NORWAY BY MOTORCYCLE AMONG STUNNING FJORDS ON WINDING ROADS
This is a great motorbike tour in Norway among the stunning fjords carved into the rocks along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and the Barents Sea. The most famous, Geirangerfjord and Sognefjord were declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Motorcyclists riding in Norway will also appreciate the beautiful landscapes of this Scandinavian country that offers an impressive variety of sceneries made of forests, waterfalls, rolling hills, cerulean lakes, plateaus with extensive green meadows where reindeers live and steep mountains with exciting winding roads.
The tour starts from Kristiansand, the port on the south coast of Norway connected with an excellent ferry service to the Danish port of Hirtshals. First, you will follow the southern coast and then head east to reach the innermost point of the Lysefjord, it means 'fjord of light' for the translucent white color of the granite rocks that form its high walls up to 1000 meters.
Now the tour will turn to Suleskard road, and then to the famous "Lysebotn road". It is the first one of those legendary Norwegian roads that motorcyclists like so much and where to ride a bike is a great experience and fun! The road descends towards the village of Lysebotn running on the edge of the fjord and facing 27 spectacular hairpin bends. Have a stop at the "Lysebotn Stiga viewpoint" to enjoy the great panoramas this place offers. Also, you can park your motorbike in the Kjerag Parkering and reach on foot in about 20 minutes Kjeragbolten, a huge stone squeezed between two high rocks. From here, it is possible to see Kjeragfossen, the highest waterfall in the world that plunges from the steep mountains into the fjord.
If you have ever dreamed of taking a cruise on the emerald-colored waters of a Norwegian fjord, when you arrive in Lysebotn your fantasy will come true because here you, and of course your motorbike too, will board the ferry that connects this small town with the village of Forsand 39 kilometers away.
After getting off the ferry, get back again on your two-wheeler and after a few kilometers, you will reach the crossroads leading to Preikestolen, a huge natural terrace on the top of a high rock overlooking the Lysefjord where to enjoy amazing panoramas! You can get to Preikestolen only about a 4 km walk after you have parked your bike in the Pulpit Rock Parking. Anyway, you do not have to miss it, one cannot get to Norway and not visit this extraordinary place.
The tour will continue northwards passing the suggestive Erfjorden and then reaching the Ostasteidn rasteplass, a scenic picnic area with amazing views of the beautiful Sandefjord.
After riding along Saudafjord you will reach the first two pouring waterfalls you will pass by during this motorcycle tour among the amazing fjords and winding roads: the Espelandsfossen waterfall and the Tjørnadalsfossen waterfall.
In Tyssedal, turn right to Trolltunga Parking, and here too, you have to park your motorcycle and walk towards Trolltunga, the most photographed place in Norway after the North Cape. Trolltunga is a long tongue-shaped rock formation protruding horizontally 700 meters high above the Ringedalsvatnet lake, a thrilling balcony with wonderful views. Unlike the Preikestolen which is relatively close to the parking lot, here you have to hike about 12-14 kilometers to the Trolltunga, but if you do not, you will regret it all your life. So, do not miss it! There are 3 parking areas for Trolltunga, P3 Magelitopp which is the nearest one, about 9 km, can only be pre-booked.
Still riding your bike north you will get to Hardangerfjord, another wonder of nature. Close to it, there are three high waterfalls to visit: the Steinsdalsfossen, Skjervsfossen, and the Vøringfossen waterfalls. Following the files of our 'Roadbook for Motorcyclists' will take you to all these places.
Then keep on riding to Sudnalsfjorden, which is on the list of the 10 most beautiful fjords in Norway. A little further on you will find the spectacular Stegastein viewpoint, a suspended platform in the void 650 meters high overlooking the Aurlandsfjord.
Some more kilometers and there is Church Urnes, a medieval wooden church on the banks of the Lustrafjorden, a mystical symbol for the Norwegians. Then you will reach the Sognefjord, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Riding your motorcycle through the bends and curves on the Old Strynefjell Mountain Road you will get to the legendary Geiranger road and to the Geirangerfjord. This 68 km long road will definitely enchant you: you should stop at Ørnesvingen, a viewpoint with breathtaking panoramas over the fjord. Then you will pass by the Romsdal Fjord, here too, have a stop at the Rampestreken, another scenic viewpoint. Next, on the Trollstigen road, so beloved by motorcyclists, you will face many heart-pounding hairpins, bends enjoying the wild surrounding environment. We recommend a short walk on the panoramic The Trolls Path Viewpoint where you could admire the hairpin bends of the Trollstigen road from above.
After a long riding your motorbike, here you are in the middle of the sea following one of the most famous roads in the world: the Atlantic Ocean Road! Enjoy every meter and do not be intimidated by the bridge that looks like a roller coaster, the symbol of this road, and the third most photographed attraction in Norway after the North Cape and the Trolltunga rock.
Left behind the fabulous Atlantic Ocean Road you have arrived at the last section of this spectacular motorcycle tour in Norway: going back to the port of Lavrik.
On your way back you will find some more interesting attractions such as the fascinating narrow Mågålaupet gorge with a very rough river; the Viewpoint Snøhetta, (the Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion) an architectural construction featuring the front side made in huge windows, heated inside where visitors can sit like in a theatre ad admire the imposing mount Tverrfjellet and mount Hjerkinn in front of them; the Sohlbergplassen, a viewpoint on Lake Atnsjøene in the Rondane National Park; the Sollia Church, an important symbol for the local community.
At last, when in Lavrik take a ferry to the Danish port of Hirtshals.