An intrepid English adventurer is attempting to complete the 2300km route of the famous Hurtigruten coastal ferry in Norway by water bicycle. Dave Cornthwaite is currently undertaking his groundbreaking Expedition1000 project, where he is taking 25 journeys of 1000 miles or more, each using a different form of non-motorised transport. This current expedition is his 14th journey.
Dave quit his day job back in 2005 and has been adventuring around the world ever since. He has also created hundreds of short films, delivered lectures worldwide and founded the life-fulfilling brand, SayYesMore. It takes six days for the traditional Hurtigruten coastal steamer to complete the journey along the Norwegian coast from Kirkenes in the north to Bergen in the south west, and doing it by water bicycle will take much longer.
Dave is undertaking the challenge on a specially-made Schiller Bike. Although it will be a slow and arduous expedition, the scenery along the spectacular coastline is beautiful, which is a nice bonus. His journey started in Kirkenes on July 24 and is expected to conclude by September 15 in Bergen. His plan is to cycle 4-5 hours per day initially, progressing to 8-10 hours, depending on the currents and weather conditions.
“I actually love travelling slowly,” he says. “It is a brilliant way to understand an area, and gives you an insight into how insignificant we are as human beings, surrounded by magnificent landscapes and nature. Every now and then it is nice to have a comfortable bed and a shower, but I never think about cutting any corners.”