahead of arriving to the ferry quay by phoning the ferry company. It’s a rather busy crossing during the peak season.

Day 12: Bodø – Sandnessjøen along route 17. Shitty weather made the usually spectacular coastal route 17 less spectacular, so we headed to a camp just south of Sandnessjøen to dry up. Note to self: Don’t even THINK of hotels in this area!

Merete (left) and Liv invited Jon and me to a barbeque at the end of our trip. Great hospitality!

Merete (left) and Liv invited Jon and me to a barbeque at the end of our trip. Great hospitality!

Day 13: Sandnessjøen – Sparbu, first leg being Sandnessjøen – Tjøtta ferry quay then ferry from Tjøtta to Forvik, then riding Forvik – Sparbu still along route 17 where we stayed over at two riding friends of ours, Liv and Merete. A nice barbeque ended the formal part of the trip.

Day 14: We left for Trondheim, where Jon went westward to meet up with his girlfriend, whereas I headed back home to Oslo in one go.

 

Even the ferry crossings are spectacular in this part of Norway. This is from Brensholmen to Botnhamn.

Even the ferry crossings are spectacular in this part of Norway. This is from Brensholmen to Botnhamn.

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5 thoughts on “The North Cape Route

  1. Im planning a trip to North Cape this July/August on a a Moto Guzzi. Looking forward to it and to using this information.
    cheers

    Michael

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  2. Andy Hartwell

    Hello, we are planning a trip to Nordcap 2018. We are thinking on a Goldwing. Probably starting from Kristiansand. We believe there a no longer ferries from the UK to Norway or Denmark, if this is so we would take the ferry from Denmark to Norway. All and any advice would be very welcome. Many thanks in advance, Andy and Shirley Hartwell. Aphartwell@gmail.com

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    • Hi, good choice for a biking destination! Start by reading the route tips provided on this site, and let me know if you have specific wishes or requests. Welcome to Norway!

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