Valldal: A small village on the West Coast of Norway known for its amazingly juicy strawberries is also a world-class mountain biking destination.
Last summer you might have seen Mads “Makken” Haugen biking on what looks like the edge of the world in Norway’s west coast town of Geirangerfjorden. Playing host to some of the most dramatic landscapes anywhere, Geirangerfjorden is a popular tourist attraction with its unique fjords, abundant waterfalls and towering mountains. However, less than an hour away you can escape the throngs of cruise ship tourists for a quieter place with world-class mountain biking and the juiciest strawberries you will ever taste. Some would say it´s Nirvana. Others just call it Valldal.
Stina is wearing: Dissenter Helmet WMNS, Hunter Air Jacket WMNS, Hunter Shorts WMNS, Bearsuit Knee Guards and the Hunter Light Gloves WMNS. Bård is wearing: Dissenter MIPS Helmet, Hunter Air Jacket, Hunter Light Shorts, Hunter Light Knee Pads and Hunter Mid Gloves.
Placed between the two main tourist attractions of Trollstigen and Geirangerfjorden, Valldal was for a long time a hidden gem mostly enjoyed by the locals. Due to its location in a small valley away from the coast, Valldal often a couple of degrees warmer than its neighbors (hence the extraordinary strawberry situation), making it the perfect summer outdoor adventure location. And indeed, it is. At least if you enjoy mountain biking.
Bård is wearing: Dissenter Helmet, Hunter LS Jersey, Hunter Soft Shorts, Hunter Pro Kneepads and the Hunter Race Gloves. Stina is wearing: Dissenter Helmet WMNS, Badlands Merino LS Jersey WMNS, Hunter Shorts WMNS and the Hunter Light Gloves WMNS.
Mountain biking on the West Coast is tough. There are no lifts to take you to the top. And with some climbs rising so quickly, this is definitely hike-a-bike territory, meaning you’ll have to earn your turns in the summertime, too. However, riding on the West Coast is spectacular and well worth the effort. If you aren´t convinced by the views at the top, the ride down is guaranteed to win you over.
Stina is wearing: Dissenter Helmet WMNS, Hunter Air Jacket WMNS and the Hunter Shorts WMNS. Marte is wearing: Dissenter MIPS Helmet WMNS, Merino Neck Gaiter, Nutshell Javket WMNS, Hunter Light Shorts WMNS and the Bearsuit Knee Guards.
Whether you prefer smooth, flowy trail or a more technical ride, Valldal offers it all. The quality ride, small-town coffee shop, strawberry fields, fjords and unique mountain views make it sound like a cliché, but it´s not. It´s Valldal.