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Cycling the Oslofjord

Cycling the Oslofjord

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  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration6 nights
  • Accommodationhotel-to-hotel
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  • Activity level
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  • NEW FOR 2018  
  • Departures
    Every Monday from 3 Jun '19 to 9 Sep '19
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 6 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of , and hotels
  • All breakfasts and 2 evening meals
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Tickets included for 3 boat trips on the Oslofjord
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Electric bikes available
  • Excellent choice for
  • Flora & fauna, art & history, swimming opportunities, solo travellers, couples, coastal routes, island exploring, lake & river routes
      from 5 reviews

Mr Ronayne says...
An extremely pleasant maritime cycle trip for even relatively un-practised cyclists and an opportunity to explore a lovely, unspoilt part of Scandinavia.
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Cycling the Oslofjord

  • A cyclist's paradise: a gentle coastline, forest paths, peaceful beaches, charming coastal towns
  • Historical towns including Fredrikstad, founded in 1567
  • Asgardsstrand, inspiration for artists and home to a very interesting cafe!
  • Roald Dahl's favourite childhood summer holiday destination

With its gentle coastline, hilly little roads through forests, tranquil beaches and charming coastal towns, the Oslofjord region of Norway is a cyclist's paradise. Stretching for 120km from Oslo in the north to Langesund in the south, 40% of the Norwegian population live close to the Oslofjord, and it's an important leisure attraction.

Quaint harbour towns and villages stretch along the coast - each with its own unique history and attractions. And tranquil country lanes meander around the fjord, leading up to Oslo. Cycling from one beautiful destination to the next, you'll pedal back in time to a more simple life - where the locals embrace a stress-free culture and the astonishing nature that surrounds them.

Many coastal towns nestle comfortably below the steep fjord edge, where the ports were once used as important trading points, for anything from timber to shrimp. Crossing over the fjord by ferry to the east from Sandefjord, once the Norwegian whaling capital, to Stromstad in Sweden, you can visit the harbour, famed for its shrimp fishing and dine in one of the pavement cafes or restaurants.

Passing lush green fields and pedalling through woods you can enjoy a pleasant dip in one of the swimming spots en route. Riding through Borre National Park, near Horten, there is a large Viking burial ground. Whilst Norway's only surviving fortified town, Fredrikstad, is home to many historical buildings. Founded in 1567, this historic gem, complete with an immaculately preserved fortress and moats, gives an impression of life in this former garrison town. It also boasts pretty boutiques, inviting coffee bars and art galleries that you can hop off the saddle and enjoy.

One of your best memories will be made in the little town of Asgardsstrand. Since the C19 its quality light has attracted painters such as Munch who set up their easels and interpret the idyllic landscapes. Here you can admire the dazzling wooden houses and for an interesting twist, visit cosy Munch's Cafe in the town centre, owned by Norway's 'most successful' bank robber from the 1970s. Thankfully he's since retrained in baking and Norwegian home cooking, and his cafe is renowned for its delicious cakes and shrimp sandwiches.

The young Roald Dahl, who spent his summer holidays here from 1920 to 1932, wrote: 'Unless you have sailed down the Oslofjord... on a tranquil summer's day, you cannot imagine the sensation of absolute peace and beauty that surrounds you.

You'll stay in a range of HHH, HHHH and HHHHH hotels, from the trendy urban Drammen Hotel to a grand hotel overlooking the harbour in Sandefjord and the modern sleek boutique Son Spa.



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Day-by-day itinerary



We're here to help

If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 , or email usa@exodustravels.com

Day 1 Arrive in Oslo

Take the train to Drammen then it is a five-minute walk to your hotel, or you can catch a taxi from outside the station. Take a stroll into the city this evening to enjoy dinner, visit one of the welcoming coffee shops or wander along the river. (Staying at the Comfort Hotel Union Brygge, Breakfast only)

Day 2 Drammen to Horten 54km/34mi

Leaving Drammen behind, a small climb rewards you with stunning views of the Drammenfjord, before passing through lush green meadows and small villages. Cycling on a series of cycle lanes, you'll drop through the pretty village of Sande then pass through lively Holmestrand - 'the city under the mountain' - which nestles just below the steep fjord edge. You'll cycle right into the centre, to the little harbour, tightly packed in summer with small boats, where pavement cafes promise a well-earned break. You then make a long descent into Horten, perhaps stopping at the marine quarter before making your way to your hotel. Dinner is taken at the restaurant across the road overlooking the fjord and the local ferry line. (Staying at the Best Western Horten Hotell, Half Board)

