Video: Exploring Norway & Sweden By Bike and Boat in 'Just Be'

Nov 18, 2019
by Samantha Saskia Dugon  
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Words and Photography: Saskia Dugon

Join Saskia Dugon, Tina Gerber, Monet Adams and Hanna Jonsson as they all meet together as a group for the first time as they board a boat in Maloy, Norway, before embarking on a week-long trip exploring Nordfjord by boat, checking out what mountain biking the region has to offer before jumping on a night bus to Sweden, to sample all of the riding Åre Bikepark had on offer.


Our first-day mountain biking in Norway didn't disappoint.

The trails in Folven became steeper, slippier and sketchier all the way down the mountain.

bigquotesThe views and scenery were insane, but I was expecting that. The riding itself, however, was way above and beyond my expectations. Folven especially was sick! The old shepherd's trails were really gnarly in places! Monet

Travelling by boat was a great way to see some of the best views in the Fjords.

Steep and technical sections with two options, succeed or go for a swim.

bigquotesI didn't know anything about Norway for Mountain biking, but it was amazing. We had tech-flow trails with rocks, roots, fast corners and beautiful landscapes all the way back down to the Fjords. Tina

Somehow the wide-open trails at the top of the hill turned into jungle trails by the time we got back to the valley.

Smiles all around!

The local wildlife wondering what on earth we were doing.



Åre Bike Park - Sweden

Heading to the lift

The views weren't just limited to Norway, Sweden had them in abundance too!

The quaint life up was just as much of an experience as the trails down.

bigquotesOne of the first trails we did in Sweden was just absolutely gorgeous! You had these wonderfully white birch trees and the dirt was such a nice deep brown earthy colour, that mixed with the bright green leaves I was just in photographer heaven! I just wanted to keep stopping every 5 seconds and shoot every corner and bump. Sam

Bikepark laps, over and over and over again!

Despite being a bike park, the whole place still felt natural and in the wild.

bigquotesI was really excited about going back to Åre Bike Park, I love that place! It has some of my favourite technical tracks like Brackebackselden and there is another one called Vastra. The town has also got this really nice chilled out vibe in the summertime, and the food is amazing, you can just chill and do laps in the Bike Park. Hanna

At the very top of the mountain it was often cold and blustery, but the trails more than made up for the Scandinavian weather with rock slabs at every corner.

Don't be fooled though, there is still plenty of sunshine and fun to be had.

Zipping through the forests

Good food and even better beer!

We would like to thank Shimano, DT Swiss and Salomon for supporting us with our ideas and vision for this movie and trip. I doubt it will be the last one we do together!


39 Comments

  • 15 1
 That just made my morning! I think I shall go riding today.
  • 6 0
 Cool video and nice trip! Well you missed the trails in Oppdal and Trondheim? Next time maybe. Quality for sure!
  • 2 0
 If that's an invitation to come back I am game!
  • 4 0
 That was cool! I think they came hurtling past me when I was in Åre (20/21 August?). Job interview in Trondheim this Friday, really hope I get it after seeing this.
  • 4 0
 Cool !hope you get that job ,Trondheim got a lot of nice trails
  • 1 0
 Nice, English guy living in Norway here and the first place I lived was Trondheim. There's loads of great trails, not so many big mountains but plenty trails around, we got to see the northern lights quite often from the city too. Good luck with the job, what is it?
  • 1 0
 @anyexcusetoride: Thanks! I house-sat for some friends who live in Bakklandet. Really liked the place. Found a great trail at Bymarka (Gammelstien, which runs into Garnisonsstien), but looking forward to hopefully getting the chance to explore more. Job is as a researcher at the natural history museum of NTNU.
  • 2 0
 Probably! If they were yelling and screaming definitely us!
  • 2 0
 Really really nice seeing everything put together. Great job with all of the stuff! Had fun riding with you when you were here in Åre. Standing invitation to my guest room for any of you is still on ✌????
  • 5 1
 Not a single IKEA throughout all the clips of Sweden
  • 5 1
 WOW. Now I wanna go to Norway!!!
  • 2 0
 Loved watching this, anyone keen to come check out Norwegian trails can check out our website!

anyexcusetoride.com
  • 4 1
 What an adventure! Great video; makes me want to visit Norway.
  • 2 0
 @Glisseur you never said you could pick me up from Trondheim? Smile Rad video, nice vibe, enjoyed that!
  • 3 0
 You need to go there first you twat.
  • 5 2
 Sheep with ear tags aren’t wildlife.
  • 5 0
 That's what you think. It's always the quiet ones you gotta look out for.
  • 2 0
 it's what they do when you get them in the hay that makes them wild or not....
  • 2 0
 Wicked video! I want to ride with you guys now haha. Looked like an epic trip ????
  • 2 0
 awesome! wish norway wasn t so damn expensive Big Grin
  • 1 0
 I learned a lot of Norwegian from duolingo and then listening to Norwegian radio over the internet but it is going to either be own a bike and ride whenever I want or go to Norway once. I doubt I will ever go there, unless I move there or miraculously become more successful at my job. There's always the lottery though.
  • 1 0
 Word!
  • 3 0
 Nah its not expensive ,just bring your bike food beer and your tent ,then its almost free :-)
  • 1 0
 @soulish: sounds good so i pack a suitcase with a week worth of a food and beer and another bag with my gear and a box for the bike , put it on a plane , then i have to rent a car ($$$) to get around with all this stuff Big Grin Big Grin
  • 2 0
 @klake: Top tip, fly to Gothenburg, rent your car in Sweden for way cheaper and drive to Norway! Also for your food, you could dumpster dive and get it all for free Wink
  • 2 0
 this Bold bike is just a piece of art!
  • 2 0
 that's one bold statement
  • 2 2
 You ladies really need to learn to relax, laugh, and smile a bit! I kid, I KEEEED. What an amazing adventure and vibe. Way to crush it.
  • 2 0
 Thank you so much! Glad you got it Smile
  • 2 0
 Nice, awesome landscape and great vibes .
  • 2 0
 Yes please
  • 2 0
 Music list, please.
  • 2 0
 Music - North Downs - Dads old Tapes(Gloppen section) and Noth Downs - Plastic Clouds (Folven Section) Awesome band - its actually a Maribou State side-project and then Gypsy woman by Blue Pills in the final Åre section - Hope that helps!
  • 2 0
 @monty15: thanks
  • 2 0
 Nice!! So beautiful
  • 1 0
 Nice vid, I enjoyed that

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