2019
Cycle Tour in Norway

Cycle Tour in Norway

Diverse landscapes around the Oslofjord

  • Drammen – Oslo
  • Daily routes ●●○○○
  • Altitude profile ●●●○○

7
days

45
km / day avg.

Cycling around a Norwegian fjord – if this conjures up images of steep cliffs you are thinking of the landscapes a few hundred kilometres further north. The Ice Age created a mostly flat landscape around the Oslofjord. The gently rising coastline with bays, beaches and natural harbours is a real holiday paradise. The Oslofjord region attracts visitors with a mixture of modern Norwegian culture, sites steeped in history and breath-taking views. Go on a cycle tour in Norway through untouched landscapes and experience the relaxed Scandinavian way of life. On your tour along the 118 km long fjord you will cycle past small fishing villages and harbour towns. These communities have found their very own way of dealing with the force of the sea. On your bike you will discover traces of early settlements – there are countless sites where traces from the Viking age can be found. The capital of the Kingdom of Norway, once known as Christiania, unites tradition and modernity. The mix between the historic city centre and the proximity of impressive natural sights make a visit to Oslo an incredibly diverse experience.

Cycle Tour in Norway

Brief Information

  • Booking Code
    EN-NODO6
  • Start / Destination
    Drammen / Oslo
  • Duration
    7 days / 6 nights
  • Length
    approx. 220 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 20 and 65 km, Ø 45 km
    Altitude profile ●●●○○
  • Tour operated by
    Local cooperation partner

Day 1: Individual arrival in Drammen

The pretty small town at the edge of the Drammensfjord is located only 50 km southwest of Oslo. Drammen has long been known as a centre for seafaring, ship building and lumber trade. In the past years a lot has happened there: new houses were built and cafes and restaurants, as well as a shopping centre were opened there. Today it is a popular tourist destination. The main attraction is unusual, as it is a tunnel. It is known as Spiralen and was blasted into the rock in the form of a corkscrew. 200 metres further up a viewing platform awaits you – you will have a breath-taking view of the town and the river Drammenselva. Our recommendation: The sunset is particularly beautiful from up there!

Day 2: Drammen – Horten, approx. 55 km

You will first cycle inland and slightly uphill for a short stretch along extensive meadows and fields until you reach Sande. There you will meet the fjord once again and follow the coast until you reach Holmestrand. How about a delicious lunch with a view of the fjord and the harbour? The last few kilometres will take you along meadows and fields and soon you will reach Horten, your destination for the day. The Vikings once settled in this region. Several king’s tombs to the south of the town are testament to this era. Later it was an important marine base. The fortress Norske Løve on the island of Vealøs dates back to this time. The marine museum Karljohansvern exhibits ships, model ships, weapons and equipment, some of which date back to the Viking era.

Day 3: Horten – Sandefjord, approx. 55 km

The cycle path leads you out of the city and along the coast to Åsgårdstrand. From the narrow and partly sandy shoreline, you will have a wonderful view of the Fjord. The small town Åsgårdstrand is famous because Edvard Munch spent many summers there. Today his house is a museum. Everything is preserved the way he left it and you will get the impression that you’ve been transported back to the year 1900. If you want to travel even further back in time, the historic centre Midgard will take you back to the Viking Age. The next stop on your bike tour is Tønsberg, Norway’s oldest town: It was founded in 871. Vikings were often buried in boats to send them on their final journey. This final trip would be challenging, just as the life before. The Oseberg ship, which was built in 820 AD, was discovered in a burial mound close to Tønsberg. To date, it is the most important archaeological find from the Viking age. Today’s destination is the pretty holiday resort Sandefjord. The region is a popular Norwegian holiday destination. The change between sandy beaches and cliffs with mysterious caves gives this region a very distinct atmosphere.

Day 4: Sandefjord – Fredrikstad, approx. 20 km + ferry

In the morning you will take the car ferry to Strömstad in Sweden, on the east coast of the Oslofjord. Strömstad is located in the north of the beautiful Bohuslän region, which is known for archipelagos, granite cliffs and the roaring sea – truly breath-taking. Many artists moved here as the landscape was a great inspiration. Go on a small round trip north of Strömstad where you will cycle through small fishing villages. Here you will find freshly caught lobsters, crabs and oysters. Today you should definitely remember to bring your bathing costume. When you see the many beautiful beaches en route you will surely want to go for a refreshing dip. The sea in Norway is not as cold as you may think, at least not everywhere, that’s what the Norwegians say. You should definitely test if you share this opinion! In the afternoon you will catch the ferry, which will take you past several islands and back to Norway – let the beautiful landscape drift past. In Fredrikstad you should not miss a stroll through the historic town centre Gamlebyen, which is northern Europe’s best-preserved fortress town.

Day 5: Fredrikstad – Moss / Son, approx. 55 / 65 km

Cycle north along the fjord, past the island of Hankø. Later on you can decide whether you would like to take the shorter route through the countryside inland, or the longer, but more beautiful route along the coast via Larkollen. In the afternoon you will reach Moss. This region was once known for wood and paper industry, today cafes and art galleries have replaced the factories. One big company is still located here: Helly Hansen, probably the most famous manufacturer of sailing wear. You should take a leisurely cycle tour along the canal, which separates the town centre from the island of Jeløya. Jeløya is the largest island in the Oslofjord. The small idyllic town of Son used to be well known as a harbour town. Wood was collected from surrounding regions and transported down the river. Today it has developed into an artists’ town and many painters and writers live here.

Day 6: Moss – Oslo, approx. 35 / 25 km + boat or bus trip

Today you will have two options: The shorter route will take you along the cycle path to Hølen via Vestby. The alternative route is approximately 10 kilometres longer and will take you to Hvitsten, a beautiful small village with white wooden houses. In Drøbak, which is located at the narrowest point of the fjord, you will have reached the destination of the final cycling stage. Once the city’s wealthy elites came here to experience the sea and the fresh air of the countryside. Today it is still a popular holiday resort. In the centre shops, galleries and restaurants stand side by side and on the main square there are countless stalls selling antiques. You will return your rental bike and take the bus or a ship into Norway’s capital. If you choose to travel by ship you will be able to see the Akershus Fortress on your way into the city. Oslo is located at the tip of the Oslofjord in midst a vast forest – it is probably the world’s greenest metropolis. From the royal castle the shopping street and promenade Karl Johans gate leads directly to the train station and a very special experience awaits you at the harbour: Stroll across the roof of the opera house and enjoy the view across the water, without needing a lift or climbing stairs. The world famous ski jumping hill Holmenkollen will grant you an even more expansive view of the city and the surrounding countryside. Take a glance across the in-run and the jump-off point – have you got goose bumps yet?

Day 7: Individual departure or extended stay

Your cycle tour ends with countless new experiences and memories. If you would like to spend a little more time in Norway, we’d be happy to extend your stay.