Norway Road Cycling

13-Day Road Cycling Tour of Norway from $7438 NZD
(5/5) from 4 reviews

Welcome to Norway! From the Land of the Midnight Sun in the north to the cosmopolitan capital of Oslo, this tour showcases some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Join us for fun, friendship and fitness on this Norway road cycling tour.

Beginning in Norway’s capital city of Oslo we travel north for some challenging rides accompanied by fantastic scenery. From the hinterland we head to the relaxed city of Trondheim before taking a flight and ferry to the well known and remote Lofoten Archipelego. We finish the tour in the northern town of Harstad.
Daily cycling is around 60 to 100 km per day on tarmac roads but of course you can choose to have less time in the saddle and view the amazing scenery from the comfort of your support vehicle.

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Reviews for Norway Road Cycling - Tour

A tour of many special moments. For me the Greenland experience was the iceing on the cake. Overall the planning was meticulous ;the routes we cycled on, the hotels, the excellent food [ always a fan for buffet ] and of course the xtra sights and experiences along the way.

Graeme Oakley September 21, 2017

My special experience of the tour was: My decision to go with the ebike. Great experience using the Stromer. Made my holiday very enjoyable.

Cheryl Van opzeeland https://globalcyclingadventures.com/tours/europe/norway-road-cycling/ Norway Road Cycling Tour August 14, 2017

Great tour covering many of the most scenic parts of Norway. This tour was a great balance of terrain challenging enough for the most experienced cyclists, while also having some more gentle rolling sections for a little more relaxed cruising. Fantastic to have a guide like Knut for local insights and also the experience of talking to, and riding with, a Norwegian pro rider.

David Price Norway Road Cycling Tour August 11, 2017

Too many beers, too little time. My first guided tour and I'd do it again.

Jeffery Berman Norway Road Cycling Tour August 11, 2017

Oslo to Harstad

Harstad-Narvik
  • Road Cycling
  • Grade
  • Min of 6 to guarantee departure
  • Single room surcharge on request
  • Bike hire to be advised
  • This tour is invoiced in EURO

Grade 3 - Moderate Tours

Moderate to Challenging tours are designed for the more experienced participant wishing to push themselves and experience new highs of achievement. Routes may include longer climbs and more technical skills.

Fitness required

A good level of fitness is required, exercising three-four times a week prior to the tour.

Full Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrival in Oslo

No cycling

Welcome to Oslo, Norway's capital and largest city (population ~700,000). Although a major urban area, Oslo has gorgeous scenery, plus highly acclaimed art, museums, cafes, restaurants, and nightlife. The bike fitting will be at 3pm, followed by the tour briefing at around 6pm. Dinner tonight is own arrangements.

Meals: None

DAY 2

Oslo to Flåm

Cycling: up to 114 km

An incredible day of stunning scenery lies ahead but will require an early (7am) departure. We start with a transfer of around 2hrs 30 mins to Gol for a quick coffee before continuing for another 100km to the start of our first ride. Now on our bikes its' a fantastic 50 km descent on a quiet and very scenic road. After 25 km we stop for a late lunch in the village of Borgund where we can also visit the impressive Stave Church (entrance fee is own cost). Later this afternoon an optional train excursion is available to those who have transferred to Flåm after the 50km descent. This excursion must be booked in advance. Back on our bikes we continue our descent to Lærdalsøyri (near the sea) from where the lifestylers will be transferred straight to our Flåm hotel. The roadies who have chosen to continue riding will not have time for the train excursion, as there is another 18km (with 1300m climbing) ahead on a very narrow and scenic road. We'll be riding along a 10km plateau past lakes, where snow is very likely on the surrounding hillsides. Our final descent into Flåm has great views and should be just as good as the Trollstigen! Today's destination of Flåm is located beside the world's deepest and second-longest fjord, the Sognefjord (1308 m deep, 204 km long). It's a spectacular spot.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3

