After the first day planning, adjusting bikes etc, we spend five days enjoying gravel roads and single and double tracks in a never-ending gently rolling mountain plain landscape!
Beautiful nature, rivers and lakes, cloudberries, the Midnight Sun and reindeer! We stay at traditional mountain lodges where we enjoy a relaxing sauna followed by good food accompanied by wine after several hours on the bike seat!
This is a demanding trip with relatively long days of up to 6-8 hours including a lunch break, in sometimes technical terrain. The distances vary from 30-45 km and the average speed ranges from 10-18 km/h.
Double and single tracks
Much of the trip 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/F7-tour.
Much of the route is also used for both the 300 and 700 km sections of the Offroad Finnmark mountain bike race.
The combination of relatively long distances and difficult terrain means all participants must be in relatively good shape and experienced mountain bikers.
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, Maxxis Ardent and Bontrager XR4, with good volume like 2.3″ 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 is able to 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!
Accommodation during the trip (day 1 to 6) is included in the tour price and will be in the Aurora Canvas Dome, mountain lodges at Mollisjok and Jotka Fjellstue and, the cherry on the top, the wilderness camp in Masi.
If you plan to leave Alta on day 6, you will be able to catch departures after 6pm. We will of course get you to the airport in time. However, we recommend at least one additional night, at Aurora Canvas Dome or at a hotel in the City. We will help you arrange it!
All meals (a light meal the first evening to lunch day 6) are included. Beer/wine and soft drinks are additional.
Partial support is included on this trip. In other words, your bag containing your personal belongings will be available after day 1 + 2 (Alta), day 4 (Masi) and day 5 (Jotka). The route can be subject to changes depending on weather and other conditions.
We will pick you up at the airport on arrival, and get you back to the airport in time for your flight home.
If you would like to stay longer in Alta before or after the trip, we can help you to arrange this.
Are you ready? We are!
Join us for an adventure!
Arrival in Alta
We pick you up
Check in Aurora Canvas Dome
Meet the group, assemble/adapt the bikes, planning, soup & bread
Pick up at 09:00
We spend the first day taking advantage of the diverse selection of trails and tracks on offer in the Alta Valley! Since the guide is obviously local, we will share the most secret and best alternatives.
We love open fires, coffee brewed on the fire and good food. On this trip, coffee brewed on an open fire will be a daily occurrence. On the first day, you will enjoy one of our famous moose burgers for lunch when we return to Glød.
We will also plan and pack for the four next days.
Cycling 4-5 hrs, 35-40 km
Stay overnight in Pine Forest lodging
The following day we set off on our mountain biking adventure on the Finnmarksvidda mountain plain. We drive by car up the Tverrelv valley to the northern end of the lake Jotkavann, where our adventure on the mountain plain starts. After a couple of hours of cycling, we cross Stabbursdalen and continue southwards along the eastern shore of Finnmark’s largest lake, Iesjavri. We then head south in low rolling mountain plain landscape towards the mountain lodge Mollesjok Fjellstue. This is a long leg and includes everything from super flows to demanding riding in technical terrain. As this is a long leg (normally 8-9 hours), participants must be in good form and used to mountain biking.
The reward when we come to one of the remotest places on the Finnmarksvidda – and in Norway – is the mountain lodge in Mollesjok, which is completely unique. The place is beautifully located by the Iesjohka, the river that flows from Iesjavri. (This place is so wonderful and special that it’s hard to write this description without getting emotional.) Although the lodge is located by the Iesjohka, the name is derived from a tributary of the Iesjohka, Mollesjohka, which we need to cross just before we arrive at the mountain lodge. Sometimes this river and is small and easy, while other times you and your bike will get a good rinse off before we reach the other side.
Sauna, dinner and accommodation at Mollisjok Fjellstue (mountain lodge).
Note that your bag with personal belongings will not be available here.
Cycling 7-8 hrs, 55 km
We continue through the interior of the Finnmarksvidda mountain plain to the Sami village of Masi. This leg takes us from east to west, which means “across” the terrain, and is therefore relatively demanding. Some marsh crossings are simply not possible to ride and most need to walk. On arrival in Masi, we will have a refreshing wilderness wash in the lake or river before a traditional Sami dinner is served in the lavvu.
This will be a memorable night as we will stay overnight in a tent in the wilderness camp. You will have access to your bag here.
Cycling: 5-7 hours, 48 km
The adventure continues northward from Masi. We start with a quite challenging ascent and serpentine turns, which is 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 trails 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. Your bag will be available.
Cycling: 6-8 hours, 50 km
We head towards Alta, following one of the most beautiful sections of the route used for the OffroadFinnmark mountain bike race. We can see the mountains on the Finnmark coast to the north and, with a southerly wind at our backs, this day will be remembered for a lot of flow!
The day concludes with a fantastic, and in some places slightly technical, single track down to the Alta Valley, and further along the banks of the Alta river down to GLØD HQ, where you can enjoy a shower and sauna.
Cycling 6-8 hrs, 45 km
If you plan to leave Alta, you will be able to catch departures after 18.00 (6pm). We will drive you down to the airport. If you choose to stay on for a night or two, we can help you arrange it! You can stay at The Pine Forest Lodging or a hotel in the city.
Please note that the route is subject to change due to the weather, state of the tracks/trails or other conditions.
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, gloves, cycling shoes, shorts with padding, woollen underwear, extra pack (approx. 25 litre, preferably a hydration backpack) for rainwear, a thin sweater, helmet cap, an energy bar or two and spare parts.
The bag containing your personal belongings will be transported to the various lodges except Mollisjok. The bag should contain your other belongings, such as extra clothes, books etc.
Complete equipment list will be distributed when then tour is booked.
Aug 6 – 11
Tour: NOK 19,200 per person (twin share)
The tour price includes all transfers (including pick up and drop off at the airport), luggage transport, guide, meals and accommodation (twin share).
Rental bike: NOK 600 per day. Check them out here.
Extra night; The Aurora Canvas Dome, NOK 1250 pp (twin share) per night including breakfast
Dinner day 6: NOK 400