I am Ralph Edelstein, an avid biker and bike reporter from Amsterdam. In September 2023 me and my girlfriend Esther flew to Trondheim and picked up a Sportster 883 and a Pan America 1250 at Harley-Davidson Midt-Norge. After the Dealer-Principal Stig made sure we had everything we needed, we took off on a 7-day, 1.800 km ride North, all the way up to Ballangen.
Our top 5 points of interest on the road:
- Lofoten islands
- A6 between Skogn and Grong
- Viking Museum (Borg)
- The Atlantic Road
- Road from Trondheim to Kristiansund (or v.v.)
Our top 5 highlights
- The incredible phenomenon of Aurora Borealis (Northern Light)!!!
- The ever-changing landscapes along this beautiful 1.800 km trip
- The Atlantic Road (we rode it up and down at least 7 times)
- Okstindan National Park
Without any reservations, we dare say that Norway is the most beautiful country we have ever rode a motorbike. The landscape keeps changing: one moment you feel like you are riding through Canada or Alaska, the next moment it is Scandinavia through and through and a little later you think you have ended up on Mars.
It was a unique experience to ride far above the Arctic Circle. And when we stayed at the picturesque Hotel Storjord in the village of the same name and saw an amazing display of the Northern Lights there, the trip was complete. And then the Lofoten Islands still had to come!
The Lofoten Islands are everything you expect them to be. In the traditional fishing villages time has stood still and you see unimaginable beauty everywhere you look. Finding accommodation in high season can be difficult, and the central road (E10) can be quite busy, so we recommend avoiding high season. That said: Norway is an absolute must for every self-respecting biker!