Cycling with the Vikings.
- 7 Days / 6 Nights
- Self-guided tour
Arrival in Drammen
Drammen is located 50 km west of Oslo. It is easy to reach by train (1 hour) from Oslo Airport. Take the Airport Express train or a local train, they are both direct.
The day will start with a slight 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 harbour.
You are leaving 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.
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 15 km loop on small roads north of the town. You will pass some beaches, so bring your swimming gear. The small town of Strömstad is known for being a harbour 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.
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 The old wood and paper industry has been replaced by cafés and art galleries.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 harbour village 10 km further.
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 9 km longer and brings you to the village of Hvitsten, where you will find the Ramme Gård, a newly built private cultural center to be finished in the spring of 2017. 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.
This tour leads mainly alongside roads with less traffic. The tour course is flat and slightly hilly with two steeper climbs.
Category A: 3x 4****-hotels and 3x 3***-hotels
Category B: 3***-hotels
- Accommodation as already mentioned
- Breakfast buffet or an extensive breakfast
- Welcome briefing (English and German)
- Luggage transfer between the hotels
- Detailed travel documents (route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
- Boat ride Sandefjord – Strömstad - Fredrikstad
- Bus or Boat Drøbak - Oslo
- GPS-data is available
- Service hotline