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An out of this world cycling universe

Mjølkevegen (the “Milky Way" in Norwegian) offers various cycling routes through the heart of Norway's lush mountain highlands.

As you don your bicycle helmet by the large, clear meltwater lake Vinstre, Jotunheimen's enormous mountains rise in the background. The unforgettable view is a breathtaking invitation to an equally memorable ride.

The Valdres valley is located in the middle of the mountain highlands, just south of Jotunheimen. It is home to a bicycle route of 250 kilometers that goes from Vinstre, at around 1,000 meters above sea level, to Gol at 200 meters above sea level.

The route, which is called Mjølkevegen ("The Milky Way" in Norwegian), is situated 1,300 meters above sea level at its highest point. The name is not a reference to our galaxy, however – it rather comes from the dairies that use the route to collect milk from the many free-range dairy cows in the highlands.

Going through rolling hills and expansive stretches of grass, it is no wonder that this is one of Norway's most popular cycle routes.

Bike routes of all difficulty levels

The northernmost ferry route

On the mountain lake Brygdin, you can combine your bike ride with a ferry trip that has been around for more than 100 years.

The M/S Bitihorn ferry has sailed the same route across the lake every day since it first launched in 1912, giving tourists a unique view of Jotunheimen's towering mountain peaks reflected in the clear waters of the lake.

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