Ride the Ladder of the Trolls
We kick off this amazing trip riding through Holland and Germany all the way to the Danish border, then riding the length of Denmark south to north through fields and forests to reach the port of Hirtshals for the ferry to Norway. Once off the ferry, the true Scandinavian beauty surrounds us as we start island hopping and crossing eerie fjords to our hotel near Voss.
The first ride out/rest day comes with options in and out of the saddle. You can ride the secret Norwegian biker road to the dizzy heights of the surrounding mountains or cross the adjacent fjord and ride through the fruit farms of Hardanger peninsular or even ride to the Flam scenic railway. If you fancy something more sedate there are plenty of quiet walks around the fjords from our hotel where you can appreciate the incredible scenery by foot.
Norway is often the trip people are most surprised by, its a real eye opener how dramatic the scenery and empty the roads are. You will ride up to the Arctic Circle and experience a beautiful country with tremendous twisty roads.
Ride the Ladder of the Trolls
Leaving Voss we ride to Geiranger which lies at the head of the world heritage site of the truly magnificent Geiranger Fjord with it’s deep blue water and mountains that look otherworldly. Stunning views, ferries and the longest road tunnel in the world are on the agenda today as we make our way to Geiranger village for two nights. With a day off in this majestic little town we have some epic options to keep you busy in and out the saddle.
You can ride the world famous hairpins on the Ladder of Trolls via the equally twisty Eagles road alternatively you can take a boat trip up the fjord or take a walk to a nearby waterfall that has a walkway behind the falling water into the mountain. Onwards from here we have yet another amazing day’s ride along the renowned Atlantic road on our way to Kristianund. Constructed by bridging the Atlantic Ocean between a series of small islands this world famous route is often described as one of the most spectacular roads in the world.
Riding almost due north up the narrow spine of Norway through seemingly endless pine woods and forests, we arrive at Mo-i-rana, the Norwegian gateway to the Arctic Circle and our base for two nights. Ride-out options include a trip to the Arctic Circle, an underground tour of the nearby caves and a visit to one of the northern glaciers which carved the majestic Norwegian Fjords we’ve been riding past!
We then wave goodbye to Norway heading east over the mountains into Sweden, riding through dense forests, past pretty lakes and colourful meadows to our hotel in Mora where we have another ride out/ rest day. You can ride around the rim of the largest meteor crater in Europe, visit Santa land, go to the beautifully preserved house of the Swedish artist Anders Zorn or give your bike a well-deserved break while you enjoy the pool and spa facilities. From here we make our way back down through Denmark, Germany and then Holland to our return overnight ferry back to the UK.
Ride across Holland, up through Germany and the length of Denmark: In keeping with our ethos, we avoid the main motorway routes and ride mainly through the open countryside.
Fjord crossings by ferry, bridge and underwater tunnel: We follow the western coastline of Norway with bikes sweeping from dizzying mountain heights down into spectacular glaciers.
Ride the Flam scenic railway, one of world’s top 20 railway journeys: In the span of an hour, the train takes you from sea level at the Sognefjord in Flåm to the Myrdal mountain station at 867 metres above sea level.
Eagles Road, Trolls Road and Atlantic Road all ridden: The Eagles road connects two famous Norweigan sights, Geirangerfjord and the Trollstigen road. Next the Trollstigen road or ‘Ladder of the trolls’ is at an elevation of nearly 3,000ft, and the vistas are unimaginable. Then the Atlantic road which was constructed by bridging the vast Atlantic Ocean with huge stretches of perfectly straight roads and the icon twisty bridge.
Geirangerfjord, UNESCO world heritage site: With numerous waterfalls and free-flowing rivers, deciduous and coniferous woodlands and forests, glacial lakes, glaciers, rugged mountains and a range of other natural attributes, it is one of the most scenically outstanding landscapes in the world.
Cross the Arctic circle and visit Arctic Circle raceway: We visit the Arctic Circle discovery centre and the most northerly racetrack in the world, stopping off at a surprise motorcycle museum on the way.
Swedish lakes and Forests: 53.1% of Sweden is covered in forest, and our journey home cuts through the pine forests and past the lakes and meadows that define this beautiful country.
You are welcome to join your guide in the evening in the port of Harwich before we board the 23:00 Stena Line overnight ferry to Rotterdam. En-suite cabin accommodation on board.
Day 2 237 Miles
Through the open countryside of Holland and much of Germany to our overnight stop in Oldendberg.
