Harbor in Drøbak, Oslofjord, Norway. Photo via Flickr:Frogn kommune

Bike rest on the Oslofjord tour. Photo courtesy of Merlot Reiser

Oslo Fjord

Norway, Sweden Bike Tours

Cycling the Fjord landscape

  • A fjord is formed when a glacier retreats, carving a U-shaped valley, with steep outcrops on either side, which the sea then fills, creating inlets.This bicycle tour in Norway will take you around the fjord leading up to Oslo, the capital of Norway. The city curves around the innermost shore of the fjord, that extends 100 km from Skagerrak, the choppy channel separating Norway and Sweden from Denmark.

    Though the coast of this particular fjord is not as steep and dramatic as many, it does provide a gentle landscape for cycling. Scores of pretty little islets diversify the seascape with idyllic archipelagos and lovely beaches.

    You will discover for yourself the hidden charm of the harbor villages dotting the terrain.

    Highlights:

    • Oslo, enterprising and cosmopolitan
    • Fredrikstad, Norway’s only surviving fortified town
    • Tønsberg
    • Åsgårdstrand: small idyllic town. Edvard Munch`s summer house.
    • Drøbak: popular sea-side tourist spot.
    • Crossing of the Oslo Fjord between Strømstad and Fredrikstad with the small passanger ferry; passing through beautiful islands.
  • Category A:
    Twin/double:  £ 1031 $ 1,645 1092 NOK 10829 kr 9996 $ 1,299 Single supplement: £ 347 $ 553 367 NOK 3639 kr 3359 $ 437 Category B:
    Twin/double: £ 894 $ 1,426 947 NOK 9391 kr 8669 $ 1,127 Single supplement: £ 241 $ 384 255 NOK 2529 kr 2334 $ 303

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 90 $ 143 95 NOK 942 kr 870 $ 113 Extra nights (Oslo): on request
    Extra nights (Drammen):
    Twin/double: £ 51 $ 81 54 NOK 536 kr 494 $ 64

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Closest international airport to your tour start in Drammen is Oslo Airport Gardermoen (OSL)

    Local Travel

    From the airport, arrival to Drammen is quite easy! One hour direct train ride by either the Airport Express Train or local train.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. A good website to explore regional weather, including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall and more is weatherbase.com.

    Remarks

    Regarding luggage transfer, restrictions do apply. Generally, one bag is permitted, however, if you will have two bags, please let us know at time of booking and also inform our representative at your welcome meeting. Another option, if large bags are unavoidable, is to leave a portion of your luggage at the hotel in Oslo as you pass through to tour start location. Just let us know. We can find a good solution.


Skill Level

This is a self guided tour that is rated easy to moderate. The tour takes place on mainly asphalted routes, the majority of which are cycle paths, with a few kilometers on gravel paths. There are only a few kilometers on roads utilized by car traffic. On Day 6, you will encounter hills but the rest of the route is quite flat.

Where You’ll Stay

Norway does not use a star system to rate its hotels. Two levels of accommodations are offered for this tour. Category A: three 4 star hotels and three 3 star and Category B: six 3 star hotels. We can send you a sample hotel list upon request. Do note that final accommodation list will be based on availability.

What’s Included

  • 6 nights accommodations with breakfast included
  • 2 dinners
  • Luggage transfer (see remarks)
  • Route descriptions and maps (bikeline)
  • GPS files (downloadable files can be e mailed. Just ask)
  • Boat Sandefjord - Strömstad - Fredrikstad
  • Boat/bus Drøbak - Oslo
  • Bike rental (24 speed Vélo de Ville with bottle cage, mudguard, rear rack, tool kit, lock, one pannier, and one handle bar bag with map holder)
  • 24-hour hotline service

What’s Not Included

  • Transfer from/to airport
  • Remaining meals

Extra Stay

It is possible to book extra nights before or after you tour, in Drammen and Oslo, but not during the tour itinerary. For rates, please see pricing.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length7 days
From947 Rates
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Tour Dates

Every Monday from June 4 until September 10, 2018

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Oslo Fjord Map

Day 1: Arrival in Drammen
Day 2: Drammen – Horten, 34 mi. (54 km)
Day 3: Horten – Sandefjord, 34 mi.  (55 km)
Day 4: Sandefjord – Strömstad (Sweden) – Fredrikstad, 11 mi. (17 km)
Day 5: Fredrikstad – Moss/Son, 33/39 mi. (53/63 km)
Day 6: Moss/Son – Drøbak – Oslo (34/24 km + ferry)
Day 7: Departure from Oslo or extend your stay!

All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival in Drammen
Drammen, the "river city"  is located 50 km 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 as they are both direct. 

Day 2: Drammen – Horten, 34 mi. (54 km)
A welcome meeting is scheduled in the morning at the Comfort Hotel Union Brygge (even if you are staying at the Scandic Park hotel). Our local partner will meet you in the reception area at 08:30 am to provide you practical information about the tour before taking you to the bike delivery place. Please be sure to carefully examine your bike rental (including quality of tires) and do take a test ride, putting the bikes through every gear. Be sure that all accessories are included and repair kit is complete.

Your first cycling day will start with a slightly uphill route, through farm fields via Sandefjord to Holmestrand in time for lunch. After which, you spend the afternoon cycling country roads to Horten, located out on a peninsula along the Oslofjord. This town used to be a navy base and you can visit the fortified naval museum, Karljohansvern. Your hotel this evening is close to the harbor.

Day 3: Horten – Sandefjord, 34 mi.  (55 km)
Via a dedicated bicycle lane, the route follows the coast to the small town of Åsgårdstrand. The painter Edvard Munch spent many summers here and you can visit his small wooden house which is now a museum. Continuing on, the next stop is Tønsberg, known to be the oldest town in Norway, founded in the Viking ages. The world renowned Oseberg ship  found just north of Tønsberg  bears proof of the town's age and origin.  During its glory days, it was a center of commercial and shipping power and an important whaling town. Many Viking kings and queens are purportedly buried here with their ships and you have the chance to visit a shipyard that specializes in making reproductions  of these ships with old tools. In the afternoon, your itinerary continues, through a landscape of farms and agriculture to the town of Sandefjord.

Day 4: Sandefjord – Strömstad (Sweden) – Fredrikstad, 11 mi. (17 km)
The day begins 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, a 15 km loop on the backroads north of the town, is on the agenda. There are lovely sandy beaches that provide opportunities for swimming. The small town of Strömstadm with it ornate wooden buildings is known for being a harbor for shrimp fishing and has a nice downtown area with many restaurants and shops. In the afternoon, onboard the passenger ferry Sagasund, via many islands, you will return to Norway and to the town of Fredrikstad in 2 hours.

Day 5: Fredrikstad – Moss or Son, 33/39 mi. (53/63 km)
The bike route today will leads north on a coastal route, passing  the island of Hankø. After a few hours, you can choose a longer, but more scenic, route along the fjord or a shorter route, inland. The town of Moss is your final destination. The town and its surroundings boast the most beaches in the whole county.The old wood and paper industry has been replaced by cafés and art galleries. Our hotel for the night is either in Moss(Cat. B) or in Son (Cat. A), a nice little harbour village 10 km further.

Day 6: Moss/Son – Drøbak – Oslo (34/24 km + ferry or bus)
Leaving Son you will have a choice between 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.

Day 7: Departure from Oslo or extend your stay!

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