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Vesterålen - The islands north of Lofoten

Price NOK:
13 500,-
Days: 8
7 x accommodation with breakfast and self-packed lunch / refill own thermos.
5 x 2 or 3-course dinners
Boat transfer from Ringstad to Stokmarknes
Map and tour description (1 set per. booking)
Luggage transfer
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This bicycle trip takes you on an exciting tour of the archipelago just north of Lofoten. In this hidden gem, you can relax and enjoy the silence as you ride your bicycle through the varied, beautiful and exciting nature. You bike along quiet fjords and sweeping oceans, along impressive peaks, colourful marshes and lush cultural landscape. Along the way, you will experience the old fishing village Nyksund. The abandoned ghost town by the open ocean has awakened with new life and become a unique destination for travellers in Vesterålen. Further on, you can shorten your bike ride with an exciting boat trip between the small islands south of Nyksund. Then you move on to Bø in Vesterålen. With its beautiful and diverse nature, Bø is often characterized as the pearl of Vesterålen.

We have added a couple of extra days, with time to explore more roads or go for a hike. In Nyksund you can walk Dronningruta (The Queen's Route), named after Queen Sonja of Norway who fell in love with the trail and the landscapes when she was here in 1994. The trip was voted Norway's most beautiful hike in 2012.

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Day by day program

Day 1, Friday: Individual arrival in Sortland
How to travel to Sortland:
- Flight to Bodø and Hurtigruten to Sortland, departure at 15:00. Arrive in Sortland at 02:45.
- Flight to Bodø, continue with Widerøe flight to Stokmarknes. Airport bus from Stokmarknes to Sortland.
- Flight to Narvik / Harstad and airport bus to Sortland.
Accommodation at Sortland Hotel

Day 2, Saturday: Sortland - Nyksund, 57 km
The tour goes through slightly hilly terrain, partly along the fjord and partly inland. Along the way, you cycle through the town of Myre, which is the administrative centre in Øksnes municipality. The last 10 kilometres of today's stage are on a narrow dirt road that follows a strip of land between the ocean and the steep mountainsides.
Accommodation at Holmvik Brygge in Nyksund

Day 3, Sunday: Discover Nyksund
We recommend a hike along Dronningruta (The Queen's Route) between Nyksund and Stø. The route is named after Queen Sonja of Norway who fell in love with the trail and the landscapes when she was here in 1994. The route was voted Norway's most beautiful hike in 2012.
Accommodation at Holmvik Brygge in Nyksund

Day 4, Monday: Nyksund - Kråkberget, 70/35 km
This is a long and partly demanding stage. Most of the day, you cycle in slightly hilly terrain, except for a long climb towards the Ryggedal tunnel and a slight climb through the 1600 meter-long-tunnel. Fortunately, you are rewarded with an equally long downhill on the other side.
To shorten today's stage, we recommend going by boat from Myre to Skjellfjord. Unfortunately, the boat will not take you past the tunnel. Unfortunately, the boat will not take you past the tunnel.
Accommodation in huts at Fjordcamp, Bø in Vesterålen

Day 5, Tuesday: Kråkberget - Ringstad, 19/43 km
Short and easy day trip, but we recommend a detour to Nykvåg on Langøya island, 12 km each way. If you continue all the way to Hovden, the detour will be 17 km each way.
Accommodation at Ringstad Sjøhus / Huset på yttersida

Day 6, Wednesday: Discover Bø in Vesterålen
We recommend a bike tour, via Vinje, 35 km. In Vinje there is a small center and a village museum. At the far end of the headland outside the museum is one of the region's finest sculptures - the 4.3 meters high 'The Man from the Sea'.
Other Activities:
- Combine bicycle and hiking in what is now called 'hiker's paradise'
- Fjord and bird safari with RIB boat
- Day trips with kayak and guide
Accommodation at Ringstad Sjøhus / Huset på yttersida

Day 7, Thursday: Ringstad - Sortland
- RIB boat from Ringstad to Stokmarknes
- Optional bicycle tour around the island, Hadseløya, 43 kilometres
- Bike from Stokmarknes to Sortland, 27 km
- Return rental bikes in Sortland
Accommodation at Sortland Hotel

Day 8, Friday: Breakfast and departure
How to travel from Sortland:
- Hurtigruten from Sortland at 13:00. Arrive in Bodø at 02.30. Fight from Bodø.
- Airport bus from Sortland to Stokmarknes. Widerøe flight to Bodø and new flight from there.
- Airport bus to Harstad/Narvik airport and flights from there.
Bus to Svolvær and continue on our bicycle tour in Lofoten

Apart from the somewhat demanding climb towards the Ryggedal tunnel (day 4) the route in Vesterålen is relatively easy biking.

Departures and prices

Tour dates 2020: Starts every Friday from 19 June to 7 August
Number of days: 8 (Friday - next Friday)
Level of difficulty:  Level 2 - see useful information
Distance: 200 km (+ optional detours)

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

Price per person 2020:
Per person in double room: NOK 13 500.-
Single room supplement: NOK 2 800.-

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

Price includes:
7 x accommodation with breakfast and self-packed lunch / refill own thermos.
5 x 2 or 3-course dinners
Boat transfer from Ringstad to Stokmarknes
Map and tour description (1 set per. booking) 
Luggage transfer        

Bike rental 2020:
Trekking bike 7 days: NOK 1 500.-  
Pannier: NOK 300.-

Bike rental, extra day:
Trekking bike: NOK 300.- 
Pannier: NOK 40.-

Included in the bike rental:
Helmet, bicycle look, tool set with patch kit, replacement tube, pump, bottle holder and reflective vest.

Note: 
The tour starts and ends in Sortland. You can combine it with a cruise on the coastal ship Hurtigruten. Ask for prices.
It is also possible to continue biking on our tour in Lofoten, starting in Svolvær Fridays and ending in Reine the next Friday.  

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

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