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.