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.
Do you prefer leisurely cycling by the coast, through green valleys or along deep blue fjords rather than reckless adventures in untamed nature or up and down gruelling hills? No worries – Norway has lots of options even if you don't take your cycling too seriously.
We have definitely discovered the joy of cycling ourselves in the last few years, and it has become a lot easier to pedal your way around the country. There are plenty of places for bike rental and repairs, and many accommodation providers have joined the “Cyclists Welcome” scheme, which means that they are fully prepared to host cycling tourists. You can find out more about Cyclists Welcome on the website cyclingnorway.no.
Now for the best part: The nifty thing about many Norwegian cycling routes is that even long, tough trails can be segmented into easier, bite-sized chunks. So just because you are a beginner or have young children, there is no need to miss out on Norway’s classic cycling destinations like Mjølkevegen and the Telemark Canal in the south-east, Helgeland in Northern Norway, and even some parts of Rallarvegen in Fjord Norway. Scroll down for a selection of short and sweet cycling options.
Families will find further cycling ideas at cyclingnorway.no/family-cycling.
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.
When cycling on the roads in Norway, the same traffic regulations and road signs apply to you as to cars and other vehicles: Keep to the right, give way to those coming from your right, and don’t drink and bike.
You may cycle on the pavement, but adapt your speed. You may not cycle on motorways and dual carriageways. Always wear a helmet when cycling. A high visibility vest is a good idea, especially on busy roads. Only children under the age of 10 may be carried as passengers.
In darkness and poor visibility make sure your bike is equipped with a white or yellow light in the front, and a red light in the back. You also need a red reflector in the rear and white or yellow reflectors on the pedals.
Make sure your bike has two brakes that work independently of each other and a bicycle bell.
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