Lofoten, bike islands
5 July 2018 - Training
Lofoten, bike islands

An archipelago located off Norway, 200 km above the Arctic Circle, perfect for those who love the intense atmosphere of the Great North, but also for fans of a different cycling. Thanks to the influence of the Gulf Stream, the Lofoten Islands in summer often have a mild climate, ideal for cycling, as well as one of the most exciting routes in the world.

The landscape at these latitudes can be truly breathtaking, with the sun that never sets in June and July, making the winding roads among the fjords sparkle with magical light, which “jump” from one island to another on bridges from the profile futuristic.

From a sporting point of view, Lofoten are gaining more and more attention from cyclists, thanks to the ease with which it is possible to combine an extraordinary holiday for the whole family with their passion for cycling.

Cycling here is an unrepeatable experience. A new scenario awaits you behind every curve to surprise you with its harsh beauty, and entice you to push on the pedals to discover the next one.

The nature of the islands is impressive and wild, but it can also be sweet and relaxing: green peaks that seem to spring directly from a crystalline sea, alternate with white beaches and placid fjords, punctuated by the bright colors of the fishermen’s houses.

The best way to reach Lofoten is with the ferry boat from Skutvik, on the Norwegian coast, which also allows the transport of your bike. With a crossing of about 2 hours you reach Svolvær, a joyful port town and an excellent starting point for each excursion on the islands.

From here the E10 road, the backbone of the archipelago, in about 130 km to the south leads to the village of Å, at the opposite end of the archipelago, offering some amazing sights. As a note of cycling we can say that the route is magnificent, as well as perfect for two days round trip: very rough, all up and down, and presents no difficulty except the inevitable wind that can blow even really strong. This is testified by the bus stops anchored to the ground with heavy boulders …

As for the overnight stay, a solution to be recommended is to rent a “rorbu”, the classic stilt houses of fishermen painted red that are found a bit ‘everywhere and allow a stay of great beauty.

Last suggestion: a little attention in bike clothing does not hurt. It is true that in July and August the sun beats strong and hot, but we are still above the Polar Circle, and the weather can change quickly, making us regret not having brought an appropriate jacket with us.


To know more: