Cycling along the Arctic Coast
Self-Guided | Individual | 9 days | 8 nights | From £1499 per person
Other durations available on request.
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• One of the best island experiences and cycle rides in Europe
• Start in Tromso – a city surrounded by mountains, fjords and islands
• Stunning nature and scenery surrounds you
• End in Svolvaer “The capital of Lofoten”
A challenging leisure cycling holiday suitable for experienced cyclists and those comfortable with changing weather conditions, good at map navigation and able to handle cycling in remote locations.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Day 1: Friday: Individual arrival in Tromsø
Tromsø is the capital of Northern-Norway, located at almost 70 degrees north.
You can experience the Midnight Sun in Tromsø from 19. May to 27. July.
Accommodation in Tromsø
Day 2 – Saturday: Tromsø – Sommarøy, 62 km
Pick up the rental bikes. Start following the waterfront around the south tip of Tromsøya Island. Then cross the longest bridge in Northern Norway (1.2 km long and approx. 45 m high) and continue south-west on the Kvaløya Island. Nice and easy biking along the fjords, but some steep accent leading up to the pass, Kattfjordeidet, 150 m.a.s.l. Enjoy some great views of the majestic peaks reaching up to 1040 meters high before some nice downhill and easy biking along the fjord to Sommarøy, a thriving coastal community, living of fishing and tourism. We recommend an evening hike to Hillesøytoppen, with magnificent views of the ocean and the Senja Island.
Dinner and accommodation at Sommarøy
Day 3 – Sunday: Sommarøy – Brensholmen – Mefjordvær, 41 km
Bike to the ferry quay at Brensholmen, approx. 7 km. From there is a ferry to Botnhamn in Senja. Senja is Norway’s second largest island located at 69 degrees north. After arriving with the ferry, you’ll have some hilly terrain as you cross a mountain pass up to 120 m.a.s.l. Then nice and easy biking along the fjord to Mefjordvær. As you go, you’ll get a breath-taking sight of the steep mountains plunging deep into the ocean. You follow the Norwegian Scenic route Senja. The road is narrow here and there as it twists and turns along the fjord.
Dinner and accommodation in Mefjordvær
Day 4 – Monday: Mefjordvær – Hamn, 46 km
Start going back to the main road at Senjahopen, and then continue to the Geitskards Tunnel. From here you bike down to the beach at Ersfjorden and further along the fjord to the rest area at Tungeneset, where you a have stunning view of the mountain Oksen, also called the Devil’s Teeth. The last challenge today is a steep climb up to Skaland Tunnel. Halfway up you can take a rest at a 44-metre long platform and enjoy the grand vista of the fjord and the surrounding peaks. After the tunnel, it’s easy biking all the way to Hamn in Senja.
Dinner and accommodation in Hamn
Day 5 – Tuesday: Hamn – Gryllefjord – Andenes – Bø, 59 km
On the road from Hamn to the ferry quay in Gryllefjord, you pass through the Ballesvikskar Tunnel or you can make a detour across the mountain pass. The tour is 11 or 17 km, depending on weather you go over the pass or not. From Gryllefjord you go by ferry to the Island, Andøya. The ferry ride takes 1 hour and 40 minutes.
From Andenes, you bike to Bø on Andøye, 48 km. This is an easy and pleasant ride if the wind is not against you. The tour follows the outer coast of Andøya, and you will experience, among other things, the 2.5 km long sandy beach at Bleik. Sometimes the road follows the foot of steep mountainsides and then you go across some endless open marshes before returning to the mountains. You pass some nice rest areas along the Norwegian Scenic route Andøy.
Dinner and accommodation in Bø
Day 6 – Wednesday: Bø – Sortland, 63 km
From Bø, you pass Risøyhamn and bike the steep bridge across Risøysund. You continue along the fjord to Sortland on flat and easy roads. There is some more traffic than before.
Accommodation in Sortland
Day 7 – Thursday: Sortland – Svolvær, Alternative routes
1. Bike from Sortland to Stokmarknes 28 km. Go by the Coastal line, Hurtigruten, from Stokmarknes to Svolvær. On this tour, the ship enters the famous and narrow Trollfjorden.
2. Bike all the way from Sortland to Svolvær, 76 km. You must expect quite some traffic when you approach Svolvær along road E10. Recommended detour on the ocean side of Austvågøya (approx. 46 kilometres/3 hours extra) to avoid some of the traffic. (Still 16 km on road E10). Return rental bikes in Svolvær.
Accommodation in Svolvær
Day 8 – Friday: Departure – or continue biking our tour in Lofoten.
This tour starts in Tromso. Overall, this is a rather easy tour. A few short climbs can be conquered easily by pushing the bike. You will cycle on beautiful bike ways and minor roads.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
The Cycling along the Arctic Coast tour stays in cabins, hotels and guesthouses carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
- 7 x accommodation with breakfast
– 6 x self-packed lunch / refill own thermos
– 4 × 3-course dinners
– Map and tour description (1 set per. booking)
– Luggage transfer
Ferries are not included
(approx NOK 500,- per person)
Included in the bike rental:
Helmet, bicycle look, tool set with patch kit, necessary keys for adjustments, replacement tube, pump, lights mounted on the helmet and reflective vest. Please choose equipment you wish to take with you on the ride.
Cycling the Arctic Coast, 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.
Cycling Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: June – August
Arrival on Fridays
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Hotel Category Descriptions
Cabins, hotels and guesthouses
Holiday Price: £1499
Single Supplement: On Request