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Rallarvegen bicycling route, Hardangervidda mountain plateau, Norway - Photo: Marius Arnesen/happygolucky.no
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Rallarvegen bicycling route, Hardangervidda mountain plateau, Norway Photo: Marius Arnesen/happygolucky.no

Top 10 bicycling routes in Norway

The Norwegian travel magazine Reiser & Ferie and the Norwegian Biking Association have ranked Norway’s top ten biking routes.

1. Rallarvegen, from Geilo to Voss

This is Norway’s most popular biking route. The 130 miles 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 good sign posts. You should order your accommodation in advance. Bring your swimming and fishing gear.

4. Dovrefjell and Rondane, from Hjerkinn to Dovre

At 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. Don’t get to 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 Edward Munch’s house. Keep going south and you will reach Sandefjord, then Larvik and the small summer town 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, which is a sign posted 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, where the white wooden houses in the old town is a recommended visit.

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 want an easier route, 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 stretches itself across bridges along the dramatically beautiful coast in Western Norway. Visit small fishing villages, the famous Ona lighthouse and the cities of Molde and Kristiansund.

For more information on different types of cycling holidays in Norway, go to Bike Norway

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Last updated:  2014-05-22
Bicycling along the coast of Helgeland in Nordland, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic life/Innovation Norway
Bicycling along the coast of Helgeland in Nordland, Norway
Mountain bicycling between Valdres and Hallingdal, Norway - Photo: Merete Nordberg
Mountain bicycling between Valdres and Hallingdal, Norway

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Rallarvegen bicycling route, Hardangervidda mountain plateau, Norway - Photo: Marius Arnesen/happygolucky.no

Top 10 bicycling routes in Norway

The Norwegian travel magazine Reiser & Ferie and the Norwegian Biking Association have ranked Norway’s top ten biking routes.

Top 10 bicycling routes in Norway

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