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Norway Touring Center - NTC1601

Saturday, July 16, 2016 | Ursula Peter / Domenico Schiano Moriello | Europe

Life is good!!!

thanks to all of you for a wonderful week, for your cooperation  and for all the fun we had.

Hope to see you all again

Ursula and Domenico

Welcome to Norway !

Day 6: The Atlantik Road - Atlanterhavsvegen

Eight storm-lashed bridges between Vevang and the island of Averoya connect 17 islands. People here have to live with strong winds all year long and you can only imagine nature’s wrath on a stormy day! The road was built between 1983 and 1989 and has attracted countless visitors since then. The British magazine “The Guardian” voted it “Best Road Trip” in 2006.

In Bud, where In World War II the Nazis built an underground fortress.
This cannon does not really match with the peaceful place...

Best lunch on tour 

the curved bridge

waiting for the ferry... this will be the last one!

and last not least we have a birthday - all the best Andrew

the chocolate cake is awesome

... and some awards

for the best sweeper ever - thank you Hartmut

our roockie - sorry there is no picture

and for the brave 2 women riding a bike

Day 5: Geiranger - what a day!!!

Today is the day you have all been waiting for: Geiranger-Day!

The world’s most famous fjord offers dramatic beauty that we can marvel at during a one hour ferry cruise from Hellesylt to Geiranger. 
The ride from Ålesund to Hellesylt serves as a warm-up for what awaits us after the cruise. The Eagle’s Road and Geirangervegen are masterpieces of road construction, and carving through the bends and hairpins is almost too much fun

short morning briefing at the ferry.

Despite starting early we had some issues in the garage....

We discovered that Georges is the organizer of the famous " Dakak " rally!!!

The name Geiranger will to all of you mean something different after this day.

Here the first tast....

on the ferry from Hellesylt to Geiranger
A friendly couple of Japan is protecting from the sun or maybe hoping for rain?

it is like an invasion

Victor is feeding the seagalls with icecream - they artist in the air

Birgit and Pamela

Orneswing - the Eagle view

John at the pass - Djupvasshytta.

we are waiting for the group

Elise and Raye

Jostedalbren - a gorgeous place

aren't we beautiful?

Team Australia - our little troublemakers

I mean... it is 5 pm and we are half way home, but what can you do when boys wanna play around...

the drone got unpacked on this beautiful spot

and he really let an Italian stear it....

hello.....

we had to have a look what went on inside this camper van

our boss wants us to be back latest at 5 pm at the hotel. OK, it is a little bit later, just a little bit. Every body is super happy. Thanks everyone for a this great day!!!

4. Day: Rune, the island of the birds

An easy start: Today we explore Runde, the bird island! 
Thirty minutes from Ålesund, we board our first ferry and cross over to the island of Hareid and the town of the same name. Admiring the scenic views toward the sea and the still snow-covered mountains in the background, we approach Runde via several small islands that are connected by bridges up to almost 0.6 miles long.
Runde offers three options: The tough ones go for a 1.5 hour steep up- and downhill hike to get a view of the bird rock that hosts thousands of seabirds.

If you are not up to a physical workout, take a boat ride of about 2 hours around the island to watch this spectacular place and hear the noise a lot closer – but watch out! Some birds might drop something on you.

Or just grab a chair and some maybe a cigarette, park the bike in front of Runde visitor center at the sit outside in the sun, and enjoy the wonderful view towards the mainland.


On the way back your tour guide takes you on an additional loop around the island of Gurskøya. After looking at the rugged coastline and all the scattered islands, you won’t find it hard to believe that the Norwegian coastline is a staggering 36,000 miles long.

our day starts with a ferry ride
Mohammad and Georges

EAD - Edelweiss Aeronautical Division

Here you see CEO Kirk Specht and his assistant Michael Bey - top class engineers for EDA (who wonders, both are German heritage ) getting the drone ready.  

ground control to major Tom....

They let it flew over the bridge while we were riding. Stay tuned, pictures or a little video hopefully coming later

boat ride around Runde
birds...
birds...
birds...
... and more birds!

Bernardo as well as I am getting sea sick in a minute. We decided to do the tough tour and hiked up to the plateau. 

beautiful scenery from the top

Awesome views and good workout

clear (but cold!) water
nice view of Aalesund

3. Day: Trollstigen - The Trolls Ladder

Trolls are ugly little creatures with oversized noses and feet and shabby clothes. They live on high mountains and snowfields, in waterfalls and under rocks, and can be several hundred years old. Nobody has ever seen one and most likely you won’t see one either – at least not outside a souvenir shop – but the Norwegians insist that trolls live all around them.
On today’s ride we are going to see Trollveggen (“Troll’s Wall”), Europe's highest vertical rock wall (3,300 feet), with the top reaching 5,700 feet, and Trollstigen (“Troll’s Staircase”), Norway’s most famous mountain road. On the way down we can have a look at Gudbrandsjuvet, Norway’s narrowest gorge, and then sample Norway’s best strawberry cake at the restaurant “Jordærstova.”

