MOTOTravel Trip 2018: Arriving in Norway and riding the Scenic Route 44
Now, I\’m finally off to Norway. After having a day in Hirtshals due to a mess up on my ferry booking I\’m standing in the queue to board the ferry to Norway. First, I\’m in the queue.
To be precise I\’m starting the queue because I\’m first in line. It is a glorious day here in Hirtshals ferry terminal. Plenty warm and not a cloud in the sky, so this will be another hot summers day in an extremely hot summer. The country\’s are scorched and tinder dry.
The Ferry to Langesund
Langesung really? Why make such a detour if you can just go via Kristiansand you may ask. Well, it just didn\’t work that way. Sometimes the travel Gods are not in your favour. I had booked the ferry in advanced but something went wrong with the booking agent and I had to stay put for one extra day. To top it all up I couldn\’t get a ticket for Kristiansand so the only option was to go via Langesund. So here I am building heading the queue in the making to Langesund
Boarding the ferry to Langesund
Why Langesung, why make such a detour if you can just go via Kristiansand you may ask. Well, it just didn\’t work that way. Sometimes the travel Gods are not in your favour. I had booked the ferry in advanced but something went wrong with the booking agent and I had to stay put for one extra day. To top it all up I couldn\’t get a ticket for Kristiansand so the only option was to go via Langesund.
The sun deck to the rescue.
Today\’s Route: Hirtshals – Langesund – Kristiansand – Bakkebveien
- Distance: 544km
- Travel Time: 9h 18min
- Ferry crossings: 1 (a big one)
Landing in Langesund was just as easy. There was a bit of a dealy on passport control. As it turned out, police were looking for someone and searched all buses. But as usual, extremely polite and accommodating. After that plain sailing.
The roads were very busy and the landscape very nice. Very different. It didn\’t take long to shake off some of the traffic and found myself on some very nice twisty roads. It became more interesting after I passed Kristiansand.
About 45 min after I left Kristiansand behind I entered road 44. This road is fantastic. Check out my video, but as always it is no comparison with the real thing. I was blown away, what a great start of a trip. I was riding for hours on nearly empty roads The landscape is changing literally after every bent.
It is hard to describe it without sounding cheesy, but hey, you are not experiencing something like this every day. ( Well not here in the UK) Check out my Video for this part of the Scenic Route 44 has been designated as National Tourist Routes for the amazing landscape.
There are many stops you should visit and I recommend you look at the Norwegen Tourist board website https://www.visitnorway.com/plan-your-trip/travel-tips-a-z/norwegian-scenic-routes/ There are so many sites along the way that time can be of an issue. I only planed one day for this trip. This isn\’t enough to do this place justice.
Sometimes we just have to remind ourselves. \”Motorbike traveler ride for the journey, not for the destination.\”
At the end of the day, I felt tired for the first time on this trip. But at the same time so invigorated by this experience that I couldn\’t come to rest till late after midnight. Tomorrow another day