North Sea Cycle Route

North Sea Cycle Route

The North Sea Cycle Route from Kristiansand to Bergen offers dramatic fjords, mountains and gently sloping heaths,  along long stone fences, windy pebble beaches, lighthouses and a number of islands. At Jæren you will also get close contact with some of the country’s longest and finest sandy beaches. You cycle through a number of smaller towns, so this is truly a “small town hopping” cycle route!

The trip from Kristiansand to Bergen is quite long and requires that you are fit for the trip. Most of the route is flat and easy to cycle, but the part between Spangereid and Egersund is far more hilly with many and long uphills. An alternative from Kristiansand is to take the train to Egersund (about 2 hours). From Egersund, in addition to a more flat landscape, it is also possible to combine with a rest on the train if you want an easier trip.

From Jæren, however, it flares out, and you get the trip perhaps the finest and easiest stretch from Ogna towards Nærbø. Here are several very idyllic and car-free road sections, the highlight may be the old King’s Road along the coast through Brusand and Vigrestad to Hå Gamle Prestegård.

On the trip from Stavanger in the direction of Bergen you can use the coastal bus if there is room for the bike on the bus (there are many departures every day and the bike can be taken for children’s taxi) or the boat from Stavanger to Nedstrand and further through Tysvær to Haugesund. Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to take a boat from Stavanger to Karmøy. From Haugesund you continue on a hilly terrain north through the islands Sveio, Bømlo, Stord and Huftarøy before the last stretch towards Bergen.

Island hopping in the Boknafjord

The possibility of island hopping by bike is many. By ferries you will be taken to the Ryfylke Islands, such as Kvitsøy and Finnøy. The ferry from Mekjarvik to Skudeneshavn is closed, so the option is now a boat to Nedstrand if you wish to continue north on Nordsjøruta.

A map of possible cycling route from Nedstrand to Haugesund can be found here.

Small town hopping along the coast

Nordsjøruta also offers a fantastic “small town hopping” along the coast: Kristiansand, Mandal, Farsund, Flekkefjord, Egersund, Stavanger, Cycle City Sandnes and Haugesund. Each of the towns has a rich activity and cultural offer that is easily accessible to the cyclist tourist.

Nordsjøruta in Rogaland goes along the old car-free Westland Highway to Ogna where you meet the first of Jæren’s many sandy beaches.

Beach hopping in Mandal

It is well worth stopping and enjoying life on the road. In Mandal you can ride from beach to beach and find your and children’s favorite beach in the shelter of the wind! Sea lakes, Lordens, Stumpestrendene, Cinnamon Strands, Spidsbo, Banken or Lille Bank, here you will find southern Norway pilgrims in a row. The tourist office has a bike card with many nice tours. Bicycles and trailers are also available for rent at the Mandal Tourist Office.

Places of interest

Ølberg Camping


Ølberg Camping is a simple campsite with plenty of space for tenting and 5 simple cabins for rent. The square is located behind the sand dunes on the Ølberg beach. Sea view. Season 10th May to 31st of August. The coastal path from Rege to Vistneset passes through the campsite. Ølber camping welcomes you to quiet and active days.

Sola Strand Hotel


Hjertelig velkommen til et historisk og særeget hotell fra 1914 med idyllisk beliggenhet på Solastranden, nær Stavanger. Vi tilbyr 139 rom, moderne konferansesenter, et anerkjent kjøkken, førsteklasses restaurant, unike selskapslokaler og Nordsjøbadet Spa.

Skudenes Camping

Accommodation Bike rental

Welcome to Skudenes Camping, the year-round 4 star campsite at Karmøy with 2, 4 and 5 star cottages!

Almaas Hotell Stord

Accommodation Restaurant Bike rental

We aim to offer you first-class accommodation at a price you can afford. Our guest bedrooms and lounges are all of a high standard, and our rates include a generous breakfast and evening buffet.

Grimstad Tourist Office

Tourist information Bike rental

A wide range of routes are available, and the terrain is gentle. The town is also the perfect base from which to explore the coastline as well as the inland.Bicycles can be hired at the tourist office. Visitors with boats moored in the guest harbour only pay half the hire charge.

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