Cycling in Tromsø
The e-fatt bikes are at the front of outdoor sports shop Tromsø Outdoor. The wide 4 inch wheels have eye contact with an older Norwegian. The bystander is impressed. His curious gaze turns to my face, but his questioning eyes remain without sound. After a brief instruction from owner and guide Magne we leave. The studs grip the ice more smoothly and prevent an uncomfortable slide. The city known as “The Gateway to the Arctic North” lies 400 km north of the Arctic Circle and is buried in snow, ice and darkness.
Tromsø in the winter
Two hours of cycling is on the program. Earlier in Finland I experienced how heavy cycling in the snow can be. Especially when there is too much air in the tires. This time it’s different. The wheels spin with little physical effort. What an invention is the pedalling support. As if I constantly have wind force 6 in my back … a wonderful feeling! The display indicates that I can continue for 70 km. At a hill or bridge I only switch to check the cadence and speed. Without losing my heartbeat I enjoy all the beauty that I see around me. It is the end of January and the sun rays rays break through the darkness with a few hours a day. A few days ago the sun rose again after an absence of 1,5 months. The first rays of sunshine are accompanied by tears of joy from the inhabitants. No doubt people will be happier and will go outside more often. During my visit in Northern Norway it becomes clear once again that nature determines the rhythm here. Gradually the colors of the environment change every day. The steep cartelshaped mountains on the island of Kvaløya become visible. The sky has a blue color that I don’t see often. So clear and pure. The cold air fills my lungs and as I descend from Tromsø Bridge my senses are on edge. We cycle past the Arctic Cathedral and out of the lively center to an oasis of peace in the Tromsdalen.
Cycling and cross country skiing?
Magne says that we use prepared cross-country tracks here. The runways are laid out for commuter traffic and are also used for recreation and tourism. Where we are used to the bike in The Netherlands, the ski poles are a basic need here. Somehow logical with so much snow. As we are more agile on the bike, we give priority to cross-country skiers. During a moment of rest we drink warm berry juice, enjoy the surroundings and talk about the developments in the city. The number of cross-country skiers that we encounter today can be counted on 2 hands. What a silence reigns here.
Outdoor and sustainable tourism
Enthusiastically the owner of the sports shop tells about his field and the importance of sustainability. Taking care of outdooractivities goes hand in hand with his vision to pass on knowledge about preserving the fragile arctic nature to the customers. Like many other young Norwegians, he is aware of the impact of tourism. Preserving nature must ensure that we continue to enjoy the future. The passion is contagious. Working with Tromsø Outdoor has always been a pleasure. Together we provide the best cycling experience for our customers in the north in a responsible way. Now it becomes all the more clear that we have a similar philosophy.
Also (snow) cycling in Tromsø? Tromsø Outdoor has an enthusiastic team with high-quality material and knowledge is ready for you. Or ask Abel reizen for travel options.
Brand: Haibike Xduro FatSix 8.0, Sram NX 11 speed, Yamahah 500 Wh, Dillinger 26×4.6
Author: D. Remijnse