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In my continuing mission to do ridiculous things in my ridiculously wonderful 12C, I took Gina to Norway, beyond the Arctic Circle and back over the last fortnight - a 3000 mile round trip including the hack up through Denmark. Mileage limit schmileage limit!

Our route took in some incredible roads and scenery and we were blessed with stunning weather too.



If you've ever driven Scotland or the greener parts of the Rockies the landscapes will be familiar. Roads were superb quality, really puts our English b-roads to shame, loads of open sweepers. I ended up leaving the car in sport handling a lot of the time and still had a smooth ride - don't think I could get away with that in the UK over long distances.



Biggest frustration was the achingly low speed limits on some stretches in the South of the country. 50kmh on roads that a 12C could easily triple. Speed cameras in Norway are evil cyclops type things painted stealth grey - incredibly hard to spot from a distance.



How did the car cope? Superbly, really comfortable over long stretches. Enough luggage space for a not too precious co-pilot and me. I was slightly concerned about car ferry on/off ramps but they were all traversable, a few I did the diagonal approach thing on (I don't have lifters).



Locals were uniformly wowed and bowled over by the car. A lot of 'what on earth is it' or for the car nuts 'oh my god, I never thought I'd see one in the flesh'. Ferry queues felt like a bit of a rockstar as everyone would want pictures or to come chat about it. From the number of phones being waved at us, I get the impression we added an awful lot of orange McLaren to Norwegian car forums over the last two weeks.



Other exotica was thin on the ground, although we see quite a lot of classic US muscle, one California (with, shock, a friendly owner) and this pretty little Porsche in our Oslo underground carpark.



Getting down into the Grand Hotel in Oslo was a pretty hairy it turned out with the ramp really steep, but the garage trolls had planks to hand and cm by cm guided the car in (and out). I wouldn't want to chance anything wider or with less ground clearance.



We stayed in some great out of the way places, but needless to say an MO 12C stands out a little bit when everyone else is in an RV or eurobox. Goes with the territory though:)



Doris got a bit confused a few times coming in/out of tunnels or after ferry crossings, but nothing that a restart didn't fix. Apart from that the car was faultless, even hitting 39.5 MPG on one cruise-control enabled section.



Best stretches - the E6 North from Mo i Rana, the E10 across the Western Lofoten Islands and the top of Highway 17 from Bodø down to Halsa.

Great country for driving once you get away from the more populous areas, just a shame it's such a schlep to get there! More pics (with slightly less car porn) here.
 

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When I lived in Norway, i once asked a taxi driver why he could fly past the speed cameras. He said that all the taxi drivers carried cans of spray paint and would cover the lenses on a regular basis!
 

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Brotherharry, just got back last week but my wife and I were on a motorbike........a little less luggage space.

Can you imagine being stuck behind a Norwegian Police car for many miles on the Atlantic Highway at the speed limit of 45 mph or so? Well I did not have to imagine.

The Police stopped a fellow rider after following him for 2 hours.........do you know that 25 km above the 70 km speed limit is a £600 fine,.......no Sir the speed limits are confusing as is riding on the wrong side of the road........yes, we agree, on your way and be careful of Trolls and Reindeer.

Wonderful country.

Great PICS.
 

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I think luck was absolutely on our side (although I may reserve a little judgement until a few weeks have passed and no horrid brown envelopes arrive from DVLA courtesy of the Norwegian police) both with weather and enforcers as we rarely saw any activity. I had a similar stretch of about 45 minutes towards the end of the trip when a police van tailed us for an eternity but then peeled off, horrible feeling. Serious fines and seriously slow going in some stretches. Eyes wide open!

Don't think I saw a single sports bike out there, everyone was cruising on Harleys or Goldwings. Guessing it's seemed like as much of a mission to pack one of those as a 12C.
 

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Carefully :)
 

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Fantastic experience,if somewhat frustrating with the right foot (picked the correct foot this time;) ) Bring your pics for us to see this week if you've room!!
 

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wonderful wonderful pics and write up... it is a wonderful country... for a huge number of reasons... !

andy, we loved your left foot accelerate technique... it could and should catch on... !
 

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wonderful wonderful pics and write up... it is a wonderful country... for a huge number of reasons... !

andy, we loved your left foot accelerate technique... it could and should catch on... !
Its the left foot braking that that's the problem,i just cannot do it !! My foot is programmed to think its the clutch,and I thought my head hitting the wheel several times would educate my foot,but its not playing ball :eek:
 

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That's quite an experience, Harry. I'm about to go on a road trip with my orange Spider so will have stories and pictures to share soon but to see yours in that part of the world just leaves me in awe. My favorite picture is the one of yours in the "ferry" among the sea of "grey" cars. I can't believe that there were so many in such a dull color!

The roads as you said, truly does look superb! I love roads like that!!!! Thanks for taking the time to share your experience. Share more pictures if you have any! I'd love to see them!
 

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Looks amazing and great pictures..:cool:
I'm pretty much confirmed as going on the 7th June next year but doing the Fjords and Atlantic highway.
Really pleased you got on and off the ferries well enough and amongst the see of grey the 12C looks spectacular, the first thing my wife has just asked me is how you got on with the ferries- it's her biggest concern..

I've just had to up this year mileage, so know what you mean :)
 

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Some pics from a trip in July
 

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Limey, yes it is Geirainger but with four cruise ships it was manic but kind of fun........put me off cruise ships big time.

We got the roll on/off ferry down the fjord under the water falls on a perfect day, just wonderful.......
 

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Looks amazing and great pictures..:cool:
Really pleased you got on and off the ferries well enough and amongst the see of grey the 12C looks spectacular, the first thing my wife has just asked me is how you got on with the ferries- it's her biggest concern..
You'll love it up there. Having an extra spotter for the feds or cameras in the co-pilot seat is dead useful.
Ferries were all fine, pretty flat on and off. A couple of them had multiple decks with really steep ramps ending in nasty angles that would trouble either the underside (from bottoming out) or the front bumper. Diagnoal approach is your friend + stick it in track mode for minimal movement. The ferry loaders were great overall and anticipate when it's not going to work and send you to one of the flat decks, typically with the RVs and larger vehicles. One guy I objected to going down into the hold with the international sign language for "you're having a laugh if you think I'm getting this down there" and he shrugged it off and sent us into the main deck.
I'm not sure how much the tidal levels would affect things as that might lift the position of the ferry relative to the dock. Didn't look like much difference from the ferries we caught though....
At the end of the day bumps/scrapes/a new set of weather vanes is a pretty small price to pay for experiencing some great scenery in an amazing car.
 

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Great post. Just what this forum needs.

High mileage 12Cs are a badge of honour for their owners and very cool.

3,000 miles in one trip is impressive stuff.

Let's hope your trip inspires more of the same.
 
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