Motorcycle riding can be exhilarating, especially when you tour through the striking and unique scenery of Norway. Motorcycle tours of Norway take riders through an array of landscapes, from the pure white sand beaches of Sandoya along Norway's southern coast, to the clear waters of Lake Mjosa. Most motorcycle touring companies have support vehicles that carry luggage, tools and spare parts, so motorcycle enthusiasts can enjoy their ride without worrying about necessities.
Nordic Bike Adventure
The Nordic Bike Adventure Company headquartered in Kristiansand offers two motorcycle tours of Norway: the Trail of the Trolls and the North Cape Tour. The two-week Trail of the Trolls takes you on an 1800 to 3800-mile motorcycle excursion through mountains and fiords of Norway's eastern interior. Tours begin in Kristiansand and travel to Lillehammer, host of the 1994 Winter Olympics, then on through the Rondane and Dovre alpine mountains. The tour continues to the west coast, then turns south toward the sharp switchbacks of "The Golden Route." Motorcyclists ride through unique structures like the Lysebotn tunnel, which spirals 340 degrees. In 2010, touring prices are £3,788 for rider and £2,340 for passenger.
The three-week North Cape Tour follows a 3100 to 7500-mile route through the northern regions. From Kristiansand, the tour heads north to Trondheim, Norway's first capital, then to the islands of Lofoten and as far north as Mageroya, also called The Barren Island. The tour then returns south to Kristiansand by way of the southern coast. Motorcyclists cross the Arctic Circle back to Trondheim, where they can in the historic sites like the Nidaros Cathedral. Tour prices are £6,017 for rider and £3,900 for passenger as of 2010. All tours include a luggage support vehicle, motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage, hotel accommodations, breakfast, dinner and tour guide.
Nordic Bike Adventure Odderhei Pl 22 Kristiansand N-4638 Norway +011-47-911-29876 nordicbike.no
Beach's Motorcycle Adventures
Operating out of New York, Beach's Motorcycle Adventures offers a two-week motorcycle tour, starting from Kristiansand and heading along the southern coast of Norway as far north as Andalsnes. Motorcyclists follow scenic coastal rides through quaint villages and mountain passes, returning to Kristiansand via the west coast. Tours normally run from mid-July through late August. As of 2010, tour pricing is £2,535 for a rider and £1,998 for a passenger. Prices include motorcycle rental, hotel accommodations, breakfast and dinner. Rented motorcycles are BMWs equipped with saddlebags and tank bags for tourist necessities. A luggage support van also accompanies tours.
Beach's Motorcycle Adventures 2763 West River Parkway Grand Island, NY 14072 716-773-4960 beachs-mca.com
Edelweiss Bike Travel
Edelweiss Bike Travel in Austria has a 720 to 860-mile Norway motorcycle tour to the Isle of Runde, Trollstigen, Alesund, Atlantic Road, Molde and the world's most famous fiord, Geirangerfjord. Daily tour rides normally run 90 to 200 miles, or approximately six to eight hours of riding a day. Tours are accompanied by a support vehicle and include hotel accommodations, six breakfasts and three dinners, motorcycle rental with comprehensive insurance coverage and a tour guide on a motorcycle. If you bring your own bike, with two riders sharing a room, tour prices are £1,683 (all prices as of 2010). Tour prices including a rental bike depend on the brand of the motorcycle: a Honda motorcycle with two people sharing a hotel room is £1,781, while an individual riding a top-of-the-line BMW is £2,801.
Edelweiss Bike Travel Sportplatzweg 14 6414 Mieming, Austria +011-43-5264-5690 edelweissbike.com