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robing
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Norway

Postby robing » 19 Mar 2017, 8:14pm

I read a cycling book from the Med to Norway and they really raved about Norway. I went there once all the way up to Narvik - but that was on an
Inter Rail trip in 1991! I'd be grateful for any information at all on cycling up to the Nordkapp, logistics, routes etc. Two things I know about Norway -
it's pricey and there will be a lot of elevation! What's accommodation like? I would be keen on camping. Is wild camping common practice/legal in Norway? Plus when is the best time to go, temperatures, winds etc. And are there a lot of biting insects? eg midges and mosquitoes as they really go for me and could take the fun out of camping.

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Re: Norway

Postby Cunobelin » 20 Mar 2017, 8:11pm

I was at Nordkapp last year

On a coach in one of the "convoys" with one Ice Plough leading

Tearing down the road the other way was a cyclist !

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Re: Norway

Postby rotavator » 20 Mar 2017, 10:44pm

I have limited experience of cycling and wild camping in Norway mainly around Stavanger but here are a few tips:
1. The law about access to land is similar to Scotland's as you can walk over any uncultivated land and can wild camp overnight without problem. I found superb spots for wild camping a few hundred metres off the road.
2. Midges can be annoying but I did not find them as bad as in Scotland.
3. May is a beautiful time of year with everything coming to life again but there are several bank holidays to be aware of. June to September would also be good. Oct-Apr only recommended for rufty tufty types and crosss country skiers.
4. You need to check out tunnels on your route. Bikes are banned from some and there may or may not be a convenient overground alternative for bikes. Some are very long, unlit and scary. I guess the state highway website will provide info on these: google statensvegvesen
5. the price of food and most other things is ruinously expensive

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Re: Norway

Postby hufty » 21 Mar 2017, 8:43am

Loads of previous threads on here about Norway, tunnels, wild camping, bikes on planes/trains/buses/ferries, maps etc - do a search. Have to say I love Norway for cycle touring especially the North. Elevation-wise it's not so bad and in general the gradients aren't punishing. Don't buy alcohol or eat out and it's not too bad costwise, combine that with low airfares and no visas and your holiday doesn't have to break the bank.
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Re: Norway

Postby Vorpal » 21 Mar 2017, 6:44pm

These are a few of the more recent threads about Norway...

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viewtopic.php?f=16&t=86142
viewtopic.php?f=16&t=82513
robing wrote:I'd be grateful for any information at all on cycling up to the Nordkapp, logistics, routes etc. Two things I know about Norway -
it's pricey and there will be a lot of elevation!
There are national cycle routes. They are generally pretty good selections, if they go where you are going. One of the threads linked above was about cycling to Nordkapp, too. E roads in the south are generally to be avoided (though some have cycle paths). Other than that, most roads are good for cycling, but be wary of tunnels. Cyclists are not allowed in some of them. A couple of the linked threads have good informaiton links about stuff like that.
robing wrote:What's accommodation like? I would be keen on camping. Is wild camping common practice/legal in Norway?

In Norway, there is something called 'allmannsrett'. It's basically everyone's right to use the land for responsible recreation, including camping, hiking, cycling, harvesting berries, etc. The basic rules are:
-no ground fires between April & September
-no camping within 150 metres of a dwelling
-no camping on cultivated ground, or disturbing growing crops
-leave the land as you found it

There are also little cabins in some places that you can rent for much less than a hotel room. They are called 'hytte' and may have little or no amenities, or may have full amenities and be quite comfortable.

robing wrote:Plus when is the best time to go, temperatures, winds etc. And are there a lot of biting insects? eg midges and mosquitoes as they really go for me and could take the fun out of camping.


The weather tends to be best May to September. The school holidays in Norway are from the 3rd week in June until the middle of August, so the last couple of weeks in August is a good time to do stuff here. The weather is often good, kids are back in school, but touristy things are still open, etc. Mountain passes may have snow well into July, and some places it may never clear completely. The year before last, Rallarvegen on the Bergen line (the road made to build the railroad) didn't open for cycling until well into July, and there were snow fields to cross all summer and autumn, until snow closed it again. That is a trip worth doing, if you can.

Biting insects invade the woodlands everyJune through August, at least. The inland part of Norway north of Oslo and over the border into Sweden are particularly known for mozzies. Coastal areas and above the tree line on high areas are usually relatively free of them, as long as you avoid densely wooded areas.

It is often possible to camp alongside fjords and lakes, but you may have to put up with more disturbance (people drinking, fishing, staying late, coming early, etc.) than you would find in the woods. Also, check for 'no camping' signs (picture of a tent with a red line through it) before you set up camp. Camping is sometimes not allowed on public beaches, especially near towns.
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