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Mountain biking in Telemark, Norway - Photo: Hamish Moore
Mountain biking in Telemark, Norway Photo: Hamish Moore

Mountain biking in Telemark

The Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau offers several tracks and tours for a proper mountain biking holiday.

The Hardangervidda – Norway´s largest national park – is considered to be one of the most beautiful cycling routes in Norway. The Krossobanen Cable Car whisks you up from Rjukan to the starting point 883 metres higher up. Here you have a fabulous view over Gaustatoppen to the south, Telemark's highest mountain and often referred to as Norway’s most beautiful peak.

If you are lucky, you will see wild reindeer and grouse as you go north across the Hardangervidda. You will also find many good fishing lakes where you can catch trout. The route is well signposted and maintained. After 30 kilometres you arrive at the cosy Kalhovd Tourist Cabin for dinner and a well-deserved rest.

Tour suggestions

If you are looking for a special mountain challenge, check out the uphill Tidal road from Dal, just east of Rjukan up to Gaustakne - a tour with an elevation of one thousand metres. At Stavsroi, close to the road’s highest point, consider hiking along the marked trail to the top of Gaustatoppen. On a clear day, this is one of the best viewpoints in the whole of Norway.

The climb from Dal to the top of Gaustatoppen is part of the last running leg of the Norseman X-treme Triathlon, said to be the hardest triathlons in the world with a winning time of about 11,5 hours.

Read more about biking in Telemark.

Bike rental

Telemark Adventure (in Dalen)
Raulandsfjell rents out bicycles, terrain cycles, child cycles and cycle trailers from May to October.
Rjukan Adventure
Quality Straand Hotel & Resort

Where to stay

Telemark offers a number of good hotels, apartments and cottages, from the coastal area of Grenland up to mountain areas such as Lifjell, Haukeli, Rauland and Rjukan/Gaustablikk. The Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) has cabins in Haukeli at Kalhovd and Mogen on the Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau.

How to get to Telemark

Telemark is easily accessible from the continent; by ferry routes from Denmark to Sandefjord, Larvik and Langesund or by air to Sandefjord Airport Torp, about one hour drive from Skien. The main roads are the E18 on the south coast from Oslo to Kristiansand, and the E134 from Oslo across the Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau to Haugesund and Bergen.

Last updated:  2014-02-20
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Mountain biking in Telemark, Norway - Photo: Foto Hamish

Mountain biking in Telemark

The Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau offers several tracks and tours for a proper mountain biking holiday.

Mountain biking in Telemark

Source: Visitnorway


Top summer activities in Telemark

Enjoy a cruise on the Telemark Canal, visit Norway's largest waterpark in Bø, or go cycling, hiking or paddling in Telemark's varied landscape.

Downhill cycling in Telemark

Travel to the mountains of Vrådal for some adventurous downhill cycling. There are three tracks available in the bike park.

Cycling in Telemark

Cycle along the historic Telemark Canal or on the Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau, or try coastline cycling with island hopping.

What to do in Rauland

Rauland offers undisturbed nature, varied hiking trails, great fishing, cycling, horse riding and moose safaris with moose guarantee.

What to do in Rjukan

Explore the Hardangervidda plateau by foot, bike or on the horseback, visit a mountain farm, have fun at Rjukan's aqualand or join a boat trip.

What to do in Kragerø

Opportunities for an active holiday abound in Kragerø. Activities include cycling, canoeing, golf and sea rafting, among others.

About Telemark


The county of Telemark is known for its canal, old farms, the mountain region around Gaustatoppen and the friendly coastline outside Kragerø.

Tourist information in Telemark

The tourist information offices in Telemark are at your service for trip planning and booking.

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