Flåm to Sandane

Cycling: up to 100 km

Lots and lots of highlights today! We start with a bus transfer to the village of Vangsnes, set on relatively flat terrain. On the way we'll stop at the almost mystical-looking Hopperstad stave church. Built in about 1140 AD, this wooden Christian church is thought to be the oldest of its type in Norway. After a short ferry ride from Vangsnes to Dragsvik (morning/afternoon departures) we head towards Vetlefjord where the verdant and beautiful scenery opens up, with National Road 13 snaking up the hillside. At the top of the ascent from the Vetlefjord is a view reminiscent of the Trolls' Ladder, followed by a great descent. Highlights also include the majestic and powerful Likholefossen waterfall over the Gaula River, spanned by a flexible steel bridge. There's challenging cycling here, rewarded with many stunning rest areas. Our destination is the village of Sandane on the shores of Gloppen Fjord.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4

Sandane to Geiranger

Cycling: up to 86 km

This is a big day on the bike, although our support van is always available. We cycle to Hellesylt, from where we take the 5pm ferry to Geiranger. Many say this is the finest cruise in the Fjords. The sapphire-blue fjord is 300m deep, with surrounding waterfalls up to 250m high. Although Geiranger is a bit of a tourist mecca, it's well worth the visit.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5

Geiranger (rest day)

No cycling

Geiranger, a small village named the best travel destination in Scandinavia by Lonely Planet. The Geiranger Fjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The scenery exhausts all superlatives, with its lush vegetation, snow-capped mountains and dazzling blue fjord. Relax and just soak up the beauty or try a sightseeing trip by boat or a trip to the Dalsnibba mountain top. There is also the option to ride up to the Djupvasshytta Hotel, a 1070m climb with amazing views. Tomorrow, prepare to meet some trolls.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6

Geiranger to Åndalsnes

Cycling: up to 85 km

The good news is that we get an amazing view as we ride up and down the TROLLSTIGEN 'the Trolls' Ladder'. This serpentine mountain road is awe-inspiringly beautiful, even by Norwegian standards. Part of Highway 63, 'The Golden Route', this thrilling cycle ride in extreme terrain features a visitors centre at the top, numerous viewing platforms, 11 hairpin bends, a 1.12 gradient, and a thunderous soundtrack throughout, courtesy of the many waterfalls. Reindeer roam the surrounding hills. The Troll's Ladder is a triumph of engineering, snaking up and down the Valldalen valley, with guard stones along the way. You may be tempted to keep an eye out for trolls, but you'd be better off keeping your eyes on the road! We arrive at the beautiful town of Åndalsnes on the Isfjord. Åndalsnes is a cruise ship destination, and the locals here are keen on their football. Enjoy the attractions and the awe-inspiring setting. (Note: lunch is not included today).

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7

Åndalsnes to Varsog (Surnadal)

Cycling: up to 96 km

A cracker of a day lies ahead. We start our ride along the water's edge before the day's only climb: 15 km, followed by a 7 km descent. We ride another 20 km before the bus transfers us to the alpine village of Oppdal, a gateway town to the wilderness beyond. It's a mountainous place known even within Norway for its harsh winters. You may choose to relax in the village itself - or stretch your legs further and explore some of the many activities in the surrounding valleys.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8

Varsog (Surnadal) to Trondheim

Cycling: up to 108 km

The trip starts in Surnadal, idyllically situated between the fjords and mountains. You then head on to Rindalskogen with its inland scenery. In the centre of Rindal you will pass Igeltjønna lake, which offers excellent bathing, exercise and recreation opportunities. Further up Rindalskogen, and via Hoston to Orkanger, you will pedal past large farmhouses in idyllic surroundings. After a good day in the saddle through varied countryside you may want to take in some city life. Trondheim (population 190,000) is Norway's third largest city and is situated by the Nidelven River and the Trondheim Fjord (also Norway's third largest). It is a relaxed student city with a cool café and restaurant scene and many wide, pedestrian streets. Stroll through the urban hangouts, or maybe head to the shoreline to join the seabirds in watching the boats. Trondheim also has one of the finest medieval Scandinavian-style cathedrals.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9

Trondheim to Bodø to Reine

Cycling: up to 100 km

You're at leisure in Trondheim this morning, then its a scenic afternoon travelling by air, sea and road. A shuttle will take us to the airport for our 2.30pm flight to the city of Bodø, the capital of the Nordland province, where we will be picked up by our driver René. He will transfer us to the ferry terminal for the 6.45pm sailing to the stunning village of Moskenes on the Lofoten Islands (arriving ~10pm). These close-knit islands are connected to the mainland and each other by road. After a short bus transfer we reach Reine in the evening. Its located on the island of Moskenesøya and is regarded as one of the most beautiful villages in Norway. Reine features many rorbuer (traditional fishermen's cabins usually painted bright red) and also has an amazing outlook onto seas teeming with fish (including whales), and seabirds such as puffins. Its pretty lagoon is the scene of many a postcard.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10

