Mountains, fjords, trolls and a vast amount of space for you and your bike: that is Norway. This “Bike & Hike” tour in the far north of the country shows you the spectacular area around the Romsdalen valley and its numerous fjords. Riding at the foot of the Troll Wall, the highest vertical rock face in Europe, we explore the region’s trails. From Tafjord near Fjørå to the Atlantic Road, there are routes at every level of difficulty. An El Dorado for mountain bikers and lovers of nature.
The trip takes us to Isfjorden, and to Renate and Tommy Soleim of Romsdal Adventure. With Tommy as a knowledgeable local guide, we will explore the trails at the foot of the Trollstigen and the incredible fjord landscape.
A particular highlight will be a day trip to Fjørå. As well as lending its name to Norwegian sportswear manufacturer Norrøna’s cycling range, the village of Tafjord offers everything a mountainbiker could want. The ride takes us over the famous Trollstigen (the “Troll’s Path”) – one of the many natural wonders to be found in the Norwegian landscape. We will also spend a day on the Atlantic coast, directly above the famous Atlantic Road which runs across an archipelago of partially-inhabited islands and skerries.
The landsacpes character
Norway’s characteristic landscape means that forestry roads are not common, but there is a rich network of spectacular singletrack paths – this does mean that bikes often need to be pushed or carried uphill.
From just a few hundred metres above sea level, the landscape already resembles that of our Austrian Alps. After each day packed with adventure high above the fjords, we head back to the cosy Villa Vengetind, where Renate and Tommy make us feel totally at home. Renate is a passionate cook who also runs a catering service; in her kitchen everything is home-made, from the bread rolls at breakfast to the curry served in the evening. In 2018 a coffee roastery was installed in an adjoining building, used by Tommy to create local blends for the café he opened at the same time in Isfjorden.
The roastery is located in part of what used to be an old shoe factory. Elsewhere in the building it looks as though the workers dropped tools and left at a moment’s notice: there are numerous old machines spread around the building, glass bottles of tanning chemicals lying around, and shoe lasts in all shapes and sizes. You might like to bring your camera – it’s simply one amazing image after another.
Depending on the weather, we choose our routes at the evening before or on short notice in the mornings, also taking the abilities and preferences of the group into account. We generally make use of the minivan where possible, but we sometimes also go “allbike”. Romsdalen and it's surrounding valleys offer endless opportunities - if it's raining in one valley, it might be dry in another one just a few kilometers away.
Where we go ...
- 7x fullboard (breakfast, snacks, soup after riding, dinner) accommodation in the Villa Vengetind
- Qualified bike guide(s) for six days
- All mini-bus transfers
- Airport transfers from/to Molde airport
- Personal travel to/from the meeting point
- Drinks during the evening meal
In terms of technique the routes in Norway are sometimes demanding. Generally the riding is somewhere around S2. That means a lot of roots or rocks under your tyres, steps and tight turns in occasionally steep terrain.
You should bring sufficient strength for around 1.200 metres of climb each day. There's no vast network of forestry roads in Norway, please expect a lot of carrying/pushing sections, depending on the day’s route. We use mini-bus uplifts where possible to reach the starting points of our rides.
As you might know: there's a chance of rain in Norway - yes, right. Cold and wet weather can be exhausting. Please bring sufficient waterproof gear and multiple changes of clothing.
Romsdalen can be reached very easily by plane from Oslo. The airport Arø in Molde ist just an hour drive away from our home base. erreichen. Oslo, on the other hand, is easy accessible with a direct connection from many european destinations. We recommend using Norwegian.com to get there. We will wait for you at the airport.
As an alternative you can get on a train in Oslo and enjoy a five hours ride through Norway's most spectacular landscape. We'll pick you up at the train station in Åndalsnes, just ten minutes out from the Villa.
- Wellmaintained mountainbike: all-mountain full suspension with at least 140 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
A detailed kit list will be provided after booking.
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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.