Cross country tours in Norway.
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This is a compilation of 2 - 14 days long tours I have done between the major cities in Norway. Instead of including them onto the other pages, I have chosen to put them onto an own website. I have partitioned the 2-14 days long tours into daytrips.

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Kristiandsand - Oslo via Rjukan. 480 km. Three days.

Through the heartland of Norway

Severity Rating: **** / Fun rating: ***(*)

This is a brilliant alternative to the busy and quite boring coastal route between Kristiandsand and Oslo. This tour has more mountains, but also a lot more interesting and scenic cycling. Setesdalen is a true gem. Rjukan is also spetacular in it's own right. This tour is recommended. In particular as a combination with Oslo - Kristiandsand as a week long tour.

DAY 1.
Kristiandsand - Setesdalen - Hovden.
200 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 900 meters.
Highest point: Hovden 800 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate.
Severity Rating: ****
Fun rating: *****

How to get to Kristiandsand: Train from Oslo and Stavanger. Ferry from Hirtshals in Denmark. Plane from Europe.

If you start your bike tour in Kristiandsand after coming over with the ferry from Denmark, this day is a brilliant introduction to Norway. It is also the shortest way to get into the mountains in Norway. The tour follows the finest valley in Norway, Setesdalen for most of the day ends up on Hovden just below the highest point of the Setesdalheiene mountain. This is my favourite valley tour in Norway and I cannot recommend it highly enough. The first fifty km is a bit hilly and technical though. But except from that, it is a gentle tour with some medium hard climbs at the last fifty kilometers.

Head out of Kristiandsand towards Evje. The road is reasonable flat for the first ten kilometers before the road goes over a hill and become very undulating through the forest over the next thirty kilometers. The rest of the road is flat past Evje (shops), Byglandsfjorden (a lake) and up to Hovet. That is a distance of seventy kilometeters of flat road. The scenery is great. The road rise above Hovet before it become flat again past Valle (shops). After Valle, the road start to climb again. First slowly, but then quite hard up to Bykle (shops), where the hardest climb is. The scenery is brilliant and you will totally forget the hard cycling. After Bykle, the road climbs slowly, but steady up to Hovden (shops).

DAY 2.
Hovden - Haukeligrend - Rauland - Rjukan.
110 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 700 meters.
Highest point: Setesdalsheiene 917 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Minimal.
Severity Rating: ***
Fun rating: **

This is quite a hilly day through some of Norway's heartland. It passes through Rauland, a stronghold for the Norwegian folk music and poetry scene. The scenery is also good throughout the day. The tour goes over three major mountains, but the climbs are not over 350 height difference on any of these climbs. I do not rate this tour, but that is more down to my preference of cycling than anything else (well, I was sick as a dead parrott too after 18 day on the bike). In other words; this is not a technical route. Most of this tour is done over mountains and moors. Shops at Hovden, Haukeligrend, Rauland and Rjukan.

From Hovden, there is a short and gentle climb to the top of the mountain at 917 meters above sea level. The road then drops down to Haukeligrend again. Take the road towards Oslo for two kilometers. Take the RV 362 steep up a canyon before it climbs up a steep road to the top of a mountain. This is the hardest climb of the tour. The road fall vertical down to a valley and a strange stone formation before it enters the lake of Totak. The road follows this lake on a flat road before it ends up at Rauland. The road starts to climb up to a crossroad. Take RV 37 to Rjukan. The road climbs steady up to a mountain before it flattens out and becomes a bit undulating over this mountain. The views along this moor are very scenic indeed. Beware of foxes, rabbits, eagles and reindeer along this road. I had close calls with all these four species on my tour over this moor. At Frøystul, the descent down to Rjukan starts. First gently and then as a vertical drop past Vemork (famous -ex Nazi nuclear bomb factory from WWII, blown up by the Norwegian resistance movements to secure the allied victory in WWII) and down to Rjukan.

Rjukan- Kongsberg - Oslo.
150 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 700 meters.
Highest point: Bolkesjøen 486 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate.
Severity Rating: ***
Fun Rating: **

This is the last day of the tour and we are entering civilization again. The tour is very scenic in the beginning, but it ends up with some cycling in urban areas. This is not my favourite tour by all means. The cycling between Kongsberg and Drammen is great fun though. I would recommend that you end this tour with a train between Asker and Oslo due to heavy traffic. That will shorten the tour with 30 km. Shops at Rjukan, Kongsberg, Hokksund, Mjøndalen, Drammen, Liertoppen, Asker, Sandvika and Oslo.

