Cycling in Norway equals gentle rides through quaint villages and magnificent nature – but also tough mountain biking trails and big events like the Arctic Race.
On the other hand, there’s a lot more to Norway than hair-raising peaks. Thanks to a remarkably varied topography, even the more inexperienced couch cyclists among us can find suitable routes. It is a wonderful way to get closer to nature, discover hidden gems in the countryside, and perhaps even experience an extra amount of goodwill from the locals.
The interest for cycling in Norway has skyrocketed in the last few years. A number of local and national initiatives are turning the country into a European top cycling destination. This is evident in the increasing number of destinations and facilities available for cycling tourists – for example in mtb/freeride parks like Hafjell, Trysil, and Geilo, cyclist-friendly accommodation options, and bike rental and repair shops.
One of the best known bike trails in the country is Rallarvegen, which was named Norway’s finest bicycle road by the magazine Travel and Vacation. Located in Fjord Norway, it is lined by steep descents and wild waterfalls.
Other noteworthy cycling destinations are Valdres, Telemark, Helgeland, and Lofoten. You can also try out ten national cycling routes that have been designed to take you around by bike whilst avoiding heavy traffic. Just keep in mind that some parts are recommended for experienced cyclists.
Those who like a healthy competition can enjoy several yearly bike races. In the Arctic Race of Norway, some of the best pro cyclists in the world will compete, surrounded by stunning, wild, and dramatic Norwegian scenic backdrops. If you want to participate yourself, both the 86 kilometres long trail race Birken and the 543 kilometres long road cycling race The great trial of strength are Norwegian classics.