Viking Run

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The North Cape to Munich – 9 Countries in 15 Days!

The “9 Flags” Viking Run is designed specifically for riders who enjoy longer riding days and the opportunity to experience the widest variety of cultural experiences possible during a 15-day Adventure. Riders will cover half the distance through Europe and will experience nine different countries. With two exceptions, each night will be spent in a different European country.

The Adventure begins far north of the Arctic Circle in Tromsø, which is also called the “Paris of the North”. We will pass by the northernmost city of the world – Hammerfest, Norway – and continue as far north as it’s possible to ride a motorcycle anywhere in the world – to the North Cape. The North Cape is much further north than Prudhoe Bay, Alaska!

After visiting the North Cape, we will spend another 3 days in Finland, spending the nights in Rovaniemi (the “home of Santa Clause”) at the Arctic Circle, Vaasa (at the shore of the Gulf of Botnia) and Helsinki, Finland’s capital.

After Norway and Finland, seven additional countries await riders: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria and Germany. Each country features its own local character and culture (and beer) which distinguishes it from the other – part of which makes this Adventure so very special! The tour ends in Munich, Bavaria – capital of BMW, beer gardens and bavarian “Gemütlichkeit”. Riders having the time should consider adding a day or two to enjoy this city under the white and blue bavarian sky!

Highlights of this outstanding Adventure include:

  • The North Cape, Europe’s northernmost accessible point by motorcycle

  • Tallin, Riga and Kaunas – historic cities of the Baltic States

  • A medieval evening: dine like the knights 700 years ago!

  • Ride through the Masurian Lakes District in Poland

  • A rest day in Prague, the “Golden City”

  • A final ride through the alpine foothills of Austria and Bavaria

  • Dinners with typical dishes in each country

Riders will travel approximately 2,800 miles, entirely on good paved roads with little traffic. Long and very long daily distances are the main feature and the most challenging aspect, since there are no freeways. Most riding is on country roads with a 90 – 100 kph (55 – 60 mph) maximum speed. There a some sections in the mountains that are technically more challenging. Wind and a rougher climate can be an issue in the far north during the first three days.

Hotels are good three and four star quality.

At a Glance
Your Viking Run Adventure

Viking Run Motorcycle Tour in Europe, Day 1

The Adventure begins with an airport greeting and transfer to the hotel, motorcycle handover, kickoff meeting and our first dinner together. Riders arriving early can go for the nearby city center or for one of the many bars!

Viking Run Motorcycle Tour in Europe, Day 2 Let’s go north! We enjoy the fantastic scenery of the Lyngen Alps on our way to Alta! An optional visit of the Tirpitz Museum and the Alta Museum of Rock Art spice up this day even more. Highlights: ride along numerous lovely fjords.

Viking Run Motorcycle Tour in Europe, Day 3 Today is the day that we reach Europe’s northernmost accessible point! After backtracking along the Porsangen Fjord, we spend the night in Lakselv – the starting point for our ride into the Land of the Samis. Highlights: North Cape and North Cape Museum.

Viking Run Motorcycle Tour in Europe, Day 4 Today it’s “Lappland – day”! What seems like a long distance is very well manageable on smooth, straight roads through a scenery of neverending lakes and forests. Our destination is located right at the Arctic Circle, official home of Santa Claus! Highlights: Finnish Lappland, Arctic Circle Center.
Viking Run Motorcycle Tour in Europe, Day 5 We spend most of the day riding along the Gulf of Botnia and arrive in Vaasa, an important center for Finnish – Swedish culture. Highlights: Gulf of Botnia, Vaasa old town.

Viking Run Motorcycle Tour in Europe, Day 6 Heading inland from Vaasa we cross southern Finland and arrive in the capital early enough for some sightseeing Highlights: south Finland’s scenery.

Viking Run Motorcycle Tour in Europe, Day 7 Today is almost a restday! The ferry brings us to Tallinn, where we have the whole afternoon to visit this medieval city center. Highlights: Ferry ride, Tallinn city visit.

Viking Run Motorcycle Tour in Europe, Day 8 A ride through rural Estonia and along the Gulf of Riga brings us to the Art Nouveau capital of Latvia – another cultural highlight!

Viking Run Motorcycle Tour in Europe, Day 9 Lithuania, the third baltic state, is our program today! We won’t take the direct route, this would be too short – in a wide loop we approach the border to Belarus, before we swing back west into Lithuania, passing by Europe’s “geographical midpoint”, 16 miles north of Vilnius Highlights: scenic eastern Lithuania; Kaunas city center.

Viking Run Motorcycle Tour in Europe, Day 10 Today we can check off Poland as country number 6! Entering in the northeast we cross the scenic and laid-back Masurian Lakes District on country roads. A possible sightseeing stop: “Wolf’s Lair” – Hitler’s wartime headquarters for his invasion of the Soviet Union and the place where, by luck, he survived Stauffenberg’s bomb. Our destination is Torún in northern Poland, birthplace of Nicolaus Kopernikus, a World Heritage Site and one of the oldest and most beautiful cities of Poland. Highlights: Masurian Lakes District; Wolf’s Lair, Torún old town.

