Cycling tours

Cycling holidays are a great way to explore Norway. You can really experience the local way of life and culture on your bike as you ride through different landscapes. We have a choice of cycle tours throughout Norway with exciting itineraries and routes. These trips can be combined with hiking and riding in the mountains, swimming, fishing, farm visits and great natural and cultural experiences – the perfect cycling holiday for active people.

Come and join us in a cycling adventure through Hendmark and Sør-Trøndelag , You will be welcomed here by picturesque and varied landscapes, open farmlands and beautiful mountains and forests. The places are also full of history, some of the areas being living museums and part of UNESCO's World Heritage.

Attractions and Activities

Beside cycling ……. do you want to admire the landscape or simply relax? There are many adventure possibilities along Hendmark and Sør-Trøndelag. There is a wide range here, both for those looking for a truly active holiday and for those who want to take it easy. You will be close to nature no matter wherever you are.

Attractions

Rondane National Park
is the oldest national park in Norway, established on 21 December 1962. The park contains ten peaks above 2,000 metres, with the highest being Rondeslottet at an altitude of 2,178 m.

Aukrust Centre, Alvdal
Enjoy a journey through the life, literary work and humorous fantasy world of Kjell Aukrust. At the Aukrust Centre, you can enjoy the exhibition on Aukrust's childhood years in Alvdal, test your skills as a journalist at Flåklypa Tidende and visit Reodor Felgen's workshop and Nabonissen's house.

Folldal Mine, Folldal
The mine at Folldal was in operation from 1748 until 1941. On display today is a fully preserved industrial community, featuring 70 buildings as they appeared when the mine closed down. Explore the mine, visit the museum and look around the National Park Visitor Centre. At Folldal Mine, you will also find cultural trails, stone shop, geology garden and Rondane Geopark.

Tynset
 has many wildlife areas, which are regarded as national treasures; the geological formation at Ripan and Gammeldalen are extremely interesting: at Ripanis a lake formed by glaciation during the last Ice Age and at Gammeldalen are found some beautifully formed corries from the same period. Tynset can be proud of being one of those municipalities that has many of its mountain farms still in use, and it is possible to visit such farms when out cycling.

Savalen
is known internationally for its speed-skating rink. Many personal, national and international records have been broken on this rink. Now Savalen has also developed a football pitch, an arena for Nordic skiing and biathlon, roller-ski track, an alpine area and 90-km. Savalen now suits people of different ages who like different outdoor pursuits. With its various types of accommodation Savalen has become a perfect holiday area.

Røros
In the middle of the Røros region lies the town of Røros, which in 1980 was placed on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

The former mining town of Røros began to take form in 1646, when the first copper ore was extracted on the mountain plateau. Before that, there were only a few farms in the area.

Today, the small town of Røros is a living museum, and the entire town centre with its authentic wooden buildings is protected. At the same time, this is also a town in full use with a history still unfolding. As you explore Røros' narrow streets, old courtyards and buildings, you will find an amazing number of charming shops and interesting workshops. The town is famous for its high concentration of artists and craftsmen, and it can also boast of an impressive list of award- winning designer products from Røros based companies.

Trondheim
Norway's capital of technology, the university town of Trondheim is a tech junkie's paradise and a history nerd's dream. The 11th-century Nidarosdomen Cathedral is the national sanctuary of Norway, and the Royal Residence is the largest wooden palace in Scandanavia

Activities

Hiking
Hedmark is home to National Parks. Rondane has several peaks over 2 000 metres, and the terrain is gentle. Wild reindeer have roamed this area for thousands of years, and traces of old hunting grounds and settlements are everywhere.

Fishing
With its numerous rivers and lakes, Hedmark is a true angler's paradise. Some lakes have stocks of trout and Arctic char, whereas others will also feature perch, pike, grayling and freshwater whitefish.

Horseback riding
Explore the spectacular mountain scenery on horseback, and get an insight into the natural and cultural history of the local area.

