Bikepacking The Balkans by Jenny Tough

Jenny Tough just returned from a solo, off-pavement, 2,000km bikepacking adventure through nine countries in the Balkan region. Along the way she made this a film to document her travels…

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Words and photos by Jenny Tough

The memories of tensions in the Balkan region may remain fresh, but make no mistake, the Balkans are safe, welcoming, and ready to be explored. On my journey I travelled through nine countries, enjoying muddy single tracks, gravel roads, farm tracks, hiking trails, and some very potholed pavement. The region is mountainous, and what some of the mountains may lack in height they certainly make up for in grades – you’ll want a bike with gears for this one. Wild camping is easy and abundant, although with prices significantly lower than the rest of Europe you could easily stay in cheerful guesthouses instead. Completing my trip in April meant that I saw all seasons, from soaring heat on the coast of the Adriatic, to knee-deep snowfall in the Bosnian mountains. Everywhere I went, I was greeted and befriended by charming locals, and as a solo woman was always made to feel safe. The only risk are the stray dogs – they have a particular appetite for cyclists!

  • Bikepacking the Balkans by Jenny Tough
  • Bikepacking the Balkans by Jenny Tough

This film was entirely self-shot on a compact camera, and I hope it encourages more people to give bikepacking a shot!

Jenny Tough

About Jenny Tough

Jenny Tough grew up in the Canadian Rockies and has since cycled, ran, hiked, sailed, trekked, kayaked, skied, surfed, and camped across six continents, racking up a few good tales along the way. Follow Jenny on Instagram @jennytough or her website at

  • Berten De Canne

    This movie brings a smile on my face ????

  • Benjamin Ball

    A joy to watch. Thanks for sharing…

  • Harkaitz Galarraga Errazkin

    track of the route please ? thanks

  • Christopher Luche

    Hi Jenny. Your trip looks amazing! I’m cycling in the Balkans this. Summer (Slovenia to Athens). Wondering if you are able to give any advice? All the best :)

  • George Mattera

    outstanding!!!!! Thank you!

  • amazing looking trip! thanks for sharing and congrats on a great adventure!

  • BC

    Thanks for sharing! Could you talk something about your packing list ? You always packing lightweight, thats great !

  • You reader, if you are bikepacking in Croatia, just write. I can help you with a lot of things.

  • Carlos Barroso

    thanks :)

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