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!
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 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.
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!
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.
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 (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!
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.