Our adventures

In Northern Norway, you find the coast of Helgeland. Here you can experience the midnight sun, thousands of islands, crystal clear water, white beaches, peaky mountains and cosy fishing villages. The coast of Helgeland is a true cycling paradise!

Helgeland is the most southerly district in northern Norway. The coast of Helgeland is the third largest archipelago in the world. With Norway's cleanest fjords, the area is one of Norway's true gems. It is a perfect place for cycle trips – the terrain is flat and the roads are wonderful. Along with our local guide, we will move from one beautiful island to another. It is certainly not the hills that will take your breath away on this trip!

The beautiful nature and dramatic history connected to the area have inspired internationally known artists from Norway for decades. Knut Hamsun, the Nobel prize winner in literature lived in the county for many years. Peder Balke, the famous painter from southern Norway was heavily inspired by the coasts up here. His paintings of Torghatten and other areas at Helgelandskysten is still to be found in the Scandinavian area of Louvre, Paris. 

On our bikes, we will get as close to the nature and culture as possible, and the combination of cycling and public transportation will be as friendly to the local environment as possible. Helgeland is still to be found by the mass tourists. Come explore the stunning nature and friendly atmosphere of Helgeland before they do!

You can book the trip in the menu to the right, please let us know if you have any questions. You can contact us at info@hvitserk.com 

DIFFICULTY           

Level 2 out of 5. Please read more about our level of difficulty here.

WHAT TO BRING?

Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. 

ACCOMMODATION

We stay in traditional fisherman's cabins at different destinations on the trip, in twin rooms. It might also be possible with single rooms, please let us know if you would like to pay extra for this.

INSURANCE 

You need a travel and health insurance, that also includes transportation back to your country. Remember to bring your insurance card/information. 

LANGUAGES         

The guide speaks English.

CHANGES MAY OCCUR

We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS              

Minimum: 4 people; Maximum: 16 people.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?          

  • Professional nature guide.
  • Accommodation as described in the day by day program in twin rooms. (Shared with same sex). 
  • Breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner (as described in the day to day program). 
  • All local transport.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Transportation to the meeting point in Brønnøysund.
  • Transportation from Sandnessjøen and back to your end destination
  • Drinks and snacks.

If you need booking assistance, please let us know.

DAy 1: Up and through the legendary torghatten

The group meet at 10:00 PM in Brønnøysund. From here we will pack a light daypack, and take out our bicycles. Our luggage will be transported, while we aim for the legendary mountain Torghatten. According to legend, the hole was made by the troll Hestmannen while he was chasing the beautiful girl Lekamøya. As the troll realized he would not get the girl, he released an arrow to kill her, but the troll-king of Sømna threw his hat into the arrow's path to save her. The hat turned into the mountain with a hole in the middle.

From Torghatten we will ride back to the point we started. Here the boat will take us from Brønnøysund to the UNESCO world heritage listed place of Vega. The islands bear testimony to a distinctive frugal way of life based on fishing and the harvesting of the down of eider ducks, in an inhospitable environment. There are fishing villages, quays, warehouses, eider houses (built for eider ducks to nest in), farming landscapes, lighthouses and beacons. There is evidence of human settlement from the Stone Age onwards. The Vega Archipelago reflects the way fishermen/farmers have, over the past 1,500 years, maintained a sustainable living and the contribution of women to eiderdown harvesting. Our night is spent in traditional fisherman rorbuer.

Photo: Ronny Lien

Accommodation Rorbuer Ascent 258m Distance 27km Meals L D Descent 258m Time 3-4 hrs

DAY 2: enjoying life in the slow lane

Today we will experience the beautiful cultural landscape in a relaxed manner. In a slow pace with lowered shoulders, we will visit the eiderdown museum, the UNESCO world heritage exhibition, and get to learn about the important history of this fascinating area. During the day we will also enjoy our lunch at the beautiful beach of Eidem. In the evening we will head to our beautiful accommodation at lovely Gardsøya. 

Accommodation Rorbuer Ascent 30m Distance 50-60km Meals BLD Descent 30m Time 8-9 hrs

DAY 3: In the kingdom of the eider bird

Our trip today is a bit shorter, and we will take the boat out to the Lånan islands in the world heritage area. At the very end of the Norwegian coast, just before the Norwegian sea, you will find a small group of Islands called Lånan. It was a big eider down activity here until the 1950's. In harmony with nature, the farmers lived a distinctive frugal way of life here. The eiderdown activity is still present in the area, and our hosts will tell us about the history of the place, and serve locally produced food. 

