Cycling in Norway equals gentle rides through quaint villages and magnificent nature – but also tough mountain biking trails and big events like the Arctic Race.
High mountains, steep downhills, and rough terrain – at first sight, Norway may seem like a cycling destination reserved for hard-core road cycling or mountain and downhill biking. And sure, if you want a challenge on two wheels, we can help you with that.
On the other hand, there’s a lot more to Norway than hair-raising peaks. Thanks to aremarkably varied topography, even the more inexperienced couch cyclists among us can find suitable routes. It is a wonderful way to get closer to nature, discover hidden gems in the countryside, and perhaps even experience an extra amount of goodwill from the locals.
The interest for cycling in Norway has skyrocketed in the last few years. A number of local and national initiatives are turning the country into a European top cycling destination. This is evident in the increasing number of destinations and facilities available for cycling tourists – for example in mtb/freeride parks like Hafjell, Trysil, and Geilo, cyclist-friendly accommodation options, and bike rental and repair shops.
One of the best-known bike trails in the country is Rallarvegen, which was named Norway’s finest bicycle road by the magazine Travel and Vacation. Located in Fjord Norway, it is lined by steep descents and wild waterfalls.
Other noteworthy cycling destinations are Valdres, Telemark, Helgeland, and Lofoten. You can also try out ten national cycling routesthat have been designed to take you around by bike whilst avoiding heavy traffic. Just keep in mind that some parts are recommended for experienced cyclists.
Those who like a healthy competition can enjoy several yearly bike races. In the Arctic Race of Norway, some of the best pro cyclists in the world will compete, surrounded by stunning, wild, and dramatic Norwegian scenic backdrops. If you want to participate yourself, both the 86 kilometres long trail race Birken and the 543 kilometres long road cycling race The great trial of strength, Trondheim-Oslo are Norwegian classics.
You don’t have to be a devoted cyclist to explore Norway from the seat of a bicycle. We’ll help you find easy routes everyone can enjoy, including families with children. Do you prefer leisurely cycling by the coast, through green valleys, or along deep blue fjords rather than reckless adventures in untamed nature or up and down gruelling hills? No worries – Norway has lots of options. The nifty thing about many Norwegian cycling routes is that even long, tough trails can be segmented into easier, bite-sized chunks. So just because you are a beginner or have young children, there is no need to miss out on Norway’s classic cycling destinationslike Mjølkevegen and the Telemark Canal in the south-east, Helgeland in Northern Norway, and even some parts of Rallarvegen in Fjord Norway. Scroll down for a selection of short and sweet cycling options. Norwegians have definitely discovered the joy of cycling in the last few years, and it has become quite easy to pedal your way around the country. There are plenty of places for bike rental and repairs, and many accommodation providers have joined the “Cyclists Welcome” scheme, which means that they are fully prepared to host cycling tourists. Are you an experienced cyclist, determined to see Norway with its many fjords and mountains from the seat of your bicycle? In that case, the national cycle routes may be just the thing for you.
Many countries, including Norway, have national cycle routes – a network of long distance cycling routesmeant for those who seek a proper challenge. And when we say long distance, we really mean it. Some of these routes are for adventurers and experienced cyclists only. If you’re not in the cycling shape of your life, you can still enjoy parts of a longer route, and though some of the routes are quite demanding, others are shorter and well suited for anyone who can ride a bike. The national cycle routes guide you between cities and regions in Norway, avoiding most roads with heavy traffic. You can cycle along fjords, through forests and valleys, and even across mountains. On the way, you can visit exciting cultural and historical sites as well as small towns, scenic locations, and interesting attractions. Bring your fishing rod or eat your way through the local food culture.