Day 3 Horten to Sandefjord 54km/34mi

A wooded trail takes you out of Horten, following the fjord, passing through incredibly cute Asgardsstrand, with its streets of wooden houses, to where Edvard Munch was born. Admiring pretty bays and small farms, you'll arrive in Tonsberg 'the Viking town'. An undulating ride through green meadows giving occasional glimpses of beautiful bays brings you into Sandefjord, a lovely town, formerly the capital of Norway's whaling industry. It is now a lively town with some lovely bars and restaurants on the fjord shores. (Staying at the Scandic Park Sandefjord, Breakfast only)

Day 4 Sandefjord to Stromstad (Sweden) by boat. Optional 17km/11mi ride, then Stromstad to Fredrikstad

An early ferry at 8.30am takes you across the opening of the Oslofjord to Stromstad in Sweden, where there is an optional 17km cycle ride through the forest and around the bays. Back for lunch in the town famous for prawns, then a boat up the fjord and a small stretch on Norway's longest river into Fredrikstad. Time for a quick visit of the impressive old town before heading to your hotel for in the centre of the newer part of town. (Staying at the Quality Hotel Fredrikstad, Breakfast only)

Day 5 Fredrikstad to Son 63km/39.5mi

Today's ride takes you through stunning countryside mixed with pretty villages, passing old farms, quaint churches and beautiful fjord-side towns. Passing through the larger town of Moss, its tiny Old Quarter has been beautifully restored. A forest track takes you out of town and onto Son, a stunning village on the fjord, to the Son Spa hotel, is a real treat. (Staying at the Son Spa, Half Board)

Day 6 Son to Drobak 26km/16.5mi then boat to Oslo

You'll cycle to the pretty port of Drobak where you'll leave your bike and jump on a boat back to Oslo, passing many of the islands along the fjord. From there, it is a short walk to your hotel, which is ideally located in the centre of Oslo. (Staying at the Grand Hotel Oslo, Breakfast only)

Day 7 Leave Oslo

Make your way to the train station and back to the airport, or enjoy extra nights to explore the Viking capital.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

Comfort Hotel Union Brygge, Drammen

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The contemporary Comfort Hotel Union Brygge is located right in the centre of Drammen, just a 7-minute walk from Drammen Central Station and next to the Drammen River. The area surrounding the hotel has a great choice of restaurants, bars and shopping. Close by are ski slopes, golf and Drammenbadet - a leisure complex with five indoor, four outdoor pools and a wellness area.

The hotel has 140 ultra-modern rooms and four suites with different rock themes. Each room has bedside tables, a desk and chair, an ensuite bathroom with hair dryer, and a TV to which you can connect an iPod/iPhone or laptop. The hotel's other facilities include a gym, 24-hour lobby bar and a restaurant, open for lunch and dinner when booked in advance, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi throughout.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Thon Hotel Horten, Horten

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The modern Thon Hotel Horten is conveniently located close to the town centre of Horten, the harbour and the ferry terminal. The 65 rooms, all smoke-free, and most public areas have recently been renovated and upgraded and complimentary Wi-Fi is available in all of the public areas and hotel rooms.

There is a bar, open daily, a terrace, and the restaurant at the hotel is open for breakfast daily and dinner (Mon-Fri). Nearby, there is a choice of museums, sights and activities, including the Borre Golf Club, shopping centres, a coastal trail, fishing and boat-trips. There is also a good array of pubs, restaurants, shopping centres and beaches close to the hotel.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Scandic Park Sandefjord, Sandefjord

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Centrally located next to parkland and the marina that sits at the top of the fjord, the Scandic Park Sandefjord is within walking distance of pretty much everything you might need in the local area. The facilities here are excellent and include opportunities to relax at every turn, whether it's the outdoor terrace or the spa area's indoor pool, sauna, relaxation suite, beauty salon or even the gym, you're spoilt for choice.

The hotel's award-winning breakfast buffet is served in the bright and airy restaurant. There is also a bar and a 24 hour shop in the lobby. Comfortable rooms come with ensuite shower rooms, TV, desk, chair, hairdryer, refrigerator and complimentary Wi-Fi. Some have wooden floors, whilst others are carpeted.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Quality Hotel Fredrikstad, Fredrikstad

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The Scandinavian design and architecture of this hotel give it a very modern look but the staff and friendly service provides a relaxed atmosphere. Located in the heart of Fredrikstad, Scandinavia's best preserved fortified town, the hotel is within walking distance of the city's charming C15 Old Town with its narrow alleyways, restaurants, shops, cafes and shopping centres.

