The Route

Riding through more than six thousand kilometres of the most dramatic scenery on the planet, as a group we are travelling through six countries, across seas, fjords, mountains, valleys, huge bridges and long tunnels this expedition is no walk in the park. For fourteen days we will be riding an average of six to eight hours per day on fully loaded motorcycles. We will be riding along unfamiliar roads across wild and wonderful landscapes full of wonder and potential dangers.

Paul will leave Ireland on the 20th May taking the ferry to England. On 21st May he will meet up with Roy on route in Preston and head down across the north of England until they reach Cambridge which is were I will meet them. From there we will head down to Harwich to the DFDS ferry terminal where we will take the 17:45 Sirena Seaways ferry to Esbjerg in Denmark, an 18 hour journey across the North Sea. Arriving on the 22nd May at 13:00 we will then head to Jayderup where we will meet up with Gregg who will have arrived from the USA and hopefully picked up his hire motorcycle.

On the 23rd we will head off on the main part of the journey, the exact route will be detailed below, however the general plan is to head east from Denmark into Sweden, then north through Sweden, then across into Norway with the northern most point being Narvik. If weather permits and the riders are fit and healthy by this point there is an opportunity to then ride up to Tromso. The route will then head south through Norway, likely to be the most dramatic and difficult part of the journey.

The goal is to be back in Esbjerg for the 5th June when the return ferry back to Harwich will leave at 18:45 arriving in Harwich at 12:00 on the 6th June. On arrival the remaining riders will ride to Portmadog in north Wales to meet up with the Dander4Dosh team where a celebration beer and well earned rest will follow!

Details of specific places we intend to visit will be added, however it has already been decided that we will visit Hell in Norway for the obvious photo opportunities! Also Middlefart in Denmark will be passed on the way through! We will cross the “Great Belt Fixed Link”  from Denmark to Sweden, the bridge includes the 3rd longest main span at 1.2km, the longest outside Asia!

Provisional Route as of 01/05/2014, still being finalised. Total distance so far 6814km and does not include the additional distances covered on the ferry crossings. It also doesn’t cover the approximately 6000km Gregg will travel getting to Denmark from the USA!

Date Depart Arrive Distance km
20th May Belfast Liverpool Ferry
21st May LiverPool Harwich (via Preston and cambridge) 508
21st May Harwich Esbjerg Ferry
22nd May Esbjerg Jyderup 239
23rd May Jyderup Norrkoping 576
24th May Norrkoping Harnosand 585
25th May Harnosand Tallvik 600
26th May Tallvik Narvik 417
27th May * Decision as to whether to go on to Tromso 370
28th May Narvik Moskenes 370
29th May Moskenes Bodo Ferry
29th May Bodo artic circle centre Saltfjellet 150
30th May artic circle centre Saltfjellet mosjoen 180
31st May mosjoen Hell 370
1st June * Possible rest day in Hell!
2nd June Hell Geiranger 520
3rd June Geiranger Skudeneshavn 570
4th June Skudeneshavn Lysebotn 350
4th June Stavanger Hirtshals Ferry
5th June Hirtshals Esbjerg 341
5th June Esbjerg Harwich Ferry
6th June Harwich Porthmadog 500
7th June Porthmadog Cairnryan 538
Total KM covered 6814

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