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Four days of pure digital detox biking the enchanting forested hills of Telemark in southern Norway. Ride the slick rock, ride the forest trail, ride the streams or just ride. Sooth those aching muscles with a dip in the lake followed by a warm bath. Sooth the aching mind with the sounds of bird song, a crackling fire and the sweet scents of the pristine Norwegian forests

Price (2016): € 1 100


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Trip overview

This basecamp mountain biking trip takes us deep into the wooded hills of Telemark. 30 minutes by bike from the logging road brings us to a cluster of Mongolian yurts on the edge of a hidden lake. In and out of mobile phone coverage we’ll live simply and luxuriously in thick lined canvass yurts warmed with a wood burning stove.

During the day our guides will help us explore the 100km of prepared trails picking out the best routes according to ability and wishes. During the evenings we’ll be spoilt with locally sourced food, good company and the magical feeling that somehow the best of the African savannah, the Mongolian steppe, Utah’s Slickrock and the Ewok’s forest home converged onto this hidden corner of a pristine Scandinavian forest. 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

You’ll be met at the airport ready for the two hour drive south west into the heart of Telemark county. On the last stretch of the logging road you’ll be met with your bikes ready and waiting for the first trip. While your bags are driven up you’ll bike the last 30 minutes into camp. Through the forest, over the suspension bridge spanning the gorge before emerging into the clearing by the lake where the scent of the pine forest gives way to the smell of the barbeque getting fired up ready for dinner. After a hearty dinner grilling your own cuts you can relax into bed listening to the forest settling down for the night while the fire glows reassuringly in the corner.

Days 2-4

These days will be planned according to the groups wishes with options of riding slick rock, forest trails, steep drops or all in mixed with stretches of prepared burms and “decking”. Our guide will make sure you get the chance to push yourself and develop your skills or simply just enjoy the thrill of movement at speed in this playful terrain.

We’ll visit the natural water slides, rock pools and sandy beach at Breivatn. We’ll barbeque lunch on the river bank or if you want a day off from biking you can always paddle the sheltered waters in one of the camp’s canoes.

These days spent almost entirely outdoors with their simple rhythm of breakfast, lunch and dinner punctuating some exhilarating exercise and adrenalin will leave you energised, calm and glowing inside and out. A lifetime of luxury spa weekends doesn’t even come close.

Day 5

After a hearty breakfast and probably just as you are getting used to the simple rhythm of life in the forest camp it’s time to pack up and head back into the virtual world we call real life…be warned it will feel noisy and cluttered.

Price:

£ 1 100

Accommodation

Canvas Hotel (glamping with camp type facilities).

See more:  http://www.canvashotel.no/bilder.html and http://www.wsj.com/articles/hard-to-reach-hotels-1414601382

How to get there

Direct flights to Sandefjord Airport, Torp from Liverpool, London, Amsterdam and many more destinations in Europe.

Included

  • 4 nights full-board accommodation, including packed lunch / barbeque lunch
  • Airport transfer (Torp)
  • Services of a guide
  • Bike hire
  • Use of the camp facilities (canoes, bath tubs, sauna etc)

Not included

  • Flights
  • Alcohol and snacks (can be purchased in camp)

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