WELCOME TO NORWAY - EMC 2021 40th Anniversary of Holy Riders, Norway
This week we received the inevitable news that EMC 2020 in Sweden had been cancelled owing to the Corona pandemic. Whilst this was disappointing and has meant many have had to cancel their travel plans, some of you have found that your ferry bookings could not be refunded but could be re-booked for a future date. Unusually, the dates for EMC in Norway will be 24th – 27th June 2021, timed to coincide with Holy Riders’ 40th Anniversary Rally (the ‘Pilgrim Rally’).
For those of you thinking about going to EMC 2021 in Norway but not sure how to get to Norway from mainland Europe, where in Norway you need to get to, or how much time you will need to allow for your journey, here is a little info which we hope you will find helpful in deciding when you should re-book your ferries from the UK to Europe. You may wish to travel from UK to Holland (DFDS/Stena), although it is possible to drive the entire way from the UK via the Channel Tunnel, through France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Denmark & Sweden. There are, however, a number of ferry options along the way. For those who have not yet thought about making the trip, we hope that you might be encouraged to consider it.
Ferries to Norway from Denmark
There are 3 places to catch a ferry from Denmark to Norway which will bring you in to 1 of 4 different ferry terminals in Norway which are within fairly easy driving distance from the EMC 2021 venue (Fyresdal Kurs og Leirsted in Telemark).
Copenhagen to Oslo is operated by DFDS Seaways, it runs 7 times a week & takes 17 hours 15 minutes.
Frederikshavn to Oslo is operated by Stena Line, it runs 7 times a week & takes 9 hours 15 minutes.
Hirtshals to Kristiansand operates 2 routes:
1) Is operated by Fjord Line, it runs 3 times a day & takes 2 hours 15 minutes.
2) Is operated by Color Line, it runs 14 times a week & takes & takes 3 hours 15 minutes.
Hirtshals to Larvik is operated by Color Line, it runs 14 times a week & takes 3 hours 45 minutes.
Hirtshals to Langesund is operated by Fjord Line, it runs 7 times a week & takes 4 hours 30 minutes.
Ferries to Norway from Sweden
Strömstad to Sandefjord operates 2 routes:
Ferries to Norway from Germany
Kiel to Oslo is operated by Color Line, it runs 7 times a week & takes 20 hours.
Oslo is around 250km / 4hrs direct driving distance to EMC. Kristiansand, Larvik, Sandefjord & Langesund are all under 200km / 3hrs direct driving distance to EMC. We have asked some of the folks in Holy Riders Norway to plan some scenic motorcycle routes from each of the ferry ports to the venue to make sure you get to see the best of the Norwegian scenery en-route.
Limited time or don’t want to drive? – No problem – Come by Air
You can fly to either Oslo Gardemoen or Oslo Torp (Sandefjord) airports direct from Manchester, London & Aberdeen. Airlines running direct flights (around 2 hours) include Ryanair, Norwegian & SAS. Car Hire is available from both airports & most airlines have a car hire partner with preferential rates.
The venue offers accommodation in rooms with private bathrooms, so you don’t even need to bring camping gear with you!
Here are some photographs of the site to be used for the EMC Rally 2021, From personal experience the lakeside and surrounding mountains are breathtaking, this will be a trip of a lifetime. Mike Fitton, National Chairman, CMA UK