Before I moved to Norway I had almost nothing organised, I think because I have moved around a lot the last few years I have started leaving everything until the last minute to organise for the next place so that I enjoy the current place to the end and don’t just sit waiting to go to the next place, I did organise one thing however, through some help of a friend from Norway, a trip to ride trails in Fjora with around 50 guys and girls from Norway. Best decision ever!
The combination of the trails, the people, the scenery and the weather just made it some of the BEST mountain biking I have done in my life! If you ever have the chance to go ride there, then I recommend it for sure, the trails are a little hard to find I would say but the maps and photos on here would be a good start I would say!
I managed to find a lift with two guys from Trondheim called Kjartan and Odd-ivar who were driving down in a campervan which turned out to be quite the luxury travelling at the table with loads of room with two of the nicest guys you could ask to meet arriving in an unknown country. We drove down on the Thursday afternoon and just took it pretty easy for the 6hr drive, I was a little surprised when we drove past the Trollveggen and Trollsteigen which are two pretty well known tourist attractions which also have a couple of really quite nice buildings next to them, so a nice little added bonus on the way there.
In the morning there were fours different tours posted on the wall that we could choose from and everyone told me that Mefjellet was a bit of a classic and that I should go up there so that is what I chose., as featured in the Norrona Fjora advertising video.
It was a pretty cool ride right up above the fjord with an ascent that took us right down an exposed ridge that you could see all the way down the valley/fjord from, some pretty technical sections but mostly quite a fast and open path. I realised after a few days of riding in Norway that there was a lot of this kind of stuff, however what I thought was really cool were the huge rocks slabs there were to ride over which have about 10 lines to choose from.
We came to the end of the first descent and struggled across the rather overgrown plateau before heading down some pretty steep stuff that felt like we were really dropping down to the fjord but we soon veered off to the right and into the trees to the second peak. The route through the trees, although not necessarily downhill was very cool, so idyllic with such green colours and the bluest sky with skinny winding singletrack blazing off through the trees and bushes on such loamy soil, perfect.
The bottom part of this track changed again, where it became a really really very rocky trail, puncture heaven (I think three of us got caught out!) but I loved it, I chased another guy down this trail who clearly knew what he was doing and set a good pace, at the bottom of this we arrived right by the fjord, it was a pretty cool feeling to ride all the way down to sea level!