So what more can somebody wish for? Blue sky, clear air, forests, fjords , lakes, nice people? We had it all today. Starting with a mixed group from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Germany and Israel, wr started this wonderful again after an absence of more than two years.
Riding through the beautiful area of Telemarken we did see it all and the tour had just began ! We also visited the famous stave church in Heddal and the ship locks of the Telemarken canals
great day , completed with an very nice dinner
Welcom on Day 3
Well, what should i say - Today it was Norway at his best!!! A sunny day with nearly no traffic and a route where you will dream from for the rest of your life. It sounds like more is not posibble --- but it realy was like that. But let´s start with the morning - We started with great breakfast and than we had as usual our morning briefing where we already gave our groupe a little hint that somthing is going on today and we will have a suprise. After the briefing we jumped on the bikes and so we went along the lakes on curvy roads with a stunning view and if you would ask me witch one has been the beste - i realy could not give you a answer. After leaving the valleys of the telemark - the landscape changed quite quick - the trees changed and instead of them there where bushes and the landscape was covered by black rocks. And now it was Time For Ted - becaus he was waiting with a picknick on top of a pass on a lakeside.
If you look at the pictures you know now why Ted got the nickname: master of picknick
After this breathtaking lunch it was also time to move on to the highlight of the day - it was time for the famouse Lysefjord. - for me one of the places where should be if you are on a tour over here.
All in one, the complete day of riding was made for the hall of fame of our persanal memories.
And now i would say we let the pictures speak for himself.
It was a great day of riding and even if it´s still bright out here it is almost midnight so we should go to bed and recharge our batteries for the next day.
See you tomorrow
Preikestolen – Preikestolen -Preikestolen
did i say Preikestolen?
Today was the day of days - the weather was good - few tourists and - a motorized group that wanted to go up one of the most famous stones in Norway.
Breakfast today at 8 o'clock and then we started in the direction of the Preikestolen - but before that a small ferry and whoosh di whoops we were in the parking lot of the Preikestolen. Now it was time to move because the ascent is a really sporty one which can only be mastered with hiking shoes. No sooner said than done and off we went with Ted up hill and dale - but definitely more stone. As the saying goes, the more strenuous the ascent or the challenge, the greater the reward!!!! Well, we won't soon forget the day or the mountain. The other part of the group had treated themselves to a well-deserved day at the hotel and also explored Starvanger. The rest of the day here in Sola offers something for everyone, because if you feel like going to the beach!? no problem right in front of the front door a sandy beach - what more could you ask for. Tonight we're going to eat in the hotel's restaurant, which yesterday spoiled us with an excellent entrecote. I would say: The day was a complete pleasure, even if it was sometimes questioned during the ascent to the Preikestolen - including me
So see you tomorrow here and here more about the way to Bergen
Day 5 of our tour and to briefly describe the day would sound something like this:
start clouds or fog - tunnels that go under water - bridges - tunnels that lead under water - ferry - waterfall - tunnel - waterfall - tunnel - tunnel - waterfall - very long tunnel - a lot of waterfalls no matter where you look - tunnel - big bridge - rain - welcome to Bergen.
That's how you could describe the day and I'd be done - but that wouldn't do the day justice!!!! because this day was another dream day - the start in Sola, well it was with ground fog and could be better but still better then the weather forcast - there have been 100% of rain showing up on the screen - after a view kilometers thr road lead us through Starvanger where there wasn't really anything going on on sunday morning - you could say quite nice - done - but then we went on towards the ferry where have been on our way some tunnels that led us around 100 m below the sea surface - so that we finaly came out on the ferry terminal to get a ride towards Bergen. Anyone who knows us or follows us here - it is clear that we don't just want to drive directly to Bergen, but rather enjoy the day to the fullest. So we went first to the Langfoss waterfall and then to the Låtefossen waterfall plus Hardanger fjord and his world-famous bridge - what more could you want!???? We want more, and that is winding roads in a fantastic setting and that was in abundance today - it was a mix between the flair of south tyrol with all the apple plan pockets and the sheer power of nature in norway in the form of waterfalls. Just a dream!!!
