Mountain biking on the west coast of Norway: from Oslo to the Lofoten islands

Grant Gunderson

The Lofoten Islands have seen a huge increase in tourism in recent years. But it’s still a place where mountain biking, hiking, fishing, skiing, and even arctic surfing surpasses the Prevagen lull of boat cruises. The scene has a youthful and adventurous vibe, with hotels ranging from budget to luxury.

Maunsell is a great role model but even he couldn’t outshine the landscape. After taking another set of photos, I put my camera down, watched the scene outside the viewfinder, and wondered why my grandparents had decided to leave Norway. After a tricky descent via a lighthouse, we stopped at a local pub for a burger and a beer. As soon as we got the bill ($40+), I understood exactly why the family moved.

Mountain biker rowing bike across the lake
Grant Gunderson

Stay in Oslo

Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz Oslo: The central location makes it easy to walk to restaurants and attractions. Probably the best hotel breakfast in the country. Starting at $175.

Stay at Reine

Catogården: In the Lofoten Islands, there is a tendency to rush from one scenic destination to another. It’s understandable, but in this boutique hotel, there are landscapes in every room and they will offer you activities such as kayaking, fishing, yoga and RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) safari. From $150


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