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Journey across Norway on the twistiest roads, to blow your motorcycles mind! From South Norway (Sør-Norge) to North Norway (Nord-Norge) passing through the Arctic Circle. The road is very twisty as it follows along the coast and fjords (a narrow inlet with steep cliffs, created in a valley carved by glaciers) of Norway. Surprisingly enough Norway is not cold and covered in snow; in summer both Trondheim and Nordkapp (North Cape) are in the 60-77Â°F (15-25Â° C) ranges. The ride is 1,045 miles (1,682 km) and 22 hours or can be ridden over the course of a week. The ride is so breathtaking you'll very likely stay at each of the 5 stops along E6 just to do sightseeing.
Start the ride in the city of Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway. Trondheim is the third largest city in Norway with 177,000 people, located in Southern Norway; it's 307 miles (500 km) and 7 hours North of Oslo. Trondheim was founded in 997 AD and was the capital of Norway during the Viking age until 1217 AD. Trondheim is a coastal city and features buildings lining the water's edge; trees line most of the major roads. Gorgeous architecture fills the city, buildings have survived over a thousand years here, and it's a sight to see.
North of the city lies the border of South and North Norway, while riding to Mo i Rana you will pass under the Nord-Norge sign which signifies the entrance to Northern Norway.
From Trondheim to Mo i Rana, Nordland, journey North to the tip of Norway. Go North on European Route E6 (part of the road has a toll) for 298 miles (480 km) to Mo i Rana. The road to Mo i Rana is spectacular, long and full of twisties, switchbacks, and ups and downs, typical of Northern Norway landscape it's chock full of beautiful lakes, river rapids and many fjords.
Mo i Rana is a town of 18,000 people, and it's the gateway to the Arctic Circle. The city itself is no beauty, but the surrounding scenery offers towering mountains, glaciers, and rugged coastline. For a spectacular tour of a cave visit Grønligrotta just North of Mo i Rana. It's an illuminated tourist cave open June 20 - August 20, with over 10,000 visitors every summer. The guided tour brings you deep into a lime-stone network of passages, fabulous shapes and forms that water and ice have sculpted over 700,000 years; the tour takes about 20 minutes. Grønligrotta is astonishingly beautiful and it's a great place to check out while you're resting at your chosen motel in Mo I Rana. For more information on the Grønligrotta Caves see: http://esr.cc/N0p8mb
Photo credit: Ron Fischer Nord Norge Blog - http://esr.cc/LPIkim
Photo credit : Grønligrotta Caves - http://esr.cc/N0p8mb
From Mo i Rana to Harstad, Troms the road is 271 miles (437 km) long and will take 6 hours to traverse on your motorcycle. This part of the route features many more twisties and more awesome scenery. Approximately 200 miles (322 km) down the road, you'll reach the Bognes and the Norwegian Sea. Take the Bognes- Lødingen Ferry to Lødingen. The ferry ride is a 14 mile (22.5 km) journey and you're sure to catch some spectacular vistas. Once off the ferry, take Rv85, E10 and Rv83, for 30 miles (48 km) until you reach Harstad.
Harstad is a town of 23,000 people located on the coast of the Norwegian Sea boasting cool summers and warmer winters then cities located farther south, like, Beijing, Chicago and Toronto. Temperatures in the summer months rarely pass 72Â°F (22Â° C). From May 22 to July 18, you can experience the ‟Midnight Sun” which means the sun sets at midnight. At some points during the Summer months you'll see ‟White Nights” with no sunset and no darkness. Because of the sun's behaviour in the winter nights, Harstad is a great place to see the aurora borealis or the Northern Lights during the ‟Polar Nights” with 4 hours of dawn, and dusk at noon. For more information on the Northern Lights of Norway see: http://esr.cc/OA9REb
From Harstad to Alta, Finnmark you'll ride 348 miles (560 km) in about 7 hours of twisties and scenic Northern Norway. Go South out of Harstad along Rv83, and then take the E10 East until you merge back onto the E6 and continue riding Northeast towards Alta.
Alta is a town of 20,000 people and is the largest Northern most city in the world, located near the Northern tip of Norway. Alta is approximately 175 miles (282 km) North of the Arctic Circle, and astonishingly, the summer average temperature is 63Â°F (17Â° C). Alta is again surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery you'll ever see and is also famous for its midnight sun and aurora borealis. Alta has some history to explore as well; ‟The Rock Carvings at Alta” is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Over 2,500rock carvings were left behind by the Kosma culture and carbon date back from 4,200 BC to 500 BC. For more information on the Rock Carving at Alta and the Alta Museum see: http://esr.cc/Lf32X7
From Alta to Nordkapp, Finnmark you'll ride the final stretch of this motorcycle route over 127 miles (204 km) of twisty roads in about 2.5 hours. Go Northeast out of Alta towards Nordkapp on the E6, 65 miles (104.5 km), merge onto E69 (a toll road) to reach the final destination of Nordkapp.
Nordkapp (North Cape) is a small town of 3,400 people located at the North tip of Norway (hence its name); it's on the coast of the Barents Sea, just South of the Arctic Ocean. Nordkapp is approximately 275 miles (443km) North of the Arctic Circle. During the summer months the average temperature is 46Â°F (8Â° C), although the past few years have had days as high as 75Â°F (24Â° C) (global warming anyone?) Nordkapp is famous for the North Cape, a 1,007 ft (307 metre) tall cliff, which claims to be the most Northern point in Europe; as a result it's visited by 200,000 tourists every summer. The most spectacular aurora borealis and Midnight Sun views can be seen from here. For more information on Nordkapp see: http://esr.cc/P4SkHL
This motorcycle ride may just be the ride of your life. Turn it into a week of beautiful scenery, long twisty roads and 1,045 miles (1,682 km) of sweet twisty fun in 22 hours of ride time. Not much gets better than this. Enjoy the ride! EatSleepRIDE