R04 Mysen to Rena
Countryroad in Norway
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 are also part of Scandinavia: according to the Norwegian council they are part of it. All in all, Scandinavia is huge (more than a million square kilometers), while approximately 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 for being wide and peaceful, 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 just outside Mysen at hotel Scandic Brennemoen and (again) goes north. In Skjønhaug it is possible to buy some food and drink for the road, as well as to fill up the tank if that is not already done. The route runs on beautiful, slightly smaller winding roads. You will not encounter many village centers in this route, you usually go around it. A lot of water that you pass, but that is simply not easy to avoid in this area (as if you wanted to!). A viewpoint is indicated in some places. Stopping at those places is of course not mandatory, but it does allow you to enjoy this beautiful nature that you drive through.

The first coffee stop is at a somewhat remote hotel in a beautiful location. The road to it consists of well-run gravel. Drive carefully, then little can happen to you.

After coffee you continue on a beautiful winding road through forests, meadows and along water, lots of water. All this beauty lasts until the next coffee stop in Skotterud.

After coffee, continue north towards Kongsvinger, where you can visit the Kongsvinger festning, or Kongsvinger fort. As you approach Kongsvinger you can already see it from some places, can't miss it on top of the hill. In the past, such structures were usually built in strategic places so that they could keep a close eye on the environment. And where better to do that than on top of a hill?

After Kongsvinger you will again pass a large lake, a great place to stop and take a photo. This is possible just before you sit down for lunch in Sand.

You don't have much time to exhaust yourself, because there are still a few kilometers to go in this route. Just before Stange you pass the Norsk motor historisk museum. There are about 200 vehicles and machines on display - mainly tractors and stationary engines, but also some vintage cars, motorcycles and construction equipment. Nice to stop and have a look. Check the website if they are open at the useful links.

The next waypoint on the route is Hamar, more specifically the Viking ship in Hamar. This ice rink was built in 1994 for the Lillehammer winter games. Since its opening, this has been Norway's main ice stadium.
You are here on the first coordinates that the participants of the Arctic Challenge (on which the tour of which this route is part is based) have been given to drive from Twente Airport in one stage.

Actually, just as soon as you entered Hamer, you are out again. Shortly after your 'visit' to the Viking ship, you will arrive at the last coffee stop of this route in Løten at a charming restaurant near the station. Delicious on the terrace for a good coffee.

After Levrum, you wind for a while 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.

At Rena you will find the last gas station of this route. It might be wise to refill the tank here, so that you can use it again tomorrow.
About 5 kilometers further you will reach the end of this route, the Østerdalen hotell. An outside hotel, but with all conveniences such as a restaurant, a sauna and a bar. Wonderful to discuss today's route with your traveling companions, whether or not in a steamy sauna or with a nice pot of beer.
Three campsites are signposted for campers in the vicinity of the end point: Rena Camping, Holmbo camping and Skramstadseter Fjellstue.

Have fun driving this route!
Vikingship Hamar
Kongsvinger fortress
Useful links:
Østerdalen hotell
Kongsvinger festning
Norsk motorhistorisk museum
Part three 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!