Norway:

Lofoten Islands Bike Tour


Eight nights; seven days of cycling on quiet, paved coastal roads with options to hike and sea kayak. In June and July the sun never sets.

“Lodging was...amazing. Guides were the best... It will be hard to find another trip as perfect as this one - the bar has been set very high." - Mike and Joyce D.






Itinerary


Start: Meet at Thon Hotel in Harstad,18:00, day one. Norweigan and SAS offer daily flights from Oslo; they also operate from Bodø back to Oslo at the end of the tour. From the Narvik/Harstad airport, the flybus has regular departures directly to the hotel. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.


Finish: Moskenes ferry terminal, 10:00, day nine. Please note that ferry departures vary; consult the summer ferry schedule for Moskenes to Bodø or contact us before booking your flight.

“Hands down the most beautiful place I've ever cycled--and I've cycled all over the world!." - Susan O.

Day 1

Introductions

Your adventure begins in Harstad, the home port of the oldest sailing schooner in the world, the Anna Rodge. Guests who arrive in Harstad early will have the opportunity to visit Trondenes Church, the world's northernmost surviving medieval building. Other activities for early arrivals include horseback riding, golf and hiking. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Self-guided trips include breakfast only).
Thon Hotel, or

Clarion Collections Hotel Arcticus; Harstad

Day 2

Harstad to Sortland via Gullesfjorden 55km to 88km; 15 min ferry

Leaving Harstad you will begin your week of island hopping by riding from the island of Hinnøya to the island of Langøya via Gullesfjorden; a 35km long fjord that cuts deep into Hinnøya. A short ferry that runs every hour will help you with the first of many fjord crossings in the coming days. BLD
Vesterålen Sjøhus, or

Sortland Hotel; Sortland

Day 3

Sortland to Stokmarknes 64km

Following a recognized cycling route today, you will ride along the edge of Eidsfjorden. Large peaks dot the horizon to the north as you cycle through many small villages on your way to your lodging on the small island of Børøya. BLD
Vesterålen Kysthotell, or

Turistsenteret Hotel; Stokmarknes

Day 4

Stokmarknes to Svolvær 76km; 25 min ferry

Leaving Børøya you will cross over to Hadseløya island and through the village of Stokmarknes. From here your ride will take you down the eastern coast of the island to the ferry terminal in Melbu where you will catch a 25 minute ferry across Hadselfjorden to the island of Austvågøya. Placid lakes reflect mountain scenes along this afternoons route into Svolvær. BLD
Anker Brygge, or

Scandic Svolvær; Svolvær

Day 5

Svolvær to Henningsvær 26km or 52km plus options

A short ride this morning will take you to the fishing village of Henningsvær. Located on a small archipelago off of the southern coast of Austvågøy, the quaintness of this village is juxtaposed by a mountainous backdrop. This small community of winter fisheries thrived in the early 1800's and not much has changed to this day. Other options include kayaking, a 3 hr boat cruise to nearby Trollfjord, or simply relaxing at your inn. B
Same lodging

Day 6

Cycle across Vestvågøya to Ballstad 56km with short van transfer

Begin today with a short van transfer to your starting point on Vestvågøya. From here continue along the southern coast of the island passing through many more villages and coves. Your ride will finish at your inn in Ballstad, a picturesque village that lies in the shadow of nearby Skottinden; a 700m peak that looms over head. BLD
Solsiden Brygge Rorbuer, or

Kræmmervika Havn; Ballstad

Day 7

Ballstad to Reine via Nusfjord 41km plus Ferry

An 11am ferry takes you to neighboring village Nusfjord where you will start your ride to Reine; a village of 300 inhabitants situated near the southern tip of the Lofoten Archipelago. Reine is praised as the most beautiful fishing village in all of Norway and we are sure you will agree. A late afternoon or evening hike to a lofty perch atop Reinebringen is highly recommended. BLD

