Monday, June 27, 2016 | Ted Goslinga / Manuel Marabese | Europe
And so we are already at the last day of this special tour with this special group of friends from Macao!. Starting the day with a relaxed ferry boat ride through the astonishing Geirangerfjord was a real nice begin of this final day of the tour. Gliding slowly between the majestic rockwalls is a pretty impressive experience. After disembarking the ferry we headed slowly northwest in direction of Alesund, but first we had to take the last ferry of the tour. This time a short one and the last part took us all round the area of Alesund. Along a great coastal road we finally entered the finish of this tour. A big thumbs up for this great group of friends who appeared to be fantastic riders throughout the entire tour!!. We hope to see you all back on any Edelweiss tour, anywhere, anytime! Best regards, Ted & Manuel
Fantastic route we rode today! More than 300 km unspoiled scenery in Norway! Waterfalls all around you, steep rockwalls, clear fjord water....and water falling from above..! The day started perfect with a dry ride out of Bergen north bound. Today we had about everything the scenery of this country could give us: from nice towns to gorgeous lake sides, from green valleys to steep mountain roads, from a hazy shade to drizzling mountain passes with snow: this is Norway!. A little later than normal because of a big soccer tournament and a broke ferry we arrived at our super scenic fjordhotel where the dinner as usual is awesome and the atmosphere even better! After tasting a self brewed beer by the owner soon the first ones felt their eyes where getting heavy and went off to their bedrooms. Despite of the rainy afternoon the group enjoyed today's ride very much (including the 18% grade of some mountian descent.
After having a nice and long (for some...!) sleep in, the tourmembers slowly got in the breakfast room to enjoy a firm Norwegian breakfast and getting ready for a city tour through the nice and old city center and harbour side of Bergen. We tried to get up on the cable train to have an nice overiew over Bergen, but due to the huge amount of cruiseship tourist waiting in line, we first walked along the old Hanseatic houses on the waterfront. Then up to the Bergenhus (castle) at the end where yesterday evening the placed was crowded with hardrock fans, because a Danish band called Volbeat was giving a concert. And tonight even better: Paul McCartney is playing at the same place. So all hotels in Bergen are full booked!
Coming back from the tour our tourmembers spent some time (!) in the souvenir- and other shops and rest of the afternoon everybody enjoyed their free time in this lively place.
Today we are gonna move along the North Sea, destination Bergen. Three long sub-sea tunnels and two ferries are connecting the bitsfor this coastal journey into the heart of "Vestlandet", the realm of western fjords.
What a beautiful weather this morning compared to yesterday afternoon! A clear srispy blue sky is always a good thing to start with!. Last night we had an incredible dinner at our hotel and the breakfast was again very delicious. So all in a good mood, breifing outside in the morning sun and off we went to the higher grounds of Norway. Swerving the beautiful roads and curves brought us up to the plerfect picnic sport of today where tourguide Manuel prepared us a very nice BBQ picnic! under a roof terrace (those Norwegians know how to build the perect picnic spot!). everyone enjoyed this great lunchtime. with a full stomach we headed more west and finally got up to the breathtaking views on the Lysefjord . We were rewarded with a clear view on the fjord and surroundings. After the descent into the valley and a great afternoon ride, we finally ended up in Sola , south of Stavanger at our fabulous beach hotel. What a great end of a great day. Today is the longest day of the year, so all the time for a evening stroll along the beach and then a wel -earned night rest!
After resting a bit in the Norwegian capital we head towards west, discovering the beauty hidden in the countryside: Telemark region is on the agenda!
After quite a long stretch of highway yesterday, today it's time to relax a bit. In the morning we go for a short ride through the forests and hills just outside of Oslo (what a green capital: from city centre to ski area in less than 20 min) and towards the lake of the (sadly) famous Utøya, where Norway had the worst internal attack in 2011.
The afternoon is spent enjoying some tasty food along the waterfront Aker Brygge and visiting Oslo city centre... in the evening the sun is still up! Great summer feeling in the Nordic!
Because of the late arrival of two of our customers, we made a late start towards the border owith Norway. As soon as everyone saddled up, we took of to the highway to get out of Götenborg towards our first stop at Vanenborg. Since it was already lunch time we combined the offestop and lunchstop. Perfect timing since the Swedish rain gods decided to let down some water. Following the route west and then up north along the swedish coastline it slowly dried out and by the time we had to gas up the bikes it became very pleasant to ride. Arriving at our beautiful old Norwegian style hotel next to the Olympic ski jump of Holmenkollen we enjoyed the abolute gorgeous view over Oslo and surroundings. During the dinner the first jetlagged guys in the group went off to bed to get a proper night rest, soon followed by the rest. Tomorrow a nice day ahead with a short ride in the morning and a city tour in the afternoon!
And so there were 10 bikes waiting at our fantastic start hotel in Göteborg, Sweden for their riders from Macao in China. All lined up, shining and eager to go on the first Viking Experience tour of this year through Sweden ann Norway. Soon our customers showed up one by one, excited for the adventure what is ahead of them and admiring the bikes they will be riding.
After the welcome briefing and the motorcycle handover, we enjoyed a wonderful 3 course dinner inside of this fabulous building. Soon after the dessert the jetlag creeps in and made the people going up to their rooms, dreaming about what's ahead!