Imagine cycling on quiet mountain gravel roads. There is no noise, no pollution and no traffic. The only road blocks from time to time are a few curious goats, cute sheep or lazy cows that are just grazing around and generally enjoying summer.
Sounds perfect for a cycling holiday, doesn’t it? And yet Valdres does not get overcrowded with tourists – there is plenty of space for everyone.
Valdres is a certified Cyclist Welcome destination with hundreds of kilometres of marked cycling routes. The varied landscape makes sure even the most experienced cycling enthusiasts don’t get bored. The terrain is dominated by large lakes and impressive mountains, however many routes are surprisingly easy and suitable for the whole family. You can get lots of tips in the Valdres Bicycle guide, which contains 20 route suggestions developed by the local tourist office.
It is easy to combine your cycling holiday with activities like hiking, fishing, and visits to summer mountain farms and cultural sites. Choose traditional accommodation along the way and you will also have every chance to experience the best of the region’s local delicacies.
Mjølkevegen (literally "the milk road") has been voted as one of Norway’s nicest cycling routes, and for a good reason.
The 250 kilometre long route goes through a big part of Valdres' scenic mountain- and farming landscape, from the Ruten Mountain Lodge in Espedalen to the Storefjell Resort Hotell on Golsfjellet. But it is perfectly possible to divide Mjøkevegen into several shorter sections, according to your preferred length and level – check out the package suggestions from 2-3 to 5 days. Baggage transportation and bicycle rental are available on request.
Get the ultimate cycling experience by challenging yourself along 250 kilometres of beautiful mountain roads. The route takes 4-6 days depending on your level and preferences – there are plenty of things to see and do on the way!
The route includes some challenging sections and it is not recommended that beginners or young children attempt the full route.
Many cyclists start or end the trip at Storefjell Resort Hotel in Gol or at Ruten Fjellstue in Espedalen/Vinstra. For a personal itinerary, please contact Valdres Tourist Office (tel. 0047 61 35 94 10), and they will be happy to help.
The family route is an easy route to the mountain resorts of Vaset and Storefjell. It is a great alternative for families with children, less experienced cyclists, or simply those who prefer to take it easy.
Enjoy the silence, admire the views, breathe the fresh air, and pay a visit to some of the summer mountain farms with grazing animals.
Price from NOK 995 per person per night including accommodation, breakfast, packed lunch and dinner. Children from 6-15 years go half price, and 0-5 year-olds can join for free. Bike rental and baggage transportation are available on request.
This section of Mjølkevegen is both challenging and easy, but one thing is for sure – it will give you an experience of a lifetime. The boat ride with the over 100 year old M/B Bitihorn across the Bygdin Lake makes this a truly unique tour.
Some parts require a decent level of fitness, but it is worth the effort: You are rewarded with astonishing views and an easy downhill ride on the other side.
Price from NOK 1,050 per person per night including accommodation, breakfast, packed lunch and dinner. Bike rental and luggage transportation are available on request.
A cycling adventure that suits both beginners and experienced cyclists. Bike at your own pace across the mountain plateau between Valdres and Golsfjellet.
This is a quiet mountain area with open views over the tall peaks in Jotunheimen. The area is also popular area for hiking and fishing.
Price from NOK 995 per person per night including accommodation, breakfast, packed lunch and dinner. Children from 6-15 years go half price, and 0-5 year-olds can join for free. Bicycle rental and baggage transportation are available on request.
Make Storefjell Resort Hotel (1,001 metres above sea level) your base for a cycling holiday at Golsfjellet and the surrounding mountain areas. With easy access to numerous trails in the woods, over mountain plains and through rural landscapes, this is no doubt one of the best areas for cycling in the Norwegian mountains. Storefjell is also the starting and finishing point for the Mjølkevegen route.
Price from NOK 645 per night including breakfast, maps and route suggestions. Storefjell’s facilities include a mini water-park, a spa, bike rental, transport to and from the train and bus station, restaurants and horseback riding.
Take the whole family on an easy, 35-kilometre long cycling trip lined with grand views. Cycle at your own pace through farm pastures and by lakes in the idyllic area of Jaslangen. The highest point on the trip is Panoramavegen, where you have a 360 degree view and can see all the way to the Jotunheimen National Park.
Price from NOK 925 per night in a double room including breakfast, packed lunch and dinner. Children from 0 to 5 years can join for free, and those from 6 to 15 years get a 50% discount.
Valdres has plenty of fun for mountain bikers, too. Explore the MTB possibilities with this package, offered by Merket in the Tisleidalen valley.
You will stay close to many kilometres of cycling routes in beautiful surroundings, mainly on quiet mountain and forest roads near Golsfjellet and Stølsvidda.
Merket has 54 rooms spread out on a number of different buildings. They have made their own mountain bike trails with four levels of difficulty, and also offer their guests free use of the Jacuzzi, sauna and canoes (pre-booking required). The offer is available 1 June to 1 October 2017.
Price from NOK 1,740 per person in a double room (full board).
The nearest international airport is Oslo Airport, located 175 kilometre south from the regional center of Fagernes and 215 kilometre from Beitostølen. Rental cars available at the airport.
From Oslo Central Station/Oslo Airport, there are express bus services available to Fagernes and Beitostølen. There are also bus services from Bergen, Lillehammer, Gjøvik and Gol.
If your starting point is Gol or Vinstra, we recommend taking the train from Oslo Airport/Oslo Central Station. At the station, you can book a pick-up service to your hotel/lodge.
Cycling in Norway equals tough mountain biking trails and big events like the Arctic Race – but also gentle rides through quaint villages and magnificent nature.
According to National Geographic, the Besseggen ridge is one of the top 20 hikes in the world. Not surprisingly, it’s located in Valdres - the home of some the most spectacular mountains in Norway.