North Cape Epic (7 days)

It’s an honour to present some of the very best you can experience on a mountain bike in Northern Norway: The Alta Valley, the Finnmarksvidda mountain plateau, Skaidi and the North Cape! Join us on a mountain biking adventure filled with weather, nature, reindeer, the Midnight Sun and wonderful cycling!

Double and single tracks
On the first day, we will take advantage of the many opportunities in the Alta Valley, while a lot of the remainder is along the Sami people’s quad bike tracks, which means there are a lot of double tracks. The majority offer excellent cycling, while some sections are stony and relatively demanding.  The trip also includes a series of marsh and river crossings, which involve carrying your bike. There are no major mountains to climb, but the mountain plain is by no means flat! This means you may climb 750-1,000 m in a day, which you will feel in your legs!

On our Skill and Fitness – scale this is a S5/F6 trip.

Much of the route is also used for the Offroad Finnmark and Skaidi Extreme mountain bike race.

Demanding and challenging
This is a challenging trip involving long days, up to 5-7 hours including lunch and at times demanding terrain. The distance per day varies from 25 to 40 km, while the average speed varies from 10 – 18 km/h. The combination of relatively long distances and difficult terrain means all participants must be in relatively good shape and experienced mountain bikers.

Accommodation
All accommodation is included. You will stay in the Glam Lavvo at Holmen Husky in Alta, at the Jotka Fjellstue (mountain lodge) and at hotels in Skaidi and Honningsvåg.

Meals
All meals are included, from soup and bread on first evening to lunch on day 7. Beer/wine and soft drinks are additional.

King Crab Safari
We head out on a King Crab Safari with Destinasjon 71˚ N near Honningsvåg. This marine aristocrat has added a new dimension to the sea off the North Norwegian coast after migrating westwards from Russia. It tastes heavenly! You will get to experience this first-hand by enjoying fresh, self-caught King Crab for lunch.

North Cape
You will end up at the northernmost point of mainland Europe, the North Cape plateau. Weather permitting, you will be able to experience the Midnight Sun. Anyway, it will be light 24/7.

Bike and equipment
A full suspension bike is preferable, ideally a 29er. The tyres should have relatively thick tread pattern and reinforced sidewalls, a la Schwalbe Hans Dampf and Maxxis Ardent, with good volume like 2.2″ or more.

If you do not have a full suspension bike but would like to try this trip, you may rent a suitable bike from us! Click here to read more about mountain bike rental.

Repairman and local guide
You will be joined on this adventure by a local cycling guide who has the main responsibility for safety and navigation. In addition to being well acquainted with the Finnmarksvidda mountain plain after several trips there, the guide is also a technically competent mountain biker and can repair many of the eventualities that can occur on such an expedition. Our guides are also hobby gourmets and it is not out of the question that a delicacy or two will be prepared on an open fire at lunch time!

Support
Full support is included on this trip. In other words, your bag containing your personal belongings will be available each evening. This may be subject to change if changes to the route are necessary. If you require extra accommodation before or after the tour, we will gladly help you to arrange this.

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