“We will be crossing out of the Arctic Circle with a time control at the Arctic Circle Visitor Centre where the TC will issue an official visitor’s stamp on your time card and anywhere else you request. After this it’s a run down to another test before we arrive at a place called Mo I Rana an interesting little town.
“We move down to the city of Trondheim which many will have heard of, but the scenery on the way is simply stunning. We're starting to move into tunnel country now, the Norwegians are fantastic tunnellers, almost to excess. The thought of building bends and going around in circles in tunnels does not faze them at all, we even came across a number of roundabouts within tunnels along with ‘mood lighting’, and this is quite something!
“Day nine is designed as a short day so everybody can enjoy the World Heritage town of Røros. Arriving around lunchtime after a couple of regularities, the afternoon is free for crews to explore the place and there's a lot of history with an old Mining Museum and superb traditional Norwegian buildings.
“The next day is long, but it is rewarded at day’s end by a main time control that leads to the famous Atlantic Highway. I'm sure most people have seen pictures of the highway which is a five-mile section that links an archipelago with a number of amazing bridges. Siting the main time control where we have, allows crews to spend as much time as they like on the Atlantic Highway section. Before, getting there though, we will have the surreal experience of venturing through what they call the Atlantic Tunnel, which as the name suggests, ventures out under the sea and seems to go on forever!
“After the roller coaster bridges, we have an untimed run to the city of Molde for a night stop.
“Day 11 is a mixture of regularities and tourist activity because we find ourselves amongst lots of stunning scenery. There's another fun ferry crossing, a regularity and a coffee break before we encounter another Arctic Midnight Sun highlight - the world-famous Trollstigen or Troll Path! If you suffer from vertigo, then brace yourselves for the stunning scenery and multiple hairpins. It is a severe climb to the top.
“Once on top at the Visitor Centre you can try to catch your breath and open your eyes for long enough to take in some of the snaking road way below you.
“We've got a short regularity after the Trollstigen, then a ferry as we head towards the renowned Geiranger Fjord.
“There’s a climb from the ferry but on the road dropping down the side of the mountain towards Geiranger and is an observation post where you can literally walk on air! You can walk out onto a platform with nothing underneath it, just the Fjord way below! If you see a cruise liner at the head of the Fjord, the remarkable fact is that it will be 110 kms from the ocean.
“At our lunch venue for the day there is a small museum as we get automotive again, there are probably half a dozen very unique cars inside, all from the area.
“Leaving lunch, we visit a Passage Control on the Dalsnibba mountain. Located at a height of 1,500m and reached by a toll road up and back, the viewing area features an iron grid floor above a 500m drop, quite a sensation but not for the feint hearted!
“One more regularity takes us to the evening halt at Sogndal on the shore of the mighty Sognefjord, the largest and deepest fjord in Norway. Then it’s day 12 where to allow for another early ferry crossing, a remote MTC will be located in the small town of Lærdalsoyri. The town have been really good to us and allowed us to park overlooking a lake in a scenic backdrop of the old village. The local mayor's office has helped us arrange it, and it should be a good photo opportunity.
“Then we’ve got a stunning mountain pass! Instead of taking the world's longest road tunnel, which is 24 ½ kms long, we're going up over the top of it! We are taking the old road which will be pretty rewarding and should also provide us with a fantastic regularity.