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Single track adventures

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.

Top 5 mountain biking spots

Henrik Alpers is the leading man in Norway for everything related to two wheels powered by hard working legs. Among numerous initiatives and activities, he is also the editor-in-chief at Landevei, a magazine for MTB enthusiasts. Here Alpers recommends his five favourite mountain biking spots; single track bliss and major attractions for bikers. 

1. Hafjell Bike Park

Hafjell has quickly become an epicentre for cycling enthusiasts of all levels. The underestimated MTB part of the park is at least as rich in experiences as the downhill area, and most definitely worth a visit. The nearby Sjusjøen Mountain Bike Park offers equally exciting biking possibilities.

2. Trysil Bike Arena

Already well established as Norway’s largest winter sports destination, Trysil is about to gain widespread credit for its new biking facilities. Trysil Bike Arena has more than 100 kilometres of family friendly single tracks and marked routes, both in the mountain and in the forest. The single track field Gullia is full of fun challenges for the whole family. The Fjellekspressen lift brings people and bikes up in the mountain throughout the summer.

3. Arendal single track: Tungvekteren

Tungvekteren, Arendal
Tungvekteren, Arendal.
Photo: Thomas Brynjulf Svendsen/Froland Kommune

Tour suggestions in Arendal

Tungvekteren, Arendal.
Photo: Thomas Brynjulf Svendsen/Froland Kommune

A fun, 8-kilometre long path with many adjoining tracks. Top features include diverse ground surfaces and charming wooden bridges created by local carpenters. Opened only a few years ago, Tungvekteren has already become a favourite for both families and MTB enthusiasts, many of whom don’t hesitate to come from afar. There are also plenty of routes to try in the area around Arendal. For more information about Tungvekteren, please contact Arendal Singletrack

4. Nordmarka

Barely any capital in the world offers such an immense, preserved forest only a short trip from the city centre. The Oslo-based starting points Holmenkollen, Frognerseteren, Sørkedalen and Sognsvann are all easy to reach by public transport. Further possibilities for adventurous mountain biking are found if you enter Nordmarka from the west or the north. Nordmarka has several sports cabins and traditional eateries that serve homemade food, among them Ullevålseter. (Photo: Visit Oslo/Tord Baklund)

5. Finnemarka

The diverse biking challenges of Drammensmarka and Finnemarka suit both easy-paced families and enthusiasts who prefer long, demanding trips. There are several good starting points for excursions in the Drammen region, for example Ulevann Krokstad Skauen, Engersetra and Drammen Skisenter.

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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.

The right of access

Guidelines to roaming where you want

As long as you understand and follow a few basic rules and regulations, you are free to walk almost everywhere in the Norwegian countryside. Outdoor recreation is an important part of the national identity, and access to nature is considered a right established by law.

The so called right of access (“allemannsretten”) is a traditional right from ancient times. Since 1957, it has been part of the Outdoor Recreation Act. It ensures that everybody can experience nature, even on larger privately owned areas.

The main rules are easy: Be considerate and thoughtful. Make sure you pick up your rubbish and show respect for nature and people – in other words, leave the landscape as you would want to find it.

The right to roam applies to open country, sometimes also known as “unfenced land”, which is land that is not cultivated. In Norway, the term covers most shores, bogs, forests and mountains. Small islands of uncultivated land within cultivated land are not regarded as open country.

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