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 for 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. Located in Fjord Norway, it is lined by steep descents and wild waterfalls.
Other noteworthy cycling destinations are Valdres, Telemark, Helgeland, and Lofoten. You can also try out the national cycling routes that have been designed to take you around by bike whilst 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 The great trial of strength are Norwegian classics.
Though there are great cycling possibilities all over Norway, these destinations are amongst the best in the country.
The fact that cyclists are welcome is hopefully a given, but Cyclists Welcome is actually a scheme that can be found in many European countries, including Norway.
Companies in the collaboration – accommodation providers, tourist information centres, and destinations in Norway – commit themselves to be excellent hosts for cyclists. They will offer secure bicycle parking, repair kits, information about nearby routes, public transport, and where to eat along the way, and much more.
If you choose to spend your cycling holiday in one of these places, you will be well taken care of.
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Norway is a country of outstanding natural beauty. Preserving this landscape, its communities, and the way of life, is essential for locals and visitors alike.
Norwegian philosophy is very much that conservation is everyone’s responsibility.
The locals try to leave as small a footprint as possible. Leave it as you would like to find it is the mantra, regardless of where you are.
It is all about the quality of life. Not only now, but for the time to come as well.
Norway is a country of outstanding natural beauty, with dramatic waterfalls, crystal clear fjords, and majestic mountains and glaciers. Preserving this landscape, its communities, and the way of life is essential.
Norwegian philosophy is that conservation is everyone’s responsibility. Enjoying nature and the outdoors is considered a national pastime, and this is reflected in our attitude towards the preservation and our use of the wilderness.
Whether it’s hiking in the mountains or biking on an idyllic forest road, Norwegians try to leave as small a footprint as possible. Leave it as you would like to find it is the mantra, regardless of whether you are a guest in nature or in a small fishing village.
Quality of life is what it is all about, not only now, but for the time to come as well. It’s about recognizing that everybody else are just as important as ourselves, and taking steps to implement that thought in all aspects of life. It’s neither easy nor quickly done. But it is definitely worth it.