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Through the magical light of the midnight sun — from Lofoten to Tromsø

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Through the magical light of the midnight sun — from Lofoten to Tromsø

Bike Touring Collection by komoot

5-11

days

3-6 h

/ day

365 mi

16,225 ft

16,325 ft

It's one o'clock in the morning and it's still bright enough to ride along fjords full of crystal clear water. Here, this far north, the sun doesn't set for weeks. You're in the Arctic Circle, a place where the word night has different connotations; a place where the sun bathes the landscape in a mystical type of light during the midnight hours, compelling you to get out and go. Here, during the hours you'd normally be fast asleep, you feel enlivened to explore and even in the wee morning hours—sleep couldn't be further from your mind.

Riding through northern Norway is an experience you will never forget. The region is one of the wildest and most interesting landscapes Norway has to offer.

The starting point of this ride is at the southern tip of the Lofoten Islands. Vertical rock formations rising from the sea, deep fjords and picturesque fishing villages make Lofoten a magical place. The ride runs mainly along the coast, taking you over fairly simple and flat terrain. The individual islands are connected by a chain of bridges and tunnels, although you'll take a ferry to Vesterålen on the third stage of the ride. Here, the landscapes become less dramatic in comparison to those before it, but you'll still encounter miles of sandy beaches, wide bogs and green hills.

Senja, Norway's second largest island, will be explored after another ferry trip. The region is sparsely populated and can easily compete with Lofoten with its beauty. But beware, here it gets a bit hillier and you can expect some mile-long tunnels. Fortunately, the island has so far been spared from mass tourism and there is practically no traffic. Light vests for driving through the tunnels are also available to you free of charge.

On the last stage you will reach Tromsø, the largest town in northern Norway. An incredibly colorful place, Tromsø really is full of energy and is not known as "Paris of the North" for nothing.

The routes detailed below are not built to take you as fast as possible. Instead, the routes favor lonely side roads and places where experience trumps performance. Therefore, don't expect to follow the EuroVelo 1 (Atlantic Route) for the full duration of the ride.

The midnight sun is best enjoyed on a lonely beach, the open sea to the north. In Norway, the "Allemannsretten", allows you to pitch your tent practically anywhere you'd like—so you can enjoy this untamed wilderness in the way it should be experienced. If you prefer to spend the evening in a red fishing hut, on a camping site or hotel, you will also find what you are looking for along the ride.

The ferry to Senja is in operation from mid-May to the end of August. July and August are the two months with the lowest average rainfall. While this is good for your ride, just bear in mind that because of the better weather, these two months are also the region's busiest, especially in terms of traffic.

Outward journey
You can reach Moskenes either by ferry from Bodø or by bus from Narvik.
68north.com/info/getting-to-lofoten

Departure
You can depart from Tromsø by bus, plane or via one of the Hurtigruten ferry services.
visittromso.no/en/Travel_by_bus
global.hurtigruten.com

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    Etappe 1 Auf den Lofoten von Å nach Ramberg – Lofoten bis Tromsø

    Intermediate
    02:12
    21.9 mi
    10.0 mph
    825 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The first stage takes you from Å to Ramberg. And yes, the name of the place consists of only one letter. By the way, Å is also the last letter of the Norwegian alphabet.

    

    The track you cover today is only 35 kilometers long and allows you time to stop and enjoy all the new impressions. The tunnels along

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  • Difficult
    04:51
    50.3 mi
    10.4 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    How about a refreshing morning swim in the ocean before setting off for today's stage? On the first few kilometers you will pass both the Rambergstranda and the Flakstadstranda, two of the most beautiful beaches in the Lofoten Islands.

    

    Afterwards, you can decide whether you also enjoy a six-kilometer

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  • Difficult
    05:27
    57.9 mi
    10.6 mph
    2,200 ft
    2,175 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Shortly after you start today, you can decide if you want to drive a few extra kilometers and enjoy a detour to Henningsvær. The place is also known as The Venice of the Lofoten and is popular with outdoor sports enthusiasts and tourists alike.

    

    In Kabelvåg or Svolvær you should fill up your supplies

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  • Difficult
    04:57
    50.3 mi
    10.2 mph
    2,425 ft
    2,450 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Fiskebøl you change with the ferry from the Lofoten Islands to the Vesterålen. The mountains are not as dramatic as before, but the area is much lonelier and greener.

    

    Here you leave the Eurovelo 1 (Atlantic Route) and treat yourself instead the traffic-free way along the west coast. After a short

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  • Difficult
    05:47
    61.6 mi
    10.7 mph
    1,700 ft
    1,700 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The fifth stage takes you from Sortland to Bleik on Andøy. On the first section of the track you will follow the eastern shore of the Sortlandsund to the north without climbing. At the Buksnesfjord in Andøy Friluftssenter, make a stop for a coffee, then continue along the very lonely Risøysund.

    

    Over the

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  • Difficult
    05:37
    60.8 mi
    10.8 mph
    3,975 ft
    4,025 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Today's tour starts very relaxed, because soon you are on the ferry from Andenes to Gryllefjord, which takes about 1.5 hours.

    

    Right at the ferry dock, there is a supermarket, the last on today's stage. Then it starts with fully packed bags and fresh legs. You'll soon discover that there are some steep

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  • Difficult
    06:01
    62.0 mi
    10.3 mph
    3,275 ft
    3,250 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The final leg is about to begin, and you will find many tunnels, bridges, a ferry crossing and many new and beautiful sights behind every turn. After seven days on the bike you will reach Tromsø in the evening.

    

    In the morning, the tour leads along the Mefjords, where in the background Segla rises directly

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    365 mi
  • Duration
    34:51 h
  • Elevation
    16,225 ft16,325 ft

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