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Go West

It’s hard to challenge Western Norway when it comes to sheer beauty and wonderful motorcycle roads.

Oldevatn Camp in Olden is your perfect base camp for exploring the magnificent surroundings.

In early June 2022, the Norwegian Moto Guzzi Club called for its annual Spring Rally, this time – as it has been done every 5th year for the last 40 years or so – at Oldevatn Camping. Olden is in the vicinity of Loen, Stryn and everything that is good about Norway. Somewhat touristy cramped in the peak season, but I was lucky enough to be there ahead of the bunch.

A proper Guzzi rally requires some Guzzi theater. This 1200 Stelvio died at the rally site – which is probably the best place ever to have a break-down on your Guzzi, after all.

The more famous sightseeing in Olden is the Briksdalsbreen Glacier. It takes a good half an hour to walk up to the tongue of the glacier, but it is well worth it. Unfortunately, this glacier too is subject to global warming in the sense that the tongue is receeding – but it is still visible and you should go there if you can while in Norway.

Master Farmyard Ale Brewer Olav checks out the kveik fermented brew.

Coming from the Oslo area, I chose to ride over the Strynefjell Mountain Range to get there. It’s a good 6 hours ride if you choose the fast lane E6 – as I did getting there – but again: It is worth the ride. Besides, the Rokken Guzzi crew has none above nor beside when it comes to sheer hospitality and – it must be mentioned – great, home brewed farmhouse ale.

So do not linger – Western Norway is waiting for you!

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Postcard living

Last weekend I went to Olden in the western parts of Norway to join my Guzzi friends at the annual Guzzi Spring Rally. People in that part of Norway are living in surroundings of stunning beauty. It must be like living in a pic postcard…

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The Oldevatn lake is filled with melted glacial water, making it green – and coooold…

I took my new (to me) 1990 Guzzi SP3 for its inauguration trip to meet fellow Guzzisti at Oldevatn camping, not very far from Geiranger. This part of Norway is famed for its stunning beauty, and this weekend it certainly showed off in all its splendour.

I took Friday off from work, so I left for the rally on Thursday afternoon. It´s some 500 kms from where I live to Olden, so I opted for a stay-over at Lom. I chose a route which is not the fastest, but nevertheless pretty: Up to Fagernes, Road 51 over Valdresflye, the Stryn mountain road to Stryn and onwards to Olden. The bike ran flawlessly, apart from showing signs of a worn clutch boss, which of course is about to be fixed.

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Valdresflye mountain road is one of the 18 National Tourist Roads.

The Valdresflye mountain road – Road 51, one of the National Tourist Roads – is closed during winter, and opened for the season not many weeks ago. There is still some snow up there, but not on the roads, of course. It gets a bit chilly up on the top, so when you ride there – use your extra layer of clothes under your riding gear. In the summer there tends to be quite a few camper vans and other slow-moving tourists on the road, but as there is no vegetation to hamper the view of any oncoming traffic, they are easily overtaken.

After a rather unspectacular night at Lom, I did the last leg down to Olden over Stryn mountain road – Road 15. This road meets Road 63, which takes you down to the famous Geiranger fjord (also only open in the summer). But I kept following Road 15 towards Stryn.

The Stryn Mountain Road is tried to kept open also in the winter, but it´s frequently closed due to heavy snowing combined with tough winds. In the summer, it´s usually a tranquile, nice piece of mountain road with spectacular views. Be aware, though, that the tunnel starting the downclimb towards Stryn is VERY dark! Do not use sunglasses or tinted visors when you enter! The trick is to close one eye before going into the tunnel. When you´re inside and open it, your eye should have adjusted somewhat to the darker surroundings. There are three longer tunnels leading down to Stryn. Take precations when entering them. Just in case.

Stryn has a slogan – “Beautiful Stryn” – which is somewhat generic, but in this case it fits the area. The Stryn area IS beautiful! As is Loen, Olden, Utvik Mountain Road, et cetera. You cannot go wrong wherever you choose to point your front wheel. The roads may be considered somewhat narrow, but on a bike this is not a problem. Be aware of the many coaches carrying cruise ship passengers to sightsee the Briksdal Glacier. Or what´s left of it. Also – if you really want to part off with some cash, try the newly opened SkyLift cablelift in Loen. It´s some 50 euros, but those who do it says the view is awesome at some 3000 ft above the sea level.

I have stayed at the Oldevatn camping several times, and prefer this to any over-priced hotel accomodation: Due to heavy tourist traffic, accomodation prices tends to be in the higher end of the scale in the summer. But the camp sites are usually set at wonderful sites, and renting a cabin for a night or two shouldn´t break your budget.

The return ride was a rather uneventful ride in poor weather back home. But still – it was a day on the bike, which is always a good day.

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