R05 Rena to Orkanger
A road nearby Koppang
Scandinavia… Not a country, but a beautiful area. Scandinavia is the collective name for the following Northern countries; Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Looking at history, Finland and Iceland also belong to Scandinavia: according to the Norwegian council, they also belong. All in all, Scandinavia is huge (more than a million square kilometers), while about 24 million people live there. For comparison; The Netherlands is more than 41,000 square kilometers with about 17 million inhabitants.

Of all western European countries, the Scandinavian countries probably have the most more or less untouched nature. In addition, they are countries that are easily accessible from the Netherlands. Norway is characterized by, among other things, the fjords and the Trollstigen known to many motorcyclists. And where Sweden is known as wide and relaxing, everyone knows Finland as the land of 1000 lakes. All in all, legitimate reasons to traverse this beautiful nature in the north of Europe by means of a number of routes.

The route starts in Rena, a small town located in central Norway. You start directly on National Road 3, a medium road that will take you further north. You drive directly along the Glomma, with a length of 621 kilometers the longest river in Norway. The catchment area of this river covers 13% of Norway, all in the southern part of the country.

The route then runs on the left bank, then again on the right bank. Every now and then a trip to the other side to just pass an attraction. In some places the road is much higher than the river, so if you can see the river, you have a beautiful view. This is the case, for example, with Garbekkegga. If you stop here and walk to the east you have a great view over the Glomma. Perfect place for a photo!

A few miles away, you'll spot a giant shiny moose, The Big Elk, also known as Storelgen (meaning 'big moose' in Norwegian), is the world's second tallest moose sculpture. The statue is an attempt to reduce traffic accidents by encouraging drivers to take a break and be aware of wildlife on the roads. The statue has a height of 10.3 meters, is made of polished stainless steel and cost a whopping € 200,000. All in all, well worth stopping and taking a look, if only to see if your hair is still in place.

After all this glitter, it's time for a cup of coffee. The first stop is planned at Glopheim Kafe. The cafe is decorated in true 1950s style - and stands out as the most authentic 1950s cafe in Norway. Here you will find a jukebox, black and white TV and a pinball machine, as well as items from the 50s. Great to enjoy a cup of coffee here in Happy Days style. Recommended!

The route meanders further along the Glomma, you now drive a bit on the east bank of the river. You will pass Jutulhogget Canyon, a place where you just have to take a look. That is, if you have no problems with gravel roads. To get there you have to drive about 500 meters on gravel. And back again of course, so a total of 1 kilometer. Your visit will be rewarded with the view over a beautiful piece of nature. The largest canyon in Northern Europe, which was formed during the last Ice Age about 10,000 years ago. You can experience the Jutulhogget Canyon on foot by descending the steep trail, or you can enjoy the view from the rim.

In Alvdal it is time for lunch, you can choose from a number of restaurants, there is bound to be something to your liking. Close to the restaurants, you'll also come across Aukrustsenteret, a museum built to house the life's work of multi-artist Kjell Aukrust. Visit this beautiful building and experience Aukrust's drawings, paintings, figures and humorous imaginative invention.

After lunch you drive further north and after about 25 kilometers the route bends off the Glomma, you will not see it again today. A few dozen kilometers further, however, you drive along another river, the Orkla. This river is shorter than the Glomma, but at 180 kilometers it is the longest in the province of Trøndelag. It flows through the Orkla valley and eventually flows into the Orkdslsfjorden, close to Orkanger.

In the last 30 kilometers of the route you will pass two museums. The first is the Orkla Industrimuseum. If you like technology you should take a look here. The museum has the oldest AC-powered railway still in operation, the Thamshavn railway. They still run with carriages that were delivered at the opening of the railway in 1908. You can also visit an old mine. So dress up as a miner, including helmet with lamp, and go down!

More than 5 kilometers further you will find the exit to Orkdal Bygdetun. This museum offers you a walk through the rural history of the Ork Valley. Nice to see. The road to it is made of gravel and has a length of approximately 6 kilometers one way.

The route ends at Hotel Vertshuset Fannarheimr in Orkland. A simple and inexpensive hotel, equipped with a bar and a restaurant. In the evening, the route can therefore be evaluated again while enjoying a drink.
Three campsites are indicated for campers in the vicinity of the end point: Kvåles Kro og Ridesenter, Follo Camping and Orkla Gjestegård

Have fun driving this route!
Jutulhogget Canyon
Glopheim Kafe
Useful links:
Vertshuset Fannarheimr
Orkla Industrimuseum
Glopheim Kafe
Part 4 of the roundtour

