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Norway

Your Linesman

Tore Silseth

I grew up in Tynset, in the area around the northern parts of the southern TET section. With an older brother riding a lot of different 50cc mopeds with Sachs engines, I started riding those at a young age, and continued riding mopeds till I was 18. After that I spent a lot of time flyfishing, hiking and other outdoor activities.

I decided to get a motorcycle license in 2009. With my interest in outdoor life, it was soon clear that an adventure bike would fit me well. I bought an XT660Z in 2010 and started visiting areas with good fishing. I then discovered the joy of riding off road and gravel roads, so it changed to less and less flyfishing, and more and more motorcycling! The last 7-8 years I have been clocking about 15000km per year mostly on gravel roads in the area south of Trondheim.

I like the feeling of freedom when riding on the gravel roads, and I like the way you get in touch with nature. It is something more people should experience, and TET is a brilliant way to share this experience with riders that are not familiar with our area.

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The trail has been put up by country based volunteers. The accuracy of the trail is not guaranteed, nor are the GPS co-ordinates. We do not represent or warrant that materials in the site or the services are accurate, complete, reliable, current or error-free. We cannot represent or warrant that the site or its servers are free of viruses or other harmful components. If you stray onto private land, apologise and get back onto the byway or trail. These trails can be shut or permanently closed at short notice under local law. Do not ride trails beyond your capability. If unsure, get off your bike and walk the trail first. Trail riding alone, especially on trails you do not know is really unwise. Wear the proper safety kit. Many country trails are rarely maintained. You will find ruts, holes, floods, treacherous surfaces and the occasional booby trap hazard deliberately placed by people who do not like motorcycles using trails. When you use the trails, you are on your own. You exercise your judgement in your own skills and your own navigation. All we can do is show you where some of the trails are, but this can change at a moment’s notice.

Practical tips for trails you do not know;

  1.  Ride in at least a pair. If you fall with a motorcycle pinning you down to cold and damp earth, in the Europe we do not have to worry about being eaten by exotic carnivores (usually!) but exposure, hypothermia and shock can do a very effective job of killing you. Do not rely on the trails having a regular through flow of users to come to your aid
  2. If your riding companion cannot pick your bike up off you then get a lighter bike, a stronger riding companion or ride in a bigger group
  3. Trails can vary immensely. A vehicular right of way can be a rocky or muddy scramble
  4. Adventure bikes – especially on adventure tyres – can struggle with some trails. Do not just bowl into trails because they are on a map – they can be horribly technical and totally unsuitable for even fairly competent riders on light machines or experienced riders on bigger machines
  5. Stop for horses and kill your engines to let equestrians pass. A horse spooking at a bike revving will be likely to result in criminal charges if the police get involved and a motorcycle is a lot easier to control than a horse
  6. On the trails there will be free running dogs. Do your best to be nice to them
  7. Mobile phone coverage can be patchy on the trails. Do not rely on calling an ambulance – if you’ve got stuck, the emergency services are going to get just as stuck trying to retrieve you. That is if you can raise them by telephone
  8. Finally, obey the golden rule, which is don’t be a dick by unnecessarily annoying other country side users or letting ego outstrip talent.

ROUTE INFO

Håkerudstomta (Charlottenberg)
Norwegian and English
110 Fire department
112 Police
113 Ambulance
In general wild camping is allowed in Norway. It is forbidden to camp closer than 150 meters from buildings, and you can't stay for extended periods of time at the same location.
Off-roading in general is forbidden. You are allowed to ride various gravel roads. The condition is that what you are riding must have been engineered for being a road, with top soil and ditches for leading water away. A rule of thumbs is that if the road is passable with a regular car, you are allowed to ride there with a motorcycle.
Bukkerittet, Grimsbu. Second week in August every year

ROUTE OVERVIEW

Southern Section

The Southern section of TET Norway crosses the border between Sweden and Norway in Charlottenberg and starts with small dirt-roads and driveable tracks through deep forests before soon hitting ancient mountain roads east of Lillehammer We then cross the beautiful Gudbrands Valley on our way to the Per Gynt Area, where we travel on the smallest and sometimes quite challenging back-roads of the area on our way north. On the way to the mountain village of Skåbu, we encounter some more tricky tracks, but they are rideable even on a 1200 GSA equppied with knobbly tyres.

The route continues up and down valleys and mountains to Vågåmo where we climb to the top of Blåhö mountain reaching an altitude of 1618m. The view from here is fantastic in all directions in nice weather - and a bit challenging in bad!

If you want to visit Norway’s most famous fjord - Geirangerfjorden - and Trollstigen, you can make a one day detour on mainly tarmac-roads from here.

TET Norway continues with a medley of single-track, grass roads and dirt roads until we reach the two most famous summer mountain valleys of Norway - Grimsdalen and Einunndalen. Alot of the riding is above the treeline and you’ll need to take care as you’ll meet cows, horses and sheep roaming free on many of the small mountain-roads. If you are lucky you might even meet some reindeer up here!

Crossing the Grimsbu Touristsenter (an offroad Mecca in Norway), you’re onto some rocky roads and minor water-crossings before the challenging mountain road to the top of Tronefjell at 1666m where the Indian Peace-Prophet Barald is buried. As late as June you can still get stuck in the snow on your way up, but the last part of the winding “road” to the top and the view is reward awaiting you.

Then it’s up and down the sides of Österdalen and Bittermarka on very varying back-roads on our way to the Swedish border. If you enjoy trout or charling fishing, you are now in one of Norway’s best fly-fishing areas where you often meet truly wild fish.

After following the Ljöra River to the Swedish border you get half an hour of relaxing tarmac road to recover on before once again hitting the Swedish dirt-roads on your way north.

Northern Section

The TET here cross the expanse of tundra and sparse forest heading north along the Old Post Road towards Alta before finally resorting to tarmac for the final stretch to the iconic top of Europe - The North Cape.

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