A trip for the hardy!
The route crosses the municipality from west to east. Following the fjord, the route passes the Henie Onstad Art Centre, DNV, Strand restaurant and Polhøgda. The route ends at the Lysaker docks with a great view of the fjord. This is a tough ride, sometimes over difficult terrain.
Without detours, the route is roughly 10 km long.
The route begins at the Tourist Information Centre at Sandvika Storsenter (shopping centre). If you don’t already have one, you can rent a bicycle here. Follow Claude Monets Allé southeast. At the end of the road is Bærum Kulturhus (Bærum Cultural Centre), designed by the architectural firm Snøhetta, and constructed in 2003.
Cross Sandvik River. Pass Bærum rådhus (Bærum City Hall), designed by Magnus Poulsson and completed in 1926 and later in 1960. At the town hall you will find a statue, “Friheten” (Freedom), and a fountain called “Elementene” (The Elements), both by Arnold Haukeland. Take a right, and then a left onto Gamle Drammensvei. Malskrivergården, one of Sandvika’s oldest preserved buildings from approx. 1640, stands to your left. From here you can go south and continue around Sjøholmen. However, some sections of this path are ill-suited for bicycles. Take a left instead and cycle through Solvik boat harbour. Turn right toward Høvikodden. You will reach Henie Onstad Art Centre, where you can take in an art exhibit and enjoy some refreshments at Bølgen og Moi. Høvikodden also offers a family-friendly beach.
Continue along the coastal path, through Veritas Park. There you will see DNV, one of Bærum’s largest businesses. From here you have a view of the beautiful archipelago. The path from DNV to Sarbuvollen is rugged – probably better to head up into the forest. Most people will prefer to walk their bicycle here. The path ends at Maries vei. From here, continue on to Sarbuvollveien, take a right and follow National bicycle route no.1. You will pass the popular Strand restaurant which offers a view of Holtekilen and the top of the white Statoil building at Fornebu. After about 2 km, the Telenor Arena will come into view. This is Bærum’s largest venue, offering concerts, horse shows and much more.
Cycle under Snarøyveien, take a right and follow the signs toward the Fridtjof Nansen Institute. You will pass Polhøgda, which once was the home of the polar explorer, scientist, humanist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Fridtjof Nansen. Pull in at Bombakken, turn right on Dicks vei and take a left at Strandveien. You have now reached Lysaker, one of Bærum’s best nodes for knowledge-driven businesses. There are cafés and restaurants along the docks. To the south is Nesodden, the east, Oslo, and to the north is the mouth of Lysaker River. Lysaker station is just nearby. You can take the train back to Sandvika from there.
Tourist Information at Sandvika Storsenter (shopping centre)
Phone: 67 52 23 00