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Road cycling in Norway

Close to nature and local life by bike
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.
Two people cycling up a winding road above the Geirangerfjord
Road cycling above the Geirangerfjord.
Photo: Mattias Fredriksson / Visitnorway.com

It is easy to see the appeal of road cycling: By covering longer distances compared to walking, you get to see much more, and at the same time you stay active and get to be close to nature. It is equally easy to see what makes Norway a suitable location. The country is famous for its natural splendours, and you have the additional benefit of good quality roads, many of which are refreshingly free from traffic, noise, and pollution.

An indication of Norway’s road cycling possibilities is the number of events arranged here every year, notably Tour of Norway in May and the Arctic Race in August.

If you plan a road cycling holiday in Norway, you have several options. You could, for instance, combine a visit to Fjord Norway with a few day trips by bike. This is where some of the most famous cycling routes are located, like The Atlantic Road, Trollstigen, and Dalsnibba. Or you can head north to Lofoten:

“If I ever fancy an easy paced spot for cycling, then there is no better place to head for than Norway’s Lofoten Islands. Situated above the Arctic Circle, they are surely among the most beautiful places on earth”, says Andrew Straw, director of the tour operator Saddle Skedaddle in the British newspaper The Guardian.

Before you hit the road, please note that it’s forbidden to ride your bike in many of Norway’s tunnels. cycletourer.co.uk has a useful map over which Norwegian tunnels you are allowed to cycle through.

Top 5 road cycling routes in the mountains

Challenging mountain roads are waiting all over Norway. Pleasures on a high level are shared by Geir Stian Ulstein, the recognized mountain cycling enthusiast behind the reference guide book Bakker & Berg.

Please note that these tips for challenging road cycling mostly involve some transport of bikes by car. The local travel destinations will point out suitable points of departure with parking. Contact them to plan your trip and to make the most out of your road cycling trip.

  1. 1. Skykula

  2. A marvellous tour out of the ordinary in the Stavanger region. Depart from Ørsdalsvatnet to get the most out of the challenging uphill part of the route. There are plenty of good opportunities for dining along the way back to the coastal city of Egersund.


    Photo: Tor Simen Ulstein
  3. 2. Stalheimskleiva

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  5. 3. Galdhøpiggvegen

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  7. 4. Vestkapp

  8. Selje municipality in the county of Sogn & Fjordane offers some of Norway’s best short uphill routes, with Vestkapp (the West Cape) on the Fjord Coast as the most remarkable. Fix your eyes at the spherical weather station on the top at the end of the road, which has a panoramic view of the sea.

  9. 5. Kaperskaret

  10. An engineering marvel way up north at the outermost part of Senja, Norway’s second largest island, in the county of Troms. Whether you choose the shortest route uphill or the longer route around Senja, you’ll enjoy twisting roads, waterfalls, and sea views. For a tasty lunch, continue towards Finnsnes og Hamn.

Find your favourite road cycling route

Ulstein’s top 5 road cycling routes in the mountains
Depart from lake Ørsdalsvatnet to get the most out of the challenging uphill part of the route.
One of the steepest roads in Northern Europe, built during 1842-1846. Read more
Galdhøpiggvegen is 15 km long and offers an ascent of 1300 height meters in diverse scenery which varies from dense forest to bare rock and glaciers.… Read more
Northern Europe’s highest tarmac road – Galdhøpiggvegen
Experience Norway´s westernmost viewpoint with mainland connection - 496 metres above the sea! On clear days you have a marvellous panoramic view in… Read more
West Cape
An engineering marvel way up north at the outermost part of Senja.
Thor Hushovd’s top 5 road cycling routes
The great Norwegian cyclist’s preferred rides all over Norway that feature what he loves the most: untouched nature.
Read more about Thor Hushovd’s tips
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You cannot go further west in Norway. Travel off the beaten track to the Fjord Coast and get a taste of authentic coastal life. Read more
The Fjord Coast
You cannot go further west in Norway. Travel off the beaten track to the Fjord Coast and get a taste of authentic coastal life. Read more
The Helgeland coast
Lofoten is known for excellent fishing, nature attractions such as the northern lights and the midnight sun, and small villages off the beaten track. Read more
The Lofoten Islands
The Atlantic Road takes you from lush coastal landscapes and heaths to bare rocks along the exposed Hustadvika, where you can see the sun sink into… Read more
The Atlantic Road
Road cycling offers
To experience Vesterålen from the seat of your bicycle is to experience the incredible Northern-Norwegian coastal culture up close. Putting one… Read more
Cycling in Vesterålen
Round trip on the island Senja. Biking under the Midnight Sun. The tour starts and ends in Tromsø. Read more
Senja - cycling roundtrip | Discover Norway
Discover Bergen and the Fjords south of Bergen. The Hardangerfjord Express Boat takes you from Bergen to Rosendal through an adventurous nature of… Read more
Sunnhordland - The islands south of Bergen
We recommend five different options for self-guided bike tours that have various difficulty levels to meet your expectations and needs. All of these… Read more
Rent e-bike in Molde
We will guide you with our electric bikes up the Scenic Route Trollstigen, one of  Norway's most famous tourist icons! Norwegian Scenic Route… Read more
Tour de Trollstigen
Bike the Amazing Lofoten Isles Lofoten is Amazing - Midnight sun, beautiful scenery's, picturesque fishing villages, museums and art galleries. A… Read more
Biking in Lofoten Island | Discover Norway
Round trip starting at Rosendal. Distance: 76 km The route: This is a varied trip that is easy to cycle and ideal for a weekend break. This is a… Read more
The Fjord and Mountain Route (76 km)
Bike Helgeland - Island jumping A bike ride along the Helgeland coast, in Northern Norway, offers spectacular scenery, with towering peaks, stunning… Read more
Biking at the coast of Helgeland | Discover Norway
The Mjølkevegen cycling route stretches between Vinstra in Gudbrandsdalen and Gol in Hallingdal, passing through the northern and western… Read more
Mjølkevegen cycling route (250 km)
Mjølkevegen via Bygdin and Eidsbugarden  Vinstra - Jotunheimvegen - Bygdin - Eidsbugarden - Tyinkrysset - Slettefjell - Beitostølen… Read more
Mjølkevegen Scenic route (160 km)
Guided trip around the beautiful Lake Vangsvatnet in Voss. Read more
Bike the Fjords - Lake Vangsvatnet
Landmarks such as the beautiful Tvindefossen, the famous Stalheimskleiva, the Nærøydalen valley, and the Flåm railway are some of the attractions… Read more
Bike the Fjords - Nærøyfjorden UNESCO world heritage area
This bike tour gives you a first-hand experience of the Fjords of Norway. Read more
Bike the Fjords - the Hardangerfjord
Skjærgårds cycle route is a medium light and nice trail that suits most people, with beautiful scenery - a great experience out in the open. Read more
Skjærgårdsruta - The archipelago route
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