Arctic Haute Route Bike & Sail

Arctic Haute Route Bike & Sail – worlds most beautiful bike cruise

Join us on Arctic Haute Route Bike & Sail for 4 or 5 fantastic days of sailing along the North-Atlantic coastline on the classic Hurtigruten ship MS Gamle Salten, for trail biking summit-to-sea in Arctic Northern-Norway. We are sailing above the Arctic Circle in the land of the Midnightsun, between Lofoten islands and the Arctic Capital of Tromsø, visiting Lofoten (Vestvågøy), Vesterålen, Senja, and Kvaløya. We are sailing in a beautiful landscape to small and picturesque fishing villages, where we anchor for the night, before going trail biking in the mountains during the day. Our guides tailor-make all tours for all levels, from beginners to trained bikers.

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If you need to rent a trail bike our local partner Intersport in Svolvær will find the perfect Trek bike for you. Bikes and gear will be delivered on the ship on your arrival in Svolvær or Tromsø. Get in touch with us if you need to rent a bike, and we will be happy to help you out!

Sailing plan 2020

  • * 29. July – 2. August, Northbound (4 nights/5days)
  • * 2-5. August 2020, Soutbound (3 nights/4 days)

Some of Nothern-Norway’s most spectacular trail biking areas

  • * Experience fantastic Northern-Norway
  • * Classic ship & boutique cruise 3 or 4 days
  • * Gamle Salten, capacity 44 guests + guides and crew
  • * Trail biking from summit to sea for beginners to experts
  • * Intersport bike rental & service shop aboard with Trek Bikes
  • * Single and double cabins with full board
  • * Arctic Adventure Cuisine by Bocuse d’Or Chef Gunnar Hvarnes
  • * One big happy family vibe aboard

Route and destinations

We are sailing on the classic and nostalgic ship MS Gamle Salten, built in 1953. The size of the ship opens up for a picturesque route along the Atlantic coastline with small and nice harbors. The destinations we are visiting gives a feeling of remote authenticity, with few roads, perfectly preserved old architecture and stunning coastal views. Northern-Norway is fantastic during summer, with the Midnightsun and 24 hours of  daylight to go adventuring the high North.

Northbound Sailing

Wednesday to Sunday (4 nights and 5 days), sailing from Svolvær to Tromsø via Stamsund in Lofoten, Vesterålen, Senja, and Kvaløya. The ship departs Svolvær harbour at 16:00, check in from 15:00. The harbour is only 15 minutes with taxi or bus from Svolvær airport. Day 1. we will sail to Stamsund, and day 2. we will be trail biking on Vestvågøy, before sailing to Vesterålen. Day 3. we will be trail biking around Alsvåg in Vesterålen, before sailing to Senja. On day 4. we will be trail biking on Senja, before sailing to Kvaløya. Day 5. we will be trail biking on Kvaløya, before transfer to the airport by bus with arrival at 15:00. Book your inbound flight to Svolvær Helle airport on Wednesday in order for check in at 15:00, and outbound flights from Tromsø airport after 16:00 on Sunday.

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Southbound Sailing

Sunday to Wednesday (3 nights and 4 days) from Tromsø to Svolvær, via Senja, Vesterålen and Lofoten. The ship departs Tromsø harbour at 16:00 With check in from 15:00. The harbour is only 15 minutes with bus or taxi from Tromsø airport. Day 1. we will sail from Tromsø to Senja, and day 2. we will be trail biking on Senja, before sailing to Vesterålen. Day 3. we will be trail biking around Alsvåg in Vesterålen, before sailing to Lofoten and Stamsund. On day 4. we will be trail biking on Vestvågøy, before transfer to Leknes airport by bus with arrival at 15:00. Book your inbound flight to Tromsø airport on Sunday in order for check in at 15:00, and outbound flights from Leknes airport after 16:00 on Wednesday.

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If you have the opportunity take an earlier flight and explore Svolvær or Tromsø before our departure, or extend your stay to explore the region. We will be happy to help out suggesting activities and places to go and things to do. Get in touch  for more information.

Bike rental

You may rent the latets and greatest Trek trail bikes from our partner Intersport in Svolvær. All gear will be delivered on board the ship on your arrival.  Get in touch with us if you need to rent a bike, and we will be happy to help you out!

Cabins and prices

Classic ship & nostalgic sailing 

Gamle Salten, was built for more than 50 years ago, as a part of the reconstruction of the coastal fleet after World War II. The Coastal Route was meant to unite the population with industry and bring the country forward with optimism and hope. The ship is therefore designed and carefully constructed and a piece of quality hand craft. Gamle Salten is certainly an old lady with soul!

Cabins

The cabins at are relatively small, although larger than the standard when the ship was built. Cabins are classical, with air conditioning, hot and cold water and a «room with a view». Bathrooms with shower/toilet are to find in the in the main areas aboard.Gamle Salten has 19 double cabins and  6 single cabins. Maximum capacity of 44 guests.

