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Oslo to Istanbul via the Arctic


Panniers for pillows

6,399 km (3,976 miles) over 80 days from June 8, 2008 to August 26, 2008

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Equipment lists, 1-3 months, 3-6 months, Danube Bike Trail
Locales: Europe, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey
Year: 2008

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/oslotoistanbul

Copyright © 2008-2014 By Carl Cartlidge - (contact)

Status: Completed Oct 2008
Last update: Wednesday May 25, 2011 13:33 (US/Pacific) (edited Mon 16 Jul 2012 08:50 (US/Pacific))
110,654 hits since April 19, 2008 (hitcounts updated nightly)
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Company for the night. And my first night 'wild camping', my tent is pitched just to the right and I have the spot all to myself. Happy days.


Table of Contents

Who am I ?: well lets find out eh.
The Route
Equipment List: Dont think I've left anything out

Norway

Sandefjord to Horten
Horten to Oslo
Oslo to Harestua: My Birthday
Harestua to Lillehammer (nearly): Headwinds and Hills
Rest Day # 1: Lillehammer
Lillehammer to Venabygd: Tough Tough day
Venabygd to Folldal: Cold but beautiful
Folldal to Valdan: A testing day, but isn't this what i signed up for?
Trondheim
Trondheim to Vedalsora: Sunny for a change
Verdalsora to Snasa: Rain, rain go away
Beautiful Day: Steadily making progress
Lindsetmoen to Svenningdal
Svenningdal to Mosjoen
Rest Day # 2
Near to the Arctic Circle now: soaking wet
Somewhere near the Arctic: to somewhere past the arctic
somewhere past the Arctic Circle to Fauske
Fauske to ?: Tunnels galore
Nearly a perfect day: 1000 mile mark passed
Narvik: End of the road in Norway
Rest Day # 3
Norway Map

Sweden

Narvik to Abisko (Sweden): Still in the mountains
Boring day
Kiruna to Gallivere: Still in the middle of nowhere
Gallivere to Over-Kalix: Crossed the Arctic once again
Over-Kalix to Kalix
Sweden Map

Finland

Kalix to Tornio (Finland)
Rest Day # 4
Heading South: hopefully towards some darkness
Oulu: The rain is back
Oulu to Raahe: another short day
Kokkla
What a day: First century
Heavy Rain
Tampere: Leg 1 done
Back on the road tomorrow
Away we go: finally
Finland Map

Estonia

Finland to Estonia: 1 day 2 capital cities
Estonia: damn this is a small country
At the border of Estonia/Latvia
Estonia Map

Latvia

Into Riga
Rest day in Riga
Latvia Map

Lithuania

Riga to Lithuania
A farm in Lithuania to a field in Lithuania via Kaunus: miserable day
Lithuania Map

Poland

Poland: Pedals and Paddles
Back in the hills
Still with the headwind: still thinking of home
Warsaw
Rest day: decision time
Out of Warsaw: A meeting with Ned Flanders
Heading towards some big mountains soon: and don't I just know it
More bike trouble: Puncture number 6. Tyre number 6
Rain and mountains: sound familiar
Poland Map

Slovakia

Slovakia: Not quite as bad as it is made out to be, by those who have never been.
Another quality day: with a huge descent for good measure
Slovakia Map

Hungary

Hungary
Budapest
Rest day in Budapest
Out of Budapest: stupidly hot
Hungary Map

Serbia

Serbia: 2 more countries to go
Serbian Sunday: A run in with the law
Belgrade and beyond: I hate riding through capital cities, no honestly I do.
Mundane motorway's: but I don't mind too much
Off the motorway: what a difference a day makes
Serbia Map

Bulgaria

Bulgaria: Sofia
Rest day
Almost smell the finish line
A good dose of the Brits
Bulgaria Map

Turkey

Turkey: time for a kebab (finally)
Istanbul: End of the road
Turkey Map
Final Route
Statistics
Summary


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