Wednesday, 14 May 2008
The trip starts in Bergen, which I reach by ferry from Newcastle in the UK (a day and a night on the ship).
The itinerary is flexible, I aim to cycle 40 to 50 miles per day, but I feel I need to get North as fast as possible to make the most of the incredible light in June above the Arctic Circle (where there is 24-hour daylight).
The ultimate destination is Finnmark and the North Cape - when I've gone as far North as I can, I'll swing down through Sweden and back into Norway to finish the journey either with a ferry from Bergen to the UK, or from Denmark to the UK.
To get to the start of the "proper" leg of the tour, I'll probably catch the Hurtigruten up the coast from Bergen to Bødo, which I know well from previous trips.
To avoid the monotony of spending days at a time on the coastal steamer, and to guard against the risk of arriving at the start of the trip with something missing from my gear, the first cycling leg of the trip will start a bit up the coast from Bergen at Molde.
I plan to follow the coast road from Molde to Kristiansund, including the famous Atlanterhavsvegen - a distance of around 200 km with fairly gentle terrain, but recently ranked first on The Guardian's list of the world's best road trips.
I arrive in Bergen on June 04, and plan to leave for Molde the following night.
I'll see how the first month goes before making firm plans for the second and third.
Any tips and comments you may have on cycling this route are very welcome - add a comment below or email them to the address on the homepage at sister-site blissonwheels.com and I'll respond as soon as I pick them up.