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Discover Norway by bike

A two-wheel adventure

Discover Norway by bike

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Norway's most beautiful cycling routes

Ride off to the midnight sun, spend hours peddling along deep-blue fjords or race down a mountain at breakneck speed: what more could you wish for in a biking holiday? Norway has it all. The best time to explore the natural beauty of Norway by bike is during the warmer summer months; and with those longer hours of daylight you can squeeze in a few more kilometres before calling it a day.

Rallarvegen

Up and down Hallingdal

The historic Rallarvegen is probably the most famous bike route in Norway. Although it was originally built for the railway workers of the Oslo-Bergen line in the late 1990s, today the 81-km-long gravel track that runs along mountains, glaciers, rivers and waterfalls is on the list of many a cyclist.

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Start off in Haugastøl and climb 200 metres to Finse, where on clear days you can spot the glacier tongues of Hardangerjøkulen. Push your way up to Fagervatnet Lake at 1343 m, after which it’s all downhill as you race through the spectacular Flåmsdalen Valley to the final destination of Flåm, a little village on the fjord.

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Haugastøl is easily accessible by train from Oslo and Bergen. The villages along the way are set up for cycle tours so you will have no problems renting a bike or having your luggage delivered. The best time to explore this route is between July and September, but make sure you pack plenty of warm waterproof clothing, as even in summer it can snow in this area.

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Fjords

Mountain biking through Nordfjord and Stryn

Ålesund, on the Geiranger Fjord (a UNESCO World Heritage site), is considered one of the most picturesque cities in Norway. It is an excellent starting point for a bike ride through the fjords of Stryn and Nordfjord and, thanks to over 150 km of bike route, one of the most popular mountain bike destinations in Norway. 

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Whether you are riding on a deserted coastal road or an old cart trail, the views are breathtaking and the majestic mountain scenes compete with those of azure waters, sandy beaches and glaciers. Adventurous travellers can get their kicks from the downhill course in Harpefossen.

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Save the date!

Every year in May and August, Folven hosts the Folven Bike Festival, a great occasion to exchange tips on challenging mountain bike routes.

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This video will take you on a magnificent trip around Norway

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Helgeland

Island-hopping in northern Norway

Rugged Helgeland in northern Norway is a spectacular cycling destination: the area consists of thousands of islands, accessible by bridge or by ferry. In summer it stays pleasantly cool and the sun barely sets. The scenic route takes you along the rugged west coast of Brønnøysund to Sandnessjøen, overlooking the high cliffs and open ocean.

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Helgeland is the perfect destination for the entire family: there are practically no climbs and Brønnøysund offers a number of fun day trips. Visit a traditional fishing village in the Vega Archipelago (a UNESCO World Heritage site) or cruise to Lovund Island to see the puffins.

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Oslo Fjord

The south of Norway

Those who fancy an active outing from the Norwegian capital can take a trip across the Oslo Fjord. From Oslo, take the train to Sonsveien, then cycle south along the fjord through the villages of Son and Moss. The route is mostly flat and there are plenty of spots along the way to take a break on the beach or in one of the fishing villages, making it perfect for a family field trip.

After you reach Jeløya, you can board the ferry to the other side of the fjord and bike from Horten to Åsgårdstrand. Fun fact: this road takes you past the house of the famous painter Edvard Munch.

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