Reine to Ballstad

Cycling: up to 56 km

We'll spend the morning in and around Reine. If there is time, hike to Reinebringen (448 m high). It's no way the highest peak on the Lofoten Islands, but there's an iconic view. It's one of the most popular hikes in the area. We can also visit the economically-named village of Å (which means 'stream' in Old Norse). Here is the surprisingly fascinating Lofoten Stockfish Museum. Stockfish is cod, dried on wooden racks in the arctic air until it has lost 80% of its moisture - it's hard as a hammer, and keeps indefinitely, so has been a winter staple and trade item since Viking times. The smell of it drying is familiar throughout the islands. In the afternoon we'll cycle to Ballstad via the iconic fisherman's village, Nusfjord. This will allow us to avoid the narrow and steep Nappstraum tunnel. We take a fishing boat from Nusfjord to Ballstad. After 30 minutes at sea, the crew at Hattvika Lodge will welcome us. Once we've checked-in it's time to relax, and enjoy the private restaurant which is open only for us! Note: Hattvika has a new sauna. At an additional cost, we can use the wood-fired jacuzzi and sauna.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11

Lofoten Mini-Round Trip

Cycling: up to 64 km

Today we'll cycle to the iconic beaches - Haukland Beach and Uttakleiv Beach where we'll stretch our legs with the opportunity to hike, Mt Mannen (400m asl) which is easily accessible from the beach. We'll cycle the same road back to Ballstad enjoying a scenic landscape with every turn offering a viewpoint.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12

Ballstad to Harstad

Cycling: up to 102 km

A really special day on the Lofoten Archipelago as we cycle on some of Norway's most beautiful roads. Mainly following the coast it's about 64 km of superlative riding to Kabelvåg, a major Viking village. This pretty harbour town set on a narrow inlet is known for its stockfish and centuries-old wooden buildings including rorbuer (traditional fishermen's cabins). The first rorbuer here were built in 1120. We're on our bikes for 102 km from Kabelvåg to Lødingen (also known as 'Biketown') which hosts several annual bicycle races such as Lofoten Insomnia and Vestbygd-rittet. For the last stage of our journey as our bus takes us on a scenic two-hour drive to Harstad, the cultural capital of the north with a population of around 25,000. With its coastal location, old and contemporary architecture, plus many cafes and restaurants, Harstad offers a very pleasant atmosphere. It's a great place to visit if you like hiking as the mountains and paths start right from the town centre. With 24/7 daylight in the summer there is plenty of time to explore the nearby islands and archipelegos.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13

Departure Day from Harstad

No cycling

Today our Norwegian adventure officially ends. We have experienced some of the most beautiful scenery and thrilling cycling. It's time to say farewell to newfound friends - or perhaps stay on and venture even further north to the famous Nordkapp. There will be two transfers to Harstad-Narvik (EVE) airport today (driving time approx. 40 minutes). The first transfer leaves the hotel by 8.30am and the later one at 2.30pm.

Meals: Breakfast

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions:

Tour Includes:

  • 12 nights in 3 star to 4 star hotels, double or twin share with ensuite rooms
  • Meals: 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Group Airport transfer (day 13) to Harstad-Narvik airport
  • Ferry transfers as listed in the itinerary
  • Support vehicle(s) and driver(s)
  • Cycling guide(s) and local guide(s)
  • Drinking water while cycling
  • Travel documents including maps and detailed itinerary

Tour Excludes:

  • International flights or airport taxes
  • Domestic flight to Harstad-Narvik (start of tour)
  • Flight from Bodø to Trondheim (day 9)
  • Passport and travel visa (if required)
  • Bike hire (details to be advised)
  • Arrival transfer in Oslo
  • Optional Flåm train excursion (day 2)
  • Personal expenses and drinks
  • Tips for guide(s) and support crew
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional activity costs