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.
High mountains, steep downhills and rough terrain – at first sight, Norway may seem like a cycling destination reserved for hard-core road cycling, mountain bike and downhill enthusiasts. 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 top cycling destination in Europe.
This is evident in the increasing number of destinations and facilities available for cycling tourists – for example in bike parks like Hafjell, Trysil and Geilo, cyclist-friendly accommodation options and bike rental and bike repair establishments.
One of the most well-known cycling routes 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. There are also ten national cycling 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.
Start planning your Norwegian cycling adventure below.
The growing interest for road cycling in Norway goes hand in hand with the popularity of cycling as a sport, fuelled by successful cyclists like Thor Hushovd.
You don’t have to be a devoted cyclist to explore Norway from the bike seat. We’ll help you find easy routes everyone can enjoy, including families with children.
Go mountain biking in Norway for that tremendous sense of freedom you get from scraggly forest trails, or just take your bike out into the open country.
Visit one of the world’s most mountainous countries and discover unheard biking opportunities.
Though there are great cycling possibilities all over Norway, these destinations are among the best in the country.
Try road cycling by the coast in breathtaking scenery or go mountain biking in the wilderness.
Cycling with a view. Discover the magnificent fjords of Norway from your saddle.
100 kilometres of natural single tracks and constructed cycling paths for the whole family await you in Trysil.
Huge lakes and high mountains form the backdrop for family-friendly cycling routes in Valdres.
All the top cycling destinations in Norway have exciting offers - guided cycling tours, accommodation packages and bike rental. Make your choice between easy cycling trips by the coast, uphill challenges in mountain terrain or full speed pedaling on scenic roads by the fjord.
Plan your mountain biking holiday in the challenging Norwegian terrain with these offers in mind.
To get the most out of your cycling holiday in Norway, race through these offers before you set off.
If you plan a family holiday on the two-wheeled skeleton, we bet you will find something that is both fun and easy among these selected cycling offers.
Thor Hushovd is considered the greatest Norwegian cyclist of all time. Among his merits are winning The UCI Road World Championship and several stages of the Tour de France. He takes a rare break to talk about his preferred rides all over Norway that feature what he loves the most: untouched nature.
Are you an experienced cyclist, determined to see Norway with its many fjords and mountains from the seat of your bicycle? In that case, the national cycle routes may be just the thing for you.
Discover Norway offers cycling trips with accommodation all over Norway.
Over 100 kilometres of natural trails – Trysil is great for MTB fans, but it can be tricky to know where to go. Trysilguidene will get you on the right track.
Mjølkevegen, the Norwegian “Milky Way," offers various cycling routes through the heart of the Norwegian mountain highlands in Valdres.
Rallarvegen lets you set your own pace through 82 kilometres of mountainous scenery. No wonder it’s Norway’s most popular cycle route.
Explore the Oslofjord from your bicycle. You’ll be surprised and charmed by idyllic spots, lovely beaches and the harbour villages along the coast.
Running from 10 August to 13 August 2017, the 5th edition of the Arctic race of Norway will be made up of 4 stages and will cover a total distance of 680 kilometres.
Norway is a country of outstanding natural beauty, with dramatic waterfalls, crystal clear fjords, majestic mountains, and spectacular glaciers. 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. 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 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.
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.
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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