Double cabin w/twin beds (17)

Small and cosy with a “window” towards the ocean. Two bunk beds and a small sofa. Wardrobe and basin with cold and warm water. Cabins are not set up with their own toilet and shower, which are in the main area. All cabins have 220 volt/Hz.

Double cabin w/double (1)

Larger than standard double cabins with a “window” towards the ocean. Small double bed 120 cm and sitting area. Wardrobe and basin with cold and warm water. Cabins are not set up with their own toilet and shower, which are in the main area. All cabins have 220 volt/Hz.

Single cabin (6)

Small and cosy with “window” towards the ocean. One bunk bed and a small sofa. Wardrobe and basin with cold and hot water. Cabins are not set up with own toilet and shower, which are in the main area. All cabins have 220 volt/50 Hz.

The first thing you will notice entering the ship is the design, the nostalgic style and elegance. The atmosphere is intimate and romantic. The ship was back in the days divided into two classes with four saloons.

The dining area is bright with large windows perfect for admiring the spectacular scenery while eating dinner.

Arctic Adventure Cuisine – worlds class local food!

Since we are an adventure company, it is natural for us to explore the local culinary culture, regional commodities and suppliers in the areas we are sailing and hiking. Together with the famous Norwegian Bocuse d’Or Chef Gunnar Hvarnes who’s also the head coach for the Norwegian national team, we have developed Arctic Adventure Cuisine. A culinary program where all food served aboard is based on Arctic commodities from local suppliers, inspired by the new Norwegian and Arctic culinary wave, produed by the best of talent Norway has to offer.  Our goal is that guests shall experience the Arctic Northern Norway on the plate as a parallel to adventures in the Arctic mountains during the day. We work closely with the Bocuse d’Or Norway network of talented chefs, having them onboard on our sailings in charge of creating culinary goosebumps.

During every meal the chef and his team presents the menu and what local produce of the region you will be experiencing.

About the destinations

Lofoten

Lofoten i a small group of islands in Nordland county, North of the Arctic Circle and West in the Atlantic sea.  We start the adventure when embarking the ship in Svolvær, sailing to Stamsund on Vestvågøy as the first destination. Stamsund has around 100.000 inhabitants, and is an important hub for Hurtigruten and the local fishing industry. The area and mountains around Stamsund offers a variety of fantastic hikes and trails, with spectacular views over the Vestfjorden on one side and the Atlantic ocean on the other. We can also offer side activities such as; rib safari, water scooter, kajacking, and fishing.

Vesterålen

Vesterålen is another small group of islands further North in Nordland county, right on the border to Lofoten. The islands in Vesterålen includes; Andøya, Langøya, Hadseløya, the Western part of Hinnøya, the Northern part of Austvågøya and some smaller islands. We will anchor the ship outside Alsvåg, a small and pictureque place with only 300 inhabitants and some fantastic mountains rising straight up from the sea. Here we can offer fishing as a side acticity.

Senja

Senja is Norways seccond largest island, with spectacular mountains, deep fjords and white & sandy beaches. This island offers spectacular hikes and trails during the summer,  and fantastic skiing during the winter. The highestes peek on the island is Breitinden (1001 meters above sea level. .

Kvaløya

Kvaløya is situated just outside Tromsø, a fantastic islands with lot’s of mountains and nice trails. If you are tired after three days of  biking, you may join the ship when she’s sailing to Tromsø. In the Arctic Capital you can explore the city, the beautiful Ishavs Cathedral, the local Mach Brewery or the Polaria adventure venue.

One big happy family vibe aboard

To sail with us on the Arctic Haute Route, is much more than spectacular nature and epic summit-to- sea trail bike adventure. This is also a social arena, a place to hang out with people who share the same passion for active lifestyle and nature. We guarantee you will make new friends! When returning to the ship in the afternoon after a great day up in the mountains, enjoy chilling out on deck while sailing towards next destination. In the evening we will serve you locally sourced food from the region as part of our Arctic Adventure Cuisine.

  • Ship: MS Gamle Salten, capacity 44 guests in 19 double – and 6 single cabins
  • Duration: 4 nights Northbound or 3 nights Soutbound
  • Period: July and August 2020
  • Cabins: Double and single cabins
  • Food: Full board  from Arctic Adventure Cuisine
  • Guides: Tailor-made trail bike tours with own guide
  • Bike rental: Intersport & Trek bike rental aboard
  • Price in double cabin:  From NOK 17.900 pp 3 nights /  4 days and 21.900 4 nights / 5 days
  • Price in single cabins: From NOK 19.900 pp 3 nights / 4 days and 23.900 4 nights / 5 days
  • Flight and & transfer: covered by guest
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