Mountain Biking Hut to Hut

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Biking Level 3 4 days 5-7 participants

Overview

The best trail biking in Hallingdal combined with nature experiences, local food traditions, and overnight stays at Norwegian summer farms. Get ready for biking adventures in the Norwegian mountains!

 

You will be part of a rare experience where we live on private summer farms which during the mountain grazing season are used by breeders who care for goats and cows in the mountains. The living conditions are relatively simple, but at the same time extremely charming and not least authentic. Here is history in the walls. We take care of transporting your luggage between the summer farms. This way you can enjoy the days on the bike seat with just what is needed for the bike ride in your backpack.

We eat good food on the summer farms with local ingredients. Next to cycling and mountain culture history, the food is something we emphasize on this trip. The cycling is on mountain trails that people and cattle have made for many years on their hikes in the mountains. Our guides will take you on the best trails the area has to offer, with the most flow and variety. We get to experience both technical and beautiful flowing parts. Some parts may feel demanding. The trails we bike on is natural, not groomed. 

The cycle level is set to medium, which means that we are basically cycling at a relatively evenly slow pace. In this way, we have a good opportunity to capture the beautiful surroundings, but at the same time move over relatively large distances. The tour is suitable for everyone who has done trail biking before and who are in good shape.

If you want to cycle on the trail in the high mountains, stay at traditional booths and eat local mountain food, then this is the trip for you.

What's included?

  • Accommodation
  • All meals as described in the program
  • Local guide
  • Local transport within itinerary

See more of what's included under "details"

Contact

Questions about the trip? Don't hesitate to contact our project leader below, or contact our office here.

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Details

Difficulty 

Level 3 out of 5. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. You need to have experience from mountain biking, riding on single-track and ungroomed trails, and be in good shape and in regular activity. 

Of course, there is time for waiting, breaks, and lunch at this level, but in order for everyone to get the maximum out of the trip, everyone must be confident in themselves and the bike.

In this way, we have a good opportunity to capture the beautiful surroundings, but at the same time move over relatively large distances. The tour is suitable for everyone who has cycled some trails before and who are in good shape.

What to bring?

Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. You need to have a full-suspension bike and repair-kit. 

Insurance

We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance for your trip. Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure is not responsible for any trip delays, injury, illness, loss of belongings, family emergencies, natural events or other unforeseen issues that may hinder your ability to complete a trip with us. Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure is an adventure holiday company, and with an active holiday, there is always a risk of something as simple as a twisted ankle to keep you from your vacation. With trip insurance, your flights, hotels and travel costs can be covered if an unforeseen emergency hinders you from joining our tour, as well as coverage to fly home if necessary. By purchasing travel insurance ahead of time, you can protect your trip and yourself from issues that prevent you from traveling, and rest easy to enjoy your vacation.

Safety

Safety is always the number one consideration on a trip with Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure. If there is an emergency on tour with us, help will be able to reach you relatively quickly. We have a 24-hour emergency hotline within our office and the guide will always have the ability to contact help. Norway has excellent search and rescue operations throughout the country with evacuations available via helicopter or red cross emergency teams. 

Our guides have first aid training and have a selection of medicines and first aid equipment for the necessary treatment in the mountains. Norrøna Hvitserk also has a partnership with Turlegen.no (Trip Doctor) who can be contacted if needed for medical advice.

If you are on prescribed medication, have known allergies or similar, you must always bring your personal medication.

Norrøna Hvitserk plans the trip days based on the weather, conditions and the group. Our focus is to take care of each other and work together in one team. The guide will have the ability to make safety decisions for the group, although the decision-making process will be transparent and involve guests in the process. 

We plan our trips so that we do not expose ourselves to unwanted risk. On this tour we will always be close to each other, and if an unforeseen situation occurs - the guide will be present quickly to handle it.

Languages

The language on this trip is Norwegian, so you need to understand and speak Norwegian to join this trip.

Accommodation

We stay at small and intimate and authentic summer farms. We cannot guarantee single rooms, but this will be an experience of a lifetime. 

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

Price includes

  • All meals as described in the program
  • Luggage transport
  • Accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Transport within itinerary  

Price does not include

  • Trailbike (possible to rent) 
  • Transport from/to Ål train station

Other information

If it is close to departure, please contact us. Maybe you will be able to join anyway.

Day by day

day

1

To Hallingdal

Accommodation Summer farm
Meals D

You will meet our guides at Ål station. Ål is easily reached by train from either Bergen or Oslo. After arrival we are transported up to the mountains where we start cycling. If it is wet, we will find an alternative start that provides better cycling on the first day.

We start the weekend with a hike and bike either from the valley or the high mountain. After enjoying the view and a fabulous downhill trail, a good dinner awaits one of the private summer farms we are staying at for the night. Staying at a summer farm can be a little cramped and intimate, so be prepared that it is not a single room at the hotel, but very authentic and charming. 

day

2-3

Single track!

Accommodation Summer farm
Meals BLD

After a good breakfast in the morning, we cycle east. The trail meanders through the high mountains, with some climbs that are rewarded with fantastic descents. The trails are varied, at times challenging, but mostly fine singletrack.

Occasionally, some of the biking is done on dirt roads, but this provides a better opportunity to take in the amazing views that surround us on this trip. We aim to use approx. six hours on the bike seat these days. Well ahead awaits cold beer and a well-deserved dinner of local produce.

day

4

Last day

Meals BL

On the last day, we continue further east towards Gol or Torpo based on what is the driest. 

Most of the trails this day us in the high mountains, but towards the end, there is an absolutely fantastic descent that runs in both deciduous forests and pine forests. We cycle approx. 5-6 hours this day depending on the group.

At the bottom of the valley, we are picked up and driven back to Ål station where you take the train or car home. We estimate to be in Ål at approximately 16.00. If you want some more days biking, we can help you arrange it. 

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Equipment List

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 you're 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 the weather where you're traveling here.

Advice on other essentials to pack in your pack from Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure on Vimeo.

How to pack for your trip to Norway from Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure on Vimeo.

Please contact us at Hvitserk@norrona.com if you have any questions and check out our gear page to learn more.

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, before and after biking. We recommend a puffy jacket with down or synthetic. Something equivalent in warmth is also okay.

WATERPROOF SHELL PANTS

We strongly recommend having a waterproof layer for your legs in case the weather is cold and rainy. You will enjoy biking more when warm and comfortable. It should have zips for ventilation.

SHELL / RAIN JACKET

Gore-Tex or similar is mandatory. Extremely 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. 

BIKING PANTS

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

T-SHIRTS

Bring 1-2 shirts for daily biking. 

BIKING GLOVES

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

HATS

1 warm hat for breaks

BIKING SOCKS

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

BIKING 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

Stay hydrated! Bring approx 3 liters.  

BIKE

Full suspension! Let us know if you need to rent.

REPAIR-KIT

Umbraco, multi-tool, pump, and extra tubes

HELMET

For your own safety

Recommended:

WOOL UNDERWEAR

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

SCARF OR BUFF

A layer to protect your neck or face. 

SWIMWEAR

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

KNEE PADS

For your own safety

HEADLAMP

An 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

It's 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 biking. 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 you're 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. 

Dates & booking

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This trip is also offered as a private tailormade trip. Travel alone, with your friends or family whenever you want. Send a request
Fri 21. Aug 2020 Sun 23. Aug 2020
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NOK 9 900

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