RØROS - CAPE WEST/STADT - HAREID/SULESUND (728km)
Crossing Norway from east to west seems to be easy on the map, but it's a hard ride, especially the last stages. But yet, this route is the most easy way to cross Norway with bicycle.
We started from the Norwegian/Swedish border close to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Røros. On the highland in the middle of Norway.
After a short ride close to the border, we met a reindeer herd crossing the road. It is a lot of tame reindeer in this area, because of the South-Samis who lives here permanently. Experiences like this means a lot for us, perceive the nature when we follow the road, early in a quiet morning.
We met a lot of wild animals too when we cross the country, moose, roe deers and deers.
We tried to follow non-traffic roads and we found places with sights, old buildings and bridges from old times. The highest points of the route was in the mountains before Dovre, Grimsdalen at 1160m and the old road on Strynefjell, highest point 1139m.
But the hardest parts to ride was when we run down to the fjords, and have to cycle over high hills and down to another fjords. Very rough and hard ride on the last part of the route, the last uphill to Cape West was about 20%.
The reward was a fantastic view over the sunset over The North Sea, from the Western point of North Europe. 8 days and 600km from Røros, totally distance 728km to Hareid, not far from home.