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Re: North Sea Route - Norway (Kristiansand - Bergen)

4 March 2015 - 2:20am
I did part of this a decade ago. Back then, the route was a bit frustrating in that it felt like cycle-to-school routes stuck together and it was a bit hard to follow. That was then though, and probably just my lack of preparedness.

But, reaching Stavanger (by train) we took a ferry from Stavanger harbour up the Lysefjord to Lysebotn (2 or 3 hours if memory is correct). The fjord was magnificent. We set up camp at Lysebotn (campsite) and cycled up the remarkable mountain road, see pic. At the top there's a fine plateau walk with a famous boulder to see (jammed between two cliffs, people stand on it for daring photo op). Ferry back to Stavanger next day. Highly recommended if you have time in your plan.photo-21.png

Re your question 5, 10 years ago there was a supermarket in Stavanger and campsite pretty central. Fine campsites in Mendal and Kristiansand too. Can't remember the other places.

North Sea Route - Norway (Kristiansand - Bergen)

4 March 2015 - 1:55am

This summer I'm planning a trip up through Europe, and the last leg will be going along the North Sea Route in Norway, from Kristiansand to Bergen. Here's a picture of the planned route:

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I just had a few questions for people who have done parts of this route:

1 Are there any important/dangerous things I should be careful about in these parts of Norway?
For example, weather: like the Mistral in France, or the heat in central Spain or dangerous wildlife? I really don't know much about Norway, but am super excited to see some of it! Just want to make sure we survive.

2. Are there good bike paths along the route? And is Norway generally considered bike-friendly?
I assume there are decent biking roads, as this is a pretty well known route, but wanted to check. Again, I don't know much about Norway, are drivers usually considerate of bikers there?

3. Are there many campgrounds around? And is wild camping acceptable there?
I have the West Castor North Sea Route 2 maps which show some campgrounds, but not that many. Do you have any particular resources you have used to find campsites before?

4. It sounds like the ferry from Stavanger to Skudeneshavn has stopped operating, is there a good alternative for cyclists?
It looks like there's a road onto one of the islands near Stavanger which then leads to a ferry going towards Bokn, but it looks like a major road that wouldn't be bike-friendly. If anyone has done this part of the route recently, how did you get across?

5. Are there places to get relatively cheap food in Norway?
I've heard that it's a fairly expensive country, so I was wondering what tips you had for eating cheap there?

6. Any advice on the route?
I can't really change the areas we'll be biking, but if there are specific places somewhat along the way that you have found that are particularly spectacular or interesting in some way (unique culture or scenery for ex.), I would love to hear about them!

Thanks for any and all help you can give!

Re: Fitting a Blackburn Lowrider on a Surly Disk Trucker

4 March 2015 - 1:31am
Thank you all for your help.
I have now fitted the Blackburn on to the Surly without too much trouble. So I'm looking forward to a summer of touring , first stop is the Isles of Man first week in June then we'll see where we end up. Many thanks again for all your help.


Re: Northern Germany and Denmark (Trier to Hirtshals)

4 March 2015 - 12:55am
Thanks for all the replies everyone! It sounds like this part of the trip will be a breeze!

I'll definitely get a Danish camping carnet, that sounds really useful!

Thanks so much for all your help!

Re: Warmshowers "membership" charges.

3 March 2015 - 9:23pm
There is some serious bickering going on on the WS site over this issue. The cost of making a member of the board a Consultant with a salary of $50k plus is not going down very well.

Re: People who have cycled the Pamir Highway...

3 March 2015 - 9:04pm
Please contact me about your trip.
I am one of 4 cyclists who will start from Bishkek at the end of May.
We cycle South to Dushanbe and then East to the Pamir Highway.
Perhaps take in the Wakhan valley.
Then North back to Bishkek.
We fly home ( UK and Australia ) 26th July.

We have done work on the route and milage.

If you find anyone who has done this route already please pass on their details.

Plenty of YouTube clips and information on Crazyguyonabike.


Re: Belgian bike security

3 March 2015 - 8:56pm
martin113 wrote:Does anyone know if there are guarded bike parks in Belgian cities as there are in Netherlands cities? Especially Antwerp and Brussels. And also Luxembourg, though it's not in Belgium of course.

Following on from Vorpal, Antwerp main station has a very large underground cycle park. The main train station in Antwerp and the main Brussels stations also have cycle points, these do repairs sell bits and pieces etc, as a tourist if you ask nicely they may look after your bike for a couple of hours.

