Motorcycle Tours in Norway
The fairytale land of the deep North, Norway inspires awe and a sense of adventure. Motorcycle tours in Norway stand out from all other European motorcycling destinations: out here, you’ll ride some of the continent’s most scenic roads, see the majestic fjords and mountains, cross the Arctic Circle, ride your motorcycle alongside small herds of reindeer strolling casually across the roads, and experience Norwegian ways of life up close and personal. Norway offers breathtaking landscapes, pristine, untouched Arctic nature, dreamlike fjord panoramas, and excellent motorcycling roads twisting and turning in generous switchbacks and curves. The Norwegian coastline is a route seemingly made for motorcyclists: incredible views, phenomenal roads, and a thrill of adventure await here as you make your way North to the motorcycle travelers’ Mecca, the lonely rock of Nordkapp marking the northernmost point of continental Europe. Motorcycle tours in Norway focus on some of its most scenic routes. Starting with Trolstigen, one of Europe’s most beautiful motorcycling roads, and the famous Geiranger Fjord carving up the lush green mountains around it, you’ll travel through Norway’s jaw-dropping inland, then turn westward to experience the stunning Atlantic Ocean Road and the picture-perfect Lofoten Islands. Riding motorcycles in Norway is a mix of nature, adventure, and smooth tarmac knotting itself in spectacular hairpins and turns revealing the best of the Land of the Midnight Sun.
Motorcycle Tours in Norway: Highlights
Whether you’re riding solo or going on a motorcycle tour in Norway, some of the locations are so iconic they simply cannot be missed. Here is a list of our favorite routes and destinations for two-wheeled travel in Norway:
Trollstigen Connecting the little villages of Valldal and Andalsnes, Trollstigen is a road straight out of a motorcyclist‘s dream. Translating literally to „Troll‘s Staircase“, Trollstigen offers up eleven steep hairpins crawling up a wall of a majestic fjord. Beloved by local riders and travelers alike, Trollstigen is best ridden on weekdays or earlier in the morning to avoid the slow tourist traffic. Once you reach the top of Trollstigen, be sure to park your bike and take a short hike to the viewing platform to appreciate the views of the fjord below. When it comes to motorcycle tours in Norway, Trollstigen is one of the most recognizable – and breathtaking - landmarks on the itinerary. Geiranger Fjord Besides being a stunning feat of engineering and a motorcycle rider’s delight, Trollstigen leads to another iconic Norwegian site – the Geiranger Fjord. Surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks and cascading waterfalls, Geiranger Fjord appears like it’s photoshopped into the lush green scenery. The narrow, bright blue fjord cuts deep into the land leaving a stunning admiral blue lagoon in its wake. Best viewed from above, Geiranger Fjord can be explored over the course of two or three days, especially if you love hiking. For the foodies, the Geiranger Brewery located in a boathouse offers local beers and their signature snack, licorice – flavored meringues. Atlantic Ocean Road Situated near Trondheim just north of Trollstigen and Geiranger Fjord, the out-of-this-world scenic Atlantic Ocean Road connects a small archipelago of islands arching above the sea. Known for its unique construction of causeways, viaducts, and no less than eight long bridges, the Atlantic Ocean Way is one of the most photographed roads in Norway, and it‘s a must-ride on your Norwegian tour: the road seems to plunge into the ocean, with waves sometimes crashing over it, and the feeling of braving the elements here makes for an unforgettable experience. Arctic Circle If riding above the Arctic Circle sounds like an epic adventure, that‘s because it is. In Norway, the Arctic Circle begins just a little above the small town of Mo i Rana. Following E6 from Mo i Rana north, you‘ll come across the Arctic Circle Centre with a small museum, souvenir shop, and a cafe.You can get your Arctic Circle certificate here and send your loved ones a postcard bearing the Arctic Circle postmark before continuing further north. Once you cross the Arctic Circle, beware of reindeer crossing the road: the furry four-legged creatures aren‘t impressed by engine or horn sounds, so watch your speed and ride carefully to avoid collision. Nordkapp Nordkapp, or the North Cape, marks the northernmost point in Europe that can be accessed by a motorized vehicle. Here, at the end of all roads, a lone 300-meter cliff plunges into the icy waters of the Barents Sea, and the land is so desolate and barren it appears uninhabitable. While the roads leading to Nordkapp are incredibly scenic, brace for the harsh, chilly winds blowing from the Arctic, and layer up for the journey North. Nordkapp is the ultimate destination of all motorcycle tours in Norway, and you can snap that iconic picture at the Globe Statue in the visitor centre. From here, it’s mere two thousand kilometers to the North Pole, and the magnetism of the North Cape is an extraordinary experience. Lofoten Islands Located above the Arctic Circle in the deep North and accessible by ferry, Lofoten Islands are a must-see on your Norway motorbike tour. Lofoten archipelago was inhabited as early as the Stone Age, then settled by Vikings and finally, serving as a network of cod fisheries for over a thousand years. Fishing is still a big thing in Lofoten but, because of its breathtaking scenery, idyllic villages and towns, and stunning roads, the islands are now one of the most popular travel destinations in the country.
Practical Information for Touring Norway
Motorcycle tours in Norway typically run from May to mid-September for the best weather conditions. Above the Arctic Circle, temperatures are low even during the summer months, so be sure to gear up and pack warm layers if you’re riding all the way to Nordkapp. Part of the Schengen Area, but not the EU, Norway uses krone as its official currency, and it’s a fairly expensive country to travel. Expect to spend around $150 a day on your food, fuel, and accommodation here. Norway is one of the safest countries to travel in Europe. So much so that some cabin owners up North leave the houses’ doors open, and visitors deposit cash in the boxes when they leave – Norwegians operate on a trust system, and you can ride here safely and confidently. If you’re not sure which bike to pick for your motorcycle tour in Norway, go with a tourer or an adventure bike like the BMW GS 850 or 1200. There will be few opportunities to get off the road in Norway, but having a reliable, comfortable ADV bike will help brace against the biting Northern winds, negotiate the hairpins, and avoid wildlife on the roads.