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  1. #26
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    Rode Tarløysa in the afternoon. Kind of meh. Views good. Trail mediocre

    This is the Rødven peninsular area about 20kms away from Åndalsnes proper. This ride is an out - and - back characterized by potentially superb views.

    We managed to time it between incoming rain and wind squalls and got some pictures but the trail wasn't in the same quality of shape as perhaps other lesser-known trails (definitely not barnålsstig). Still if the trailbed was perhaps below average the views were pretty good

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    Rode to Sjurvarden Og Melen. Basically got blown off the top as a front was clearing and at plateau the gusts topped 65kmh with sustained of 25 - 30kts (can't do that kmh conversion but it would have been a 3.5 sail for sure)

    Turned tail after nearly getting blown off the ridge trying to ride down. Salvaged day by over-eating cod-fish soup at Bryggery i Bud then getting a lot of Atlantic Highway selfie and poser action

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    With the aid of Geir ( who made the 3 hour drive from Trondheim) we got the perfect weather window to climb then descend Formokampen conveniently located on our drive from Møre og Romsdal to Oslo just south of Dombås. The winds were picking up as we summited and the weather fronts percolating as we hit valley bottom after the 1100m descent.

    200 year old trails built by farmers for their livestock to range provided a fine fine downhill. It's rare in Norway to have both excellence in views combined with excellence in the descending trails. This ride had it all.

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    Yeah Lee!

    My wife and I flew our bikes over five years ago and spent about 10 days going from Trondheim to Oslo, with a quick run to Åre. Our beta was thin, our skills were mediocre, and we felt heavily sandbagged by all the locals we talked to. But... very fun, very beautiful, and very memorable days around Sogndal and Fjørå -

    I'd love to get back with better beta or some locals to show us more stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alpinevibes View Post
    Yeah Lee!

    I'd love to get back with better beta or some locals to show us more stuff.
    yah - local help is pretty much necessary for norway road trips. We got some and were lucky to do so

    Some biking in the Valdres area from two weeks ago just after it rained.




    Trails ridden

    - Sletterfjell
    - Hugakøllen
    - Kvithøvd
    - Stryteberg
    - Beistotølen

    and a lot of barnålsflyt

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    Ended trip with three days of riding in Oslo

    Riding with Per, Helge and Njål is about as local as it gets in these regions of Oslo. And when you're riding the pine-needled loamy, constantly technical, in-your-face labyrinthian spiderweb of Oslo singletrack trails you most definitely want to follow locals.

    In all our travels there are only 3 areas in the world where there is a large network of trails close to a big area of people; ie close enough you can bike or take metro to trails. One is Vancouver. The other is Phoenix. And now we know the other is Oslo

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    Fjords


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    Awesome stuff. I wanna be Lee when I grow up...

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    Formokampen.. With the aid of Geir ( who made the 3 hour drive from Trondheim) we got the perfect weather window to climb then descend Formokampen conveniently located on our drive from Møre og Romsdal to Oslo just south of Dombås. The winds were picking up as we summited and the weather fronts percolating as we hit valley bottom after the 1100m descent.

    200 year old trails built by farmers for their livestock to range provided a fine fine downhill. It's rare in Norway to have both excellence in views combined with excellence in the descending trails. This ride had it all.

    nasjonalparkriket.no/en/formokampen


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    And final video. Some Oslo


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    any Norwegian jongs out there? Looks like I'm going to be applying to University of Tromsø and want to get some beta on the touring and mountaineering scene, as well as what it might be like studying in the country as an American.
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    How’s your Norwegian? Is your vocabulary and understanding of the lexicon at a point that will allow you to function at a college level and pace?

    A decent college is going to be tough enough to get through without having to learn a new language from scratch at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m2711c View Post
    How’s your Norwegian? Is your vocabulary and understanding of the lexicon at a point that will allow you to function at a college level and pace?

    A decent college is going to be tough enough to get through without having to learn a new language from scratch at the same time.
    I would be in the Arctic Adventure program which requires no Norwegian. I know basic, basic parts of the language from watching Norwegian tv series lol. So the language barrier wouldn't be an issue as far as the actual education goes but rather in just getting around. From what I gather, it isn't all that difficult a language to learn so I am hopeful I could pick it up fairly easily once actually immersed in it, with a healthy amount of duolingo and other practice before I go over there.
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    Pretty much everybody speaks english. Learning Norwegian is only any use if you plan to impress girls or stay for several years. Obviously people appreciate the effort, but for everyday encounters most prefer to speak english rather than strugling with bad norwegian

    For beta follow nikolaischirmer and fjellfanten_ on insta. Schirmer is a Tromsø skipro, the other guy is just nuts. But if you tolerate a high energy level he's a extremely friendly and including guy

    There is a couple of TRs in the ski part of the forum. Search for Lyngen.

    Norwegian ski magazine Friflyt has several titles on english. https://www.friflytbestill.no/boker/english-titles. Ski touring in Troms and "The Lyngen Alps" should give you enough to do for a lifetime.

    Plan on getting a car

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    Quote Originally Posted by sf View Post
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    Plan on getting a car
    Don't forget setting aside MOUNTAINS of cash to make this happen.

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    LeeLau awesome pics and stoke- hope I can travel there someday!

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