Domenico on his Italian Ferrari

Trollveggen in the clouds
a picture of the Trollstigen before hitting the pass
riding up
also the fog has its charme

Gudbrands waterfalls

group shot!

because of the mild climate and the never setting sun, strawberries tast awesome here

if we show up with 18 motorcycles it is like an invasion

Rosekirke - the Rose Church - a treasure from the 17th century

Maria and Victor

we got a private guidance through the church`s history

And for dinner Andrew and Jim organized a reservation in the XL Dinner right at the harbour were we tried Bacalau

Can you see the little light house in the back ground - you can rent it as a honeymoon suite

Stephen had raindeer - he has something to celebrate. He gets a brand new BMW 1200 GS tomorrow

2. Day: The Fjords

Weather is sunny, we planned to go to the Fjords. 330 km of beautiful roads and awesome scenery.We had a long day today and will explain a little bit more tomorrow

 

waiting for the first ferry - we had to take 3 of them today

on the ferry

Joseph, Andrew, Tim,Pamela, Birgit and Hartmut

Andrew from down unda

we are tempted to stop every second for a picture - you just can`t get enough

Birgit and Hartmut - amazing. She came with her own bike and Hartmut...

... is driving our safety car. Who ever had a Porsche as a sweeper??? And the number plate is from my region!!!!

Kirk is our professional reporter, he also took his drone on the tour! We are looking foreward to the videos...

Some impressions

this picture is from Mrs. Schneider for Graham from down unda

Graham, by the way, my pencil trees didn`t even survive one winter

 

 

Michael and Kirk

we even got a free ride on the ferry. The ferry had to go back to load an Ambulance.

sunset in Aalesund, well it is almost midnight! Days are long here!!!

1. Day: Arrival and Preparation!

I thought it is summer

beautiful view over the fjords from the airplane

Forza Italia!!!

Germany is also playing good!

We are busy with the tour preparation. We have 18 bikes and 22 guest from all over the world.

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Monday, July 18, 2016 at 12:19

I would like to endorse kirks comments particularly the preparedness of ursula and domenico to educate and support the novice
A wonderful experience on every dimension.
Ursula Peter
Monday, July 18, 2016 at 22:21

Hi Tim,
it was a pleasure
and... keep the rubber side down
Regards
Ursula
Helga Wallmüller
Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 22:36

Vielen Dank für die wunderschönen Bilder. Ich konnte die Motorradtour meiner Tochter Birgit von zu Hause am Computer mit verfolgen. Vor etwa 30 Jahren war ich mit dem Bus in dieser Gegend unterwegs, aber mit einer Motorradtour nicht zu vergleichen.
Ich habe es genossen.
H. Wallmüller
Sister of Birgit
Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 21:11

Thank you for the wonderful pictures and your blog!
Kirk Specht
Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 10:26

This was an amazing trip. Our guides Ursula and Domenico were 5 Star all the way. They both went out of there way to make the trip fun for all. I appreciated the care they took in making sure the bikes were checked and maintained between rides as well. They catered to the interests and skill levels from entry level to advanced.

The scenery and roads we traveled in Norway were incredible. The variety of experiences like ferry trips, a boat ride at Runde to see the birds, unique bridges, the Troll's Ladder and fantastic fjords made this a trip I would highly recommend! Thank you Edelweiss.
Ursula Peter
Monday, July 18, 2016 at 22:22

Hi CEO of EAD,
hope we see your drone video soon
Big hug
Ursula
Tim Waldron
Monday, July 18, 2016 at 20:18

Hey Kirk! Heard about your tour from Kristen yesterday at Tyler Davis wedding celebration! Look at you! Trip looked amazing! Long time!
Georges Dakak
Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 06:42

Fun rides. Great Tour Guides. I met a wonderful group of people ☺️
Hartmut Jakob
Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 23:15

Thanks everybody and especially our tourguides / great bloggers. I had plenty of fun.

The sweeper.
Ursula Peter
Monday, July 18, 2016 at 22:23

Best sweeper ever
have a safe trip home
Ursula
Andrew Squires
Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 19:43

Thanks everyone an awesome trip !
Ursula Peter
Monday, July 18, 2016 at 22:20

Thanks Andrew, enjoy Island and will say regards to Rick!
Ursula

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