The green Alps in the blue sea, that is how the Norwegians affectionately call the Lofoten. It's a long way from Oslo - and that's good. Because in the eternal sunlight of the Scandinavian summer, even the days are long lasting.
|per rider in shared twin/double room||€3,990.00 $4,438.71 ?|
|pillion passenger||€2,990.00 $3,326.25 ?|
|Single room supplement||€990.00 $1,101.33 ?|
|Kiel-Oslo and back with the ferry company Color Line in double cabins with shower / WC|
|Overnight stay in double room/ double cabins|
|Half board (extensive breakfast and dinner)|
|German speaking tour guide on the motorcycle|
|Sightseeing programme/ entrance fees|
|Ferry fees in Norway|
|Everything that is not listed under services|
|Drinks/ coffee breaks|
|Travel cancellation and return transport insurance|
|Total distance: approx. 4,000 km (in Norway, excluding travel to/from the airport)|
|Daily stages: 150 - 400 km|
|Group size: approx. 8 to 10 motorcycles per tour guide|
|Minimum number of participants: 6 riders|
|If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the tour up to 28 days before the tour starts|
|Road condition: We only ride on mostly well asphalted roads.|
|Climate: The weather conditions are similar to those in Central Europe. It is easily possible to experience summer days with 25° C. North of the Arctic Circle, however, you should be prepared for major fluctuations in temperature and weather.|
|Rations: In the morning there are almost exclusively sumptuous breakfast buffets, in the evening mostly multi-course menus or Koldtbord (cold-warm buffet with a wide selection of Norwegian specialities).|
|Travel documents: Swiss citizens and citizens of EU countries only need an identity card to enter the country. Participants of other nationalities are requested to inquire at the responsible national office. Please carry your green insurance card with you during the tour.|
|Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.|
Even far after midnight, the sun provides comforting warmth. Time enough for the many views and impressions that Norway has to offer. Even if you have to travel through the whole country until you reach the beautiful Lofoten high up in the cool north.
Silently, lonely and mystically they rise high up out of the deep blue northern sea, stretching out towards the eternal sun. But on these islands, summer always means full life - and that is colourful.
The Normans like to be outside in the warm air and are in a good mood.
And it infects everyone. It is a good thing that also the coast further to the south up to the Trondheimfjord has some wonderful curved tracks and much more to offer. Otherwise there would probably be no reason to escape the eternal sun of Lofoten.
1st day: Journey to Kiel
Individual arrival in Kiel with meeting point until 11 am directly on the harbour area, where we board the luxury ferry of Color Line at noon. After we
we meet on the uppermost outer deck to get to know each other a little better and enjoy the harbour exit from the bay of Kiel.
Dinner in one of the restaurants and overnight stay on board.
2nd day: Oslo - Røros, about 400 km
The last two hours with the ferry through the Oslofjord are a real highlight.
With such beautiful shoreline scenery, this is certainly one of the most beautiful city approaches from the lake in the world. The prospects are unique.
After arriving at about ten o'clock, we leave Oslo on the highway towards the north-east. After approx. 100 km we turn right and then ride along a somewhat lonelier road. We travel over barren mountains, along sparkling waters such as "Mjøsa", Norway's largest lake, and through the "Femundsmarka" National Park.
Here, in this lonely region, on the shores of Lake Femund, in the forests of Gutulia and in the mountainous areas of Femundsmarka, you can meet moose, lynx, wolverine and, with a bit of luck, one of the shy brown bears. Some reindeer will cross our way and at the many streams and rivers we can spot a beaver here and there.
Our destination today is the idyllic mining town of Røros, a place in the middle of the country where, for example, temperatures can sometimes drop to minus 45 degrees Celsius in winter. Røros is best known for its copper mine, which mined the first ore as early as 1644. UNESCO has also declared the mining town a World Heritage Site, as one of Europe's oldest timber towns. Whether individually or together in a group, for this place it is worth taking at least one hour of time in the evening.
Dinner and overnight stay in the middle of the World Heritage Site.
3rd day: Røros - Snåsa approx. 340 km
This morning falls into the category "lonely streets surrounded by crystal clear lakes and mountains". Every now and then a truck with freshly felled tree trunks and in the background the "Vigelfjella", a mountain range that separates Norway from Sweden. And again and again reindeer force us to slow down or stop, so that the "photographers" get their money's worth.
