An open mountain landscape, grand views, cute sheep, friendly hosts and home-cooked meals are a few reasons to give Valdres a chance on your next cycling holiday.
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 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.
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.
When cycling on the roads in Norway, the same traffic regulations and road signs apply to you as to cars and other vehicles: Keep to the right, give way to those coming from your right, and don’t drink and bike.
You may cycle on the pavement, but adapt your speed. You may not cycle on motorways and dual carriageways. Always wear a helmet when cycling. A high visibility vest is a good idea, especially on busy roads. Only children under the age of 10 may be carried as passengers.
In darkness and poor visibility make sure your bike is equipped with a white or yellow light in the front, and a red light in the back. You also need a red reflector in the rear and white or yellow reflectors on the pedals.
Make sure your bike has two brakes that work independently of each other and a bicycle bell.
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