And by the way we enjoyed the road´s and the tarmac was giving us such a good feeling - just unbelievebel!!!!
I think we all love Norway
Sadly but true after the last coffee stop, it was time to put on rain gear because the rain front that had been expected since the start had now reached us. Well, the bit of rain on the last kilometers of our longest day so far wasn't a problem for us either. Yes and now? now we will spend 2 days here in Bergen before our journey continues.
What a brilliant day - even if we leave the motorbikes at home tomorrow because we are going to explore Bergen, I am already looking forward to the next day of riding, because it is a really great group and I´m looking forwrd to the next riding day
let´s put it this way - less Bla Bla - is more fun on the road
so now it's time to search for pictures - which one will make it into the blog
- see you again tomorrow here - with new impressions of our tour -
that's actually what makes our trips so special Strangers who have the same hobby - drive fantastic roads together and become friends when i look at the faces of our group I would say we are a brilliant mix
After having a long riding day yesterday and a nice dinner, everybody was pretty tired. So all had a nice sleep in this morning and a good breakfast. After that most of the group joined a relaxed walk around the city center. The weather was also cooperating so all together a super noce rest day in Bergen
Are you ready for day 7 ?
That was our day - a mixture of tunnels ( long tunnels and very long tunnels), waterfalls and beautiful roads, all along numerous lakes and fjords. It was just indescribably beautiful and the best thing about it - petrus loves us!!! No rain and fantastic roads that made our hearts beat faster. Sometimes it's really hard to find the right words because even we as tour guides have to deal with such days first, because even if we've driven here before, it's an impressive landscape every time!!!! I can promis even if the days go by so quickly at the moment, because of the numerous impressions! - None of us will forget this tour for sure!!!
In short: it is and remains a pleasure to drive here in Norway.
And should I tell you something!? For the next few days it will continue like this.
Now we have earned a shower after this ride and then we will meet for a fantastic menu where the owner of the hotel will welcomes us with a few stories about the regions to set the mood.
So another dreamlike day comes to an end and well if you like to see more – then come back tomorrow to this blog of the Viking experience
From Fjærland to Geiranger
A picture book day for motorcyclists - it started with a fantastic breakfast where no wish was left unfulfilled - then it was off to the motorbikes as usual. But this time only briefly, because the Norsk BreMuseum was the first highlight on our to-do list today - and it was really worth it!!! what and why, well, you have to come on tour to find out! Well, after that there was a small photo stop to have a memory of the glacier that presented itself mightily high above the road. Well, we tunnel fans have first covered a few kilometers underground. As is well known, there is light at the end of every tunnel and in this case one that no one will forget!!!
I just say Jostedalsbreen Nasjonalpark - the place to be - sun on our face and the coolness of the shadow on top a dreamlike road that enchanted us and numerous fjords. And every time you thought it couldn't get any better then you came out of a curve and the landscape was to fall in love with again. If someone asks me which part of the day was the best, then unfortunately I can only say: from kilometer 1 to 245.
Finally, there was a bonus - Dalsnibba the highest viewpoint in europe over a fjord and Ørnesvingen Viewpoint.
What can I say, a day to fall in love with! I would want to drive it again straight away with the entire team that was there today.
Now it's time to see if one or two good pictures can underline my lines.
See you tomorrow - our last day of driving
How awesome it is to wake up with the sound of a running waterfall and a stunning view on the Geirangefjord and the mountains feom your own hotelroom? That must be a great beginning of the last riding day. Today we aill visit the famous Trollstigen with its beautiful switchbacks and the Trollveggen a vertical rock face where the base jumping was first done.
And then, under a clear blue sky, we rode the last leg of this beautiful tour to the end point in Alesund. And with a very nice farewell dinner we said goodbye to each other
We hope to see you all again at another Edelweiss tour.
All the best,
Ted and Axel