Take the main road out of Rjukan towards Kongsberg (RV 37). This road is flat along the Tinnsjø lake in the beginning through three short tunnels. There is one hill at Sanden, but the road flattens out before the end of the lake at Gransherad. At this small village, follow the road up a long climb past Ormemyr crossroad and Bolkesjø to the highest point of the tour. The descent down to Kongsberg is long and flat through a small valley. You enter a larger valley (Numedalen) just before Kongsberg. At this town, follow the cycle signs towards Hokksund and Drammen because the cycle path take you more direct through this hill than the road does. Although steep in the beginning, this cycle path offers some very funny and technical cycling. This paradise ends at Darbu. Take the normal road to Hokksund. From Hokksund, take the old road to Mjøndalen and past Gulskogen to Drammen. Cycle through this city, cross the river on the Bragernes bridge and follow the road past CC shopping mall. There is a cycle path from Drammen to Asker. Follow this cycle path up the hill to Liertoppen and down to Asker. From this trainstation, I highly recommend the train to Oslo. But if you want to cycle all the way to Oslo, take the road over Skaugum to Nesbru and the road past Sandvika over Bryn to Oslo.

Bergen - Sognefjorden - Otta. 470 km. Four days.

Among fjords, waterfalls and mountains

Severity Rating: **** / Fun rating: *****

This four days tour takes you the heart of the fjords in Norway. Sognefjorden is the longest fjord in Europe and one of the longest fjords in the world. Only a couple of fjords in Greenland is longer. But Sognefjorden is something special. It's majestic nature leaves an everlasting impression. This tour starts gently, but it finish with the biggest mountain climb in Norway (1550 meters height difference over 35 km.) and some gentle cycling in one of the best valleys in Norway. Bergen can be reached by train from Oslo, plane from the rest of the world or ferry from Newcastle, UK. Otta is superb for train to Oslo or Trondheim. You can also combine this tour with some of my other tours from Otta. All in all a superb tour.

DAY 1.
Bergen - Mongstad - Oppedal.
100 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 400 meters.
Highest point: Matre 250 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate.
Severity Rating: ***
Fun rating: ***

How to get to Bergen: Train from Oslo. Ferry from Newcastle and Aberdeen. Plane from Europe.

Day 1 is a gentle start of the tour. This tour is the easiest tour between Bergen and the Sognefjord area because it avoid all mountains and tunnels. There is only one tunnel on this tour and the traffic is not to bad when you have left Bergen. The landscape is rolling and gentle, with one big hill at the end. There are some small, unreliable shops along the tour, but stock up with food and drink before you start the tour. Also check out the ferry schedule on the Leirvåg- Sløvåg ferry.

Head out of Bergen north past the ferries towards Knarvik The road are a bit hilly here. Follow the signs towards Knarvik over the bridges. The traffic can be very bad here. Take the road to Lindås and Mongstad. The road is mostly almost flat with some small hills thrown in. The road goes past Mongstad and ends up at the ferry quay at Leirvåg. Take the ferry to Sløvåg (half an hour). When at Sløvåg, take the road to the right to Matre. The road is a mostly flat, with some small hills. At Duesund, the road follows the Matre fjord. At Solheim, take the road to the left towards Instefjord. The road climbs up to a mountain at 250 meters above sea level. The descent towards Instefjord is funny and with a good view towards the almighty Sognefjord, the longest fjord in Europe. At Instefjord, follow the road through a fairly flat 1 000 meters long tunnel to the Oppedal ferry quay.

Day 2.
Oppedal - Høyanger - Balestrand - Sogndal.
155 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 400 meters.
Highest point: Torvund 250 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate.
Severity Rating: ***
Fun rating: *****

Today, you will do the Sognefjorden and not deviate from it at all. Day 2 have some tunnels. The longest tunnel (Høyanger) is over 7000 meters long. But all tunnels is well illuminated and quite easy to cycle. The majesty of Sognefjorden is breath taking. It is truly one of the finest fjords on this planet. The cycling is a bit hilly, but very rewarding. The views along this tour is brilliant. This tour should be a part of every visiting cyclist's tour of Norway. There are reliable shops at Lavik, Vadheim, Høyanger, Balestrand, Leikanger and Sogndal.

