Mountain Biking at Norway’s Canvas Hotel
Southern Norway's Canvas Hotel is a village of 10 yurts perched on a granite island in a lake halfway between Oslo and the Bering Sea. The vibe is best described as Viking chic. Each yurt is furnished with two beds, lanterns for light, and a wood stove. The furnishings are made of weathered wood that could have been salvaged from 700-year-old Norse ships. The main draw: mountain biking. Out the flap of the yurt are 70 miles of singletrack that thread through thousands of lakes and undulate over granite slickrock that rides as sticky as Moab. The country as a whole is in the midst of an MTB boom, and the trails range from easy cross-country jaunts to head-banging downhills. But it's mostly relaxed riding at Canvas, and at the end of the day, three-course meals are prepared on giant grills out back — you can even help cook the local meat, fish, and vegetables. Or just sip from deep pours of wine and microbrews on tap, then soak in the outdoor iron hot tubs.