I spent February 2011 riding 1,600km through Norway and Sweden, from Oslo to the Arctic Circle and beyond. Taking on a solo bike trip in a fairly chilly land — with temperatures down to –33°C — proved to be a fascinating, challenging and fulfilling experience.

Watch this 2-minute video to get a taste of what it felt like:

I wanted to experiment and develop my photography, so I published a blog and pictures every day on the road, which proved really successful, if exhausting and time-consuming. You can follow this ‘live’ journal here from the top, or see some facts & figures if that’s your thing.

Leaving OsloNorwegian cycle routeWarming TeaSnow graffitiFirst campSnow road and elkA lucky findIce forksLake MjøsaGood roadTarmacIncredible skies and sunFieldBridge by nightOutdoor candleChilly campsite near RenaEmpty winter roadMy bike on the snow roadThe Obligatory Ice Beard ShotKoppang 2Spruce-lined backroadsAngular bicycleFancy a dip?Camping in the snowSelf-portrait at nightBreakfastNorwegian mountain villageWonky hutWoodReach for the skyDashing through the snowBridge near TynsetWooden fishWooden elf hutSnowfield shadowsChilly morningWarming up the engineCar exhaustIcicles in RorosSparksSpark footplateMe trying to telemark skiFranz telemarkingOs I Osterdalen valleyTrekking home through the woods

Thanks to Schwalbe for providing a set of incredible Ice Spiker Pro tyres for this trip. I was riding on sheet ice and hard-packed snow for almost the entire journey — Scandinavian roads aren’t salted since salt doesn’t do anything below –5°C. I fell off only once (which was my own fault for not looking where I was going).

Thanks also to Extrawheel for a modified prototype of their Voyager trailer with extra ground clearance — it worked, as always, like a charm.

Schwalbe bicycle tyres, Extrawheel single-wheel trailers