On mid of July I drove, the first time together with
Jayne, from Germany through Denmark to Hirtshals, from where we
took the ferry to Kristiansand in Norway. After a rough ferry
trip we drove north to Lysebotn, Stavanger, Roldal,
Lom and Briksdal, then up to Dalsnibba and Geiranger Fjord.
our way back we did side trips to Lillehammer, Tanumshede
and Höör, before we then took the Öresund-Bridge back
to Denmark and Germany.
There is always traffic jam along the E6 at the Border between Norway
and Sweden, because they build a new bridge there! This will take at
least until 2006. But it is easy to avoid the traffic jam by using small
side roads, and the landscape is more beautiful there anyway.
As a place to stay in Kristiansand I can highly recommend the
following place with sea view:
|Gerd Reibra (Aunt Gerd), Sorlibakken 16, N-4621
Kristiansand, Phone: Norway-38 01 13 73
|She is a really nice old woman, speaks English,
German and some other languages, and she has a lot to tell about
her travels, a long time ago! She should write a book!
Norway sheet 1 and 2 from Kümmerly+Frey, scale 1:325.000
|The best time to travel through Norway is May through
August. But in May you still have to expect a lot of snow. In September
it often rains and sometimes it already snows.
One still can't pay
with Euro in Denmark, Sweden and Norway, but even in small towns it is
possible to pay with credit card (best Visa).
About getting petrol/gas: Many people say that you have to carry
fuel with you, but I had no problems with my 16-liter-tank. Some
stations in Sweden are only machines, meaning that you have to pay with
EC- or credit card and then try to figure the Swedish operating manuel.
About Mosquitoes: Yes, in summer there are a lot of Mosquitoes,
especially near lakes. But this was my third trip to Norway and I again
did not get bitten, nor did Jayne.
About Speed limits: On Norway's country roads is a speed limit of 80
km/h, sometimes 90. Speeding is very expensive in Norway, and there
are lots of speed cameras !!!
||Our first stop was at the Navy memorial in Kiel-Laboe
(Germany). Inside the memorial are two large, impressive walls, covered
in symbols for every ship that sunk during the two world wars.
||Underneath the memorial lays the old submarine U995,
and awaits visitors. After WW II it first served for some years for the
Norwegian Navy, before they gave it back to Germany as a gift.
||Already while driving through Denmark the speedometer
failed once more. We tried several times, but couldn't get a new
speedometer cable in Denmark, so we drove on to Norway. In Kristiansand
we finally found a bike shop, but they needed the old one as a sample,
therefore I had to dismount it. After doing that I realized that the
cable wasn't broken, that could only mean that the plastic gear wheel at
the front wheel had given up. Of course this part wasn't available in
Norway, and it would have taken 2 to 3 weeks to get it. So, I decided to
drive on without speedometer (wasn't the first time anyway).
||Along the Rv45 from Evje towards Stavanger. The landscape
of this elevated plain is just fantastic, even - or because of the
missing of any trees.