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Bicycling in Norway Posted by on Apr 12, 2011 in Nature

Biking is one of my favorite activities and Norway is my favorite place to be away from home.

I have yet to complete a biking trip in Norway.  This is definitely on my bucket list.  I lived in Tromsø this past summer and bought a hybrid bike for pleasure yes, but mostly for transportation from my apartment into town and elsewhere on the island.  At home in MN, I have become so used to road biking that to be on a hybrid again was like wearing 5 pound shoes.  Therefore, I didn’t do much recreational cycling, which I now regret.

biking in norway

However, that won’t stop me from either lugging my bike there or renting one and going on a trip with the sole purpose of biking.  All regions of Norway are special in their own way, but island hopping on the west coast would be my first choice.  Crossing bridges, enjoying breaks on ferry rides, and  opportunities to fish sounds absolutely delightful to me, not to mention the occasional refreshing dive into the Atlantic to cool off and relax the muscles.  There are endless spots to stop and take pictures and simply enjoy the magnificent scenery.  There are also plenty of  accommodations for food and lodging, whether you are interested in camping or staying in a full service vacation house.

There is quite a bit of information on the internet for you to consult if you are interesting in a cycling trip in Norway.  The three best websites that I have found are the following:

Bike Norway

Visit Norway

Norsk Bygdeopplevelser

As you might imagine, there are excellent cycling routes all over the country.  You can enjoy the rolling hills, steeper mountains with winding roads and waterfalls at your side, the arctic tundra up north, and the far south with lots of sunshine and warmer temperatures.

If you enjoy the sport of bicycling, but would rather watch, you can see the Birkebeinerrittet bike race. If biking isn’t your thing, there are literally hundreds of things to do in Norway, so start planning your trip!

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About the Author: kari

I attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where I majored in Norwegian and History. During college, I spent almost a year living in Oslo, Norway, where I attended the University of Oslo and completed an internship at the United States Embassy. I have worked for Concordia Language Villages as a pre-K Norwegian teacher and have taught an adult Norwegian language class. Right now, I keep up by writing this Norwegian blog for Transparent Language. Please read and share your thoughts! I will be continuing this blog from my future residence in the Norwegian arctic!


  1. Stephanie:

    Thank you for this post. I just visited Norway for the first time, to see the Northern Lights, and I am a cyclist and look forward to going back next time to ride 🙂