Rooms come in two designs: Ocean and Urban. The Ocean room design is inspired by the northern lights and fjords, while the Urban room design uses pale textiles and dark wooden furniture. All rooms have comfortable beds, ensuite bath or shower room, TV and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout. Other facilities include a bar and restaurant serving good food with a rustic, homemade touch.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Son Spa, Son

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Son Spa, one of Norway's largest spa complexes, is housed in this modern resort with its unique architecture and Nordic design. Situated right on the coast, amongst the stunning archipelago south of Oslo, the hotel is within walking distance of the village of Son. The spa itself is an expansive 2000sqm and offers so many different ways to relax, including a fabulous outdoor Jacuzzi with sea views and a whole host of spa treatments.

If the spa doesn't take your fancy, the hotel has its own marina for hotel guests, kayaks to paddle and hiking trails to be walked. The restaurant serves a choice of tasty and healthy food, particularly the seafood and the stylish bar and scenic terrace are a great place to sit and enjoy the sun setting over the Oslofjord. The hotel's distinctive decor and warm atmosphere reflects the area's rich maritime history and 74 of the 148 rooms are suites with private balconies, most of which overlook the Oslofjord.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Grand Hotel Oslo, Oslo

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This prestigious hotel has arguably the best location in Norway, situated as it is on the corner of Karl Johans Street and Rosenkrantz Street, and has remained a striking landmark in Oslo ever since the city was called Kristiania. The Grand Hotel was founded in 1874 by pastry chef Julius Fritzner with the Grand Cafe opening first - in those early days it became the meeting place for all of Kristiania's fashionable citizens. Over the last 140 years it has been host to locals, international guests, world leaders, celebrities and Nobel Peace Prize laureates alike. It was even one of Henrik Ibsen's favourite daily haunts.

With fabulous architecture, a blend of modern classic design and luxury at every turn, this hotel offers every comfort including sumptuous bedding, fluffy bathrobes and a newly renovated rooftop bar with magnificent views, newly renovated Palmen Restaurant and the new Othilia lobby bar.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Extending your stay

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.

Grand Hotel Oslo, Oslo

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This prestigious hotel has arguably the best location in Norway, situated as it is on the corner of Karl Johans Street and Rosenkrantz Street, and has remained a striking landmark in Oslo ever since the city was called Kristiania. The Grand Hotel was founded in 1874 by pastry chef Julius Fritzner with the Grand Cafe opening first - in those early days it became the meeting place for all of Kristiania's fashionable citizens. Over the last 140 years it has been host to locals, international guests, world leaders, celebrities and Nobel Peace Prize laureates alike. It was even one of Henrik Ibsen's favourite daily haunts.

With fabulous architecture, a blend of modern classic design and luxury at every turn, this hotel offers every comfort including sumptuous bedding, fluffy bathrobes and a newly renovated rooftop bar with magnificent views, newly renovated Palmen Restaurant and the new Othilia lobby bar.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Travel

Please call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or email usa@exodustravels.com to arrange flights and connecting transfers to your hotel.

Reviews

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Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Mr Ronayne, 11/09/2018

An extremely pleasant maritime cycle trip for even relatively un-practised cyclists and an opportunity to explore a lovely, unspoilt part of Scandinavia.


Mrs Walsh, 10/08/2018

It was a lovely way to experience Norway for the first time. The holiday was well organised and the cycling was very enjoyable and the right length of cycling each day. There were lots of opportunities to swim and visit places of interest. We were pleased to have added extra days in Oslo and plenty to see and do there e.g. visiting the Viking Museum after passing several burial mounds (in which the boats were buried) en route. A very different experience to Continental Europe, very clean and open. Prices for food and drink were very high but we were aware that was to be expected.


Mrs Sherston, 29/07/2018

Excellent way of sight-seeking. Well organised tour with comfortable bikes. Routes could be updated more regularly.


Mr Gray, 22/07/2018

Mile after mile of beautifully maintained cycle paths or forest paths. Not a pothole in sight and very courteous car and truck drivers. What's not to like


Mrs Laing, 19/07/2018

Expensive and hard cycling however the food is wonderful and so are the people .



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Holiday details

Children
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Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures

Meals
All breakfasts and 2 evening meals

Electric bikes
It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £99 per person. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment. Please call us for further details.

Tailor-made travel

Tour only

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