For three weeks last July, filmmaker Olaf Obsommer, engineer Lukas Wielatt, and journalist Philip Baues traveled from river to river throughout Norway — all with their kayaks hitched to their bikes. Their goal was to paddle Norway’s classic whitewater while leaving a small carbon footprint and experiencing the challenge of minimalist travel. Biking with the adage that pain is temporary; glory is forever, Olaf, Jens, Lukas and Philip wanted to “earn” the rivers they paddled. For them, the trip was not only about the steepest rapids or the highest waterfall, but also about the journey itself: the scenery, the people and discovering simplicity.

Check out more on this story featured in December’s issue of Canoe & Kayak magazine, on stands now.