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Give wheels a chance

Whether you seek a demanding slog up a mountain or a gentle ride between picturesque small towns, the varied landscapes of Norway will provide suitable challenges riding on two wheels.

Let’s be honest, on paper Norway looks like a difficult place to enjoy your cycling holiday unless you are fit as a fiddle. Yes, the mountains are high, some of the downhills are steep and the terrain is sometimes rough.

But with if you seek a challenge, Norway is an exciting country for biking, and even the more inexperienced “couch cyclists” among us can find suitable routes by doing some research and finding out where the infrastructure is in place for easier trips.

It’s a bit of cliché, but on the poster it says “even though the roads won’t take your breath away, the scenery will”. You could for instance try the Kystriksveien Coastal Road, that takes you past jagged mountains, medieval churches, sandy beaches and thousands of islands.

Or you could check out the midnight sun, bird cliffs and small fishing communities in the Lofoten or Vesterålen islands.

Another route, Rallarvegen (The Navvy Road), was, with its steep descents and wild waterfalls, named Norway's finest bicycle road by the magazine Travel and Vacation.

If you don’t want to spend too much time planning, Norway has ten national cycling routes that connect all mainland parts of the country. The routes are designed to take you between cities and towns while avoiding most roads with heavy traffic.

As in most other places around the world, the environment and climate-change is on the Norwegian political agenda. If you use your bike as means of transportation instead of a car, you will probably experience an extra amount of good-will from the locals, and get much closer to nature, local traditions and the many hidden gems of the countryside than you would from a motorized vehicle.

 

Ride some spectacular routes

Telemark
Telemarkskanalen
Kåre Pedersen
Road cycling along the Atlantic Road
Atlanterhavsveien
Mattias Fredriksson/visitnorway.com
Hemsedal Bike Park
Hemsedal
Hemsedal.com/Steffen Gulbrandsen
Cycling in Hamnøya, Lofoten
Hamnøya, Lofoten
CH - Visitnorway.com
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Cyclists Welcome makes it easy-peasy

The fact that cyclists are welcome is hopefully a given, but Cyclist Welcome is actually a scheme that can be found in many European countries, including Norway. Companies awarded this badge, accommodation providers, tourist information centres and destinations in Norway, commit themselves to be excellent hosts for cyclists. They will offer you secure bicycle parking, repair kits, informations about nearby routes and much more.
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Rallarvegen (The Navvies Road) is the most popular cycling route in Norway, starting at 1000 meters above sea level before descending toward the fjord. The road is named after the "rallar" or navvies, the railway construction workers building the Bergensbanen railroad in the early 1900s.

Leaving it as you found it

Take only pictures, keep only memories

Norwegian philosophy is very much 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 use of the wilderness.

Whether it's hiking in the mountains or biking 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 the landscape or 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 not easy, nor is it quickly done. But it is definitely worth it.

See photos of people exploring Norwegian nature and learn how to stay safe with the Norwegian Mountain Code.

The trail code

Manners and common sense on the trail

Having great trails to ride on is not a right, but a privilege. The Norwegian Organization for Mountain Biking (NOTS) urges everyone to be considerate of the trails and ski trails. Here are the most important guidelines for trail-wit.

  • Be considerate and give way for pedestrians and skiers.
  • Limit your speed, avoid being a danger or nuisance to others.
  • Avoid making new trails.
  • Don't cross the ski tracks more than necessary.
  • Don't ride on vulnerable trails just after periods of heavy rainfall.
  • Don't ride in the ski trails when it is breakthrough snow.
  • Don't make the trail wider.
  • Carry your bike through marshlands to prevent deep grooves. 
  • Don't lock the rear wheel when riding down steep hills.
  • The biker riding uphill has the right of way.
  • Avoid riding in the most popular ski trails during peak hours on weekends and public holidays.

Don't forget to taste Norway on your bike ride

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