The national and regional routes are a bit longer routes suitable for adults who prefer great cycling routes with different types of accommodations along the way.
Here you will find a light blend of hotels, guest houses and cabin / camping, according to what is available along the way. Some routes routes may also be combined for longer cycle routes, or you can choose just a nice part of a route.
As far as you please, as challenging as you please, as comfortable as you like it. It’s not the hills that take your breath away, but the nature!
We have gathered some tips and tips for planning and carrying out a cycling holiday in Norway. If you want to travel on your own and not pre-order, you are recommended to go off-season (not July) in order to get the accommodation you want.
Many people overestimate the amount of luggage required and end up with an unnecessarily heavy luggage. This will be particularly uncomfortable uphill. The art of traveling light comes with experience, and you will soon learn what you actually need on a trip and what can be left at home.
If you have more than 3-4 kilos of luggage, you should skip the backpack and choose a bike bag instead. A good, waterproof bike bag is highly recommended. If you use bike bags both in the front and the back you will have a good cycling experience on a nice and stable bike.
A small handbag is handy for several reasons. You can attach the card to the lid and also get access to things you need, such as snacks, money, sunglasses, a light rain jacket, etc.
The more stuff you leave at home, the easier your luggage is. If the main purpose of the trip is primarily cycling, you may leave your binoculars, radio, books, discman, thermos, turks, and extra cookware. Also try to calculate food and toiletries so you have just enough for the trip, but no more.
And then a little hard-earned knowledge: avoid objects of glass (eg jam glass). Crackers is not a good idea to put in the bags on bumpy gravel roads. Sticky spread for sandwiches should only be brought along if you put them in closed containers with a screw cap.
Your day trips are different than everyday life at home, and you don’t need a full change of clothes every day when you are out biking. Here are some tips on what should be included and some tips for getting a lighter luggage and still have what you really need.
The Norwegian weather does not stay faithful to seasons. Even in the summer you must be prepared for cool weather, especially in the mountains. Lightweight outerwear in waterproof and breathable quality is a good starting point for protection and comfort. Regular sportswear with jacket and trousers are insufficient in bad weather. In the mountains, you will also need a warm cap and mittens, and maybe some shoe covers made for cycling.
Thermal underwear is good basic clothing, (tip: woolen clothes don’t smell like other fabric types after a few days on the bike) and a thin fleece jacket or lightweight woolen insulation is a good idea.
If the trip does not include accommodation outside, you don’t need a lot of warm clothes, since the bike activity itself keeps you warm.
Regular jeans are not suitable for bicycle wear, nor are thick woolen sweaters. Sneakers have soft soles and can cause sore feet to a cyclist. If you plan to cycle many hours a day, it may be an idea to wear shoes with stiffer soles, such as trekking shoes or lightweight hiking shoes. It would also provide extra, and after a few hours highly appreciated, comfort to have your own bike pants with padding.
If you don’t plan cycling up mountains, you can bring quite modest and easy camping equipment. A conscious choice of lightweight summer bags, tents and beds can save you more kilo weight. A modern lightweight tentsweigh weighs about two and a half kilograms, a summer sleeping bag comfortable down to a few degrees of heat weighing about a kilo.
Cutlery, cup and plate are also available in lightweight versions, including plastic.
For mountain farming in the summer, solid tents are recommended with many bardons and a slightly warmer sleeping bag, with comfort temperature down to a few degrees.
As a cycling tourist, you are quite an environment- friendly tourist, remember to pay attention to nature as you travel in it too!
The amount of equipment you need on a trip depends on the type of trip. The more challenging trip, the more equipment and tools is necessary.
On all trips, even the short ones, it is necessary to bring new bike tubes/repair kit and pump. Also, you should always have a small folding set of hexagonal tools. The tool weighs just about 100 grams, and is useful to fasten and tighten most screws on a bike.
On some longer trips, it may be an idea to have extra bike tube and a wheel bearing tool. Some extra screws might come in handy as well, to fix i.e. the luggage carrier. A small bottle of oil and a wipe are also a good idea.
Remember to check if the route passes by any tunnels, in which case you must have front and rear lights. Remember that not all tunnels in Norway are allowed for cyclists. Here is a nice page of Norwegian tunnels that may also be helpful, in addition, local tourist offices can be contacted for further information.
Other things that may be nice to bring along are a drinking bottle in a stand, a small wire lock, and a speedometer / distance gauge.
Climbing bars gives the opportunity to vary the hand and seat position for comfort.
We would love to hear from your bicycle holiday in Norway, maybe you have made experiences that others can benefit from? Tips, experiences, pictures and other things that other cyclists can benefit and enjoy are highly appreciated!
Also: Please send us your tips if there is something you think is missing here.