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Poles Apart II – Northern Lights

Motorcycle touring Europe & the Arctic

Riders: Gareth Morgan, Jo Morgan, Phil Lough, Tony Armstrong, Roger Clausen, Chris Stephens,
Motorcycles: BMW F650 GS Dakar, BMW F650 GS
Distance: 15,136km
Countries: England, Scotland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Luthiania, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Hungary, Poland, Germany, Holland

Trip description: Part II of this years ‘Poles Apart’ theme. Our circular route for this journey takes in the many wonders of Europe whilst Gareth contemplates Climate Change in the face of the Northern polar ice cap.

Blogs from the trip


To Nordkapp

We’ve arrived – up at the Cape at 71 degrees 10 minutes North. So from McMurdo Sound to here it’s been 149 degrees of latitude for us with our bikes this year, out of a possible 180. And I take back what I said about the reindeer in Norway. There are no signs up here […]

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At last sunshine

Have woken to a glorious sunny day, a couple of hundred km to get to the top of Europe (Nordkapp) and further North than we have had our bikes before. Big day yesterday means a leisurely start today, so I sit in bed looking out at a  blue fjiord with snow clad hills and the […]

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Norway on a bike is myway

2600kms from Oslo to Nordkapp on a motorcycle is an experience of great contrasts, first there is the slow traffic, the hesitant drivers, the long and winding roads denied their true biker potential by the huge speeding fines, however the mountains are majestic, the valleys are tranquil with much small farming activity, the fjords are […]

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Yes the roadsigns here in Lapland, Norway warning us of the hazards of Moose and Reindeer are more common than those indicating speed zones – and that’s saying something. We saw a few of these signs in Alaska and the Yukon too in 2006, but nowhere as many as we have seen here – so […]

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Norway’s SOOO long

We seem to have been travelling through Norway for ages and first thing this morning we will pass the Arctic Circle with another slow1200 km to go before we get to the top of the country (Nordkapp). Our favourite Norwegian, Lise, who lived with us for a while when studying in Wellington has been missed […]

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Interesting folk

When we were leaving Reykjavik in Iceland we had a huge bag of fresh cod that we hadn’t been able to eat. Being of a frugal nature I was looking for someone who might like it, waste not want not. So I met Anna, an older lady stooped, delivering the local papers and asked her […]

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