Boat trips
Enjoy the tranquility and beautiful surroundings with boat trips on Savalen lake.

Tour 1 - Savalen Lake Tour

After breakfast , you'll start from the base camp a nice bicycle ride around Savalen. Savalen is a lake  situated 750 metres above sea level, in the municipalities Tynset and Alvdal and has about 18 square kilometers. The river Sivilla, which connects Savalen and Glomma (the longest river in Norway), is regulated and exploited by the Savalen hydropower station (62 MW).

After cycling 15 km, you'll reach the north of Savalen, where Savalaen Fjellhotel & Spa is situated. Here we can make a short break for a drink, but also we can choose to spend a few hours on the beach near the lake, bathing and staying in the sun.

You'll continue cycling for 10 more km back to the base camp, where you'll spend the rest of the day getting involved in the farm activities: milking and feeding the cows and horses etc

Dinner - In the evening, you’ll be invited to taste traditional Norwegian food, accompanied by local beers.

Technical details

This is a 31 km route in Tynset, 06, Norway. The route has a total ascent of 270 m and has a maximum elevation of 784 m at 13.74 km. The road is forest type and MTB is recommended.

Tour 2 - Gardvikåsen Tour – a tour back in the history of farming

After breakfast, you'll start from the base camp to bicycle toward an old and famous location for summer farms situated 800 meters above sea level.

The place is called Gardvikåsen. It is said that around the year 1700, a big fire burned all the forests and grass for a distance of 20 km, between Gardvikåsen and Kvikne. After a while the nature started to come to life again…. Farmers from around the area noticed that their cows didn’t come home any more in the night to eat and started to wonder why……At some point, they realized that up, on the hills , there is very good food for animals and decided to settle the summer farms there. Vika was the first house in Gardvikåsen. Today, only one summer farm is still functional.

The cycling tour will take you along beautiful surroundings along a little river and then back to the base camp on some other bicycle paths.

In the evening, over the dinner, you'll enjoy talking with local farmers about their daily life.

Technical details

This is a 33.33 km route in Tynset, 06, Norway. The route has a total ascent of 243.08 m and has a maximum elevation of 952.89 m at 16.66 km. The road is forest type and MTB is recommended.

Tour 3: Haustdalen - Grimsbu tour – where nature, farming and industry live together in harmony

After breakfast, you'll start cycling south from the base camp toward Haustdalen, a place where we can see many summer farms in function. The tour will take us then to Grimsbu, where we can admire the wild and the deserted mountains around this area, while taking a drink in the Grimsbu Tourist Center cafeteria.

Before coming back to the base camp, we can choose to cycle 10 more km and visit Folldal old mine. It has been mining activities in Folldal since 1748 until it was closed down a few years ago. There's now a mine museum at the area, with more than 60 buildings, and a mine train runs 600 meters inwards the old mine. In the mine is "Worms Hall", a room that holds up to 100 persons. It's possible to get meals served, and because of the good acoustics concerts can be arranged here as well. Folldal Mining Establishment has an archive that is a treasure for those who are interested in technical industrial prehistoric monuments, mining history and labor history. At the mining area there's a cultural path showing the technical aspects of the mining operations as well as the social conditions since 1904.

Technical details

This is a 72.49 km route in Tynset, 06, Norway. The route has a total ascent of 321.46 m and has a maximum elevation of 1032.01 m at 37.69 km. The road is forest type and MTB is recommended.

Tour 4: Sølndalen Tour – back to the beginning of the world – traces of the Ice Age

After breakfast , you'll start cycling toward Sølndalen, a location situated in the Rondane Geopark, where many traces of the Ice Age can be found.

Norwegians have been inspired by Rondane for centuries – in visual art, music, literature and research. This is the place the composer Edvard Grieg found the inspiration for some of his well-known romantic-nationalistic compositions. Other artists, such as the painter Harald Sohlberg, captured the uniqueness of the landscape and the blue light, so characteristic for Rondane.

