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Oslo Fjord Tour: Hidden Charm of Norway

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  • 6 nights | 27 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 3
  • Self-guided from: €833
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

This bicycle tour will take you around the fjord leading up to Oslo, the capital of Norway. Discover the hidden charm of the harbor villages along the fjord, while bicycling on small, low-traffic roads. A detailed road book will help you to find your way through the few hills along the gentle fjord landscape.

Wondering about bringing your bathing suit to Norway? The water is less cold than one might expect. You will pass many beaches along your way and you may well get to brag about your swim in Norway once you are home.

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival in Drammen
Drammen is located 50km west of Oslo. It is easy to reach by train (1 hour) from Oslo Airport. You may take the Airport Express train or a local train; they are both direct (ticket not included in tour cost).

Day 2: Drammen – Horten (34 miles/54 km)
The day will start with a slightly uphill route through agricultural fields heading for Sande. After Sande, you will catch up with the fjord again, arriving in Holmestrand in time for lunch. Spend the afternoon cycling country roads to Horten. This town used to be a navy base and you may visit its fortified naval museum, called Karljohansvern. Your hotel is close to the harbor.

Day 3: Horten – Sandefjord (34 miles/55 km)
You leave Horten on a bicycle lane, which takes you along the coast to the small town of Åsgårdstrand. The painter Edvard Munch spent many summers here and you may visit his small wooden house turned into a museum.

You continue on to Tønsberg, known to be the oldest town in Norway. The area is known to hide Viking graves of kings and queens buried with their ships, and you have the chance to visit a shipyard making copies of these ships with old tools. In the afternoon, your itinerary continues through a farmland landscape to the town of Sandefjord.

Day 4: Sandefjord – Strömstad (Sweden) – Fredrikstad (11 miles/17 km)
You will start with an early morning departure on a car ferry from Sandefjord to Strömstad in Sweden, on the east side of the Oslo Fjord. The crossing takes 2.5 hours. Arriving in Strömstad, you will be going for a 15km loop on small roads north of the town. You will pass some beaches, so bring your swimming gear (if you wish to skip the ride, this is also possible for you).

The small town of Strömstad is known for being a harbor for shrimp fishing and has a nice downtown area with many restaurants and shops. In the afternoon, you will board the passenger ferry "Sagasund," which will take you along many islands back to Norway and to the town of Fredrikstad in 2 hours. This town has the nicest fortified old town in Norway, situated along the river Glomma.

Day 5: Fredrikstad – Moss/Son (33 or 39 miles/53 or 63 km)
The bike route today will lead you north along the coast past the island of Hankø. After a few hours, you can choose a 5 km longer, but more scenic, route along the fjord or a shorter route inland. In the afternoon you will reach the town of Moss, with typical wooden houses. The old wood and paper industry has been replaced by cafés and art galleries. Our hotel for the night is either in Moss or in Son, a nice little harbor village 10 km further away.

Day 6: Moss/Son – Drøbak – Oslo (15 or 21 miles/24 or 34 km + ferry)
From Son you will have a choice of two different routes on country roads through rural areas. On the first choice, you pass the village Hølen, and you continue along a bicycle lane to Vestby, a rural commercial center.

The other choice is hillier and brings you to the village of Hvitsten. The bicycle tour ends in Drøbak, a lovely little seaside town where the fjord is at its most narrow. Here you may visit the aquarium or go to check out Norway’s biggest center for Christmas celebrations. You will leave your bike here in Drøbak and then take a regular boat or bus back to Oslo (ticket cost is included in tour price).

Day 7: Departure from Oslo
Breakfast at your centrally located hotel in Oslo.

Route Map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

Mondays: Jun 4-Sep 10, 2018

Prices

Category A

3- and 4-star hotels

Per person, double occupancy
€978
Single room surcharge (1 person, 1 room)
€367
Bike Rentals
Hybrid bike
€94
Electrically assisted bike
€189
Extra Nights, Drammen, prices starting at
Per person, double occupancy
€54
Single room
€88
Category B

3-star hotels

Per person, double occupancy
€833
Single room surcharge (1 person, 1 room)
€255
Bike Rentals
Hybrid bike
€94
Electrically assisted bike
€189
Extra Nights, Drammen, prices starting at
Per person, double occupancy
€54
Single room
€88
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

Merlot Reiser Terms and Conditions

In case of cancellations of booking once it is confirmed the following cancellation fees apply:

  • Up to 30 days before the departure date: 20 % of the total amount
  • From 29 to 22 days prior to departure date: 25 % of the total amount
  • From 21 to 15 days prior to departure date: 50 % of the total amount
  • From 14 to 8 days prior to departure date: 70 % of the total amount
  • From 7 to 1 day prior to departure date: 95 % of the total amount
  • On departure day and on no-show: 100 %

In case of changes to existing bookings: €20 for each change, except if this change add more services to the booking (extra person, extra night or any extra service).

Liability and limitation of liability
In the event of loss or damage to travel luggage, the tour operator shall only be liable if the loss or damage is caused by us and is communicated to us immediately after the occurrence. Valuables with little weight and great value, as for example money, glasses, jewelry, camera, passport, credit cards etc., should always be carried by the client at any given time. The tour operator's maximum responsibility for transported luggage is one piece and €330 per person. The tour operator cannot be responsible for smaller bags.

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Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.7

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3
  • Value 4.3
  • Included meals 4.3
  • Bikes & equipment 4.7
  • Hotels or boat 4.3
  • Scenery 4.3
  • Ease of navigation 4.3
  • Tour documents 5
  • Local tour company services 5
  • Route selection 4.7

Reviews

mpe1 September 26, 2017

perfect bike trip

great company, well marked trails, beautiful seaside and country side biking, nice B and Bs with great buffet breakfasts

Michael August 9, 2017

Nice Ride! But Can You Afford $13 Beers???

I've taken more than a dozen rides with Biketours! It's a good ride, bikes, hotels, breakfasts, and the local tour operator was super! I've come to know that fjord basically means Inlet. So it's not the legendary & dramatic fjords you've seen in travel shows. No. But the good news is the rolling hills and the endless wheat fields make it an easy ride. You ride on both sides of the Oslofjord with a ferry ride to Sweden and another back to Norway. For all intents, it's an off day, though a 10 mile loop through Sweden is suggested. I'd strongly recommend adding on a few days in Bergen so you can see that remarkable city and the famous Fjords. I took my ride in early August. Beware: it's quite cool and rainy! Once again, it needs to be said that Norway is expensive. So indulge in the wonderful included breakfasts! For two, lunch and or dinner will easily cost $120!! And yes, beers do cost $13.68. Am I glad I took this ride, yes, despite the cost, yes. One last thing: on the last riding day, you'll pass by The Norwegian Outlets. It's about 40 stores, nearly all cater to the outdoor enthusiast.

Darcyb August 8, 2017

A perfect way to visit the beautiful Oslo Fjord

The ride along the OSlo fjord is varied and extremely picturesque. We cycled through bucolic farmland, narrow wooded paths and beautiful coastline with signature red boathouses and quaint villages. The rolling hills were a little more challenging than we had expected but doable. The hotels seemed to get better each day with the final night being spent at a beautiful spa in Son. Highly recommend this trip.