Day 3 180 Miles
We ride through the German countryside and cross the Elbe by ferry to Flensburg.
Day 4 231 Miles
Today we ride the whole length of Denmark south to north to our hotel in the ferry port of Hirtshals.
Day 5 137 Miles
After catching an early ferry to Norway we arrive in Kristiansand, and ride to our 100 year old traditional Norwegian hotel in Sandes near Stavanger.
Day 6 176 Miles
Island hopping by bridge, tunnel and ferry to arrive in our base for two nights in the Voss area.
Day 7 Explore Day / Ride-out Day
Your choice of ride-outs today or a relaxing day off the bike.
Day 8 225 Miles
Leaving the Voss area we ride until we reach our base for the next two nights in Geiranger village.
Day 9 Explore Day / Ride-out Day
A ride-out day to either the world famous Troll’s ladder via the Road of the Eagles or take a boat trip up the magnificent Geiranger Fjord.
Day 10 118 Miles
Atlantic road to Kristiansund. We overnight in a unique island hotel accessible only by boat.
Day 11 194 Miles
The ride northwards past Hell (the village!).
Day 12 168 Miles
We ride to Mo-i-rana, the Norwegian gateway to the Arctic Circle and our base for the next two nights.
Day 13 Ride-out Day
Ride-out day to the Arctic Circle!
Day 14 290 Miles
We ride east over the mountains into Sweden to our hotel in Stromsund.
Day 15 230 Miles
We ride through national parks visiting Osterund to arrive in lakeside Mora for a two-night stay.
Day 16 Explore Day / Ride-out Day
Your choice of a ride-out today or a day relaxing off the bike.
Day 17 214 Miles
Leaving Mora we ride south again to Gothenburg for the ferry over to Denmark.
Day 18 220 Miles
Riding back through rural Denmark to our hotel in the harbour town of Flensburg.
Day 19 200 Miles
Leaving Denmark we ride through most of Germany to our hotel in Wardenburg.
Day 20 230 Miles
South through Germany and Holland to catch the overnight ferry to the UK from the Hook of Holland.
Arrive back in Harwich at 6am.
Can I get a different crossing on this trip?
Of course, many of our clients cross by ferry from further north and some even go on the eurotunnel the day before. If you would like to do either of these and meet the group at the hotel on the first night just let us know in the comments section of your booking form and we will deduct the cost of the included crossing from your booking.
What’s the weather like on this tour?
As with any european tour the weather can be changeable but we plan these tours to ride in the best weather window in Norway. It can be wet at any stage and of course cold on the day up to the Arctic circle and back but we don’t stay there overnight so a good rule of thumb is to pack as you would for riding around the UK in September time. We send out a full kit and packing list in the tour packs and are of course always happy to offer advice on packing for any of the trips if you want to drop us an email.
Is Norway as expensive as people say?
In a word, yes. We include many of the evening meals on this trip for exactly that reason and lunches are quite reasonable where we plan the stops anyhow. The real kicker is the cost of alcohol in some of the hotels but there is always a shop nearby that your guide can point you towards if you want to go and get a couple of beers or a bottle of wine to enjoy on the terraces.
I’ve heard the speed limits are really low in Norway, is this true?
In some areas they can be fairly low but most roads are in the usual 80/90kmph limit you would expect from any European country. Speed cameras in general are forward facing so not so much of an issue on bikes and police are few and far between although if caught speeding fines can be means tested and very high so do take care.
It's a long tour, will I be too tired and is it suitable for pillions?
While the number of days is high its done so that we don’t have to use motorways and can keep the daily riding times much lower than most other companies so it shouldn’t be too tiring. We also have 4 rest days scheduled in with plenty of off bike activities so that combined with the standard of hotels we use on the trips makes it a perfect trip for pillions.
How experienced do you need to be for this trip?
You will be riding your bike all the way to the Arctic Circle and can join a fairly small group of people who can say they have done this but with the Magellan team supporting you the whole way you don’t have to be a highly experienced tourer to do it comfortably and safely. We have had a number of people away over the last few years who had literally just passed their tests who loved every minute of it. Our routing and riding style means no one gets left behind and the guide is always there if you need them but you are also free to go and explore and have your own adventure if you wish.
Is it possible to do this tour in less time?
Yes, for those with less time we now offer a shipping service so that you can ride whatever amount of the tour you have time for and then fly back while we sort having your bike collected and shipped back to your home address. Just drop us an email and we’ll price this option up for you.