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The Viking Experience - CVE1702

Sunday, August 20, 2017 | Claudia Wenhart / Ted Goslinga | Europe

Final day: Vradal to Oslo

Finally the Viking weather gods were in a better mood today, and that is awesome for the final day of this tour. The group took off this morning to ride to the first highlight of this day: the shiplocks of the famous Telemarken canals. This shiplocks were considered the Eight Worldwonder in the late 19 th century. Still today two ships are going up and down these  canals for touristic purposes. A nice coffee stop with a view at the locks and even better: one of the ships came in!

We followed our way to the Heddal stave church, an13th century church which is beautiful preserved up until today

....and then, after 9'days of riding in this beutiful country, we reached our final destination at the top of a mountain above Oslo with a superb view!

Thanks John and Diane, Frank, Rick, Doug, Will, Jay, Jr and Lee for an unforgettable tour. Hope to see you all on another Edelweiss tour soon!!

Ted and Claudia

Thanks guys!!
Turning bridge... supercool
Amazing landscape at a great day
Dough having fun
J.R and Lee at Telemarken Canal
Frank loves his moose sandwich
Our group in front of Hedda Stave church
... ladies only
Holmenkollen famous ski jump
... what a great tour... everybody arrived safe and sound
... final dinner in the hotel

Sola to Vradal

The long day we had ahead, became even longer due to a bug detour and several road constructions. But finally after the nice and challenging road yp to the Lysefjord we had our first reeard: a fantastic view in the valley of the fjord. After this we went down again and it soon became more wet and colder. Luckily after some miles there was out gastronomic chef Claudia who prepared us some nice watm grilled food. After arriving in the hotel everybody was pretty tired and right after dinner most went directly to bed

Will and Jay on top of Lysefjord
A very welcome warm lunch
.......a winter adventure!!

Restday in Sola

Amazing weather for a great hike to Preikestolen
... breathtaking view to Lysefjord

Bergen to Sola

After a nice relaxing day in Bergen and soaking in the nice atmosphere of this lively city, we took off more or less in southeastern direction to make a wide 400 km loop down to Sola/Stavanger. The weather was more or less ok and at times nice.  A fantatic view on the famous Hardanger bridge, a visit at the Tvindefossen waterfalls made this day super. Arriving at the relaxed beach hotel in Sola, we enjoyed the nie buffet dinner and with the sound of the seashore we could relax at the nice warmed terrace of our hotel 

... pur hotel at the beach
... yummy apple pie with icecream
Our group in front of Hardanger bridge

Bergen - Rest day

After the first intensive riding days it was really nice for everyone to have a good night rest and a nice sleep in. But at 10 o clock the group was up and ready to go for a relaxed city walk through Bergen. We visited some nice highlights such as the St John's church, the famous fish market, and of course the Brygge area and the Bergnhus fortress. Just a couple of raindrops but overall a very ni e morning/early afternoon for a city walk. After the walk everybody enjoys the lively atmosphere of this second largest ity of Noway.


Wonderful Bergen by night
Claudia trying capture Jay and Will
the picturesque small streets of Bergen
at one of the art pieces in front of the national art museum
In the ancient alleys of Brygge
Diane and Ted in Bryggen... so beautiful this historic wooden buildings
J.R and Lee in front of a great graffiti
Lee.... with his new vehicle
Coffeestop.... what big pots are that...
... in front of Kings Hall

Fjaerland to Bergen

Are you ready for tunnels? In this part of Norway, the country seems to be like a swiss cheese and we can admire the Norwegian art of tunnel construction all day long. The weather was fine so we passed by the 16 mile-long tunnel between Lærdal and Aurlandsvangen and took the old road instead, also know as Auerlandsveggen. a 30 mile ride across the mountains, among barren rocks and through tundra Vegetation. We visited Stalheim and arrived nearly dry in our destination for two days - BERGEN, a beautiful view from our rooms !!!!!

Bergen as always so beautiful!
Stegastein viewing words needed
Right before our face a hanglglider shows his stunts at the Stegastein view
Especially for our special group the old Norwegian weather gods presented a beautiful rainbow
Tvindefossen cascades

Geiranger to Fjaerland

Glaciers, fjords and views are our topic for the day. The weather was not on our side today.... a lot of heavy rain and cold wind. But we had a lot of fun because of .... J.R.'s animal stories.... birds, cows.... ha ha

When we came out of Fjaerland's tunnel the sky opened a little bit, so that we could admire Boyabreen glacier in his full glory.

The Glacier Museum in Fjaerland was our final stop before entering our hotel for this night - Hotel Mudal which was founded in 1891.

Jay having fun in front of the glacier
Diane & John in front of Boyabree Glacier
At the glacier museum in Fjaerland
J.R... loves his animals

Alesund to Geiranger

On today’s ride we are going to see Trollveggen (“Troll’s Wall”), at 6,000 ft. Europe’s highest vertical rock wall, and Trollstigen (“Troll’s Staircase”), Norway’s most famous mountain road. On the way we had a look at Gudbrandsjuvet, Norway’s narrowest gorge, and sample Norway’s best strawberry cake ...yummy. At the uppermost hairpin turn of the famous Eagle's Road an incredible view opens up, to the King of Fjords: Geirangerfjord. It's like a postcard. But real.


