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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: €860
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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).

The heart of Drammen is around Bragernessquare and the riverbanks for nice strolls on both sides of the river, it even includes a nice beach for swimming and relaxation in the middle of the town. Your hotel is located in a former industrial area by the river which now has become a trendy place to live.

Day 2: Drammen – Horten (34 miles/54 km)
Today's stage starts along the river Drammenselva towards Vestfold county. Slightly uphill route across fields where you can enjoy the rural landscape. Just before the town of Holmestrand you will catch up with the fjord again. In Holmestrand you can stop for a nice lunch with a view over the fjord and the harbor. 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)
The bicycle lane from Horten will take you along the coast to the village of Åsgårdstrand. On your way to Åsgårdstrand, at the Midgard Historical Center, you can experience how the Vikings lived. The famous Norwegian painter Edvard Munch spent many summers in Åsgårdstrand where his small wooden house has been turned into a museum.

In the afternoon, the tour continues along the coastline to Tønsberg, the oldest town in Norway. We recommend visiting the lively harbor of Tønsberg to see how local craftsmen are building copies of Viking ships. The road from Tønsberg to Sandefjord passes by the municipality of Stokke, the lovely little hamlet Melsomvik and the burial mound where the Viking ship Gokstadskipet was found. In Sandefjord, you can visit the Whaling Museum (Hvalfangstmuseet) and enjoy the evening in the nice harbor area.

Day 4: Sandefjord – Strömstad (Sweden) – Fredrikstad (11 miles/16 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 14km 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 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)
Today's bike route starts along the fjord, just outside Fredrikstad. The route crosses many small villages. You can cycle the inland road or choose a 5 km longer ride along the fjord, via Larkollen. In the afternoon you will reach the town of Moss with its typical wooden houses. The areas once occupied by wood and paper industries are now replaced with cafés and art galleries. Your hotel for the night is either in Moss (Category B) or in Son (Category A), a nice little harbor village 10 km further.

Day 6: Moss/Son – Drøbak – Oslo (22 miles/36 km + bus or boat trip to Oslo)
From Son you can choose between two different countryside roads. The first one passes the nice village of Hølen and continues along a bicycle lane to Vestby. The second, hillier one, leads you to the beautiful village of Hvitsten. The bicycle tour ends in Drøbak, a lovely coastal town where the fjord is at its most narrow. Here you can visit the local aquarium and Christmas decorations shop.

Once in Drøbak, you will park your bike and take a bus or a boat 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 3-Sep 9; Sundays: Jun 16-Aug 4, 2019

Prices

Category A

3- and 4-star hotels

Per person, double occupancy
€1000
Single room surcharge (1 person, 1 room)
€367
Bike Rentals
Hybrid bike
€105
Electrically assisted bike
€210
Extra Nights, Drammen, prices starting at
Per person, double occupancy
€60
Single room
€94
Category B

3-star hotels

Per person, double occupancy
€860
Single room surcharge (1 person, 1 room)
€267
Bike Rentals
Hybrid bike
€105
Electrically assisted bike
€210
Extra Nights, Drammen, prices starting at
Per person, double occupancy
€60
Single room
€94
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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Ratings

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Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.4

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3.4
  • Value 4.4
  • Included meals 4
  • Bikes & equipment 4.8
  • Hotels or boat 4.4
  • Scenery 4.2
  • Ease of navigation 4.2
  • Tour documents 4.8
  • Local tour company services 5
  • Route selection 4.2

Reviews

JimB October 2, 2018

Tour was much more difficult than we expected

Positive and negative experiences. Positive: staff were very helpful, views of the fjord were gorgeous, the bicycles were comfortable and worked well, the map book effectively illustrated the route, and the hotels were comfortable. Negative: the route was much more difficult than expected - long, steep hills and several mountain bike tracks. Also, a major portion of the tour was through the countryside, without fjord views.

Labelson September 5, 2018

Oslo fjord bicycle tour

Only one issue with a hotel that was handled quickly.
Que Sheets we're good and small directional arrows placed along the way kept us on route the whole time. No issues with luggage transfers or transfers before and after the bike ride. This was our first unguided tour. It won't be our last... Why pay for a guide when it's not needed.

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.