Pioneering Trails on the Faroe Islands

Mountain biking the Viking archipelago
The Faroe Islands are a remote archipelago situated halfway between Scotland and Iceland. The 18 isolated islands offer a raw and untouched natural environment; an awe inspiring backdrop for a mountain bike exploration.

An Insider’s Tour

We have been invited to experience the incredible natural riding on the Faroe Islands by a local mountain biking legend, Helgi Winther Olsen — he grew up in this remote landscape but is now an occasional enthusiastic visitor, after relocating to the city of Copenhagen on mainland Denmark.

“The island landscape is stunning, and only a few people are using it for sport and adventure purposes. This is truly the Great Outdoors — with a real rough and Nordic feel. It is a completely unique experience to ride your mountain bike here”

Helgi’s face stretches into a broad smile as he welcomes us to his homeland. It is a smile that unequivocally reflects his Viking genes.

It is time to head out and explore…

The roaring Atlantic Ocean crashes at the base of the cliffs. Helgi stands atop the giant rock structure, looking wistfully out to the dark blue horizon beyond. This is his home — but it is a place that takes courage and commitment to explore; a region untouched and almost unreachable, except for by true adventurers.

This is a paradise found though, for those that dare. Those seeking true adventure mountain bike riding will find it on the Faroe Islands.

Natural Trail Nirvana

We turn to head inland, and Helgi flies down through the tussocks of grass on the moorland; out onto the flatter plains at the centre of the island.

There are no boardwalk sections or ‘all weather trails’ here. This is pure natural beauty. You have to take the river crossings and bog wading in your stride; embracing the natural trail experience that characterises this natural nirvana.

“The trail was hard to ride; with the hills and soggy ground not making life any easier. We are forced to shift down gears, lean forward, and push hard on the pedals. We are driven though by curiosity — an urge to explore new places. I cannot imagine that anyone has ever been here by bike before. Hikers yes, but mountain bikers, most likely not…”

Helgi Winther Olsen — Rider

Stay and Wonder

The Faroe Islands are a beautiful and completely unique place to explore by bike. They might be remote, but they are actually one of the most welcoming to places we have visited on our travels — the local population are thrilled to share their special landscape.

The Visit Faroe Islands tourist organisation is actively encouraging mountain bikers to visit, stay, and take wonder at the amazing natural trails.

You can find out more at visitfaroeislands.com/see-do/bicycling

Telling the story to the world

Media Placement

Where can you read it?
Fahrrad.de Magazine

The print publication for the largest online bike shop in Germany, with a circulation of 375,000 (Sept. 2017).

Blog.wiggle.com

The online publication of Wiggle.com — the world’s largest online cycle store; a following of 1 million+ users.

Digital Foto Magazine

One of the leading Scandinavian photography magazines, with a print circulation of 30,000 copies.

GRIPSTER Magazine

GRIPSTER Mag is the in-house publication of clothing brand GripGrab; with a circulation of 10,000 copies.

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