When the Ice Age released its grip on Norway 10.000 years ago, it left numerous marks in the landscape. These make it possible for us to explain how the landscape was shaped. The interaction of nature, art and culture makes Rondane one of the finest destinations when it comes to theme-oriented tourism – geotourism.

The first trace of what was the Ice Age lake is a terrace fan by the toll barrier to Sølndalen and Haustdalen From the banks of the River Folla and over to Lia is a fertile, fine-grained deposit and topsoil that allows farming along the valley sides. This deposit resulted from the melt water dammed by ice in Glåmdalen. The tour will take you to a little lake called Kjemsjøen and then, crossing Haustdalen, you'll come back to the base camp.

In the evening, over the dinner, you'll enjoy talking with local farmers about their daily life.

Technical details

This is a 72.2 km route in Tynset, 06, Norway. The route has a total ascent of 241.03 m and has a maximum elevation of 919.26 m at 44,04 km. The road is forest type and MTB is recommended.

Tour 5: Einundalen tour – cycling through the most beautiful farms settle in Norway

After breakfast, you'll start cycling toward Einundalen (1000 meters above the see level), which is considered the most beautiful mountain farms settle in the whole Norway. Here you'll see three traditional mountain farms: Småvangan, Borkhussætra and Setalsjølia. It is a green oasis in the middle of a calcareous mountain valley. Marks of the last glaciation’s era can be found all around the area. The large terraces of about 1000 m present here are breathtaking.

You'll cycle up to Dalholen, where a car will take you to the base camp. In the evening, over the dinner, you'll enjoy talking with local farmers about their daily life.

Technical details

This is a 114.73 km route in Tynset, 06, Norway. The route has a total ascent of 478.0 m and has a maximum elevation of 1188.24 m at 56.22 km. The road is forest type and MTB is recommended.

Race Day – Cycling to Tronfjell and swimming in Savalen Lake

The last day of Norway experience will be dedicated to competition. As you'll be very well trained and full of energy after the days spent here, we invite you to a biathlon competition:

  • Cycling to Tronfjell mountain in the morning ( from 500 m to 1660 m)……..and
  • Swimming in Savalen Lake in the afternoon.

On Tronfjell mountain was built the Norway’s 2nd highest road (1660 meters above sea level). From the top of it, you’ll be the witness of a wonderful panoramic view (including Sweden can be seen from here), but you’ll also enjoy a spiritual experience, being onthe traces of the indian philosopher Swami Sri Ananda Acharya, who lived on the mountain for large periods of his life. He is buried here also. Every year, here it is held a cycling competition.

The winners of the competition will receive prices within a ceremony organized at the base camp during the last night of the stay.

Practical information for cyclists

Take some precautions to get the most out of your cycling holiday. Here you will find practical information that makes your trip safe and enjoyable.

Emergency phone numbers

110 - Fire
112 - Police
113 - Ambulance
120 - Emergency at sea

Climate and temperature

The summer climate of Norway is well suited for outdoor activities like cycling and hiking. On a good day temperatures can reach 20 – 25 degrees Celsius. At altitudes of 1,000 metres or more, daytime temperatures are often around 15 to 19 degrees, or a bit cooler when it is raining. The summer weather is not extreme but can change fast. Make sure you check the weather forecast before you go. 

Best season

June, July and August are the best months for cycling. May and September can also be fairly warm, but generally these months have more unstable weather. Having said that, the spring in Norway is beautiful when nature comes back to life, whilst in the autumn the colours are spectacular.

Clothing and equipment 

The weather in Norway can be both fascinating and challenging. One day it is rainy and cold, the next day the skies are clear and you can go out in just shorts, t-shirt and sandals. 

For a comfortable ride, you need to stay warm and dry. Pack a waterproof  jacket, trousers and gloves. If you do not have waterproof shoes or boots, it is advisable to bring waterproof shoe covers.

A set of thin woolen long johns is great for cycling on cool days. A light fleece jacket will give extra comfort during breaks along the way. For sunny days it is important to use a high sun protection factor – the sun is very strong in the middle of the summer.

