Arctic Coast cycling
Arctic Ocean Coast - 9 days
TROMSØ - SOMMARØY - SENJA - ANDØYA - BØ - SORTLAND - STOKMARKNES - SVOLVÆR
305 + 74 km
TRADITIONAL FISHING VILLAGES
LOCAL FOOD AND HOME MADE COOKING
NATIONAL TOURIST ROAD
The Arctic Ocean Coast is a paradise for those who want a real island adventure on a bicycle.
Take a deep breath, fill your lungs with fresh sea air, and feel the wind in your hair as you set off in an exciting and beautiful landscape made up of 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 via Kattfjord, outwards to the fishing location and island Sommarøy (meaning Summer Island). 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. The road passes Senja Troll, Norways largest stone troll.
The next island hopping is by ferry to Andøya, and new adventures are waiting for you. The island offers beautiful sceneries, with its large and continuous marshes, steep mountains and sandy beaches. In Andenes you have the possibility to sign up for an exciting whale watching, or you can visit Andøya Space Center, whit the spaceship Aurora. From Andenes you continue to the sandy beach at Bleik, before staying overnight in a cozy, small guesthouse with real homemade cooking. Take your time to explore the island before crossing Risøysund to Sortland.
The second last day you bike to Stokmarknes. From here, you can choose whether to continue the bike ride towards Svolvær, or go by the ship - Hurtigrute. Both options give you great sceneries. The tour ends in Svolvær - the "capital" of Lofoten.
Dates 2017 : Starts every Sunday from 11 June - 30 July (Starting in Tromsø, ends in Svolvær the next Monday).
NB: On this trip we recommend that min. 2 persons bike together.
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|Number of days:||9|
|Distance||305 km + possible alterantiv last day 74 km (more options that day)|
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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.
Hybrid bikes (easy on asphalt roads), 10 days: NOK 2 005, - .
This follows the bike: Helmet, wirelock, Repair kit with patches, the necessary keys for adjustments, spare hose, pump, lights for mounting on helmet, reflective vest with a half-long arms.
It is possible to bring your own pedals
Day 1: Individual arrival in Tromso / Accommodation in Tromso.
Day 2: Tromsø – Sommarøy - 56 km.
Pick up the rental bikes. Information about the trip. 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: 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: 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: Hamn, Senja - 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: Andenes – Bø - 48 km
Today you’ll have an easy and pleasant ride. The tour goes on the west/outside of Andøya, and you will amongst other, experience a 2.5 km long sandy beach. Andøya is also famous for all the seabirds. The road leaves the coast for a while, and runs along a lake and then over some endless marshes before riding along the coast again and new sand beaches. Along the way you’ll have opportunities to do some easy hiking.
Dinner and accomodation in Bø.
Day 7: 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 (approximately 35 km) partly on gravel road with no traffic.
The journey from Risøyhamn to Sortland is an easy ride. The only upgrades are across 2 bridges.
Accommodation in Sortland (the Blue City)
Day 8: Sortland – Svolvær, Alternative options:
1. Bike Sortland - Stokmarknes 30 km, Hurtigruten (Coastal Express) to Svolvær
Depart Stokmarknes at 15.15, arrive in Svolvær at 18.30 (visit the famous and narrow fjord "Trollfjord").
2. Bike Sortland - Stokmarknes - Melbu + car ferry to Fiskebøl. Then we recommend you to bike the west side/ outside of Austvågøy to Sildpollen (59 km). The last leg, from Sildpollen to Svolvær is 15 km, and here you must expect some more traffic. Total 74 km.
From Stokmarknes to Melbu you bike along the outer side of Hadseløya. The biking is easy; with only a few short hills. Most of the trip on Austågøy is on gravel road, but we guarantee you great sceneries!
Accommodation in Svolvaer.
You’ll find a lot of good restaurants Svolvær.
Day 9: Departure day:
1. Hurtigruten from Svolvær, departs 20.00 and southward to the appropriate destination.
2. Hurtigruten from Svolvær, departs 22.00 and northward, arr. Tromsø next day at 14.30
3. Hurtigruten from Svolvær, departs 20.00, and southward, arr. Bodø 02.00. Flight from Bodø.
4. Bus to Evenes Airport and flight from there.
5. Flight from Svolvær
Finse 1222 Lite, Gentleman frame
Finse 1222 Lite, Lady frame
Ortlieb handlebar bag