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Lofoten by ski and bike looks truly stunning

Adventurer Brody Leven brought a pair of skis and a bike up north to ride through the Lofoten Islands in a beautiful new documentary short.


Last weekend, the documentary short “Pedal to Peaks: Norway” premiered as the main event of the 5 Point Film Festival in the skiing town of Aspen, Colorado. The film follows skiing professional and Instagram star Brody Leven on his 560 kilometre long journey by bike through the Lofoten archipelago last April.

Although the short itself has yet to surface online, two long teaser films offer up a juicy glance at the gorgeous imagery from Lofoten that the trip produced. Snow covered mountains, clear blue skies, rough boulder-filled landscapes, moose among the greenery, and idyllic seaside camping sites are just some of what is glimpsed here.

“My favorite vegetable is pineapple and ham.” - @joeyschusler #PedalToPeaks

Et bilde publisert av Brødy Leven (@brodyleven)


The first clip, “Pace”, has Leven talking about the art of moving slowly enough to truly experience the place he is exploring.


“My life is like most of ours. Notifications, traffic, dishes, invoices, screens, gas prices, bed sheets, spreadsheets. It’s fast. Blink, and life will pass you by, so they say. But I try to slow the pace, to live while I blink.”

Over imagery of sailing down majestic slopes on his skis and pedalling ever closer to his goal, he continues:

“The pace at which I move dictates whether I’m exploring or simply moving. Operating under my own power ensures that I’m never too fast to miss a chance to explore.”

Another clip, promoting a solar cell company, focuses more on the biking and camping.


Although this all looks lovely, according to the Aspen Times it was anything but an easy ride. A big reason was Leven’s timing of his trip. His derailleur broke down 56 metres into the journey, spring had an early start with a lot of meltwater and one of his two companions had to pack up and go home early.

Still, the Lofoten Islands seem to have left a good impression on the American.

“I’ve come to appreciate the more miserable trips, the ones that push you physically and mentally”, he tells the newspaper.

“It’s hard to explain why, but I think everyone can relate to that in some way.”

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