The hours spent on the bike feel shorter in a region where distance is measured by rest stops, according to Trygve Nygård of Glød Explorer in Alta.
“Finnmark Plateau is open and vast and offers fantastic terrain for mountain bikers,” he says.
The choice of routes in Alta is enormous and varied, ranging from family-friendly tours to intricate and demanding routes for tougher and more experienced riders. You can either ride on your own or as part of an organised tour for a few hours, the whole day or a few days.
“Stay in Alta and do day tours or join a road trip on the plateau. I can’t promise either sun or heat, but you’ll come back a changed mountain biker – that I can guarantee!
With Fly and Bike , your bike is waiting for you when you land so your trip can start straight away.
“A tour and a half!”
Trygve Nygård stresses that the tours are not just for hardened cycle enthusiasts.
“For an active family, I would recommend joining us on the plateau and cycling down to Altadalen, enjoying the view across the fjord and a splendid bonfire lunch. The final part of the route follows the old postal road from Karasjok and is very enjoyable. It’s a tour and a half! Or do it at night and cycle straight into the midnight sun.”
You can even combine cycling with other activities in Alta. How about a midsummer skiing trip?
Out on the plateau
Road trips on the plateau with overnight stops are suitable for those who enjoy mountain biking or keeping in shape by cross-country skiing, running or doing other forms of fitness exercise. The cycling itself isn’t necessarily that demanding, but you’ll have to bank on being tired – and endure it.
“We have some overnight stops to reach during the road trip, and you’re on the Finnmark Plateau, so you’re on an expedition! But when we reach those stops – either a campsite in the wilderness or a cabin – there will be good food, a sauna and a bed waiting for you. It’s a carefree life on the Finnmark Plateau. Time and life go equally quickly here. You’ll want to come back!”
The fatbike has turned Alta into a year-round destination for off-road cycling. Fatbikes are normal bikes except with unbelievably thick tyres – hence the name. The wide tyres allow you to cycle in snow during winter, and in Alta you can choose from either ski trails prepared for dog sled racing or separate cross-country trails for fatbikes.
“Fatbikes open up fantastic opportunities for cycling in winter. You can have wonderful nature experiences in the evenings, especially when the Northern Lights are dancing across the sky,” Nygård enthuses.
Fly and Bike gives you the opportunity to experience some of Norway’s most impressive walking and nature areas that are also suitable for cycling holidays.