Take the fifty minutes long ferry from Oppedal to Lavik (frequent sailings). Take the road to the right towards Vadheim. The road to Vadheim had a rather big mountain at Torvund (the highest hill of the day), but is mostly flat. There is a couple of tunnels along the way. Take the road towards Høyanger. There is a long and rather steep tunnel out of Vadheim, but the road is then quite flat to Høyanger. This city, based around a steel mill, is high on my list of least favorite places in Norway. The longest tunnel of the day, Høyangertunellen, follows straight after Høyanger. The climb up to the tunnel is quite steep, but the road flattens out straight after you are inside the tunnel. It then goes fairly flat and downhill down to the end of the tunnel. On the outside again, the road is not particular hilly before a big hill at Kvamsøy (an approx. 100 meters hill). The road from this hill to Balestrand is rather flat. Balestrand is on of the prettiest places in Norway, with a lot of good views in all directions. Take the road around Esefjorden to Dragsvik ferry quay (frequent sailings). Take the road to the left for tour # 16. The ten minutes ferry trip take you over to Hella ferry quay. The road from Hella past Leikanger and Hermansverk to Sogndal is pretty flat with a couple of short tunnels at the end. Sogndal (one of my "home cities" in Norway) is a very nice town with a good campsite just before entering Sogndal.

DAY 3.
Sogndal - Turtagrø Hotel
75 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 1050 meters.
Highest point: Turtagrø 800 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate.
Severity Rating: *****
Fun rating: *****

Day 3 is through an area of outstanding beauty. The first sixty kilometers of this route has a couple of nasty hills at Hafslo and Dale, but is flat along Sognefjorden besides of those hills. At Skjolden, Sognefjorden ends. The last fifteen kilometers of the day is the beginning of the Sognefjellet, the climb up to this 1550 meters high mountain. Don't blow your lungs before you have started this climb. Also keep an eye on the clock because the last fifteen kilometers will take an eternity. But this is a tour to saviour and enjoy. Shops at Sogndal, Gaupne, Luster, Skjolden, Fortun and Turtagrø

Take the road through Sogndal towards Lom. The landscape along the first fjord is very nice. The climb up and past Hafslo is not too bad. It is only around two kilometers and with a height difference of 150 meters. The road flows nicely along Hafslovatnet (a small lake) before it ends up with a short, nasty climb. The views are brilliant in all directions. The descent towards the fjord is fast and furious. The road along the fjord to Gaupne includes a short tunnel. Gaupne is a nice place, with some good shops. The road out the fjord includes a tunnel who climbs up towards Dale and a corner. The road drops again to the sea and follows it for a long while. The road passes Luster (shops) and a small tunnel before you reach the end of the almighty Sognefjorden at Skjolden (shops). The road is pretty flat to Fortun petrol station. If you raise your head to a couple of ledges in the vertical mountain wall above the petrol station, you may spot the hill farm Fuglesteg. That's where my family is from. Which may explain why I am into extreme cycling… Anyway, Fortun is a nice place with some scenic views. The road start to climb after the church (all my relatives is buried at the graveyard to the right of the church) and the first climb last for five kilometers before a small, flat stretch follows. This first climb is zig-zag, but not particular steep. The part after the small flat stretch and the bridge is steep though. The road climbs up this valley. The views are brilliant throughout this climb. The steepest part is just below the hotel at Turtagrø. The views from this hotel towards Hurrungane mountains is just fantastic.

Day 4.
Turtagrø Hotel - Otta
140 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 800 meters.
Highest point: Sognefjellet 1550 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate.
Severity Rating: ****
Fun rating: ******

The final day is a very nice tour over the highest road (Sognefjellet) in Norway and down again to Otta in Gudbrandsdalen, one of Norway's main valleys. Besides of the first brutal fifteen kilometers, the rest of the route is either a descent from the mountain or flat. The views along this tour is brilliant. This is a truly brilliant tour through the heart of Norway. Shops at Lom, Vågå and Otta..

This tour opens with a vertical ten kilometers climb before the road flattens out a bit before the last desperate hill. The views along this climb is brilliant and the air is normally crisp, so it is not such a bad climb. When you are on the top of the climb, you follow the roof of Norway for around seven kilometers before the road falls down into a valley. There is a short climb over to another valley, but from the top of this climb, the road drops down all the way to Lom. The views along the descent is brilliant. This valley is in many ways the heart of Norway. At Lom (shops), you take the road along the lake and over a small hill down the valley again to Otta. The road is mostly flat along these fifty kilometers. A true brilliant tour through the heart of Norway. Train to Oslo, Åndalsnes or Trondheim.