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About this region
Hedmark ([ˈhêːdmɑrk] (listen)) was a county in Norway before 1 January 2020, bordering Trøndelag to the north, Oppland to the west and Akershus to the south. The county administration is in Hamar. Hedmark and Oppland counties were merged into Innlandet county on 1 January 2020, when Norway's former 19 counties became 10 bigger counties / regions Hedmark made up the northeastern part of Østlandet, the southeastern part of the country. It had a long border with Sweden to the east (Dalarna County and Värmland County). The largest lakes were Femunden and Mjøsa, the largest lake in Norway. Parts of Glomma, Norway's longest river, flowed through Hedmark. Geographically, Hedmark was traditionally divided into: Hedemarken (east of the lake Mjøsa), Østerdalen ("East Valley" north of the town Elverum), and Solør / Glåmdalen (south of Elverum) and Odal in the very south. Hedmark and Oppland were the only Norwegian counties with no coastline. Hedmark also hosted some events of the 1994 Winter Olympic Games. Hamar, Kongsvinger, Elverum and Tynset were cities in the county. Hedmark was one of the less urbanized areas in Norway; about half of the inhabitants lived on rural land. The population was mainly concentrated in the rich agricultural district adjoining Mjøsa to the southeast. The county's extensive forests supplied much of Norway's timber; at one time, logs were floated down Glomma to the coast but are now transported by truck and train. The Hedmark municipality of Engerdal had the distinction of marking the current southernmost border in Norway of Sápmi, the traditional region of the Sami people. The county was divided into three traditional districts. Those were Hedmarken, Østerdalen and Solør (with Odalen and Vinger). Hedmark was originally a part of the large Akershus amt, but in 1757 Oplandenes amt was separated from it. Some years later, in 1781, this was divided into Kristians amt (now Oppland) and Hedemarkens amt. Until 1919, the county was called Hedemarkens amt.
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View route collection 6500 kilometers through Scandinavia with the Lofoten and the North Cape as highlights
About this route collection
The Arctic Challenge Tour, on which this 26-part tour is partly based, is not a speed competition. It's a tour. It comes down to agility, good navigation and anticipation. The participants are obliged to adhere to the speed limit of the country concerned. Participants must find the ideal route with the shortest possible distance by adhering 100% to local traffic regulations. Of course, also take maximum speeds into account. The organization checks for speed limit violations. In the event of gross or repeated exceeding of the maximum speed, disqualification will follow for the relevant stage and for the final classification. The route and speeds driven are checked by means of a track and trace system. This equipment is built into every vehicle. Each team can then be followed accurately in the Back Office. Those who stay at home, interested parties and participants can also see the performance of the teams, because you can be followed live via the Internet. The Back office takes action when a team gets into trouble. (source: The Arctic Challenge website)

That's quite a luxury, having a back office behind you that keeps an eye on you. Most of us will not have that and are dependent on ourselves or the fellow traveler (s). The only agreement you have with the participants is that you must also adhere to the rules. Fortunately, like the participants, you don't have to complete this tour in 9 days, but you can take a little longer.

The highlight of the Arctic Challenge in 2020 was the Lofoten, an archipelago northwest of Norway. The Lofoten archipelago lies in the middle of the wild Norwegian Sea, well above the Arctic Circle. This special region offers a beautiful landscape with imposing mountains, deep fjords and long, wild sandy beaches where the sound of the seabird colonies can always be heard.
The archipelago is best known for its rich fishing tradition. Despite their isolated location, the Lofoten still make a prosperous impression. The whole economy is above all about fishing. The image of the Lofoten is mainly dominated by wooden racks with cod hanging to dry. The Lofoten fishery has been a household name for centuries. In the middle of winter, the ships set sail to catch the fish in just a few months. The rich fishing grounds are due to the North Atlantic Gulf Stream around the islands, where the fish have their spawning grounds. No oil drilling is allowed around Lofoten and the cod spawning grounds there.

The next destination for the participants was Sirkka, also known as Levi, a winter sports resort in Finnish Lapland. They stayed there for a few days to go ice-karting and enjoy the snow by making a trip with a snowmobile or skiing. This tour also takes you to Sirkka, but instead of staying there for a few days, you have the option to continue to the North Cape, the second highlight of this trip.

Imagine a place in the far north, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the icy waters of the Arctic Ocean. This place is the North Cape in Western Finnmark in Northern Norway. From here only the Spitsbergen archipelago lies between you and the North Pole and the sun shines for 2.5 months at a time; from mid-May to the end of July. Many visitors admire the midnight sun or the sunset over the Barents Sea from the North Cape Plateau.

For each route you will find a review with a description of the route, what you will pass by and what to see along the way. It also briefly describes how the participants in the Arctic Challenge in 2020 had to ride it, from which point to which point. Markers (waypoints) have been included along the way that indicate the end points of the stages that the participants had to complete. As mentioned, they covered the distance in 9 days, stages of more than 1000 kilometers were no exception.

Each route ends at a hotel. It is of course not an obligation to use these hotels, you can always look for another place to stay in the area, that decision is yours. However, my experience is that they are all simple but good hotels for a very reasonable price. They are known and can be booked at booking.com.

The routes of these collections:

R01 - Puttgarden to Angelholm, 280km
R02 - Angelholm to Alingsas, 281km
R03 - Alingsas to Mysen, 261km
R04 - Mysen to Rena, 312km
R05 - Rena to Orkanger, 306km
R06 - Orkanger to Grong, 292km
R07 - Grong to Mo i Rana, 290km
R08 - Mo i Rana to Bodo, 231km
R09 - Roundtour Bodo to Lofoten part 1, 314km
R10 - Roundtour Bodo to Lofoten part 2, 250km
R11 - Roundtour Bodo to Lofoten part 3, 291km
R12 - Bodo to Arjeplog, 295km
R13 - Arjeplog to Jokkmokk, 244km
R14 - Jokkmokk to Pajala, 239km
R15 - Roundtour Sirkka to North Cape part 1, 257km
R16 - Roundtour Sirkka to North Cape part 2, 300km
R17 - Roundtour Sirkka to North Cape part 3, 244km
R18 - Roundtour Sirkka to North Cape part 4, 275km
R19 - Roundtour Sirkka to North Cape part 5, 332km
R20 - Sirkka to Kemi, 299km
R21 - Kemi to Ylivieska, 251km
R22 - Ylivieska to Jalasjarvi, 236km
R23 - Jalasjarvi to Turku, 279km
R24 - Stockholm to Askersund, 271km
R25 - Askersund to Varnamo, 224
R26 - Varnamo to Trelleborg, 259km

Have fun riding these routes!