Cycling in Norway equals gentle rides through quaint villages and magnificent nature – but also tough mountain biking trails and big events like the Arctic Race.
High mountains, steep downhills, and rough terrain – at first sight, Norway may seem like a cycling destination reserved for hard-core road cycling or mountain and downhill biking. And sure, if you want a challenge on two wheels, we can help you with that.
On the other hand, there’s a lot more to Norway than hair-raising peaks. Thanks to a remarkably varied topography, even the more inexperienced couch cyclists among us can find suitable routes. It is a wonderful way to get closer to nature, discover hidden gems in the countryside, and perhaps even experience an extra amount of goodwill from the locals.
The interest in cycling in Norway has skyrocketed in the last few years. A number of local and national initiatives are turning the country into a European top cycling destination. This is evident in the increasing number of destinations and facilities available for cycling tourists – for example in mtb/freeride parks like Hafjell, Trysil, and Geilo, cyclist-friendly accommodation options, and bike rental and repair shops.
One of the best known bike trails in the country is Rallarvegen, which was named Norway’s finest bicycle road by the magazine Travel and Vacation. Starting in the mountains and ending by the fjord, it is lined with steep descents and wild waterfalls.
Other noteworthy cycling destinations are Valdres, Telemark, Helgeland, and Fjord Norway. You can also try out the national cycle routes that have been designed to take you around by bike while avoiding heavy traffic. Just keep in mind that some parts are recommended for experienced cyclists.
Those who like a healthy competition can enjoy several yearly bike races. In the Arctic Race of Norway, some of the best pro cyclists in the world will compete, surrounded by stunning, wild, and dramatic Norwegian scenic backdrops. If you want to participate yourself, both the 86 kilometres long trail race Birken and the 543 kilometres long road cycling race Styrkeprøven (the great trial of strength) are Norwegian classics.
On the 549 kilometre long Classic fjord tour, you’ll get to experience The Atlantic Road, Trollstigen, the Geirangerfjord and the Hjørundfjord.
Going through rolling hills and expansive stretches of grass, it is no wonder that Mjølkevegen is one of Norway’s most popular cycle routes.
Magic Moose is a seven-kilometre long flow path located right in the middle of the ski resort in Trysil. And the best thing – it is only one of many fantastic mountain biking options in Trysil bike arena!
As a cycling fan, the north-western part of Fjord Norway is well worth a visit. Sail from your base to the marvelous routes across the Atlantic Road and up the Trollstigen road.