Our adventures

In Northern Norway, you find the coast of Helgeland. On a Cycling tour 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 Adventure Tours – 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 tour!

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 Adventure Tour in the menu to the right, please let us know if you have any questions. You can contact us at [email protected] 

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. The accommodation is separated into twin-rooms. 

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. On our adventure tour 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 cycle 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 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

On today's adventure, 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 today's tour 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

Photo: Helgeland reiseliv

DAY 3: In the kingdom of the eider bird

Our tour 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 on a real adventure 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

Photo: CH / Helgeland Reiseliv

DAY 5: majestic mountains and crystal clear water

The fjords around Helgeland have been nominated the cleanest fjords in the entire world. Today's adventure 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

Photo: Sylwia Komajda-Sikora

DAY 6: Vivid variety in adventurous 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 in 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 [email protected] if you have any questions. 

Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring everything you need. We encourage you to use what you have for this trip, and purchase items if youre missing something important on the list below. We have divided the gear list into three categories:

1) Required: If you do not own this gear, you must acquire it for your trip. 

2) Recommended: Gear we suggest to be comfortable, but it is not imperative.

3) Optional: Fun, additional luxuries.  

Layering is extremely important in a variable climate like Norway. This list will guide you through the essentials. Remember the Norwegian saying "There is no bad weather, only bad gear", and prepare appropriately for any weather. You can read about weather where youre traveling here.

The video below is for SUMMER gear, despite the snow in the background. Welcome to Norway!

Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

We always recommend wool in the Norwegian Mountains, but if you already have synthetic layers and don't want to buy new ones, synthetic is okay. 

 

REQUIRED:

BASE LAYER

Wool long-sleeved top and bottom.

MID-LAYER A medium thickness wool or fleece top.

INSULATED JACKET

A warm jacket for breaks and before after hiking. We recommend a puffy jacket with down or synthetic. Something equivalant in warmth is also okay.

SHELL / RAIN JACKET

Gore-Tex or similar is mandatory. Extrememly important in Norwegian climate. The jacket must be waterproof, have a hood, and make sure you don’t get wet even if it rains all day. We recommend jackets with pit zips for ventilation. 

HIKING PANTS

Hiking pants comfortable for all day wear. Should fit your long underwear beneathe and fit under your rain shell pants if you choose to bring some. Zip off into shorts or an additional pair of shorts is option. 

HIKING SHIRT

Bring 1-2 shirts for daily hiking. 

GLOVES / MITTENS

1 thin pair of gloves to protect your hands. 1 pair of over mittens for additional warmth.

HATS

1 sun hat, 1 warm hat.

HIKING SOCKS

2-4 pairs, we recommend wool, above the ankle, in your preferred thickness. If your footwear is not waterproof consider a gortex sock option.

HIKING SHOES

Bring footwear you know fits you and is comfortable. Trails can be wet and rocky. We recommend waterproof hiking boots. 

BACKPACK

Daypack for warm layers, food, snacks, water and needed items. 20-40 liters.

SUNGLASSES

UV rated, we recommend a strap to keep them in place and so they don't get lost.

SUNSCREEN / CHAPSTICK

Make sure the Chapstick has UV rated sunscreen in it. 

WATER BOTTLE / CAMELBACK

2 liter capacity. 

TOILETRIES

Personal basics: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, etc...

PERSONAL MEDICATIONS

Make sure you bring any personal meds you need on your trip, and ensure the Hvitserk office is updated on your allergies or needs. 

 

RECOMMENDED:

WOOL UNDERWEAR

We highly recommend bringing wool underwear and bra for hiking. No cotton.

WATERPROOF SHELL PANTS

We recommend having a water proof layer for your legs in case the weather is cold and rainy. You will enjoy the hiking more when warm and comfortable.

SCARF OR BUFF

A layer to protect your neck or face. 

THERMOS

We recommend a thermos for hot drinks to have with you all day.

SWIMWEAR

A bathing suit and small towel if you would like to swim, hottub or sauna depending on your trip. 

TREKKING POLES

Most guests prefer hiking with poles. Helps with challenging terrain and to maintain energy over long days. 

HEADLAMP

Important item to always have in your pack. Emergency back up and useful for long days. 

FIRST AID KIT

If you have certain hiking aids specific to you: i.e. blister care or ibuprofen, etc...

CAMERA

Its important to be present while hiking, but also a great joy to bring some snapshots home with you for memory lane. 

CASUAL CLOTHES

A reminder to bring a set of clothes for transfers, relaxing in the evenings, and non-hiking time. An extra, dry pair of shoes is recommended for after and before hiking.

 

OPTIONAL:

ANTIBAC

If you need it for the bathroom or lunch. 

WET WIPE OR TOILET PAPER

If you have a bathroom emergency while hiking. We use "pack it in pack it out" ethics, so you will need to carry out your used items and throw them away later.

EAR PLUGS

If youre a light sleeper.

JOURNAL

 In order to take notes and write about the trip.

SNACKS

Chocolate, nuts or energy bars if there is something particular you enjoy eating. You will have the opportunity to buy snacks on your trip.

SLEEPING MASK

To cover your eyes when sleeping in 24 hour light. You can aslo use your buff.

Bed linens and towels are included all nights. All the equipment you need for the glacier hike on day three is also included, also hiking boots that are compatible with crampons.