The mountain range between Valdres and Hallingdal in Eastern Norway features one of the country’s largest mountain farm areas. Ride next to large lakes and meet sheep, goats and cows on the way. Some summer mountain farms are open for visitors during the summer season (July and August) and will give you a genuine taste of Valdres’ food traditions.
Most cycle routes in Valdres fall in the categories easy and easy/medium. Cycle on your own or book a family friendly cycling package. There are options suitable for families with children from around seven years old, as well as more demanding tours for experienced cyclists.
The season lasts from mid-June to mid-September.
Valdres has several easily accessible and signposted routes, in open mountain surroundings. Most of the routes are 15 to 35 kilometres long, typically on flat or just slightly hilly roads. Good places to start are Beitostølen, Vaset and Tisleidalen, where you find accommodation, cafés and grocery stores.
For an easy introduction, try the trip around the Vaset Lake (11 kilometres) or the lovely roundtrip from Vaset to Flyvatnet Lake and back via Krististølen and Flyin (24 kilometres). The idyllic Reinsenn Lake between Kriststølen and Nøsen is a good spot for a break or a picnic, and maybe even a swim on a sunny day.
A slightly more challenging trip goes from Beitostølen round the Øyangen Lake (32 kilometres). The Panorama Road daytrip (62 kilometres) goes from Tisleidalen to Fagernes via Langestølen, Nøsen mountain hotel, Vaset, Ulnes and Leira.
If you are looking for more demanding rides, you can do an all-day back road adventure and include short stretches of cart roads or trundle paths, for example around the Gråkampen Mountain and the Hellin Lake.
For a real workout, ride the paved road from Beitostølen up to the Valdresflya Plateau (at 1,390 metres) – a total climb of 650 metres.
The free Valdres bicycle guide is a useful tool when planning your trip. It contains more than 25 route suggestions of different lengths and levels, plus a map of Valdres (scale 1:200 000). Contact the tourist information on +47 61 35 94 10 or email email@example.com, and they will send it to you.
Where to stay
Valdres is a so called Cyclists Welcome destination with ten certified tourist establishments in the area. This makes it easier for you to find accommodation that focus on cyclists and their needs.
Cyclist Welcome accommodations in Valdres
Bicycle rental is available at eight sport shops and tourist establishments. They offer both mountain and city bikes. For more information, please email the tourist information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A family friendly cycling four day package at Vaset
- Cycling along the old Valdres railway (34 kilometres)
- Active Holiday at Vaset, four days with cycling, hiking and visiting summer mountain farms
- 4-day round trip with bike and boat at the gateway to Jotunheimen
Visit Valdres' official website for more information about cycling in Valdres.
How to get here
Valdres is easily accessible from the main gateways in the country.
Valdresekspressen: up to six times daily from Oslo-Fagernes.
Øst-Vest Ekspressen: once a day between Lillehammer and Bergen via Fagernes.
Timetable and prices are available at nor-way.no.
Up to two flights daily (except Saturdays) with Air Norway from Oslo Gardermoen to Fagernes Airport.
More information about the area is available at Valdres' official website.