For 2020 departures our trip inclusions are changing - please contact us for full details
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 19th century 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.
The cycling is on a mix of quiet roads and dedicated cycle tracks, with a couple of small sections on busier roads. There are no serious climbs, however there are a couple of short but steep climbs.
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.
You stay at the Comfort Hotel Union Brygge (breakfast included)
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. There are plenty of dining options in Horten, pay locally .
You stay at the Thon Hotel Horten (breakfast included)
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.
You stay at the Scandic Park Sandefjord (breakfast included)
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.
You stay at the Quality Hotel Fredrikstad (breakfast included)
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.
You stay at the Son Spa (breakfast included)
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.
You stay at the Hotel Bristol (breakfast included)
Make your way to the train station and back to the airport, or enjoy extra nights to explore the Viking capital.
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.
NEARBY: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.
Extra nights: Please contact us for details.
NEARBY: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.
Extra nights: Please contact us for details.
NEARBY: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.
NEARBY: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 15th century Old Town with its narrow alleyways, restaurants, shops, cafes and shopping centres.
NEARBY: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.
Combining traditional elegance with modern comforts, the recently renovated Hotel Bristol is located in the heart of Oslo city centre. It's just a short walk to shops, restaurants, museums and the waterfront area.
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Nice cycling trip through pleasant scenery along the fjord and also through farmlands. Undulating terrain and a variety of different paths and road surfaces. The mojority of the route is on good bike paths or quiet roads but there are some very bumpy, stony and gravelly forrest paths etc which are difficult to cycle on. The towns and hotels get better and more picturesque as you go on. The boat trips are lovely.
An extremely pleasant maritime cycle trip for even relatively un-practised cyclists and an opportunity to explore a lovely, unspoilt part of Scandinavia.
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.
Excellent way of sight-seeking. Well organised tour with comfortable bikes. Routes could be updated more regularly.
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
Expensive and hard cycling however the food is wonderful and so are the people .
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For 2020 departures our trip inclusions are changing - please contact us for full details.
This 6 night self-guided cycling holiday includes:
Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of , and hotels
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
How to book:
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Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.
It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £110 per person. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.
This holiday does not include any flights or rail.
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