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Arctic Coast Cycling, in the Land of the Midnight Sun

Price NOK:
14 100,-
Book early discount per adult: 250,-
Days: 9
8 x Accommodation incl. breakfast.
7 x self-packed lunch / refill Thermos.
4 x 3-course dinner.
Maps and tour description.
Luggage transport.

Ferries are not included.
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The Arctic Coast, from Tromsø to Svolvær in Northern Norway, is a paradise for those who want a real bicycle adventure. You'll discover dramatic coastlines, sandy beaches, and traditional fishing villages. Take a deep breath, and fill your lungs with fresh sea air as you set off into an exciting and beautiful landscape made up by mountain peaks, ocean, fjords and islands.
From the lively city of Tromsø, the route enters beautiful and varied nature along the fjords, before you meet the ocean at the idyllic island, Sommarøy.
After a short ferry trip, the tour continues to Senja, Norway's second largest island. The road along the west coast of Senja winds through magnificent and wild nature, uphill and downhill - in and out of fjords.

From Senja you go by ferry to the next island, Andøya, where new adventures are waiting for you. The island offers beautiful sceneries, with large and continuous marshes, steep mountains and sandy beaches. Take your time and explore the island before leaving for Vesterålen and Sortland.

The second last day you bike to Stokmarknes. From here, you can choose whether to continue by bike towards Svolvær, or go by the ship - Hurtigruten. Both options give you great sceneries. The tour ends in Svolvær - the "capital" of Lofoten.

The Arctic Coast Cycling, from Tromsø to Svolvær, has a total of about 350 km.

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Day by day program

Day 1- Friday: Individual arrival in Tromsø / Accommodation in Tromsø.

Day 2 - Saturday: Tromsø - Sommarøy - 58 km.
Pick up the rental bikes. We recommend a bike ride in Tromsø, before heading towards Sommarøy.
You start the trip by biking to Kvaløya and along Kvaløysletta. Nice and flat biking, but some steep ascent towards Kattfjord. Highest point is about 200 meters above sea level. From here it is easy and nice downhill biking the km to Kattfjord, which is surrounded by majestic mountain-peaks stretching 1,000 meters above sea level. If the weather is good, we recommend a stop at a beautiful sandy beach. Sommarøy is a thriving coastal community, living of fishing and tourism.
Dinner and accommodation at Sommarøy. (sommarøy means Summer Island).
We recommend an evening hike to Hillesøytoppen, with magnificent views of the ocean and the island of Senja.

Day 3 - Sunday: Sommarøy - Brensholmen - Mefjordvær - 45 km.
From Sommarøy there are some climbs, but also lots of nice downhills. Bike to Brennholmen. From there is a ferry to Botnhamn on Senja. From Botnhamn you bike to Senjahopen, which is Senjas largest and most important fishing village. From here you make a detour to Mefjordvær.
Dinner and accommodation in Mefjordvær.

Day 4 - Monday: Mefjordvær - Ersfjorden - Steinsfjorden - Straumbotn - Hamn - 46 km.
Cycle back to Senjahopen, and then continue up to and through Geitskards-tunnel. From here you bike down to Ersjordsstranda and further along the Ersfjorden and Steinsfjord. By Tungeneset you a have stunning view north towards the famous mountain peaks "Okshornan". Today's trip ends with a steep climb up to Skalands-tunnel before you roll down the "Senja Troll" and on to the Hamn at Senja Island.
Dinner and accommodation in Hamn.

Day 5 - Tuesday: Hamn - Gryllefjord - Andenes - 17 km.
Today’s program offers just a short biking distance, but there are some climbs upward, and some downhills. You climb to 172 meters above sea level, and there you will have great views towards Gryllefjord and the fishing village by the sea. From Gryllefjord we go by a summer-ferry over to the Island Andøya. The ferry ride takes 1 hour and 40 min., and is an experience in itself. In Andenes, you have the possibility to sign up for a whale watching trip in the afternoon. Andenes also has a Northern Lights Centre.
Accommodation in Andenes.

Day 6 -Wednesday: Andenes - Bø - 48 km.
Today you’ll have an easy and pleasant ride. The tour goes on the outer coast of Andøya, and you will amongst other, experience a 2.5 km long sandy beach. Andøya is also famous for all the seabirds. After a while the road leaves the coast, and runs along a lake and then over some endless marshes before returning to the coast and the white, sandy beaches. Along the way you’ll have opportunities to do some easy hiking.
Dinner and accommodation in Bø.