Viking Run Motorcycle Tour in Europe, Day 11 Today’s ride mostly on small country roads is short enough to visit Europe’s Capital of Culture in the afternoon! Highlights: Wroclaw historical city.
Viking Run Motorcycle Tour in Europe, Day 12 Riding through southern Poland we cross through the “Riesengebirge” mountain range into the Czech Republic to the cultural highlight of the trip – Prague, the “Golden City” Highlights: twisty roads through the Riesengebirge.

Viking Run Motorcycle Tour in Europe, Day 13 The “Golden City” is definitely the cultural highlight of this tour! Walk across the Charles Bridge and up to the castle with the St. Vitus Cathedral, hang around on Wenceslas Square and stroll around in the stunning old town. One of the most beautiful cities in Europe will leave you breathless in many ways… Highlight: Prague sightseeing.

Viking Run Motorcycle Tour in Europe, Day 14 Leaving Prague, we ride on relaxing roads through the scenic and laid-back southern Czech Republic into colorful Austria and Bavaria, heading for the “beer capital”! Highlights: roads and scenery of southern Czech Republic and Austria.

Viking Run Motorcycle Tour in Europe, Day 15 Breakfast, airport transfer and departure.

The route is entirely paved, with a variety of road features.




Please contact us about low frame and/or low seat options for our bikes.

  • Includes BMW F750GS
  • Additional charge of $300 BMW F850GS
  • Additional charge of $300 for BMW F850GS Adv
  • Additional charge of $1,050 for BMW F900XR
  • Additional charge of $1,350 for a BMW S1000XR
  • Additional charge of $1,050 for BMW R1250R
  • Additional charge of $1,600 for a BMW R1250GS
  • Additional charge of $2,050 for a BMW R1250GS Adv
  • Additional charge of $1,660 for a BMW R1250RS
  • Additional charge of $2,580 for a BMW R1250RT
  • Additional charge of $2,250 for a BMW K1600GT
  • Personal motorcycle: deduct $1,600 from the rider price.
Standard Inclusions
  • Late model, low mileage motorcycle
  • Upscale accommodations
  • A’ la carte dining
  • Two Ayres Adventures professional tour leaders
  • Airport arrival/departure transfers
  • Luggage handling
  • Comfortable support vehicle for non-riding companions
  • Comprehensive pre-trip planning and assistance
  • Customized trip booklet with day-by-day itinerary and attractions
  • Two commemorative shirts
  • Adventurer Club travel award credit
  • All breakfasts
  • 12 dinners
Special Inclusions
  • All ferry crossings
  • Entry fee North Cape Visitor Center

Deposit per person: $800

Single room supplement – $1,575

2023 Schedule
Date2023 AdventuresDaysPrice
July 25 - August 8Viking Run15$8,500$6,000
2024 Schedule
Date2024 AdventuresDaysPrice
July 23 - August 6Viking Run15$8,500$6,000
Cancellation fee and refunds
More than 60 days50% of deposit
60 days or fewer but more than 45 days100% of deposit
45 days or fewer but more than 30 days50% of full tour payment
30 days or fewer100% of full tour payment

I am looking forward to another Ayres Adventure

I toured with Ayres Adventures on the Viking Run in August 2018. We went from the top of Norway through 8 countries, and ended up in Munich. We saw every kind of weather, hundreds of reindeer, awesome scenery, and had gourmet meals in the evenings. My favorite meal was the Polish sausage I had that happened to be served at a gas station restaurant. Our guides, Axel Papst and Janis Cimins, were great at organizing the day's events, and very entertaining with their stories in the evening. I am looking forward to another Ayres Adventure.

David's Adventures include:
Viking Run

David Farash
Tampa, FL

Damn that was a fun trip!!!!

Jim’s comments after the Viking Run:

Ron - The trip rating - an A+.I repeat - an A+.

I don't even know what I paid for this thing......I know it was a chunk of change, and I know it was accurate billing from you folks, and I know I could go back and tally up what it all cost.....adding in your fees, the ATM withdrawals, AmEx/Visa charges, etc.....but truth is - whatEVER it cost me, it was totally worth it. And - even with the cost of the new BMW I'm gonna HAVE to buy now that I'm back home (the local BMW sales rep should pay you a commission!)....the value I got, the money spent vs. the experiences/memories - definitely worth it!

Jim’s comments after the Spanish Switchback Challenge:

My first tour was Viking Run - an absolutely incredible motorcycle trip with great folks, through amazing parts of Europe, and via Ayres' top-rate guides, support, facilities & organization. The value for my $$$ earned an A+ grade...almost impossible to explain the beauty, excitement and camaraderie...I'm still talking about it! Absolutely, positively WORTH the time & money to experience. I liked that trip so much, I booked another....the Spanish Switchback Challenge. Again, Ayres hit a home run with the trip location, guide, accommodations, and the VALUE of the trip. Mastering the twists & turns along the coast of Spain is something every rider should experience. Now on the books for me is one of Ayres' newest trips - Ireland - and the anticipation of another awesome experience. Adding Ayres' trips has been such an excellent addition to my local & US motorcycling - anyone giving thought to taking a trip with Ayres should do so, immediately...sign up, climb on, and enjoy the ride!

Congratulations, John, on sustaining the Ayres biz, employing top-rate guides, keeping the process fun & easy (thanks Shirley), and delivering great value for the $$$.

Jim's Adventures include:
Viking Run
Spanish Switchback Challenge
Treasures of Eastern Europe

Jim Vaughn
Kansas City, Missouri
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