Bikepacking is the essence of what I look for in life: A clutter free existence with family and friends in the outdoors, travelling with the bare necessities. I firmly believe that most of us have vast possibilities for adventure close to our door step. It’s just a matter of looking for it. It’s fun. It’s cheap. And it’s environmentally friendly.
Norway is a fantastic country for bikepacking. You are free to ride almost wherever you like, either on single track or dirt roads, though riding is prohibited in most national parks and nature reserves. Wild camping is welcomed, and as long as you pitch your tent at least 150 meters away from houses and keep away from cities and fields in the countryside, you can stay for up to two consecutive nights, some places even longer. You would usually have no trouble finding water, and the roads are generally safe for cyclist. And hey, it’s my backyard.
Through Backwood Bikepacking, I hope to convey the joy of human powered, two-wheeled adventures in Norway and beyond. Of all the outdoor activities I enjoy, I believe riding a bike is on top of the list (though my paddle may have a word or two to say about that). It doesn’t have to be long. It doesn’t have to be epic. Sometimes, just getting on the bike for a short overnighter is all it takes. At least to keep the itch for that long, epic ride at rest for a while.