Gradually it becomes more lively and around noon we reach the town of Stjørdal, already in the Viking Age a centre of settlement on the fjord of the same name. After a lunch break together, we ride to the E6 and along the Trondheimfjord to Verdalsøra, then on side roads via Steinkjer and along the world-famous Snåsavatnet lake to today's destination Snåsa.
Overnight stay with dinner at the hotel.
4th day: Snåsa - polar circle approx. 415 km
The North calls! As we are taking the longest stage of our tour under the wheels today, we start again on the E6, on which we cross the border to the north "Nord-Norge" after about 125 km. We leave the E6 after a short stop and enjoy the views of the valleys with rivers and lakes formed by the mighty glaciers of the Ice Age on lonely side roads. After the lunch break we will continue for about 1.5 hours to the polar circle.
After a stop at the Arctic Circle Centre we take the last few kilometres to the hotel.
At the latest here, everyone will probably realize that the nights are no longer
Hotel at the Arctic Circle, a little simpler, but very original.
5th day: Arctic circle - Narvik approx. 360 km
Along the Saltdalsfjorden we ride north via Fauske and if the weather is fine we can see the majestic Lofoten from afar. Many bridges, tunnels and deeply cut fjords present us with a Norway like in a picture book.
We pass the peninsula Hamarøy where the Norwegian writer and Nobel prize winner Knut Hamsun lived and worked. A sure highlight is then the impressive, almost 45-minute ferry crossing over the Tysfjords, followed by a tunnel through the Norwegian "national mountain" Stetind.
With its 1392 metres, it is considered the highest granite obelisk on earth. In the late afternoon we reach the iron ore town of Narvik, home to the legendary Hurtigruten shipping company. Narvik is also the end of the Ofot railway, which transports iron ore from Kiruna and from here it is shipped on. Norway has its narrowest point in Narvik, which is only a few kilometres wide. Sweden is within hearing distance.
Dinner and overnight stay at the exclusive Rica Hotel Narvik.
6th day: Narvik - Svolvaer (Lofoten) about 300 km
All roads lead to Rome and "Mange veier fører til Lofoten" many roads lead to Lofoten. No matter from which direction one arrives to the Lofoten, it is always a real highlight and always completely different. Therefore it is also sensible not to choose the same route for arrival and departure.
For the arrival by motorbike, we have deliberately chosen the northern variant, as the construction of the "Lofast" bridge in 2007 will allow new access to Lofoten without the need for a ferry. After a short detour in Harstad, we leave the island of Hinnøya and take the panoramic road E10 over the Raftsündbrücke to our destination today, Svolvaer on Lofoten.
We will spend the next 3 nights on the seashore of Svolvaer in the fishermen's cabins specially selected by us, experiencing "nostalgia with high comfort". Dinner and breakfast in the restaurant.
7th - 8th day: Lofoten Highlights
The unique Lofoten Islands are the lure. Breathe fresh air, experience nature, be inspired and enjoy life. See, hear, feel. This is what Lofoten is for, this is where our senses are sharpened! Rugged mountains, with the wide sea around them, form the mighty backdrop for small, picturesque fishing villages. Lofoten is known for its unique landscape, traditional fishing culture, fishing huts (rorbuer), northern lights and midnight sun.
There is no peer pressure for either day. Apart from the joint dinners, nothing stands in the way of an individual arrangement of the day. If you wish, you can even look for it yourself and, if you wish, you will not meet the group again until the evening. The possibilities are manifold. Those who prefer to follow our experienced and knowledgeable guides can of course join us. Depending on the weather conditions, there are daily stages of about 250-300 km with selected highlights. Photo enthusiasts should have enough memory cards with them, because you will have trouble keeping your finger off the shutter release button.
9th day: Lofoten - Ørnes about 340 km
To say goodbye to the Lofoten is very difficult. But on the ferry to the mainland we can enjoy the great view to the mountain ranges of the Lofoten for some more hours. Back on the mainland we head south, past Bodø, over the bridge of "Saltstraumen". The world's strongest tidal current can reach up to 26 knots here. Every 6 hours almost 400 million m³ of water force their way through the 3 km long and 150 m wide strait.
