Photo: Find peace on two wheels in the deep Telemark forests (Thomas Brynjulf Svendsen)

Curious about mountain biking, but never taken the plunge? Or maybe you are an experienced mountain biker eager to check out impressive off-road tracks across sweeping granite plains, alongside lakes and over the moorlands of inner Telemark? Regardless, with Canvas Hotel as your base, you can't go wrong. Enjoy the comfort of this forest hideaway with its outdoor 'spa', a devoted team of professional guides and hosts, and last but not least Desmond, the exotic chef who will make sure you won't lose a calorie during your stay regardless of your activity level. 

Season: May to September. Duration: 3 days/2 nights. For a truly unique forest adventure, combine a visit to Canvas Hotel with a stay at the Treehouses in Gjerstad, less than an hour away. In the dual season May and June, the Canvas Cycling experience can be combined with a skiing adventure in Lofoten islands or Lyngen Mountains in Northern Norway. 
Price per person from €899/$949 *Based on 2 people sharing one yurt. Reduced price if you have your own car and/or bike.  
Included: Return train ride Oslo – Gjerstad; private transfer Gjerstad – Canvas Hotel; 2 nights full board luxury forest yurt accommodation including hot lunches and three-course dinners. Bike rentals. Guided cycling tours at your level; learn mountain biking from scratch or expand your current skills. Up Norway Digital Travel Guide. *Thai massage in your yurt or a private concert with house musician Keith Austin can be arranged on request. 

Video: Deep in the wilderness of Telemark, Norway, a wild idea turns into reality; Canvas Hotel has no parking lot, no road, no electricity, no indoor plumbing, no swimming pool, no pay TV, but may be one of the world's most exclusive and unique establishments, at least amongst mountain bikers. (Norrøna)

 

Itinerary

Photo: The Canvas Experience (Thomas Brynjulf Svendsen).

Photo: The Canvas Experience (Thomas Brynjulf Svendsen).

DAY 1: arrival TREUNGEN

Make your way to the Canvas forest hideaway
Depending on how you are arriving and where from, we will help you navigate your way to Canvas's secluded location. You will arrive at Canvas Hotel by 16.00 and be given a brief introduction before venturing on an early evening ride. Settle into your Mongolian yurt, maybe light the fire before a sociable dinner in the dining tent. Meals are prepared with meat from the local butcher or fresh fish fetched from local fishermen on the South coast. Enjoy the last parts of the evening with a drink (or two) around the bonfire under the stars and share stories with new friends. 

 
Photo: Canvas Dinner (Thomas Brynjulf Svendsen) 

Photo: Canvas Dinner (Thomas Brynjulf Svendsen) 

DAY 2: full day of cycling adventures

Cycling Adventures & Forest Spa
Awake to the sounds of nature and the smell of freshly brewed coffee. Cook your own morning pancakes with fellow riders at the communal raclette table, and gear up for a day of adventures. Pedal from the back door of the hotel, find your own challenge point and rest assured, a professional Canvas guide will always be ready to assist both physically and mentally if needed. A warm lunch will be waiting when you return. Go for an afternoon ride if you wish, or enjoy the comforts of the lodge; a warm harbour bath or the tented sauna. The area is also great for both hiking and trout fishing. 

 
Photo: The Canvas Hotel; a hidden gem in the moors of Telemark. 

Photo: The Canvas Hotel; a hidden gem in the moors of Telemark. 

DAY 3: Last day of canvas luxury

Skinny dipping or jungle shower and last ride
Take a cold dip in the lake almost straight out of your tent or start the day with a hot shower among the trees. Enjoy the last day of riding through this magical landscape. Navigate on forest paths, across wooden bridges, venture across the suspension bridge and experience how your skill set has been expanded over the course of your stay. Return to civilization a little braver and a little richer.