EXPLORING THE NORWAY COAST LIKE NEVER BEFORE
On the 24th July 2017 I pedalled off from Kirkenes' Hurtigruten port, with the MS Richard With and a few lovely people waving me off.
All going well, it won't be until Autumn has started to roll in that I arrive in Bergen, south-western Norway, after around 1500mile/ 2415km of pedalling following the 124 year-old ferry and cargo journey known as Hurtigruten, or "The Express Route".
For this, the 14th non-motorised journey over 1000 miles of Expedition1000, my transport will be a pedal-powered Schiller Bike. And just like many of my journeys before, if successful this will be a new world record, this time for the longest journey by bike on water.
As nice as records are, the real aim of this trip is to experience and share the scale and beauty of Norway. I'll be sharing film, photos and stories on a daily basis via Facebook and Instagram, wild camping all the way along the coast, visiting islands and fishing villages and meeting the locals.
Two entire months of a totally immersive journey, every inch of it under my own steam.
Hurtigruten is a world leader in exploration travel, founded in 1893 to operate the legendary route along Norway’s western and northern coast. With daily departures, Hurtigruten’s custom built ships sail almost the entire length of the country between Bergen and Kirkenes, taking guests, cargo and mail on the trip that has been described as the "World's Most Beautiful Voyage." Hurtigruten is literally translated as "Express Route".
Visit Norway is the first stop for any visit to this beautiful land. There is no-one better to help you prepare for a country with a whole lot of space, unique and distinct regions and cities each with their own flavour.
Respect for the environment and enjoying the famous right to roam is central to any Norwegian experience and I'm delighted to have the experts on my team for this journey.
A WORLD RECORD DISTANCE BY BIKE ON WATER
EXPEDITION VIDEO PLAYLIST
Stay tuned with Dave's daily video diaries, always posted first on Facebook with a hearty "Good morning!"
- NRK TV - The TV Bit - August 14 2017
- TV2 - August 14 2017
- iTromso - August 14 2017
- Nordlys, Tromso - August 14 2017
- Lonely Planet - August 11 2017
- iFinnmark, Hammerfest - August 8 2017
- Front page article in Kirkenes' SVA newspaper
- Hurtigruten newsletter July 25 2017
- BBC Radio 2 Steve Wright Show, August 1 2017
THE SCHILLER BIKE
Created by Judah Schiller in California, the Schiller Bike is a unique mode of water transport. With average speeds of 5-6 miles per hour and a top speed of 10-11 mph this craft is eye-catching, well designed and the perfect way to attempt a brand new world record attempt.
We'll be adding a custom platform between the pontoons to enable gear carrying, safe in the knowledge that the Schiller Bike can support 900lbs/ 400kg in weight (I won't be carrying that much!).
IN FRIENDSHIP WITH
Timeline and ITINERARY
Spanning July, August and September 2017, this journey will follow the traditional Hurtigruten route along the Norwegian coastline heading south between Kirkenes and Bergen. Covering an average of 20 to 40 statute miles each day, we'll be stopping at major Hurtigruten ports en route and wild camping in the more remote areas. Estimated journey time: 60 to 70 days.
Stage 1 (July 24 - August 3): Kirkenes - North Cape
Stage 2 (August 4 - August 12): North Cape - Tromsø
Stage 3 (August 13 - September 3): Tromsø - Lefoten (Skutvik)
Stage 4 (September 4 - September 15): Lefoten - Rørvik
Stage 5 (September 16 - October 3): Rørvik - Bergen
Adam, Laura and their dog, Angus, will be the land-based team for this trip along with Yellow Matilda, their once-ordinary VW camper and now a nomadic design studio. Laura is a graphic designer and Adam a photographer with a passion for planning, mapping and spreadsheets.
This journey is Stage One of their new life, travelling the world while working freelance, all the while Yellow Matilda giving them the freedom to be remote and local all at the same time.
Follow our progress via a live tracking map, with 30 minute updates allowing enabling a global audience to follow this journey's progress.
The Power of a Story
Stories are our tools to pass down experiences and lessons through the ages. It's not important what you do, it's how and why, and I adore combining the struggles and joys of an endurance journey with the continued, honest narrative of an adventure.
Norway's dramatic and ever-changing coastline is the perfect setting for a unique story. I'll often shoot solo, with the Schiller Bike set up with waterproof cameras and my trusty DSLR on hand for land-based filming and photos. A camera drone with tracking capability will allow me to capture the scale of the landscape, and I hope to be joined at points by photographer friends to grab those shots that I simply can't reach myself.
My last voyage in Scandinavia, between Oslo and Helsinki on a Hobie Mirage Kayak