If you have a good off-road bike, you should definitely consider bringing it to Helgeland. Otherwise consider renting one or joining a guided off-road excursion. Helgeland offers great cycling for every taste, whether you prefer to explore the trails of a national park or race downhill on a coastal mountain – and there are plenty of adventures in between!
Helgeland may lack bike parks and special trails that are dedicated to mountain biking, but what we lack in “whale tails“, wall rides and pump tracks, our region more than makes up for in raw, spectacular scenery! Granted, we don’t have the gondola that effortlessly carries you to the top of the mountain trail, and organised “after-bike” may be a missed pleasure, but we guarantee you will never see your artificial bike park at home with the same eyes after you have raced down one of the hefty coastal mountains of Meløy, or floated along on a scenic path under the glow of the midnight sun. And when you’re back home, you definitely won’t be surrounded by such legendary mountains nor be peering down on an eagle soaring over the fjord below you.
The active mountain biker communities in Helgeland keep discovering and facilitating great new bike trails. If you weren’t able to bring a bike or are just looking for good trails and a forum where the local off-road bikers are discussing their two-wheel adventures, pay a visit to Meløy Adventure. They rent out electric bikes that are perfect for cycling forest roads and paths and tackling mountain trails. They also offer guided mountain biking excursions that are ideal for beginners.
You will find many excellent trail suggestions on trailforks.com, trailguide.net, dagsturhelgeland.no og Terrengsykling Helgeland on Facebook.
Thank you for respecting the local communities, and for helping us preserve the natural beauty of Helgeland!
- Strive to leave no trace of your visit. Bring back all your rubbish, including used toilet paper, and discard it in the nearest rubbish bin.
- Plan your toilet visits and use the opportunity when you pass a toilet. In the wilderness, make sure you are not a nuisance to others.
- Respect the local wildlife. Keep a good distance from wildlife, livestock and birds. Keep your dog leashed.
- Respect private property. Keep a respectful distance from houses and cabins.
- Show good boating sense. Keep a good distance from shore and drive at a low speed, especially when you are close to anyone or anything on the water, including birds or animals. Avoid loud and disturbing engine noise.
- Be aware that some islands and nature reserves are important nesting sites, and that going ashore is prohibited during the nesting season.
- Follow the Norwegian Mountain Code (Fjellvettreglene). Plan your excursion according to the weather forecast, your skills and experience.
- Join a guided excursion or consider hiring an experienced guide, especially when you don’t have sufficient experience or knowledge to guarantee a safe trip.