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    Norway by bike 2008 July 21-August 10

    Hi,

    We are coming to Norway for 3 weeks this summer and plan to ride by bicycle from Oslo to Bergen and then get back to Oslo by seaside (there is a part of North Sea Cycle Route). We already have tickects to from Vilnius to Oslo and back. In January i draw an approximate route and now i want to fix it.

    In this page i found some routes and i think going from
    Nesbyen to Geilo (The Hallingdalen Route), then, if its possible, from Geilo ride to Haugastøl. Then from Haugastøl to Voss (Rallarvegen – The Old Navvy Road) and from Voss to Bergen (Voss-Bergen route). From Bergen to Larvik route is quite clear but from Larvik not sure witch roads are best to go to Oslo and then to the Oslo airport. So my questions:

    1. What are the best roads to get from Oslo International Airport to Nesbyen? Maybe there are some local bike routes?

    2. There is no bike routes between Geilo and Haugastøl, so what roads do you recommend for cyclists?

    3. I have a Primus stove that uses Primus PowerGas cartridges . Is it hard to get it in Norway or i will easily find them in every gas station?

    4. What roads for cyclists do you recommend from Larvik to Oslo and from Oslo to international Oslo airport?


    So that's about it for now.

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    I have no knowledgeable advice, but am totally jealous and expect a detailed report with photos upon trip completion.

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    What i know is that Primus PowerGas cartridges will not be difficult to find. Its the most used type. Not every gas station have them..ive would guess 2 of 10 gas station have them or a similar that fit, but every sport shop even in the smallest towns have this specific brand.

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    I dont have any answers to your questions, but want to say:

    I was in Bergen a few months ago. Awesome city, but very pricy! Very fun place to be- definitely take a day or two and enjoy the local fare! If you don't have a hotel yet in Bergen, take a look at the Park Pensjion (I think thats the spelling). It is a cute, friendly little place, very comfortable, and the rates were reasonable (for Norway that is).

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    thanks for answers. i am quite buzy now (exams in university and so on), so i will update map later (found some answers by myself). for staying hmm we won't live in hotels, hostels and so on. all 3 of us will use CouchSurfing. and outside cities-we'll camp

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    final version of the route route (will cycle counterclockwise). not sure about part from Voss to Bergen. I know that there is a bike track, but didn't find it anywhere on a map, so just draw a straight line

    i hope that we will have a nice journey. more coments after we get back

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    I've just seen this thread, but I might be able to help you with the Voss Bergen part.
    Have a look HERE there are a description of the route. Unfortunately further info are only
    in Norwegian.
    Have a great trip.

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    Hey, finally have some spare time, to tell you about the trip.



    First some statistics: 21 day (and only 5 days of rain,

    hot sun other days), bike computer showed 1300km, 7 ferries, 5 trains (sometimes train was the only way to travel and my gf leg was hurting, so we had to make a shortcut with train), average speed from 21 to 15 km/h, longest trip 122km, 2 interviews to local newspapers, hudge amount of pictures.



    Losses: BB changed, broken chain, two flats, one tire, one front rack, lost mobile, that i got back later and gf bicycle bags started to crack.



    First about route. It took verrrrry long to draw it. I did a tentitive route on february, but very lazy to corect it almoust to last night. I always had a clear idea, but most of the time it took to draw on google maps. You can find our route here.



    How did i choose where to go? Again thanks to google. Simply entered "Norway by bike" and found quite nice page, where i found 3 bicycle paths from Oslo to Bergen. About North Sea Cycle route, i knew before, so we just foloved signs on local roads.



    I was searching where to stay in CS and we planned to use "Allemansretten", but gf need more comfort (shower) so we stayed at campsites. There are a lot of them in Norway, so we where just riding and in the evening started to look for the signs witch ones show where the nearest campsite is.



    Most beautiful

    (and most dangerous) place was Rallarvegen - bike route passing threw the mountains.


    I will continue in the next post, because forum alouds only 10 pictures in one post...

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    It was interesting feeling to stand near snow and to use sunscreen,

    because sun was burning very hot. And views... Gorgeous landscapes...

    Ride 50 meters and you have to stop to take a picture. Very beautiful... I would like to come back. And we very lucky. In one Rallarvegen part (from Myrdal to Upsete) there is no other way, only 8km train tunnel, so you must take a local train (other trains don't stop in that station). And we didn't know that local train goes only once a week and we came to Myrdal train station 1h before the train. Lucky us



    Hardest thing was heat and sun.



    It was very hot and almoust no clouds. We where drinking a lot. Its great that water in Norway is very clean so we often used spring water. And locals are very proud that you can drink tap water. They drink it and if you ask them to fill your bottles, they offten say that their water is the best in whole Norway



    We took a day of in Bergen (no rain for two days!). We where just wondering in city. Fish market disappointed us. It was very well advertised, but when we came, we saw only ~10 counters... I tasted whale meat. The taste was almoust like beaf. If price woudn't be so high i would gladly bought some more of it.

    From Bergen to Egersund there where to smells: romantic raspberry and not so pleasant smell of ****. Often our way where near farms, so it's not the best part of the day, when tractor droping **** overtakes you...



    Norwegians are very lazy. They don't pick berries or mushrooms. So we ate a lot of blackberries, rasberries and sweet cherries.



    We where late, so from Egersund to Kristiansand made shortcut with train. In Sandnefiord we took another day of, because we where visiting our friend. Tried traditional food witch almoust always is sea food...

