A Coastal Craic
The Norwegian Fjords
The Land of Trolls & Vikings
Duration: 13 Days
Dates: 5 - 17 August 2023
Without question, Norway has some of the best motorcycling roads in the world. This is a big statement, but there are few ways to describe this astonishing country other than in superlatives - it is truly incredible! There are few places we have ridden that provide such a complete riding experience that will leave you breathless and wide-eyed, with a grin from ear to ear! There are the sublime, swooping curves running through the valleys, often along the water's edge of a stunning fjord, changing down a gear or two to join twisting hairpins as you climb up through the drama of the mountains to the moonscapes along the plateaus above...you will NOT be disappointed by this spectacular country!
Norway is a fair distance from anywhere and our trip officially begins in Kristiansand in the south. If you are coming from the UK, we suggest you use the new ferry route from Holland to Norway which is a really efficient way to get to get there, arriving in Kristiansand at 9.00am on Day 1.
The beauty of the Norwegian landscape begins almost as soon as we leave the boat and we will get into the swing of this majestic land very quickly, visiting Flekkefjord on the way to our first night's stop in the delightful coastal town of Stavanger.
We will visit the extraordinary Lysefjord with its breathtaking stretch of hairpin bends (27 in all!), winding our way up the the coastline to Bergen, the fishing town of Maløy, up to Kristiansund via the exquisite Atlantic Ocean Road and then on to the picturesque island of Veiholmen where we will enjoy a well earned rest for a day. If you have the energy, you will be able to take a guided tour in a kayak around some of the 5000 tiny islands that pepper this area and you may be lucky enough to catch sight of a whale feeding on the krill close to the rocky shores of this beautiful, serene part of the world. Truly a place to forget the stresses of everyday life...
The second half of the trip takes us inland to experience all the drama of the mountain passes and sheer cliff faces that are the result of the extraordinary forces generated in the ice-age all those millennia ago. The geology of this country is breathtaking and none more dramatic than in the climb up the infamous Trollstigen road to look back down the valley from the top. Equally, the impossibly beautiful Dalsnibba Mountain towering above the fjord below leaves your heart pumping. You will never want to leave...
This trip is a real favourite and you will return home enriched by the mountain air and astonishing landscape...
NB This trip can be extended should you wish to visit the Arctic Circle or even the Nordkapp (North Cape - the most northerly (rideable) point on the European landmass...). Please discuss this with the Mad Hatter team when you make your booking...
We leave in the morning at 8.30am and aim to be at our destination by 6.00pm in the evening. This equates to around 6 hours in the saddle - we typically ride for an hour and a half before a break for coffee with a stop for lunch and another break in the afternoon. We are definitely happy to stop to admire the view and for photo opportunities along the way.
The trip starts from the southern Norwegian city of Kristiansand
If travelling from the UK, you will need to take the ferry from Harwich to Hoek van Holland and we suggest you continue with the ferry from Eemshaven to Kristiansand
We recommend you allow 1-2 full day's travel either at end of the trip if travelling from the UK
You will experience the incredible roads through the spectacular Norwegian landscape from fjords to mountain passes
Nights will be spent in delightful hotels or B&Bs along the way
You will enjoy a well earned rest day on the picturesque fishing island of Veiholmen, north of Kristiansund
The pace will not be quick as you will want to feast your eyes and enjoy the views to the full!
You will ride the famous Trollstigen pass and the mighty Dalsnibba Mountain to marvel at the breathtaking views
Trip ends in Kristiansand, and the return trip to the UK will be by ferry to Holland to catch the return ferry to Harwich.
Minimum: 4 bikes, 4 riders
Maximum: 5 bikes
1 rider, 1 room
1 rider, 1 pillion, 1 room
2 riders, 1 room
£4,275 per person
All ferry crossings within Norway for the duration of the trip
Breakfast every day
Dinner on 1 evening
An experienced guide throughout your stay
Some awesome riding!
Insurance - we recommend that you take out personal travel insurance before you set off
Ferry crossings to and from the UK and Norway
Any food and drink consumed along the way except as stated above
All fuel throughout the trip
Please note that routes and trip details may change due to circumstances beyond our control. We will inform you of this as soon as is practicable.