When planning a bike trip abroad it’s easy to get fixated on the same destinations – the Alps, Spain, Whistler. Don’t get us wrong, those places are rad, but last summer we fancied something a bit different. Mountain biking in the Arctic Circle isn’t widely known about, but we’d heard from various sources that Norway’s secluded northern reaches were a potential Mecca for bikes and home to a scene that’s tipped to grow over the next few years. Not to mention that the landscape is stunning and in midsummer there’s nearly 24 hours of daylight, with spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
The best way to negotiate this mountainous region is by water, so we chartered a boat complete with skipper, got in touch with some locals to guide us around, brought along some Norwegian biking talent and set sail into the fjords in search of singletrack, stunning sunsets and general fun on two wheels.
Former Mountain Biking UK features editor Ed Thomsett is a downhiller at heart but has been riding bikes of all types since a young age. He's raced both nationally and internationally in downhill and enduro, and has spent several summers living in the Alps and Canada, riding, roadtripping and living the dirtbag lifestyle. Now Ed calls upon his years of experience riding bikes to the limit as a writer and reviewer for MBUK and BikeRadar. He's also an avid trail builder and has scraped out numerous steep and technical lines in the woodlands of his native North Yorkshire. These days Ed will happily turn his hand to any discipline and believes the sign of a good week is when every bike in his shed ends up muddy by the end of it.