Staying in tents is not your cup of tea? Then the Hub Riding concept may be just up your alley.
While tents and free roaming for many is an integrated part of motorcycle travel, quite a few of us are getting accustomed to a higher level of comfort. Yes – we are talking hotels. But in this case, rather special hotels. Not your average by-the-road motel or chain hotel. No, here we are talking of really special hotels at really special places.
“De Historiske” – The Historic Hotels – is a group of special, old and magnificently situated hotels in Norway. The group has created a new concept – Hub Riding – where they suggest a route for you as a motorcycle rider, and – lo and behold – the routes even interlinks the hotels in The Historic group. Of course it is a marketing and sales thingy. However, you are of course not obilged to stay at their hotels to enjoy the routes. If you choose to do so, The Historic Hotels are truly situated at wonderful spots, and each of them carries quite a history. We have stayed at several of them (typically after payday) and enjoyed the sites, the food and the differentness of these special places. Fun fact: The Hub routes are named after motorcycles, e.g. Route KTM, Route Ducati etc.
So if you have the funds to spend to enjoy Norway a la bourgeoisie, visit HubRiding.no to be inspired. Or have a look at the promo film.
As promised, we have kept the roads in good order and the beer cold. You may at least shake the dust off your riding plans from last year and start looking forward to a riding experience only Norway can provide. Stay tuned!
UPDATE 21 FEB 2021: The Corona virus is still roaming the world and will most likely not go away for a while. This, of course, has an impact on travel to Norway too, even for the 2021 riding season.
Norwegian health authorities are updating their travel guidance on a regular basis. The border control varies according to the transmission rates around Norway. Keep abreast with the current situation at the National Institute of Public Health. Breaching regulations or any imposed quarantine will invoke heavy monetary penalties and expulsion from Norway, and you are exposing other people to a serious health hazard – do NOT breach regulations! Motorcyclists are of course by default socially responsible and competent individuals, so you will not expose anyone to increased risk by not following guidelines.
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
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!
“The midnight sun was a majestic experience for me. Looking out onto the Lofoten Islands is going to be a cherised memory”, writes Irishman Michael McCormick in his blog after his trip from Beabeg to Bodø and back in the summer of 2019.
Michael maintains the blog for the charity ride The Run of the Country Charity Motorbike Tour. “A thrilling one day, with an overnight, 200 mile, charity motorcycle tour. It’s the best little charity motorcycling event in Ireland. The proceeds of the event are used to help adults with intellectual disabilities who use Malta Services Drogheda reach their personal development goals”, he writes.
In July 2019, Michael saddled his 750 Africa Twin and headed for Norway. “There were good bits and not so good bits. There were things I could do better and there was stuff that I just brought with me and never used”, he continues.
“It was a marvellous experience. The blog and feedback kept me company. I’m not sure if I’ll do it again though”, he admits. However, we are confident that we will see Michael on these shores again any year soon 🙂
Dean Marshall, a UK based Honda 750 Africa Twin rider, rode his trusty steed from London to Hell, Trøndelag County. Below are the images from his trip.
Here’s what Dean wrote:
Hi! Some pics of my solo trip London to Hell and back August 2017. I didn’t get to the Artic circle as planned because of the torrential rain in Norway that summer. I was delayed by about 8 days so had no time to go further north. I’m leaving London on the 15th of July (2019) to try to get to Nordkapp as I feel I have unfinished business. Having read your blog I have decided to go to Asp and follow the route 17 to Bodo then on to the Lofoten Islands.
You’re welcome, Dean – we’re looking forward to seeing your images from your trip to Nordkapp as well. And welcome back!
The Primus Rally. It’s one to tell the grandchildren about. Last weekend, the umpteenth (47th or something) edition was organized. Or rather: Not organized.
That is the thing about the Primus Rally. People just turn up at the right spot at the right time every year. It’s not organized with party tents and beer etc (people bring it themselves), unlike the Dragon Rally or the Elefanten Treffen. What you bring is what you get. And for the regulars, this is exactly what they want. No fuzz, a lot of fun, new friends, and another story to tell. This year saw riders from many countries in Europe, and the attendance was pretty big for a somewhat standard year (e.g. no anniversary or anything), a guesstimation of some 150 bikes, give or take. Enjoy some of the images from a brilliant weekend (I only attended as a day tripper on Saturday, whereas some arrived as early as Wednesday). Enjoy the images – and seek out the Primus Rally Group on Facebook if you need info. They’re a helpful bunch.
When: Every last full weekend in February. Where:Fjorda at Bjoneroa in Oppland County, South-East Norway (some 1.5 hrs from Oslo).
A smaller, but nevertheless friendly and funny winter rally is the Agder Frost Rally. The rally is held in January, and should be visited by any discerning winter rider.
The Agder Frost is not a big rally. A handful of riders, but nevertheless a long standing tradition and a lot of fun. Of course. Here are some images from this year’s Agder Frost, kindly provided by Sigmund Hornberg and Halvor Nyquist.
If you want to attend, you can find the organizers – or rather, the guys that usually go – on their Facebook page. You may have to ask to be accepted into the group, but that is only a minor formality. Ask you questions, and you will get all the info you need. The rally is usually held near Svenes, and is conveniently accessible from the ferry port of Kristiansand, from which it is some 70 kms to the rally site.
Baffle your audience with your insight into Norway trivia. Here are 20 ice-breakers to get the conversation started.
The length of the Norwegian coastline is 2nd only to Canada.
Even most Norwegians don’t know that parts of Northern Norway is further East than Istanbul. Or that more Norwegians than Canadians speak English. Armed with these 20 fun facts about Norway, you are ready to engage the domestic audience with your insight. Norwegians tend to be viewed as a bit introvert. But we aren’t, really. We’re just being polite by not disturbing you in any way, or wasting your precious time. A bit like the Finns. Until we’re partying, that is. In any case, these are good ice-breakers to get Norwegians to talk about other things than the weather. Good luck!