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 Pine Forest Lodging, and at the Jotka Fjellstue (mountain cabin).
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 2.2″ 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! 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.
This is a special version that enables you to ride this year’s OF300 route in the space of three days. The date is Friday 13 to Sunday 15 July. If this trip is of interest, please check it out here.
(Not applicable for special OffroadFinnmark edition)
Arrival in Alta
We pick you up at the airport
Check in The Pine Forest Lodging
Meet the group, assemble/adapt the bikes, planning, weather forecast, soup & bread.
Short test tour to check that everything works fine.
Pick up at 09:00
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 plain southwest of Alta. This will be a great day and we will take along the kettle too!
Lunch – our famous and tasty moose burger – when we are back at Glød HQ.
We will then pack for the next two days.
Stay overnight in the Pine Forest Lodging
Cycling: 5-6 hours, 35-40 km
After breakfast, we drive south to the Sami village Masi, where the ride over the Finnmarksvidda mountain plain 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 plain landscape with low rolling terrain as far as the eye can see. Ahead of us is brilliant cycling on quad bike paths, 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 in 2016.
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.
Cycling: 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 banks of the Alta River to GLØD HQ.
Cycling: 6-8 hours, 45 km
Shower & sauna
If you are planning to leave today, any departure after 18.00 (6pm) will work. We will get you to the airport on time. We recommend, however, an additional night in Alta so you can enjoy the final dinner at Glød HQ.
14 – 17
9 – 12
6 – 9, 27 – 30
NOK11,900 per person (in double room the first and second night)
The tour price includes all transport, luggage support, guide, sauna, meals and accommodation.
NOK 500 (Cube) / NOK 600 (Trek) per day. Check it out here.
Extra night: NOK 1,250 per person including breakfast in the Pine Forest Lodging (twin share)
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.