Accommodation Rorbuer Ascent 0m Distance 10-15km Meals BLD Descent 0m Time 4-5 hrs Transport 1 hrs

DAY 4: Through islets and sheaves

After breakfast, the boat will take us through the beautiful islets and sheaves along the coasts. By boat and bike, we will hop from island to island, always followed by the beautiful sight of the mountain range Seven Sisters. At the Kråkebollen Cafe (sea urchin cafe) we can rest our legs and enjoy a nice meal. 

Accommodation Rorbuer Ascent 0m Distance 20-25km Meals BLD Descent 0m Time 5-6 hrs Transport 1 hrs

DAY 5: majestic mountains and crystal clear water

The fjords around Helgeland have been nominated the cleanest fjords in the entire world. Today's journey will take us from island to island, all of the connected with small bridges, white beaches and blue coloured ocean. Peter Dass (1647 - 1707) was a Lutheran priest living in Helgeland. Being the foremost Norwegian poet of his generation, his influence in the area and Norwegian literature are remarkable. Today we will visit three churches from the middle age, and we will have no trouble finding a beautiful lunch spot in the spectacular landscape we cycle in. In the evening we will make a dinner with lovely local commodities. 

Accommodation Rorbuer Ascent 0m Distance 20-25km Meals BLD Descent 0m Time 5-6 hrs Transport 1 hrs

DAY 6: Vivid variety in dønna

Ever heard of Dønna? Don't worry, not many people have. Though the landscape is rather flat, it is still varied and full of opportunities. The mountain of Dønnes rises 127 meters above sea level. It does not sound very spectacular, but the view from the top is simply amazing. Together we enjoy our lunch at the beautiful farm of Dønnes, the historical important place used to be one of Northern Norway's largest estates. The entire day we will have a great view of the spectacular nature here by the polar circle. At the end of the day, a short, but nice ferry crossing will take us to the town of Sandnessjøen. 6 full days of beauty are over, and hopefully we have all got a lot of new friends and stories to tell. 

Accommodation Rorbuer Ascent 0m Distance 20km Meals BL Descent 0m Time 5-6 hrs Transport 1 hrs

It is easy to reach all cities in Norway from Sandnessjøen with both plane or the coastal steamer Hurtigruten. Contact us at info@hvitserk.com if you have any questions. 

Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring with you everything you need. This list is intended to give you a guideline, so that we have everything we need on the trip, regardless of the weather. The weather in Norway in this period can be anything from a warm summer day to a cold and rainy day. We don’t want you to buy a lot of new stuff, so please bring what you have, or maybe you can borrow from someone. Bring as little as possible, you don’t have to dress up for anything on this trip. Please contact us at info@hvitserk.com if you have any questions.

Underwear

Preferably synthetic or wool.

Base Layer

Wool or synthetic, we recommend wool.

Fleecejacket

Bring a good Mid Layer.

Shell pants

Gore-Tex or similar. Pants with ventilation.

Hiking pants

 

Insulated jacket

Down or synthetic. To put on at the mountain tops, and in the evening.

Gloves/mittens

 

Socks

Wool is the best, bring several pairs, fresh socks help reduce gall.

Cap/hat

Bring a warm cap, and something to protect you from the sun is also smart.

Head over/skarf

 

Shorts and cycling shorts 

 Some days might be hot, and let's go for a swim in case of warm weather!

T-shirt

 Bring two or three

Hiking shoes

Bring good hiking shoes that you have used before.

Backpack / Rucksack

40-50L (it should be a good one, we carry our backpack each day)

Hiking poles

 a nice support for the knees when hiking

Spare time clothing

We need some clothes to wear when we are not cycling or hiking

Sunglasses

 

Water bottles (2)

Two water bottles for the cycling

Thermos

If you want warm tea or similar during the hikes

Sunscreen

And sunblock for your lips.

Insect repellent

 

Toiletries

 

First aid kit

Compeed, sports tape, antibacterial cream (or similar) etc.

Camera

Remember a lot of free space on your memory card.

Lightweight down jacket or thick sweater

 

Maps 

For those who want maps, they can be bought locally

A smile

Lightweight, and good for the group dynamics

Earplugs

 We stay in double rooms at some of the cabins

Snacks

Chocolate, nuts or energy bars. Our recommendation is two energy bars per day. 

Backpack

30-40L is enough