1243 miles along the world's most beautiful sea voayge, the hurtigruten
On the 3rd October I finally edged into Bergen after a 9 week journey from Kirkenes in Northern Norway. I pedalled 1243 mile/ 2090kms on a California-made Schiller Bike, breaking a world record for the longest distance by water bike.
The journey followed a famous 124 year-old ferry and cargo journey known as Hurtigruten, or "The Express Route" and took in (what felt like every inch of) the Norwegian coast, dropping into fishing villages, remote beaches and wild stretches of untouched shoreline.
This was the 14th non-motorised journey over 1000 miles of Expedition1000, and arguably the most memorable. Hurtigruten ships stopped mid fjord with hundreds of passengers cheering us on, and they even served up a meal now and then.
Along the way I experienced the true scale and beauty of Norway and its people, and it was a pleasure to share these experiences as a reminder that life can be so rich when acting on a decision, and that this world isn't a place to be feared. It's to be embraced.
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
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EXPLORING NORWAY'S COAST LIKE NEVER BEFORE
- NRK - 3/10/17
- Minbaad - 1/10/17
- Fyns Amts Avis |Video | Feature | Schiller - Denmark - 30/9/17
- Rough Guides - 27/9/17
- Nærnett - 26/9/17
- TV2 - 25/9/17
- Brunsvika.net - 25/9/17
- Hitra-Frøya - 25/9/17
- Sunnmørposten Alesund - 25/9/17
- SMP Online Alesund - 24/9/17
- KSU 24/7 Kristiansund - 22/9/17
- Fosna Folket, Losøysundet - 20/9/17
- Bronnøysund Bannet - 15/9/17
- Bodo Nu - 9/9/17
- Lokalavisa NordSalten - 8/9/17
- Harstad Tridende - 1/9/17
- Folke Bladet, Finnsnes - 18/8/17
- NRK TV - The TV Bit - 14/8/17
- TV2 - 14/8/17
- iTromso - 14/8/17
- Nordlys, Tromso - 14/8/17
- Lonely Planet - 11/8/17
- iFinnmark, Hammerfest - 8/8/17
- Adventure 52 - 8/8/17
- BBC Radio 2 Steve Wright Show 1/8/17
- SVA Kirkenes - 25/7/17
- Hurtigruten newsletter - 25/7/17
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 13): North Cape - Tromsø
Stage 3 (August 14 - September 7): Tromsø - Bodø
Stage 4 (September 8 - September 21): Bodø - Trondheim
Stage 5 (September 22 - October 2): Trondheim - Bergen
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