    And again ten pictures... The end of story is in the next post.

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    Untill Oslo - nothing special. In Oslo there are a lot of activities and despite fact that we didn't visited museums, 2 days in Oslo passed very quicly. Only drawbback, that is where some rain for those days and the temperature droped. From Oslo we took train to airport and got back home



    In counclusion: i liked it very much. Only drawback of Norway - high prices If i have oppurtunity, i would like to come back to Rallarvegen. Highly recomend this cycle path.

    ps after this trip i decided, that i like solo cycling...

    pps you can find a lot of pictures here:
    http://picasaweb.google.com/sharchan...ijaManoFotikas
    http://picasaweb.google.com/sharchan...gijaPirmaDalis
    and here
    http://picasaweb.google.com/sharchan...gijaAntraDalis

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    Great photos....thanks for sharing...=-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharchanas View Post
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    ps after this trip i decided, that i like solo cycling...

    What was it that made you decide that?

    Great pictures! Some of those paths look extremely rocky, did you have any problems with your tire choice?

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    Great trip. I'm extremely jealous.

    I rode from Oslo to Narvik and beyond 12 weeks ago. I noticed you only had 5 days of rain in 21, I had the opposite 21 days and 15 days of rain, I also rode in temperature's as low as 4 degrees. But I loved it.

    Have to agree about the cost of living up there, it hurt every time I bought something.

    Fantastic pics.
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    great fun to read what you think about us natives! Sure it is expensive for you, our salarys makes it easyer for us.

    Rallarvegen is absolutely recomended, alot of Norwegians also ride it. Want to go there with my son i a year or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoltani View Post
    What was it that made you decide that?

    Great pictures! Some of those paths look extremely rocky, did you have any problems with your tire choice?
    at home i usually travel alone and i have freedom to do what i want.i don't have to ask anyone when i want to stop, when i want to eat, what i want to see and so on. sometimes i was tired of compromises that i had to make with my travel mates...

    tires? nop. i used continental travel contact 700x37. absolutely no problem. great on roads and not so bad offrode. so far best tires that i have tried...

    Quote Originally Posted by elduderino12 View Post
    Great trip. I'm extremely jealous.

    I rode from Oslo to Narvik and beyond 12 weeks ago. I noticed you only had 5 days of rain in 21, I had the opposite 21 days and 15 days of rain, I also rode in temperature's as low as 4 degrees. But I loved it.

    Have to agree about the cost of living up there, it hurt every time I bought something.

    Fantastic pics.
    before my trip, i was looking at your crazyguyonabike page, to have a impresion about Norway. and its sad, that you didn't like my country (Lithuania)... there are a lot of beautiful places in it...

    Quote Originally Posted by badmother View Post
    great fun to read what you think about us natives! Sure it is expensive for you, our salarys makes it easyer for us.

    Rallarvegen is absolutely recomended, alot of Norwegians also ride it. Want to go there with my son i a year or two.
    norwegians are very friendly people, that will always try to help you, even if you don't ask, but it was strange to me, that you don't pick beries that grows in you yard, but you prefear to go to the shop. maybe the problem is that younger people don't know about nature a lot? what mushrooms and berries are eatable?


    i hope that some day i will have a oppurtunity to cycle from south part of Norway to NordCap. it would be great. but not sure when i will have some spare time to do that...

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    before my trip, i was looking at your crazyguyonabike page, to have a impresion about Norway. and its sad, that you didn't like my country (Lithuania)... there are a lot of beautiful places in it...
    I'm certain Lithuania does have some beautiful places and I think I probably chose the least attractive route. The coastal route would have been a good alternative. Looking back Lithuania wasn't so bad but after Scandinavia, Estonia and the Latvian coast, Lithuania seemed a little less appealing. I also crossed it in 2 and a half day's, so I guess I didn't really have a chance to look around.

    That said I was a victim of Lithuanian hospitality when a couple of farmers allowed me to camp on their farm late one night. For that I was truly grateful.

    As for the berries, I've lived in a city all my life so beyond apples and blackberries/raspberries I wouldn't know where to begin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharchanas View Post
    norwegians are very friendly people, that will always try to help you, even if you don't ask, but it was strange to me, that you don't pick beries that grows in you yard, but you prefear to go to the shop. maybe the problem is that younger people don't know about nature a lot? what mushrooms and berries are eatable?


    i hope that some day i will have a oppurtunity to cycle from south part of Norway to NordCap. it would be great. but not sure when i will have some spare time to do that...
    In most familys both the aduls work, so no time or energy to make jam. Also cost of sugar in the shop makes it not wort it. Cheaper to buy. And a bit lazy / spoilt / too muc money.

    You must tell me if you are travelling norway again!
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    ok one example. we were in Sandnefiord in the beach. 50m from the sea there where a big group of blackberry bushes full of beries, but people where eating berries that they bought somewhere near. c'mon you don't have to do anything just pick them and eat. besides, they taste much more beter when are just from the bush. you don't have to make jam and stuff like that, just eat them

    people in my country also work, and there are not so much free time left, but we prefer to make jams, juice and other stuff by ourselves (despite that it cost more than to buy in a shop). because when you make it with your hands, it tastes much more better than in the shop.

    i would gladly visit Norway one more time, but don't think that will be in near future. my vallet is trembling like a leaf only from word "Norway". Its a pricy experience

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