This bike tour in Norway will take you around the fjord leading up to Oslo, the capital of Norway. Discover the hidden charm of the harbour villages along the fjord, while bicycling on small, low-traffic roads.
The well prepared trail on the attractive Oslo Fjord coastline will take you along cycling paths and tranquil country lanes. Accommodation will be provided in sophisticated, centrally located hotels and your luggage will be transported as you enjoy picturesque views, refreshing swims and historical site along your trip by bicycle. We guide you through beautiful villages such as Åsgårdstrand, Son, Hvitsten, Drøbak, Norways oldest settlement Tønsberg, the charming town landscape of Sandefjord and the fortified old town in Fredrikstad.
Wondering about bringing your bathing suit to Norway? The water is less cold than one might expect. You will pass many beaches along your way and you may well get to brag about your swim in Norway once you are home after your Bike Tour around the Oslofjord!
Day 1 - Arrival in Drammen Arrival day
The heart of Drammen is around Bragernes square and the riverbanks for nice strolls on both sides of the river, it even includes a nice beach for swimming and relaxation in the middle of the town. Your hotel is located in a former industrial area by the river which now has become a trendy place to live. We can also recommend a walk in the nearby area of Nybyen with small, white wooden houses and the Drammen Museum with its nice park.
Day 2 - Drammen – Horten (54 km) First cycling day
Today´s stage starts along the river Drammenselva towards Vestfold County. Slightly uphill route across fields where you can enjoy the rural landscape. Just before the town of Holmestrand you will catch up with the fjord again. In Holmestrand you can stop for a nice lunch with a view over the fjord and the harbour. In the afternoon the tour continues along country roads to the town of Horten, which used to be Norway's most important naval base. The fortified naval museum, called Karljohansvern, is worth a visit. Your hotel is close to the harbour.
Day 3 - Horten – Sandefjord (55 km)
The bicycle lane from Horten will take you along the coast to the village of Åsgårdstrand. On your way to Åsgårdstrand, at the Midgard Historical Center, you can experience how the Vikings lived. The famous painter Edvard Munch spent many summers in Åsgårdstrand where his small wooden house has been turned into a museum. In the afternoon, the tour continues along the coastline to Tønsberg, the oldest town in Norway. We recommend visiting the lively harbour of Tønsberg to see how local craftsmen are building copies of Viking ships. The road from Tønsberg to Sandefjord passes by the municipality of Stokke, the lovely little hamlet Melsomvik and the burial mound where the Viking ship Gokstadskipet was found. In Sandefjord, you can visit the Whaling Museum (Hvalfangstmuseet) and enjoy the evening in the nice harbour area.
Day 4 - Sandefjord – Strömstad (Sweden) – Fredrikstad (17 km)
You will start with an early morning departure on a car ferry from Sandefjord to Strömstad in Sweden, on the east side of the Oslo Fjord (about 2h30m). Once arrived in Sweden, you will cycle a 15 km loop along small roads and through some villages north of Strömstad. We recommend you to bring your swimwear and a towel if you want to enjoy a refreshing swim in the fjord. The town of Strömstad is well known for shrimp fishing and has a nice downtown area with restaurants and shops. In the afternoon, you will board the passenger ferry "Sagasund" to the Norwegian city of Fredrikstad, navigating across the fjord and its beautiful archipelago (about 2h). The old part of the city (Gamlebyen) is the best preserved fortified town in the Nordic countries.
Day 5 - Fredrikstad – Moss/Son (53/63 km)
Today's bike route starts along the fjord, just outside Fredrikstad. The route crosses many small villages and allows you to make a small detour to charming Saltnes. You can cycle the inland road or choose a 5 km longer ride along the fjord, via Larkollen. In the afternoon you will reach the town of Moss with its typical wooden houses. The areas once occupied by wood and paper industries, area now replaced with cafés and art galleries. Your hotel for the night is either in Moss (Cat. B) or in Son (Cat. A), a nice little harbour village 10 km further.
We suggest to cycle along the canal that separates the center of Moss and the island of Jeløya.
Day 6 - Moss/Son – Drøbak (+ bus or boat trip to Oslo) (26/36 km) Last cycling day
From Son you can choose between two different countryside roads. The first one passes the nice village of Hølen and continues along a bicycle lane to Vestby. The second, hillier one, leads you to the beautiful village of Hvitsten. The bicycle tour ends in Drøbak, a lovely coastal town where the fjord is at its most narrow. Here you can visit the local aquarium and Christmas decorations shop.
Once in Drøbak, you will park your bike take the bus or boat to Oslo.
Day 7 - Departure from Oslo or additional nights
Breakfast at your centrally located hotel in Oslo. Extra nights available on request.
This tour has been rated category 3 because of some uphill and a relatively curvy landscape on some stretches. Day 6 (Moss/Son-Drøbak) is the most challenging, you will also encounter some uphill on day 2 (Drammen-Horten), otherwise the tour is relatively flat and easy. You will bike on a combination of separate bicycle paths parallel to roads and some country (normally) low traffic roads, mostly with asphalt, only a few km on gravelled roads.
17 – 63 Km
Norway has many combined cycling and walking lanes where pedestrians and cyclists share the space. These cycling and walking lanes often run parallel to the roads. You can also use the sidewalks for cycling, but pedestrians have the priority and cyclists must show respect. The cycling and walking lanes parallel to the roads only run along one side of the car lanes. Pay attention where the cycling and walking lanes cross over a street; cyclists are considered driving road users and do not have priority over the pedestrians.
Price per person
Cat.A: 1000 € Cat.B: 860 €
Single room (supplement)
Cat.A: 367 € Cat.B: 267 €
Bicycle rent (Vélo de Ville, 24 speeds Shimano with mudguard and carrier)
|Electrical bicycle rent (Vélo de Ville Comfort woman with 7 speed Nexus and Ansmann engine)||210 €|
(Cat.A: three 4*hotels and three 3*hotels Cat.B: six 3*hotels)
- Every Monday from the 27th of May until the 9th of September;
- Every Sunday from the 16th June until the 04th of August.
Included in the price:
- 6 nights with breakfast in centrally located hotels
- Welcome briefing in English
- Luggage transportation
- Route description
- Map book
- GPX files (on request)
- Boat Sandefjord - Strömstad - Fredrikstad
- Boat/bus Drøbak - Oslo
- Hotline service
Not included in the price: Transport from/to airport.
Extra nights in Oslo: on request
Extra nights in Drammen: from SGL 94 € / DBL 60 € - pp (breakfast included)