Never-ending beautiful nature, low rolling mountain plain landscape, rivers and lakes, cloudberries, Midnight Sun and reindeer! And not least wonderful single and double tracks leading to the traditional mountain lodges. On arrival at the lodge, we enjoy a relaxing sauna followed by good food accompanied by wine after hours on the bike seat!
The Finnmarksvidda mountain plain covers a huge area so we need to count on relatively long days of up to 6-7 hours including a lunch break, in at times demanding terrain. In brief, we need to cross a lot of stones, marshlands and many creeks. In general, this trip is suited for people who have ridden in such terrain before. On the Skill and Fitness – scale this is a S5/F6-tour.
Accommodation during the trip (day 1 to 3) is included in the tour price and will be in the Aurora Canvas Dome in Alta and at the Jotka Fjellstue (mountain lodge).
All meals during the trip (evening soup & bread day 1 to lunch on day 4) are included. Beer/wine and soft drinks are additional.
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 2.25″ 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! Check out our bike rental page for more info!
Repairs 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 knowing the Finnmarksvidda mountain plain well after many 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!
You will have access to your personal bag every evening, including when we stay at Jotka Fjellstue.
(Not applicable for special OffroadFinnmark edition)
Arrival in Alta
We pick you up at the airport
Check in Aurora Canvas Dome
Planning meeting at GLØD HQ to meet the group, assemble/adapt the bikes, planning and check the weather forecast
We serve soup & bread
Short test tour to check that everything works fine.
We spend the first day taking advantage of the countless opportunities on offer in the Alta Valley! You will discover flow paths and more technical challenges in perfect harmony. If we are in good form, we will use the chance to try the first leg of OffroadFinnmark in a swing up on the mountain plateau southwest of Alta. Good alternatives are trails such as Sonja Kristins Cocktail, Jorra Jungle, Baddomella, Sandfallet, Kaffemokka, Cover Trail and Dollarsvingen.
This will be a great day and we will take along the kettle too! We will serve our famous and tasty moose burgers for lunch when we return to GLØD HQ.
Biking: 4-5 hours, 35-40 km
We will then pack for the next two days.
Stay overnight in the Aurora Canvas Dome
After breakfast, we drive south to the Sami village Masi, where the ride over the Finnmarksvidda mountain plateau starts. The start is quite challenging with a relatively steep ascent and serpentine turns, but nevertheless quite rideable. The terrain eventually flattens out and we can enjoy the typical mountain plateau landscape with low rolling terrain as far as the eye can see. Ahead of us is brilliant biking on quad bike tracks, trails and paths towards the north. We stop along the way and grill lunch on an open fire. After lunch, we will eventually start to see the mountains on the coast of Finnmark to the north before we head east to today’s destination – the incredibly cosy mountain lodge Jotka Fjellstue!
This leg is identical to one of the legs during OffroadFinnmark 300.
After a long day on the bike seat, our welcome beer tastes quite OK! At Jotka we enjoy a sauna and a delicious dinner. We stay in the mountain lodge’s cosy cabins.
We transport your bag in and out so you will have access to extra clothes and your personal possessions.
Biking: 6-8 hours, 50 km
We head north towards Alta, following the route used for the OffroadFinnmark mountain bike race as well as the Finnmarksløpet sled dog race in March.
The terrain is easy to ride in and, if we have the wind at our backs, it will be a real delight with one flow after another!
The day concludes with a fantastic single track down to the Alta Valley and along the eastern banks of the Alta River to GLØD HQ.
Biking: 6-8 hours, 45 km
You can enjoy a shower and sauna at GLØD HQ.
If you are planning to leave today, any departure after 18.00 (6 p.m.) will work. We will get you to the airport on time. However, we recommend spending an additional night in Alta so you can enjoy the final dinner at GLØD HQ and a good night’s sleep before you set off. We can help you to arrange this.
17 – 20
22 – 25
19 – 22
16 – 19
NOK 13 400 per person (in double room in the Aurora Canvas Dome the first and second night)
The tour price includes all transport, luggage support, guide, sauna, meals and accommodation.
NOK 600 (Trek) per day. Check it out here.
Extra night: NOK 975 per person including breakfast in the Pine Forest Lodging (twin share) – or a hotel in downtown Alta
Dinner day 4: NOK 400
This adventure requires a proper mountain bike. We recommend full-suspension.
If you are in doubt about whether your bike is suitable, you can rent a full suspension 29er that will take your happily over most technical cycling challenges you will encounter on the Finnmarksvidda mountain plain. However, you need to take care of progress and balance.
Moreover, you need to bring a helmet (rentable), gloves, cycling shoes, shorts with padding, woollen underwear and socks, wind/water proof jacket and trousers, a thin sweater, helmet cap, an energy bar or two and spare parts. Backpack (approx. 25 litre, preferably a hydration backpack)
The bag containing your personal belongings will be transported to Jotka on day 3. The bag should contain your other belongings, such as extra clothes, books etc.
Complete equipment list will be distributed when then tour is booked.