Arctic Coast cycling
TROMSØ - SOMMARØY - SENJA - ANDØYA - BØ - SORTLAND - STOKMARKNES - SVOLVÆR
The Arctic Ocean Coast is a paradise for those who want a real island adventure on a bicycle. You'll discover dramatic coastlines, sandy beaches, and traditional fishing villages. Take a deep breath, and fill your lungs with fresh sea air as you set off into an exciting and beautiful landscape made up by large and small islands.
From the lively city of Tromsø surrounded by mountains, fjords and islands, the route goes through the beautiful and varied nature of Kvaløya. At the end of the day you meet the ocean at the idyllic island, Sommarøy.
After a short ferry trip the tour continues to Senja, Norway's second largest island. The road along the west coast of Senja winds through magnificent and wild nature, uphill and downhill - in and out of fjords.
From Senja you go by ferry to the next island, Andøya, where new adventures are waiting for you. The island offers beautiful sceneries, with large and continuous marshes, steep mountains and sandy beaches. Take your time and explore the island before leaving for Vesterålen and Sortland.
The second last day you bike to Stokmarknes. From here, you can choose whether to continue by bike towards Svolvær, or go by the ship - Hurtigrute. Both options give you great sceneries. The tour ends in Svolvær - the "capital" of Lofoten.
The tour starts every Sunday from 11 June - 13 August
NB! On this trip we recommend that min. 2 persons bike together.
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|Number of days:||9 (Sunday - Monday)|
|Distance:||305 km (+ possible alterantiv last day 74 km)|
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NOK 12 250,- pr. person in double room.
8 nights accommodation w / breakfast. 7 x selfmade lunch packet and thermos refills.
Ferries are not included (approx. 500, - pr. person).
Note: The tour starts in Tromsø and ends in Svolvaer.
It is also possible to continue biking on our Lofoten tour, starting in Svolvær Mondays, ending in Bodø the next Monday. Ask for prices.
Hybrid bikes (easy on asphalt roads), 10 days: NOK 2 005, - (x day: NOK 170,-) .
This follows the bike:
Day 1- Sunday: Individual arrival in Tromsø / Accommodation in Tromso.
Day 2 - Monday: Tromsø – Sommarøy - 56 km.
Pick up the rental bikes. We recommend a bike ride in Tromsø, before heading towards Sommarøy.
You start the trip by biking to Kvaløya and along Kvaløysletta. Nice and flat biking, but some steep ascent towards Kattfjord. Highest point is about 200 meters above sea level. From here it is easy and nice downhill biking the km to Kattfjord, which is surrounded by majestic mountain-peaks stretching 1,000 meters above sea level. If the weather is good, we recommend a stop at a beautiful sandy beach. Sommarøy is a thriving coastal community, living of fishing and tourism.
Dinner and accommodation at Sommarøy. (sommarøy means Summer Island).
We recommend an evening hike to Hillesøytoppen, with magnificent views of the ocean and the island of Senja.
Day 3 - Tuesday: Sommarøy - Brensholmen - Mefjordvær - 45 km
From Sommarøy there are some climbs, but also lots of nice downhills. Bike to Brennholmen. From there is a ferry to Botnhamn on Senja. From Botnhamn you bike to Senjahopen, which is Senjas largest and most important fishing village. From here you make a detour to Mefjordvær.
Dinner and accomodation in Mefjordvær.
Day 4 - Wednesday: Mefjordvær - Ersfjorden - Steinsfjorden - Straumbotn - Hamn - 46 km
Cycle back to Senjahopen, and then continue up to and through Geitskards-tunnel. From here you bike down to Ersjordsstranda and further along the Ersfjorden and Steinsfjord. By Tungeneset you a have stunning view north towards the famous mountain peaks "Okshornan". Today's trip ends with a steep climb up to Skalands-tunnel before you roll down the "Senja Troll" and on to the Hamn at Senja Island.
Dinner and accommodation in Hamn.
Day 5 - Thursday: Hamn - Gryllefjord - Andenes - 17 km
Today’s program offers just a short biking distance, but there are some climbs upward, and some downhills. You climb to 172 meters above sea level, and there you will have great views towards Gryllefjord and the fishing village by the sea. From Gryllefjord we go by a summer-ferry over to the Island Andøya. The ferry ride takes 1 hour and 40 min., and is an experience in itself. In Andenes, you have the possibility to sign up for a whale watching trip in the afternoon. Andenes also has a Northern Lights Centre.
Accommodation in Andenes.
Day 6 - Friday: Andenes – Bø - 48 km
Today you’ll have an easy and pleasant ride. The tour goes on the outer coast of Andøya, and you will amongst other, experience a 2.5 km long sandy beach. Andøya is also famous for all the seabirds. After a while the road leaves the coast, and runs along a lake and then over some endless marshes before returning to the coast and the white, sandy beaches. Along the way you’ll have opportunities to do some easy hiking.
Dinner and accomodation in Bø.
Day 7 - Saturday: Bø - Risøyhamn - Sortland - 63km
From Bø you will ride on to Risøyhamn, then across the steep bridge over Risøysund. For those wanting a longer ride today, we recommend a trip around the southern tip of Andøya (approx. 35 km) partly car-free gravel road.
From Bø you go to Risøyhamn, and then you cross the steep bridge over Risøysundet. For those who want a longer ride today, we recommend a trip around the southern tip of Andøya (approx. 35 km) partly on gravel road with no traffic.
The journey from Risøyhamn to Sortland is an easy ride. The only uphill's are across 2 bridges.
Accommodation in Sortland (the Blue City)
Day 8 - Sunday: Sortland – Svolvær, Alternative options:
1. Bike Sortland - Stokmarknes 30 km, Hurtigruten (Coastal Express) to Svolvær. Depart Stokmarknes 15.15, arrive in Svolvær 18.30
On this trip the ship enters the famous, and narrow Trollfjorden, where Hurtigruten sails in and almost brush the sides of the thousand meters high mountains.
2. Bike Sortland - Stokmarknes - Melbu + car ferry to Fiskebøl. Continue to Svolvær. Optional detours along the way.
Accommodation in Svolvær. You’ll find a lot of good restaurants Svolvær.
Day 9 - Monday: Departure
1. Southbound Hurtigruten from Svolvær. Departure 20.00
2. Northbound Hurtigruten from Svolvær. Departure 22.00
4. Bus to Evenes Airport and flight from there.
5. Flight from Svolvær
Or continue biking with our tour in Lofoten. Read more
Finse 1222 Lite, Gentleman frame
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