Be sure to bring bike lights to be prepared for tunnels.

Traffic and safety

Along the main roads you can ride fast, but it is neither pleasant nor safe. It is a good idea to avoid the main roads from Oslo to Bergen (E16), toKristiansand (E18), to Hallingdal and Geilo (national route 7), and Trondheimand Bodø (E6). Use a map to find alternative roads along these highways. This may make the trip more uneven and slow – but much safer. 

Some mountain roads that lead down to the valleys and fjords can be long and steep. Several descents have hairpin bends. Control your speed and remember to check your brakes.

Tunnels

There are many tunnels; you can cycle through most of them or ride an alternative road that existed before the tunnel was built.

You should always use bike lights for visibility in tunnels, even in those that are lit.

In front of the tunnels you will find a sign with the name and length of the tunnel. Make sure you check this information before you enter – some of the tunnels are more than five kilometres long.  

Most of the national cycle routes avoid tunnels.

Conduct

The Norwegian association of cyclists and the Norwegian association of mountain bikers have produced some guidelines in order to enhance safety and reduce conflicts between cyclists and others. The guidelines emphasise that cyclists should have a responsible approach to cars, pedestrians, nature and fellow bikers. 

A few tips on road conduct
  • Stay visible – use a high visibility vest or bright coloured jacket 
  • Ride in a predictable way and indicate clearly when turning or changing direction
  • Yield to pedestrians
  • Use a helmet
Trains and buses

You can bring your bike on trains or buses. Most companies charge half the price of an adult ticket for the bike. Remember that there is no guarantee that you may bring your bike on an express or a regional train line, unless you have made a reservation for your bike in advance. Space is limited and most trains carry just two to five bikes. 

On local train lines it is not possible to prebook so you will not be able to find out if there is room for your bike. For questions about bikes and train transport, please call the Norwegian State Railways on +47 815 00 888.

Source: www.visitnorway.com

Accomodation and services

BERGRØNNINGEN summer farm SPECIAL
Starting from 350 euro/person/week

The summer farm is situated near Savalen lake. Accommodation will be made in very simple conditions: mattresses on the floor (maximum 8 persons), with access to toilet and shower. Access to kitchen and a place for sitting, eating and drinking in case of bad weather will be ensured. Savalen lake, offering bathing possibilities is just a few steps away.

BERGRØNNINGEN farm Full board
Starting from 400 euro/person/week

Situated between Alvdal and Tynset , the farm offers the opportunity to take part in the day by day life of a Norwegian traditional farm.

Accommodation will be made in a 4 bedrooms house (one bedroom with double bed, one bedroom with bunk bed and 2 single beds bedrooms), with access to fully equipped kitchen, one bathroom with shower and a large and comfortable living room.

BERGRØNNINGEN summer farm
Starting from 150 euro/person/week

The summer farm is situated near Savalen lake. Accommodation will be made in very simple conditions: mattresses on the floor (maximum 8 persons), with access to toilet and shower. Access to kitchen and a place for sitting, eating and drinking in case of bad weather will be ensured. Savalen lake, offering bathing possibilities is just a few steps away.

BERGRØNNINGEN farm
Starting from 250 euro/person/week

Situated between Alvdal and Tynset , the farm offers the opportunity to take part in the day by day life of a Norwegian traditional farm.

Accommodation will be made in a 4 bedrooms house (one bedroom with double bed, one bedroom with bunk bed and 2 single beds bedrooms), with access to fully equipped kitchen, one bathroom with shower and a large and comfortable living room.

Cottage/cabin accommodation upon request
Starting from 250 euro/person/week

The accommodation in cottages/ cabins can be also experienced by the people who want to come in biking tours. The cottages or cabins can usually host 2, 4, or 6 persons. The comfort varies from simple sleeping rooms (bunk beds, common bath and kitchen) to bed and breakfast hotel/hostel or fully equipped cottages.

We can make any arrangement at your request just let us know your wishes.