1. Rallarvegen, from Geilo to Voss
This is Norway’s most popular biking route. The 210 kilometres long road is a must for bicycling enthusiasts. It takes you from Geilo, through the Hardangervidda mountain plateau down to either Voss, or Flåm by the Aurlandsfjord. In spring there is still some snow left, so remember to check snow conditions before you go. A good place to start the trip is at Haugastøl, where you will find a train station and a large parking space.
2. Coastal route in Nordland
This route goes from Brønnøysund to Sandnessjøen and back to Brønnøysund.
The coast of Helgeland in Nordland offers beautiful mountains, beaches, skerries and islands, including the UNESCO protected island of Vega. Dønna is known for sea eagles.
3. Mjølkeveien in Oppland
This is either a round-trip on Stølsvidda mountain plateau, or a one-way route from Golsfjellet to Fagernes in Valdres. At the mountain plateau between Valdres and Hallingdal, there is a large area with mountain pastures where you can bike for several miles with a fantastic view of the mountains in Jotunheimen. There are signposts along the way. You should order your accommodation in advance. Bring your swimming and fishing gear.
4. Dovrefjell and Rondane, from Hjerkinn to Dovre
On this route you have a good view of the mountains in Dovre and Rondane national parks. Take a short detour on the Snøheimveien road towards Snøhetta, where you can see the rare musk ox. Do not get too close to the animals.
5. The Oslofjord
A good starting point is Sonsveien station in Østfold, where you can bike through Son and Moss and Jeløya. From here you can take a ferry across the fjord. On the way from Horten to Åsgårdstrand, you can visit Edvard Munch’s house. Keep going south and you will reach Sandefjord, then Larvik and the small summer town of Stavern.
6. Mjøstråkk, from Lillehammer via Hamar to Gjøvik
The old paddle steamer Skibladner ties together the towns around the Mjøsa lake. The same goes for Mjøstråkk, a signposted biking route that starts off in the Olympic town of Lillehammer, and goes all the way around Norway’s largest lake.
7. Jæren, from Egersund to Stavanger
The area around Brusand is known for its flat, coastal landscape and special light, and you will find Norway’s longest beach at Orresanden. The route goes through the Norwegian oil capital Stavanger, and take in the white wooden houses in the picturesque old town.
8. The Telemark Canal, from Skien to Dalen
From this suggestion in Telemark, you can choose a hard long route, or an easy short one. The canal boat will take you from Skien in the south all the way up to the Bandaksjøen lake, where you will find the famous Dalen Hotel. This is a good starting point for a more demanding route. If you prefer an easier alternative, start at Lunde.
9. Numedal, from Geilo to Kongsberg
This route starts in the mountain village of Geilo. Bring warm clothes, as the route goes through three mountain passes. If you want an easier version of this trip, try to arrange a lift to Ånevatn. From there you will have only downhill in front of you. You will pass the Uvdal Stave Church, and will end up in the silver mine town of Kongsberg.
10. The Atlantic Road
The Atlantic Road in Fjord Norway, famed for its many bridges, follows a particularly scenic stretch of the Norwegian west coast. Visit small fishing villages, the famous Ona Lighthouse and the towns of Molde and Kristiansund.
For more information on different types of cycling holidays in Norway, go to Bike-norway.com.
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