The rapids have a diameter of up to 10 m and can reach 4-5 m in depth. The Saltstraumen is also world famous for its abundance of fish. Here the world record in saithe fishing was set. The record fish weighed 22.7 kg. Afterwards we turn onto the winding panoramic road 17 "Helgelandskysten". At approximately 400 km, it is the longest of the 18 classified "Norwegian Landscape Routes". For us, however, it remains today at 90 km to our destination Ørnes. Dinner with overnight stay at the hotel.
10th day: Ørnes - Sandnessjøen about 250 km
Although Lofoten is hard to beat in terms of scenery and views, no one will forget this day on Route 17 so quickly. And those who now have no more storage capacity on their photo camera will be annoyed to death. Because the stop right at the beginning of the road overwhelms with a fantastic view to the "Svartisen", with 370 km² the second biggest glacier of Norway. The first ferry crossing Ågskardet to Forøy follows.
A little later the second crossing Jektvik to Kilboghamn, on which we cross the Arctic Circle to celebrate the day. After countless panoramic views, many great curves, another ferry crossing from Nesna to Levang and finally over the magnificent Helgeland Bridge to the island of Alsten, we end this wonderful day.
We are at our destination in Sandnessjøen.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
11th day: Sandnessjøen - Namsos about 285 km
The panoramic road 17 non-stop to the "Rock-Hotel" in Namsos. The first highlight today is already a few kilometers after the start. The "7 sisters" (mountain range) on our left side are splendidly situated in front of us for the photo shooting. Then it gets very lonely on our roads and the "hop-on - hop-off" of the islands can begin. Three ferries for the next 100 km. In addition, impressive views with great panoramas, smooth curves with super road surface and zero traffic.
What more does a motorcyclist need? Gradually we move away from the European North Sea, along countless lakes between wonderful hilly landscapes. It is remarkable how suddenly agriculture is increasing and one clearly notices that meanwhile one is again several kilometres below the polar circle. On our left side the "Namsen" river suddenly appears, which means that we have reached our destination with the port of Namsos.
If there is still time, we can visit the "City-Rock-Museum" right next to our hotel.
Overnight stay and dinner at the "Scandic Rock City Hotel".
12th day: Namsos - Trondheim approx. 228 km
Although today's stage is a little shorter, we start punctually at 9.00 am, as we do not want to arrive too late in Trondheim. The former capital of Norway with its cathedral and beautiful old town is much too charming for that and we would like to be able to stroll around a little more. After about 35 km we leave Route 17 with a last detour to the North Sea, and then ride south over green hills to Flakkfjorden.
After crossing the fjord by ferry it is only a few kilometres to Trondheim. After a short check-in at the hotel, you can go for a stroll through the city, individually or in a group, depending on your mood. Dinner together in a restaurant in the old town. Overnight stay in the centre on the banks of the "Nidelva" canal.
13th day: Trondheim - Hamar about 400 km
Those who believe that the highest mountains in Norway are in the north are taught better today. Just a few kilometres after leaving the city in the direction of Oppdal, you ride through gentle hills, which later become imposing mountains. In Hjerkinn we turn off to Folldal, then we ride over a plateau along the "Rondane National Park" to Ringebu, where we visit the very famous stave church. And already a good hour later we arrive in the Olympic city of Lillehammer. Depending on the weather and time, you should visit "Maihaugen", the second largest open-air museum in Norway.
This museum consists of almost 200 historic houses from the 18th and 19th centuries. Afterwards further to today's destination in Hamar with our hotel directly at the "Mjøsa" lake.
Overnight stay and dinner at the hotel.
14th day: Hamar - Oslo about 155 km
This will be our last kilometers in Norway, but only for this year, because most of our participants will almost certainly return to Norway after this trip. First we ride on the panorama road 24 to Skarnes, the last 70 km on the highway to the harbour to Oslo. The departure of the ferry is around 2 pm.
As on arrival, we will meet again on the uppermost outer deck for the last joint trip through the incredibly beautiful Oslofjord. Dinner followed by a farewell drink, then overnight on the ferry.
15th day: Arrival Kiel
After a good and comfortable breakfast our ferry will dock in the harbour of Kiel at about 9.30 am. Now it's time to get off the ferry and say goodbye. See you next time.