In Brussels there are currently enough soldiers around the European institutions that the racks there are pretty safe

Re: Zeebrugge to 'south of Brussels'

3 March 2015 - 8:47pm
South From Brussels there is also the RAVeL network of paths.


Re: Turkey april2015

3 March 2015 - 8:11pm
I've been to Ankara but no further east but I've seen quite a lot of Turkey west of Ankara. None of it was wilderness. There were always towns every few tens of km and garages where you can stock up and where you're usually treated to a free tea and a chat. Turks are friendly. That is, unless you go during Ramazan (Turkish Ramadan). Turks are miserable during the holy month. Go when they are friendly.

People who have cycled the Pamir Highway...

3 March 2015 - 7:18pm
Just a few question, I'll be doing it in a few months.

1) Just how remote is it? I don't mind at all camping the entirety of it, but are there places for food/water along the route, and if so how often. I do have a Steripen so my main concern is food.

2) Daily distance. I realise this is a question open to many factors, but I'm just looking at a ball park here. I'm fit enough to cycle 100+ miles on an average day, so in my head I've got 60 miles.

3) If there's any other information I may have overlooked, please do let me know! Thanks!

Re: Has anyone cycled EuroveloR1 all the way to St Petersber

3 March 2015 - 7:11pm
mjr wrote:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EuroVelo#EuroVelo_2 suggests you may mean Euro-Route R1. Confusing, eh?

You're telling me. I've been joining five Velo routes up all day. Nearly finished but you have to wonder how accurate they are. Unfortunately the Germans have restricted Google Street view to major cities only. Bar Stewards.

Re: Has anyone cycled EuroveloR1 all the way to St Petersber

3 March 2015 - 7:05pm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EuroVelo#EuroVelo_2 suggests you may mean Euro-Route R1. Confusing, eh?

Re: Chromebook for touring?

3 March 2015 - 6:44pm
al_yrpal wrote:Its a bit of thread drift but... I think cycle.travel works out the most direct traffic free route, thus it only offers one. You can drag any node on its route to do a 'via' if you wanted to for instance pass through a particular town village or place. It then recalculates making the best of that. I find it quite flexible.
I was impressed 'cos it came up with a couple of my favourite commuting routes (using country lanes as far as possible) first time

Re: Has anyone cycled EuroveloR1 all the way to St Petersber

3 March 2015 - 6:41pm
mjr wrote:I'm not much help but doesn't R1 = Eurovelo 2, rather than EuroveloR1? Might help to retitle the thread.

I dont think so the full title is: Boulogne-sur-Mer - St. Petersburg R1. I thought that was Eurovelo R1. The names are confusing elsewhere that route is called EurorouteR13. EV2 apparently goes to Moscow.

Re: Has anyone cycled EuroveloR1 all the way to St Petersber

3 March 2015 - 6:21pm
I'm not much help but doesn't R1 = Eurovelo 2, rather than EuroveloR1? Might help to retitle the thread.

Re: Touring in Denmark

3 March 2015 - 4:55pm
If you can get to Ijmuiden/Amsterdam it's quite a nice ride along the coast to Denmark (North Sea Cycle Route). I found it quite easy to find hostels/B&B's, etc in Denmark.


Re: Touring in Denmark

3 March 2015 - 4:19pm
Thanks for that. I had no idea the Regina service was in difficulty. Back to the drawing board!

Re: Touring in Denmark

3 March 2015 - 4:15pm
You do realise that there is not currently any ferry to Esbjerg? Wish there was as i wanted to use it this summer but DGDS stopped running last autumn and the 'new' Regina service has so far failed to materialise

Touring in Denmark

3 March 2015 - 3:44pm
Having already arranged my tours for 2015, I'm already looking forward to 2016 and am planning a leisurely ride across Denmark, from Esbjerg to Copenhagen, taking in the sights. I shall take a lightweight tent, but if it's pouring with rain, I would prefer to stay overnight in a B&B and avoid having to put the tent up. What I would like to know, is whether it's fairly easy to find a B&B in Denmark without booking in advance? I am planning to go in late June, which should be ahead of the school holidays.

Thanks in anticipation.


Has anyone cycled EuroveloR1 all the way to St Petersberg

3 March 2015 - 3:11pm
I've organised myself a tour following the R1 to Berlin and intended cycling back. But all the way to St Petersberg keeps calling. It's not the distance as I've already done more than that. It's actually cycling outside of western Europe - Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Russia that's scary. Anyone had first hand experience. Happy to hear opinions too.


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