In front of Trollvegen
... tasted very good
The famous strawberry cake from the Jortbaerstova...always delicious
... a room with a view from the ferry to Eidsdal
Diane and John on Oernesvingen
... two Trolls ... ha ha ha
GEIRANGERFJORD - The king of fjords in Norway
Doug with his brand new gear.... thanks to the airline
... morning briefing in Alesund
... and here we go...
Rick on his GS
Doug on the 700 GS
Frank also on a GS
Our couple, Diane and John on the RT
James also on RT
Jay and on his Honda NC
... and last but not leas Will on the Africa Twin
... on the way to Geiranger

Welcome to Alesund

A very warm "Welcome" to everybody to our tour "Viking Experience" from Alesund to Oslo. We start with our welcome breifing and the hand-over of the motorcycles.

...everybody is listening...
... while tourguide Ted is presenting the route and the highlights
... on their 8th tour Diane and John, they love their RT
... good friends Jay Joo and Will both on Honda, NC and Africa Twin
... our two cousins Anthony and James
Rick on the GS 1200

Some impressions from Alesund and our preparation of the bikes.

Beautiful evening light
Washing the panniers and all the bikes
Bike shuttle
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Rick Marmaduke
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 16:00

Hi Claudia and Ted,
Thanks again for an incredible tour! You were fantastic guides and made it that much more enjoyable.
The Viking Experience, with the awesome twisty roads and switchback through consistently spectacular mountains, fjords, lakes and countless waterfalls, was simply incredible. Even the endless tunnels exceeded expectations... And the hike to Preikestolen was breathtaking
You were wonderful guides on a sensational adventure! Thanks again, and hope to see you soon on another tour.
Skoal Rick
Claudia Wenhart
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 20:15

Dear Rick,
thank YOU for being on our tour. It was a real pleasure and we are so happy that you enjoyed the trip. The scenery in Norway is always so breathtaking, really amazing. Have a great time till we see us again, hopefully next year on one of our tours.
See you
Claudia & Ted
Diane & John
Friday, August 18, 2017 at 18:43

Claudia & Ted,
Mahalo nui loa for a great ride. The dry days were spectacular and the wet days were long but very Norway. We enjoyed revisiting routes taken on the touring centre as well as the new roads travelled. The rest days in Bergen and Stavanger were a treat. And I, Diane, enjoyed being one of the two girls! We have yet to decide where to go on tour number nine. Perhaps we'll meet again on another ride.
Diane & John
Claudia Wenhart
Friday, August 18, 2017 at 23:47

Hey Diane and John,
it was a pleasure having you on our tour and hoping to see you next year perhaps on the mystery ride or on one of the other tours.
Have a great time in Europe next week and travel home safe.
See you
Claudia and Ted
Monday, August 14, 2017 at 18:35

Hi Claudia and Ted,

Looks like you are enjoying a good time up there in Norway, despite the weather
And I so very well remember this delicious Strawberry cake !!!!

Hey Charlie, are your bags already packed for Spain? I will be on my way soon with all the bikes, taking good care of your Ducati, of course

Have fun, safe rides for you and see you soon,
Charlie Green
Monday, August 14, 2017 at 18:43

Hi Angela
You know they are
I'll see you Saturday can't wait
Claudia Wenhart
Friday, August 18, 2017 at 23:42

Hey Charly,
thanks for your comment, have fun on your tour with Angela.
von Waldburg Gabriele
Monday, August 14, 2017 at 16:49

Liebe Claudi
Ganz tolle Bilder! Kompliment ! Macht Lust aufs Reisen
Ganz liebe Grüsse aus der Fashionwelt
Claudia Wenhart
Friday, August 18, 2017 at 23:48

Hallo Gaby,
Danke Dir für Deine Kommentare. Unser Tour ist schon wieder vorbei.
Bis bald mal wieder
LG Claudia
Charlie Green
Monday, August 14, 2017 at 15:55

Hi Claudia
The scenery on this trip looks fantastic
I know you're showing this group a great time
Keep up the great work
Diane & John
Friday, August 11, 2017 at 20:40

Diane is very pleased that her name was on the motorbike for the first time in eight tours. Thank you Claudia!
Claudia Wenhart
Friday, August 11, 2017 at 22:09

... it is a pleasure... and it's very nice to have you both on tour...
von Waldburg Gabriele
Friday, August 11, 2017 at 19:45

Hey Claudia
Schöne Bilder! Besonders natürlich der Geringer
Werde den Blog verfolgend und wäre sooo gern dabei! Hab Spass und gute Fahrt!
Claudia Wenhart
Friday, August 11, 2017 at 22:05

Hallo Gaby,
Danke Dir für Deine Nachricht. Das nächste Mal kommst Du einfach mit, die Landschaft ist einfach fantastisch hier.
Ganz liebe Grüße


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