Friday, 18 December 2015

Cycling in Norway: Go Green!

Miles of roads, difficult ascents and breath-taking slopes, snow-covered passes and blossoming valleys, deep-blue fjords and azure lakes – this is Norway seen by those who prefer bicycles to any other way of discovering this magnificent country! 

Fjord Norway

Norway is a most cyclist-friendly country where practically everyone ride a bike. However, it has its particularities that should be taken into account while planning your trip. 

WHEN 

Norwegian summer is short, with more favorable conditions for cycling in July and August. However, be ready for rains. For example, in Bergen it rains for the most part of the year. The weather is changeable – you can bathe on the coast at 22 grades Celsius and, having moved a bit farther, wander around snowy tundra and watch the reindeer. 

Reindeer, Norway

There are many bicycle rentals with multiple variants including family tours and travelling with little kids. Only in Oslo more than 100 rentals offer special outfit, equipment and map of the routes. 

If you take your own bike, find out the airline's rules. You will not face any problems with carrying a bicycle if you get to Norway by ferry. 

WHERE 

The most popular tourist destination is Fjord Norway. Here people come to see the "King of Fjords" – famous Sognefjord – as well as ride the most popular cycling route in the country – Rallarvegen (or The Navvy Road). It takes 4-5 hours to ride up the Skjeggedal to reach Trolltunga (Troll's tongue) – a piece of rock jutting horizontally out of the mountain. 

Syklist Rallarveg

The road to Preikestolen (Preacher’s Pulpit) is also hard. The peak is square and almost flat. You can enjoy fantastic view over the fjord. Preikestolen is one of the major sights in Norway. 

Oslo in Eastern Norway offers many bike paths and Jotunheimen National Park, the ideal place for lovers of extreme sports. Its territory includes Galdhøpiggen, the highest mountain in Scandinavia. 

Olympic Lillehammer also offers many opportunities for tourists: a cycling route in Skeikampen, Hafjell Bike Park with downhill and mountain biking, as well as multiple country roads where you can stop for rest at local farms.

Cycling in Norway: Go Green!

Tourists of Central Norway visit Trondheim, the country's medieval capital. Here you can find a unique Trampe bicycle lift – the first, and only, bicycle lift in the world. When using it, the right foot is placed on the starting point (the left foot stays on the bicycle pedal). After pushing the start button, the user is pushed forward and a footplate emerges. A common mistake among tourists and other first-time users is that they do not keep their right leg outstretched and their body tilted forward. This makes it hard to maintain balance on the footplate, and can result in falling off. 

In Northern Norway, you can ride a bike the whole day and night – thanks to the midnight sun. Ferries take tourists from Harstad to the picturesque Lofontens. 

Norway, Lofoten

Southern Norway, unlike other regions of the country, offers warm sea and a lot of sun. The majority of local routs suit even children. The most popular one goes along Telemark that gave a name to a ski technique. 

It could be exciting to visit the southernmost point of Norway where the Lindeness lighthouse stands, or ride around Mjøsa Lake, famous for an annual 250-km Mjøstråkk cycle race. 

GOOD TO KNOW 

The Norwegian law allows tourists to set a tent on any uncultivated land no closer than 150 meters to houses for the period of no more than two days. If you plan to stay longer, you will have to ask the permission of the owners. 


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