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A world record journey

Join Dave Cornthwaite on his epic travel along the Norwegian coast - on a water bike.


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Dave: "I love travelling slowly"

We met Dave to ask him a few questions about his upcoming expedition along the Norwegian coast.

You are currently getting ready for a 1000-mile trip by water bike along the coast of Norway. How excited are you?
Very. I have completed many adventures over the years, but this is one of the most exciting. The unique way of travelling on the Schiller bike, the beautiful coastline of Norway, and everything that has come together to make it happen… I am definitely excited!

About Dave Cornthwaite

Englishman Dave Cornthwaite quit his day job back in 2005 and has been adventuring the world in various non-motorised ways ever since.

He is currently 13 journeys into his groundbreaking Expedition1000 project: 25 journeys of 1000 miles or more, each using a different form of non-motorised transport.

He has also created hundreds of short films, delivered hundreds of lectures worldwide, and founded the life-fulfilling brand SayYesMore.

Visit davecornthwaite.com.

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Stage 1: Kirkenes - Kongsfjord

"One hundred people stood on the front deck as Hurtigruten’s MS Finnmarken approached Kirkenes on the morning of 21st July.

I was one of them scanning the horizon as the final islands passed by, but I supposed I’d be the only one leaving our new destination under my own steam. And, I was pretty confident, there definitely wouldn’t be anyone else leaving on a waterbike."

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Stage 2: Kongsfjord - Hammerfest

"I travel slowly, especially with head wind and waves, and the average moving speed is around 3.5 mph. These endurance journeys are always as much a mental battle as a physical one, you only move if you want to. Luckily, that’s what I’m here for.

After sixteen miles, two light houses, several hundred waves that would have dwarfed the guesthouse I stayed in last night, and the gradual reeling in of the fishing town of Berlevåg, I made it to the next marina, shattered."

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Stage 3: Hammerfest - Finnsnes

"Three and a half weeks earlier I’d flown into Tromsø then jumped aboard Hurtigruten’s MS Finnmarken for an enjoyable 34 hour journey north and east to Kirkenes.

It has taken me all of three weeks to make the return journey, and passing beneath Tromsø’s bridge was a milestone to be celebrated. It feels wonderful to have completed that section, one third of the journey to Bergen, over 450 miles under the bows."

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Stage 4: Finnsnes to Bodø

"Everything felt familiar getting back on the water after a week-long break, except for this time I was solo. Luckily, in the first of a string of kind offerings from the locals, a forklift driver from Nor Lines in Finnsnes lifted up my Schiller Bike and drove it the 500 metres to the small pontoon which had greeted us a few days earlier.

The next day I reach Bodø and cross my halfway mark on this journey. 700 miles complete so far, the rest is downhill."

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Stage 5: Bodø to Rørvik

"I felt blessed by the weather, all around isolated rain showers fell across fjords, everywhere but over me. Until a 150 metre-wide column of water started making its way in my direction and all of a sudden I was utterly drenched.

But boy was it worth it, the resulting double rainbow diving beyond its pot of gold into the water at each end of the arch. Gorgeous."

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Stage 6: Rørvik to Bergen

"Norway is a country famed for its wild beauty, but all too often that rugged country can be taken for granted. Mobile phones don’t work everywhere. Weather can change in an instant. As important as it is to experience wide open landscapes and push our boundaries, there is no point risking our lives for the sake of reaching a goal."

"I chose to take on this journey for the same reason behind the other 1000+ mile expeditions I’ve enjoyed so far - to be alive."

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