Isolation and breath-taking landscapes are the defining features of this trip. With a population density of scarcely two people per square kilometre, it’s safe to say that northern Scandinavia counts as “thinly populated”. In this lonely and unspoiled region, on the border between Sweden and Norway, there is an almost endless network of trails, bothies and hostels. Near Abisko and the border village of Riksgränsen reindeer romp all year round. In winter, at temperatures as low as -40°C, they are joined by sledgedog teams; during high summer, at up to 30°C, the famous Kungsleden long-distance path from Abisko to the glaciated Kebnekaise mountain (2099 m, Sweden’s highest) is filled with hikers.
The numerous trails on the Swedish fells and among Norway’s fjords make each and every trip here a spectacular experience. All-Mountain and enduro day rides with constant views over the jagged Norwegian fjord landscape; the loneliness and seclusion on the high plateaux of the Swedish wilderness.
From our base at the Abisko Mountain Lodge in Sweden, we explore the trails of the region and during the week expand our radius as far as Björkliden and Evenes in Norway. The character of the rides changes constantly; technical difficulty is up to S1-S2. Up on the fells (the high plateaux), the routes are mostly very flat until it’s time to descend. Some sections are on challenging terrain (rocks, roots), where you’ll need to work to keep your balance.
We use a minivan to get to the beginning of each day’s ride. The short drive to the daily starting points gives us a chance to really get an impression of the unique landscape, before we get into the saddle and shift our focus onto riding.
Granite trails in the far north
On almost all rides it’s necessary to push or carry your bike – in total never for longer than 30 minutes. In Sweden we ascend to a mountain café on Låktatjåkka – reports state that they have the best waffles in the whole country. We can certainly confirm this, but we do need to test them annually in order to be able to renew their certification of deliciousness. We pedal along the famous Rallarvegen longdistance path from the Swedish fells to the fjords of Norway. A seemingly endless singletrack, with occasional bridges made from wooden planks that provide an occasional adrenaline rush.
One day we will ride down to the end of a fjord. It isn’t accessible by road, so we are picked up by a RIB speedboat and taken to Narvik. You’ll need to hold your rucksack tightly, while Kikke (the owner of the Lodge) takes us across the water at over 50 km/h.
- Day 1: Warming up and getting to know the area. We'll ride to the deepest lake in Sweden, the Troll Lake.
- Day 2: Riding on granite rock, all day long, near fjord Skjomen in Norway.
- Day 3: Starting directly at our doorstep and riding trails on the local mountain of Narvik.
- Day 4: It's waffle time ... back to Sweden for an amazing ride down Sweden's highest mountain hut.
- Day 5: Day ride near the airport Evenes in Norway.
- Day 6: Crossing borders: starting in Sweden, riding down to a fjord in Norway. A boat brings us back to the cars.
Changes may be influenced by multiple factors such as group riding abilities, weather conditions or the condition of the trails.
- 7 nights accommodation including halfboard at Abisko Mountain Lodge
- Airport transfers
- Shuttle and boat transfers
- Qualified bike guide(s) for six days
- Lunch during our day rides
- Personal travel to/from the meeting point
- Drinks during the evening meal
We will be climbing up to 1.000 m each day under our own power, mainly over 4x4 tracks or narrow trails, to our destinations on the fells. Rides can include pushing/carrying sections. Trails on the fells are level but still require high concentration, with constant rocks and roots, plus streams to be crossed. The difficulty level is up to S1-S2, but the rides are definitely long and challenging.
Over the course of the whole week, we will be riding at a maximum difficulty level of S2. In Norway we will be hammering down to the fjord through 1000 m of granite crags, with excellent grip and no end of different lines to be ridden.
The easiest route is to fly via Oslo to Harstad/Narvik Airport, Evenes (IATA airport code: EVE). We can pick you up from there and bring you to where we’ll be staying in around 40 minutes. Full information about exact timeframes for pickups and when we’ll be taking everyone back to the airport will be sent to you once we’ve processed your booking. There are suitable flights to Oslo from all over Europe; to reach the far north we recommend Norwegian.com.
- Wellmaintained mountainbike: enduro full suspension with at least 13 mm suspension travel
- MTBspecific protective clothing (helmet, eyewear, gloves, knee protectors, other body protectors if available)
- Waterproof gear and multiple changes of clothing
- Rucksack for day rides (drinks bottle, spare inner tube, pump, energy bars, lights for riding on the road, …)
- Appropriate and sufficient spare parts.
15.08 - 22.08.2020
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Unless otherwise stated, all our trips need to be booked at least two weeks before the day of departure. At that point it will be ascertained whether the minimum number of participants has been reached and the trip is able to take place.