Reine Rorbuer, or

Sakrisøy Rorbuer, Reine

Day 8

Hiking; Lofoten Waterfalls and Djupfjordheia Peak. up to 9km

Ride seven kilometers to Sørvågen, where you will park your bicycle and hike to the Lofoten Waterfalls. The water draining from Stuvdalsvatnet lake on Moskenesøya cascades down the slopes toward Tindsvatnet lake and then the sea. Continue climbing from the falls past the lakes of Tridalsvatnat and Fjerddalsvatnet on your way to the Djupfjordheia summit (512m). This hike is moderately challenging and includes some elevation gain. The spectacular views will reward your efforts. Depending on ferry schedules, you may have the chance to visit Vinstad and the beautifully secluded Bunes beach. Return to Reine for a final evening of Lofoten hospitality. BLD
Same lodging


Day 9

After breakfast at your inn you will be transferred to Moskenes ferry terminal where you will catch a 3hr ferry to Bodø. Norweigan and SAS offer daily flights from Bodø to Oslo. B





Description



Note about the route:

22-85km/day (14-52mi.) on mainly paved extremely quiet coastal roads; some rolling hills and lots of level riding. The riding ease is often wind-dependent, but we endeavour to ride downwind in most cases. This is a remote area and happily not focused on tourism. Dinners are predominantly seafood. Past guests have said that it is an ideal venue for cycling. Come prepared to enjoy anything.




North of the Arctic Circle, lying between the 68th and 69th parallel, the Lofoten Islands is the furthest north Freewheeling has ever adventured. What lies upon this archipelago of craggy, often snow-capped peaks jutting into the Norwegian Sea is one of the best kept secrets in the cycling world. Long fjords, narrow waterways, and picturesque fishing communities dot the landscape and make the beauty of these islands staggering.


With the aid of ferries, your ride will take you across all four of the main islands; Austvågøy, Vestvågøy, Flakstadøy and Moskenesøy. Your route follows quiet, paved coastal roads that link one fishing village to the next, and although mountains loom overhead, the route is relatively flat. Despite being so far north, the warm currents of the Gulf Stream, prevailing tailwinds, and the long days of summer create an ideal climate for cycling. Accommodations each evening reflect the charm and humility of the Norwegian people, and are often in the form of a fisherman's cabin set on stilts at the end of a wharf.


We recommend catching a flight from Oslo to the Narvik/Harstad airport. Harstad is a small town and a pleasant place to acclimatize following your travels; if you decide to arrive early, please ask for help securing lodging. At the end of your bike tour, you will want to arrange a flight from Bodø back to Oslo; both routes are operated by Norweigan and SAS.





Maps & Elevations



Click here for the elevation profile



Day # Daily distance
1
Introductions
2
~Up to 88 km
3
~64 km
4
  ~76 km
5
~26 km or 52 km
6
  ~56 km
7
  ~41 km
8
  ~7 km
9
Farewell




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"...we enjoyed our two days of train travel from Bodo back to Olso. We purchased our tickets online well in advance which made the trip relatively inexpensive for Norway. Our experience of Norwegian rail travel was very good and the scenery was spectacular from beginning to end. It was a nice way to extend, and at the same time, wind down the trip." - Richard & Barb

"We chose an extra day in Harstad and a day in Reine at the beginning and end... Excellent choice, but both our days were Sundays, and everything closes! We would do it again. We also stayed in Oslo. Walked through Vigeland Sculpture Park (easy train/trolley ride from airport hotel); Norwegian Folk Museum, and Oslo Opera House." - Mike & Joyce D.

Consider extending your Scandinavian adventure by joining one of Freewheeling's Iceland tours.

An extra day of activity in Reine at the end of your trip is recommended before catching the ferry to Bodø.

Norweigan and SAS offer daily flights from Oslo to Harstad/Narvik airport at the begining of your trip and flights from Bodø to Oslo at the end.





Costs

US 4895 C 5895

(per person, 9 days, 8 nights, 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners, full time vehicle and guide support, maps and route notes, VAT.)

US 4195 C 4995

(per person, 9 days, 8 nights, 8 breakfasts, inn to inn luggage transfers, maps and route notes, emergency on-call support, VAT.)

Single Occupancy

US 970 C 1145

Bicycle Rental

Hybrid: US 295 C 355
Aluminum Road/Racing: US 435 C 525
Electric Assist: US 565 C 675

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.