Norwegians celebrate “Jul” (from old norse Yule) on 24 December. RideNorway is counting down to Winter Solstice with trip planning tips and trivia!
1 December: Top 3 Roads of Norway
We all have our favourite riding roads. Some like the gravel road kind, others like the scenic ones. Norway is full of wonderful motorcycle roads, so choosing the best is almost impossible. However, this is RideNorway’s current top pick:
The Varanger Route is right on top of our (current) Top 3 Roads of Norway. (Photo: RideNorway.com)
1) The Varanger Route. 160 km’s of very special road from Varangerbotn to Hamningberg way up North in Norway. It’s one of our favourite routes because it’s not overfilled with tourists in slow camper vans, the scenerys different from anything else, and this writer is from the area. Ok, very biased, but the fact remains: If you can, do the Varanger road. You will not regret it.
The Suleskar Mountain Road seems like it was made for motorcycles. It’s just great! (Photo: Suleskarvegen.no)
2) The Suleskar Mountain Road. It is true: This road was practically made for motorcycles. It is narrow, twisty and great fun. It takes you over a magnificent mountain range, and leads you even to Lysebotn. The hairpins taking you there are legendary. The only downside is that you will encounter some camper vans along the route. They may be hard to pass due to the at times narrow road, but most of the drivers are polite and will pull over to let you pass. Don’t let this minor annoyance put you off: Explore Suleskar!
You must not miss the Coastal Route – Road 17 – when you visit Norway. Ride along it and feel the heartbeat rate slow to a leisurly pace. (Photo: RideNorway.com)
3) The Coastal Route of Northern Norway. No list is complete without it. 650 kms, plenty of ferries – this is the road you choose to lower your heartbeat. Make sure you plan somewhat ahead to see all the juicy parts, which may require a deviation from the Road 17 itself. You should plan for at least 5 days, although it is doable in 3 if you hasten through. But you do not want to do that. It needs to be savoured slowly.
If you have been riding Norway – do you agree with these picks? Or do you have other favourites? Leave your comment below!