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8 December: Top 3 Winter Rallies of Norway

RideNorway is counting down to Winter Solstice with trip planning tips and trivia!

8 December: Top 3 Winter Rallies

Norwegian riders rides in the winter too. Where there are riders, there are rallies. These are RideNorway’s Top 3 Winter Rallies:

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The Primus Rally. Sometimes snowy, sometimes just downright cold. (Image: RideNorway.com)

1. The Primus Rally

Probably the most know of them all on these shores. This quintessential winter rally has been going on for some 50 years. No-one seems to know exactly when it was organized – or rather: Not organized – for the first time, but it was sometime in the very early 1970s. It is the Norwegian winter rally that attracts the most foreign riders too. It’s always in the last full weekend of February – book your ferry tickets now! Check out YouTube for videos from the rally, or have a look at this one, from 1980. The funny thing is that it looks more or less the same today as it did 40 years ago.

 

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The Woodgatherer Rally is always in the 1st full weekend after the 1st winter day, which is 14 October. (Image: RideNorway.com)

2. The Woodgatherer Rally

Even though this rally is held in October, and not nearly as cold as the Primus, it is technically still a winter rally. It is always held at the 1st full weekend after the 1st winter day, which is 14 October. It is also held at the same place as the Primus Rally, at Fjorda in Bjoneroa. A wonderful rally!

 

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The New Year’s Rally is a fantastic blend of bikes and fireworks. And snow.  (Image: RideNorway.com)

3. The New Year’s Rally

In the first full weekend of January – sometimes the second full weekend – the ladies and gentlemen of Sandefjord MCC throws a New Year’s Rally at Trollsvann in Vestfold. People show up with their bikes, tents, cooking gear and – above all – fireworks at a parking in the deep forest, celebrating the New Year as only winter riders can. Highly recommended!

For more information on winter rallies, visit this page. For tips on winter riding, read here. And if you disagree with this list, let us hear in the comments below!

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Julian’s Journey to Nordkapp

Britton Julian Davies undertook a month-long trip to Nordkapp and beyond to raise money for the battle against cancer.

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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

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Winter wanderlust

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.

 

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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).

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Frosty fun

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.

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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.

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New Year’s Rally 2018

Last weekend, the coolest bikers in Norway inaugurated 2018 with the traditional New Year’s Rally at Trollsvannet in Vestfold County. Next year, the rally has its 20th Anniversary. You want to be there – and it’s pretty easy to get there.

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Halvor Nyquist (right) needed a tug to start his 1985 Moto Guzzi 850 T5 sidecar rig. The rig actually used to be mine, but Halvor bought it from me a couple of years ago. He came back home all right. (All images: Kyrre Hagen)

Norwegian Kyrre Hagen is an avid year round rider. He has kindly let RideNorway publish his images from the 2018 edition of the New Year’s Rally. As always it was held in the deep forests near Trollsvannet (“The Trolls Lake”), and even though the temperature crept down to -20C on Saturday, nobody complained. Sunny, crispy and fresh air. What more can you ask for, right? Some 25 riders, good mood, good food, plenty of drinks, and even a stroll in the nice weather. Bonfires, fireworks and a good laugh for all is guaranteed!

Next year the rally has its 20th Anniversary, and you can be there to take part in the celebrations! Start your planning now -it’s pretty accessible from most ferry ports in the South and South-Eastern parts of Norway. The closest port would be at Larvik. Color Line traffics the ferry route between Hirtshals (DK) and Larvik, which is only 46 km from the rally site. And the ferry trip itself is a short 3.5 hrs. Do not worry if you do not know anyone at the rally: The organizers and attendees are very accommodating, and they will take good care of you. Check out a couple of videos from earlier rallies here and here.

Feel free to mail me or comment below if you have questions on how to get there. If you’re new to winter riding, read the Winter Riding Guide right here.

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Cool rallies in Norway

So you’re planning on doing a winter bike trip to Norway? You badass! Welcome! Here are the tips on how to prepare and where to go.

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Winter motorcycle riding does not involve any magic tricks. Just some common sense and a few preparations. It’s a whole new world awaiting you out there!

Winter riding is – if not common, so at least not unusual among Norwegian riders. Judging by the attendance at our winter rallies, it’s quite popular also among riders from abroad. Brits, Italians, Spaniards, Germans, Belgians, French, Danes, Swedes, and more: They have all been here, and keep coming, to experience this wonderful world of winter riding. And some even to have a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

But where to go? How do I prepare? Where are the rallies? And when are they? Do not despair: RideNorway is here to help!

Firstly: If you’re new to this game, make sure you are all set to ride in the winter landscape. There are no magic tricks involved, just common sense – and a few preparations. You will find all the info you need right here.

Secondly: Here is a list of some of the best winter rallies in Norway, commencing in October and ending in February. Alas, you will be too late for two of them, but you can still make the others.

A whole new, wonderful winter world awaits you! Enjoy!

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Happy New Year!

All the best for 2018 to all of you! Hope to see you on the road somewhere in Norway!

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Right then – spring is (nearly) here!

So we’ve been through the New Year’s Rally 1st weekend in January and the venerable Primus Rally the last full weekend of February. Now it’s time to plan for this summer’s escape!

From this year’s New Year’s Rally, 1st full weekend of January. It was cool, and I debuted on my new Yamaha Tricity scooter with studded tires on a winter rally. Worked a treat!

This summer I will do all of Norway. Top to bottom. But in two legs: First, I’m having a bunch of biker friends from Finland coming over in July. My wife and I are spending ten days with this excellent crew. It’s their third time riding in Norway, and I’ve rigged a route – The Social South Bike Tour, Norway 2017 – for us. It’ll take us to Trollstigen and Geiranger (of course), Olden, Hardanger, Road 13 down towards Stavanger, Suleskard mountain road including the Lysebotn serpentines, Dalen, ending the trip near Oslo. It’ll be a hoot, especially since a couple of my Guzzi friends in the West are considering throwing us a barbequeue party to remember, with pit roasted suckle pig and plenty of home brewed ale (so maybe we will not remember after all…). But I cannot reveal the whole thing here – in case some of my Finnish friends reads this.

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The Svartisen Glacier in Nordland county. I took this pic last year while guiding a bunch of Finns to Lofoten along the Coastal Road 17.

The second leg is with my 81 year old mum. We have since long planned a 14 day long trip from Finnmark far north, where she lives, all the way down south with her riding in the tub of my sidecar. Her recent osteoporosis scans forced us to alter those plans, however, so we’ll take the car. It’s a convertible, though, so we will get wind in our hair anyway!

So start planning, people! There are miles and miles of splendid roads and fantastic scenery awaiting you here in Norway. And a trip here doesn’t have to break your bank.

 

 

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Video: Let the chilly season begin!

The winter season is hereby inaugurated! The Woodgatherer Rally did what is was intended to do. Let the chilly season begin!

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Frozen

The first pics and videos from last weekend’s Primus Rally is hitting the web. What a rally they had!

(Video published by permission of Roger Visser)

Roger Visser and his crew from the Netherlands rode some of the ca 80 bikes from several countries that rallied together in the Fjorda area of Bjoneroa last weekend for the annual Primus Rally. Alas, due to duties for the Norwegian Motorcyclists’ Union, I couldn’t participate myself this year. But the video from Roger shows some of the good things that goes on in the frozen period in Norway. Reportedly, it was a mild venue this year, only -16C during the night, and around 0C in the daytime. Nothing scary, in other words.

You can also see some pics if you tune into the Primus Rally Facebook Page. Enjoy!

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