Norway is an incredibly beautiful country – it has to be the most scenically “dense” of my whole trip. It’s also the most expensive, succeeding in making Sweden look cheap(ish) – but $ per view it would still be a winner. Here are a few shots to whet the appetite:
Since hotels seem to cost $200 a night to keep expenses under control, and also because I like and enjoy the freedom of it, I camped all the remaining nights in Norway (plus those in Sweden when I got back there). All my sites have been attractive, in a forest or by a lake, but the one below was the pick of them all:
Mixed with the scenery though are the roads; which when they are dry are a bikers heaven.
The roads aren’t always dry though;
Whilst I really enjoyed the roads they were harder work for some:
You do also sometimes see sobering images though to remind you to take care:
Part of the fun of the roads is they are interspersed in many places with ferry trips across the fjiords which add to the variety:
The other way of connecting places are tunnels. These vary from tiddlers only a few 100 metres long to this one:
This tunnel was fun to drive – wide and well lit. Some of the other older ones weren’t so good; dark, bumpy, wet two lane roads that wound there way through the mountains with unexpected turns and dips. A surprise in another was finding a roundabout half way through it and having to instantly work out what exit “road” I needed. Also some of the tunnels high in the mountains had doors at each end (to prevent ice forming in the tunnels)- you drove up to this oversize garage door and waited whilst it slowley opened and then as soon as it entered it closed behind you. A slightly eery feeling being shut in and not helped in one case where I got to the far end and the sensor failed to detect the bike so the exit door didn’t open! (Fortunately inspection revealed a manual operation button for just such occasions so I was able to let myself out).
I really enjoyed myself in Norway but aware of the time of year and the fact that it was supposed to be snow covered already I started to head South before the weather did change. And I’m glad I did – I found that even in the few days I had been over near the west coast the temperatures in the centre had dropped a few more degrees and ice on the road was becoming a problem. One particularly long unexpected slide on a road in mid-afternoon told me it was time to leave!
And a final shot:
If anyone is interested my rough route in Norway is now marked on the google map linked to the site. If you wonder why this is not always up to date it is because it needs a really good internet connection to do the changes so often its just not possible.
OK that it for now – updates on Sweden, Denmark and my first few days in Germany coming soon.