Why is Norway such a popular destination for motorcyclists and why do thousands of bikers flock to lands once roamed by the Vikings. Lets look at why Norway is such an amazing country and why it should be on your top 5 places to tour on a motorcycle
Finding new and exciting places to visit and travel to on our motorcycles can often be a frustrating task, especially with there being so many wonderful places to visit in our small world. Norway for many bikers has always been a place to really experience the true freedom of biking and touring on motorbikes. It offers the most surreal scenery in all of Europe and with it being only a couple of days ride away there really should be no excuse as to why it shouldn’t be on every bikers top five places to visit.
HOW TO GET THERE ON YOUR BIKE?
Getting to Norway is relatively simple and a pain free experience. Many cross the English Channel from Folkestone to Calais and ride through Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and into Denmark, from here catching the ferry from Hirtshals to Kristiansand on the southern coast of Norway. Another option is to take the ferry from Harwich to Hook of Holland, which, cuts out some considerable miles especially if you live in the midlands or further north of the UK.
The ferry can be from £100 plus, whereas the Eurotunnel is approximately £80 return but do book in advance or this price can double.
IS IT EXPENSIVE?
Norway can be expensive. A typical beer in Norway can set you back £7 but the beauty of the place is worth every penny, you have to set a fine line between eye candy and a depreciation of your bank balance. Whilst Norway can be around 40-50% more expensive than everywhere else in Europe, you simply need to be savvy about it. Some report eating a simple dish and being charged £40 for it, to be honest, this is foolish, if you don’t agree with it, just check the menu prices first!
Food isn’t so bad, with meals costing similar to the prices in UK restaurants if you hunt around and perhaps choose places just outside of the main centers of towns. Fuel can be higher priced too, at about £1.30 – £1.50 per litre but then Norway is a place you go to enjoy beauty. It isn’t a place where you can throw some belongings in a pannier and head off on a whim, you’d probably run out of money after day four! It does need a degree of planning and preparation.
WHAT FOOD DO THEY EAT?
There staple diet is fish, salmon mainly, meat and potatoes but all manner of dishes are available on most menus in the bigger towns. It really depends on where you go and what part of the country you are in. They are very fond of their stew, consisting of meat and vegetables, partly due to the cold weather they experience for most of the year. Another favourite, which falls under their fast food category is “Polse”, which is similar in shape and taste to that of a Frankfurter and is often eaten on the go.
It depends if you don’t mind or enjoy roughing it or you’d rather have the comfort of a hotel room and private shower/bathroom after each day’s riding. The difference being is that the former is likely to cost you a damn site more. A typical hotel room in a decent 3* hotel will set you back £80 – £120, whereas a night under the stars during the summer months will cost you around £10 in a campsite but anyone can camp for free in the wilderness areas (some restrictions do exist so be sure to do research before pitching your tent) and you will truly feel at one with nature. Camping in Norway is brilliant, it offers such a connection with the landscape and its surroundings as opposed to being in a stuffy hotel in the middle of town, however, each to their own, just make sure you budget for this as some of the more popular towns can provide very expensive accommodation during the peak season, with prices being as high as £200 per night for a basic 3* hotel!
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO GET AROUND?
There are many Fjords in Norway and almost all of the bigger ones connecting the towns and cities will have a car ferry. You can jump on board one of these for little money, less than what it would cost in fuel to go around the mountains and in far less time. A lot of the Norwegian highways are well maintained roads, there aren’t many though as the terrain is very rugged and therefore roads tend to either flow through valleys or around them. Looking on a map you will see that the roads heading north and especially up as far as the Article Circle are limited with only one or two roads in places giving access, so make sure you choose the right time of year or you could be riding in heavy snowfall and get caught out!
BEST PLACES TO GO?
For the ultimate experience get yourself booked up on Guided Motorbike Tours tour of Norway, which, captures all the best places in Norway and you even have your own professional tour guide with you 24/7 so you needn’t worry about getting lost or spending endless hours searching for locations, especially the hidden secrets! For more details on their tour, click here