With its gentle coastline, hilly little roads through forests, tranquil beaches and charming coastal towns, the Oslofjord region of Norway is a cyclist's paradise. Stretching for 120km/75mi from Oslo in the north to Langesund in the south, 40% of the Norwegian population live close to the Oslofjord, and it's an important leisure attraction.
Quaint harbor towns and villages stretch along the coast - each with its own unique history and attractions. And tranquil country lanes meander around the fjord, leading up to Oslo. Cycling from one beautiful destination to the next, you'll pedal back in time to a more simple life - where the locals embrace a stress-free culture and the astonishing nature that surrounds them.
Many coastal towns nestle comfortably below the steep fjord edge, where the ports were once used as important trading points, for anything from timber to shrimp. Crossing over the fjord by ferry to the east from Sandefjord, once the Norwegian whaling capital, to Stromstad in Sweden, you can visit the harbor, famed for its shrimp fishing and dine in one of the pavement cafes or restaurants.
Passing lush green fields and pedaling through woods you can enjoy a pleasant dip in one of the swimming spots en route. Riding through Borre National Park, near Horten, there is a large Viking burial ground. While Norway's only surviving fortified town, Fredrikstad, is home to many historical buildings. Founded in 1567, this historic gem, complete with an immaculately preserved fortress and moats, gives an impression of life in this former garrison town. It also boasts pretty boutiques, inviting coffee bars and art galleries that you can hop off the saddle and enjoy.
One of your best memories will be made in the little town of Asgardsstrand. Since the C19 its quality light has attracted painters such as Munch who set up their easels and interpret the idyllic landscapes. Here you can admire the dazzling wooden houses and for an interesting twist, visit cozy Munch's Cafe in the town center, owned by Norway's 'most successful' bank robber from the 1970s. Thankfully he's since retrained in baking and Norwegian home cooking, and his cafe is renowned for its delicious cakes and shrimp sandwiches.
The young children's writer, Roald Dahl, who spent his summer holidays here from 1920 to 1932, wrote: 'Unless you have sailed down the Oslofjord...on a tranquil summer's day, you cannot imagine the sensation of absolute peace and beauty that surrounds you.
|Meals||All breakfasts and 2 evening meals|
|Tour Starts||Drammen train station then a 5 min walk to your hotel, or take a taxi (pay locally) from the train station.|
|Tour Ends||Oslo. Take a taxi (pay locally) to the Oslo train station or to the Oslo airport.|
|Rail Options||Train from Oslo S to Drammen (30 mins).|
|Singles||Add $90 per night|
|Other details||It is possible to rent electric bikes for this holiday at a supplement of $154 per person. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment. Please call us for further details. Tickets include|
|Hotels||***** (1 night), **** (4 nights) *** (1 night)|