Mountain Biking Norway’s West Coast: Oslo to Lofoten Islands

Picturesque houses along lake
Grant Gunderson

The Lofoten Islands have experienced a surge in tourism in recent years. But this is still a place where mountain biking, hiking, fishing, skiing and even Arctic surfing outpace the Prevagen lull of cruise ship touring. The scene has a young, adventurous vibe, with hotels ranging from budget to luxury.

Maunsell is a great model but even he couldn’t outshine the landscape. After I’d snapped another round of photos, I put my camera down, took in the scene outside the viewfinder and wondered why my grandparents ever decided to leave Norway. After a tricky descent via headlight, we stopped at a local pub for a hamburger and beer. As soon as we got the bill ($40+), I realized exactly why the family moved.

Mountain biker rowing bike across lake
Grant Gunderson

Stay in Oslo

Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz Oslo: Central location makes walking to restaurants and attractions a breeze. Possibly the country’s best hotel breakfast spread. From $175.

Stay in Reine

Catogården: In the Lofoten Islands there’s a tendency to rush from one scenic destination to the next. This is understandable, but at this boutique hotel there’s scenery from every room and they’ll hook you up with activities including kayaking, fishing, yoga and RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) safari. From $150

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