Early in 2013 when I escaped the cold German winter, I met with Hans Rey for coffee and some rides in Laguna Beach, California where we came up with our plans to visit a little known island group above the Arctic Circle in Norway. The Lofoten Islands are well known to fishermen and hikers, but are also a secret destination for off-piste skiing. Hans and myself were intrigued to sample the technical and steep hiking trails and explore this Northern country and its biking scene - should there even be one. After seeing some breathtaking images on the internet, we were sold on the idea and destination - we made plans in-between our busy summer season, enduro races and bike events and met there in August of last year.
This place was pure, untouched and very special indeed - the beauty of this landscape was amazing and so were the trails. We were based in the small fishing village of Reine, from there we explored the islands, its mountains, valleys, people and its history that goes way beyond the Vikings.
Our team was completed by photographer Manfred Stromberg and videographer Johannes Riegraf.