Day 7 - Thursday: Bø - Risøyhamn - Sortland - 63 km.
From Bø you will ride on to Risøyhamn, then across the steep bridge over Risøysund. For those wanting a longer ride today, we recommend a trip around the southern tip of Andøya (approx. 35 km) partly car-free gravel road.
From Bø you go to Risøyhamn, and then you cross the steep bridge over Risøysundet. For those who want a longer ride today, we recommend a trip around the southern tip of Andøya (approx. 35 km) partly on gravel road with no traffic.
The journey from Risøyhamn to Sortland is an easy ride. The only uphill's are across 2 bridges.
Accommodation in Sortland (the Blue City)

Day 8 - Friday: Sortland - Svolvær, Alternative options.
1. Bike Sortland - Stokmarknes 30 km, Hurtigruten (Coastal Express) to Svolvær. Depart Stokmarknes 15.15, arrive in Svolvær 18.30.
On this tour the ship enters the famous and narrow Trollfjorden, where Hurtigruten sails in and almost brush the sides of the thousand meters high mountains.
2. Bike Sortland - Stokmarknes - Melbu + car ferry to Fiskebøl. Continue to Svolvær, 76 km. Optional detours along the way.
Return rental bikes.
Accommodation in Svolvær. You'll find a lot of good restaurants Svolvær.

Day 9 - Saturday: Departure.
1. Southbound Hurtigruten from Svolvær. Departure 20.30
2. Northbound Hurtigruten from Svolvær. Departure 22.00
4. Bus to Evenes Airport and flight from there.
5. Flight from Svolvær

Or continue biking with our tour in Lofoten. Read more

Departures and prices

Tourdates 2019: The tour starts every Friday from 14 June - 16 August
Number of days: 9 (Friday - next Saturday)
Level of difficulty:  Level 3 - se usefull information
NB! On this trip, we recommend that min. 2 persons bike together.
Distance: 305 km (+ possible alterantiv last day 74 km)

Number of participants:
We need a minimum of 2 bookings on each date to complete the tour.

Price per person 2019:
Per person in double room: NOK 14 100.-
Single room supplement: NOK 4 520.-

NB! Book early discount before 1 June: NOK 250.- per person.

Price includes:
8 x accommodation with breakfast and self-packed lunch / refill own thermos.
4 x 3-course dinners.
Map and tour description (1 set per. booking) 
Luggage transfer        

Ferries are not included (approx. 500.- pr. person).

Bike rental 2019:
Touring/Trekking bike 8 days: NOK 1 860.-  
E-Bike 8 days: NOK 3 650.-
Pannier / Handlebar bag: NOK 145.- each
Return of rental bike and equipment, from Svolvær to Tromsø: NOK 650.-
Deposit for e-bike rental is NOK 2 000.- per bike, to be paid when you pick up the bikes.

Extra day with bike rental:
Touring/Trekking bike: NOK 200,- 
E-bike: NOK 390,-
Pannier / handlebar bag: NOK 15,- each

This follows the bike:
Helmet, bicycle look, repair 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.
Krank mounted engine, Shimano STEP electrical system. The battery is 400VA and ranks 90 - 120 km by normal use. It follows IMED charger and it is intended to fill it in the room at the hotels.
It does not follow extra battery.

The tour starts in Tromsø and ends in Svolvær. You can combine this trip with a cruise on the coastal ship Hurtigruten. It is possible to go back to Tromsø by Hurtigruten, arriving in Tromsø Wednesday. Or you can continue to Bodø and go southwards with Hurtigruten. Ask for prices.
It is also possible to continue biking on our Lofoten tour, starting in Svolvær Mondays, ending in Bodø the next Monday. 

We can 'tailor make' the trip for groups of min. 8-10 people, both with and without luggage transfer.

Parts of the tour follows the Norwegian Scenic Routes: Senja and Andøya

Other tours in Northern Norway:

Bike the Amazing Lofoten
Senja - Cycling roundtrip
Bike Helgeland - Island jumping


Bike Rentals

Merida spreeder

Finse 1222 Lite, Gentleman frame


Finse 1222 Lite, Lady frame


Electric Bike 

Ortlieb handlebar bag 

Ortlieb pannier


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