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
On our way back we did side trips to Lillehammer,
Tanumshede and Höör, before we then
took the Öresund-Bridge back to Denmark and
Tip: 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.
Tip: 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
Recommended maps: Norway
sheet 1 and 2 from Kümmerly+Frey, scale
|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