Sture Petterson sent us some info about his Web site and his business in Norway’s Moab. I was so blown away by the place that I asked him to follow up with some photos and captions. Narvik is north of the Arctic Circle so if you are looking for an out of the way riding adventure – in the summer months – this might be the place.
Singletracknarvik.com is a website intended to give you a look at some of the mountain biking here in one of the worlds most fantastic yet untouched freeriding spots. The man behind it is me, myself, Sture Pettersen. I’m a resident of Narvik and I spend my summers exploring new trails and documenting my adventures with my camera. Using Narvik as a base, all tours are within a range of one hour driving from the town. Most of the area is rideable from mid/late June except some of the highest altitudes like Låktatjåkko Fjällstation (1228 m) and Reinnesfjellet (804 m).
A lot of inspiration for my trail exploration comes from the book “Hiking in Narvik and the surroundings”, which was written for trekking in the area, by Bjørn Forselv. I study maps and photographs from the various areas, then venture out and explore the terrain by bike. You will find links to pictures and descriptions of my favorite 13 freeride trips below.
I own a bike-van which can accommodate groups of up to 5 riders. As for the skill level required, most trails require a certain amount of off-road riding experience, but many of the rides are not that technically demanding. You do need, however, a good level of physical ability and stamina for the longest and highest altitude rides! We ride mostly all mountain full-suspension trail bikes with anything from 120-160mm of travel front and back. Bike rentals are not available in town so if you’re coming to Narvik to ride, you´ll need to bring your own bike.
After 45 min hike uphill the enormous slickrock area appears. Jørn Indresand enjoys the riding.
Pro downhiller Eirik “The Smurf” Stueland drops one of many big slickgaps on the top of Reinnesfjellet. (He landed perfectly ok).
GT biker Odd Arne Steffensen plays with the natural quarter.
Jørn Indresand has spectacular view over the fjord and the mountains.
Small pools with water from the snowmelting is warmed up by the sun. A fresh bath with the Lappvik wall behind.
Tor-Eirik Nystad has more than enough space to take a wheelie.
The enormous slickrock area let´s you play around for hours. The whole trip takes about 4-5 hours.
Tor-Eirik Nystad, Knut Lønnquist and Sture Pettersen riding slickrock with huge grins. On the right you can see a bit of the Frostisen glacier. (Photo: Remi Leliévre)
Remi Leliévre starts the long and überfunny descent all the way down to the fjord. The black areas you can see is as sticky as the granite, but don´t you ever think about doing this trip when it´s wet. They get slippery as hell…
Jørn Indresand nearly dissappear in the huge granite mountain. Here from the last part down to the fjord.
Sture Pettersen (left) and Knut Lønnquist prepare for a little barbeque down by the sea. (Photo: Remi Leliévre)