Norway Explorer

  • Location

    Lofoten Islands, Norway, above the Arctic Circle

  • Duration

    9 days | 8 nights

  • Length

    60 - 100km daily

  • Climb

    800 - 2,000m daily

8 Aug 2020 - 16 Aug 2020

Come rain or shine, this tour is one for the bucket list. We first ran this tour in 2019 with a fantastic group of guests, as we followed the Arctic Race of Norway along the length of the Lofoten Islands… we loved it so much, we new we had to add it to our 2020 tour list!

Norway makes for the perfect cycling tour destination: quiet, smooth roads, endless days (literally!), dramatic scenery, delicious food and some of the best coffee shops we have ever come across.

Starting in the small village of Å, at the tip of the Lofoten islands (and subsequently the last letter of the Norwegian alphabet) we will pass through some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe, we will hop from island to island over beautiful bridges and constantly be in awe of the surrounding scenery. Each evening we will enjoy shore front hotel in local villages and experience the local Norwegian culture and food.

The Lofoten islands are located in the far north of Norway above the Arctic Circle! Even though we will be riding in the Arctic Circle we will enjoy mild summer temperatures of 15-18°C. Let’s just say it’s comparable to autumn riding - Jersey, gilets and arm warmers.

Once we have ridden the length of Lofoten, stopping in at popular villages such as Henningsvær and Svolvær we will continue riding north to the beautiful island of Senja (in our opinion the landscapes here challenge Lofoten!) and conclude our tour in the Arctic Capital of Tromso!

If your a budding photographer or looking for a unique riding experience, then this trip is for you.

Total price: From €4,190

  • 7 days of riding above the Arctic Circle, in one of the most scenic regions of Europe - the Lofoten Islands
  • Ride from point to point along the length of Lofoten islands
  • 8 nights of accommodation in 3-4 star hotels, with local Norwegian character
  • Expert planning and support from our team (guides, mechanics, drivers)
  • Maximum group size: 14 cyclists
  • Bike rental (carbon frame and Shimano Ultegra or equivalent) available
  • Day 1 - 8 August

    Velkommen!

    Å

    After we meet you at Svolvær Airport, a two hour drive will take us to our hotel in Å (pronounced “aw”). Located at the southern tip of the Lofoten archipelago, this picturesque village is defined by its shoreline of red rorbuer (fishing huts) and cod-drying racks. In the afternoon you will have time to explore this little village which is very much frozen in time and visit the Lofoten Stockfish Museum if you wish. We will reconvene for dinner and discuss the plans for the week as we sample some of the local cod - it’s hard to imagine that up until WWII more than 700,000 cod would be hung out to dry here every season!

    Lofoten Rorbuhotell
  • Day 2 - 9 August

    Å - Henningsvær

    60km / 500m or 120km / 1,030m

    Waking up on the tip of Lofoten is a special moment. Today we will take this opportunity to warm our legs up along the gently rolling road from Å to Henningsvaer. Our adventure starts with the most breathtaking scenery as we cycle along the coastline and pass over a few bridges that can most simply be described as stepping stones from island to island. Upon arriving in Leknes we will enjoy lunch before heading to Henningsvær (option to end riding in Leknes or continue riding to Henningsvær), where we will be staying for the evening.

    Henningsvar Bryggehotell
  • Day 3 - 10 August

    Henningsvær - Svolvær

    74km / 990m of climbing

    By now you will be becoming familiar with the spectacular landscape of the Lofoten archipelago and you’ll understand why these mountains that cascade into the turquoise waters are world famous and renowned as an adventure seeker's paradise. After a scrumptious breakfast, we’ll be on our bikes and travelling along the coast line towards Svolvær. On our way we will be sure to stop by Dan Graham's untitled reflective work, a beautiful reflective mirror and an outstanding photo opportunity. Upon arriving in Svolvær and checking into our hotel, where we will be staying for the next two nights, you’ll have the chance to explore this bustling little town before a delicious dinner!

    Scandic Svolvaer
  • Day 4 - 11 August

    Svolvær Loop

    64km / 640m of climbing

    Today's ride is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful rides on the Lofoten island, the out and back loop encompasses everything Lofoten has to offer. Spectacular scenery, beautiful beaches, fresh salty sea air and perfectly smooth and quiet roads. Be sure to charge your camera for this ride. We will return to Svolvear and enjoy this busy little port town for a second night.

    Scandic Svolvaer
  • Day 5 - 12 August

    Svolvær to Sortland

    56km / 210 m or 86km / 370m

    In the morning we’ll take a beautiful ferry ride from Fiskebøl to Melbu. Upon arrival to the island we will get on our bikes and ride the Western side of Melbu island before continuing on towards tonights hotel destination in Sortland. If you feel like it you will also have the chance to climb the Mt Ventoux of Norway… 3.5km with an average gradient of 11.8%. Once at the top we’ll enjoy the beautiful panoramic views beofre continuing on our journey to Sortland. We will enjoy a delicious dinner and prepare for our ride tomorrow.

    Sortland Hotel
  • Day 6 - 13 August

    Sortland to Andenes

    110km / 300m of climbing

    Today's ride will be another beauty as we depart Sortland and head north to the village of Andenes, which is the northernmost settlement of the island of Andøya. Andøya, although sparsely populated is known for its breathtaking white sandy beaches and if you're going to see a whale on this trip then this is the spot. The surrounding nutrient-rich waters are popular with whales and marine life. We'll enjoy lunch by one of the beautiful beaches and relax as we ride along this stunning coastline, to our lovely hotel for the evening.

    Thon Hotel Andrikken
  • Day 7 - 14 August

    Senja island loop to Sommaroy

    95km / 2,150m of climbing

    “Senja Island is the most beautiful island in Norway” - well that’s what the locals say and we tend to agree! After an evening of celebration in Narvik, we will drive north to arrive in Senja … trust us, the transfer is worth it! We will ride around the northern part of Norway's second largest island and enjoy nearly empty roads. After a ferry journey to Torsken we will start our ride along a mostly flat and spectacular coastline. We will follow the road anti clockwise around senja to the ferry port of Botnhamn. Where we will catch the second ferry of the day to Sommaroy, where we will be staying for our penultimate night.

    Sommarøy Arctic Hotel Tromsø ****
  • Day 8 - 15 August

    Sommaroy - Tromsø

    80km / 450m of climbing or 131km / 1,010m of climbing

    Our last ride will take us on a spectacular journey to our final destination, Tromsø, northern Norway’s most vibrant city which is located 400km north of the Arctic Circle at 69˚N! We will cycle along fjords and pass numerous craggy peaks before arriving at the arched bridge which is a defining feature of Tromsø. We will celebrate our final evening in Tromsø at one of our favourite restaurants and cheers to our wonderful cycling adventure in the Arctic Circle. Ps. keep your eyes peeled for elk on your ride today!

    Radisson Blu Hotel Tromsø ****
  • Day 9 - 16 August

    Farvel !

    Tromsø

    All good things come to an end. Take the morning to explore this vibrant northern city - it has beautiful shops and cafes, and is the perfect place to purchase a souvenir ! In the early afternoon we will shuttle you back to Tromsø Airport. Exploring the Arctic Circle by road-bike …. A true Grand Tours Project.