Cross country tours in Norway.
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This is a compilation of 2 - 14 days long tours I have done between the major cities in Norway. Instead of including them onto the other pages, I have chosen to put them onto an own website. I have partitioned the 2-14 days long tours into daytrips.



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North Cape - Narvik 780 km. Five Days.
Paradise in the North.

Severity Rating: *** / Fun rating: ******

This tour is a true gem and one of the best tours in Norway. It is not that hard too. In good weather, that is. Being well inside the Polar Circle, this tour is quite exposed to wind and the harsh climate. But this tour has no mountains over 600 meters and contains of mostly quite easy cycling. The last day have some very hard cycling though. But not as hard as the hardest cycling on the West Coast of Norway. The views along this tour is fantastic. In fact, this tour is very much an unique tour on this planet. The highlights on this tour is the North Cape, Sennalandet, Kvænangen, Lyngen, Bardufoss, Gratangsfjellet and Narvik. Add the Midnight Sun and you have a cycle tour taken from a cyclist's paradise. When I die and end up in paradise, this is a tour I will do once a month. Do this tour when you are still alive and find out why.
You should also add Tromsø (1- 2 days extra) to this tour. For addition of Tromsø and some other variations, please go to this page.


DAY 1
Honningsvaag - North Cape.
35 km / 70 km t/r.
Approx. total hill climb: 700 meters.
Highest point: 10 km. from Honningsvaag. 320 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate.
Severity Rating: ****
Fun rating: ******


How to get to Honningsvaag: Coastal liner from Bergen, Trondheim, Tromsø and Hammerfest.. Plane from Hammerfest.

North Cape is the most northern point of Europe. It is one of the most famous attractions of Norway.
OK. OK. OK…. It is only 35 km. but these 35 kilometres is some of the most special and stunning kilometres on this planet. This tour therefore deserve a special note.
I have never cycled on the moon or on the planet Mars, but I guess that it is not too different from this tour. He landscape is desolate and bereft of life. The views are fantastic in all directions. The road itself is not too bad, but it is extreme steep at some places and very, very hilly. The reward for the shed sweat is to be standing at the North Cape at midnight and see the sun drops down to the sea and then rise again. A true magic moment !!


Please do this tour in the evening in the midnight sun.
The road out of Honningsvaag passes the local airport and follows a fjord for some kilometres. When reaching a campsite, the road goes into a vertical climb over a 300 meters high mountain. The road drops down, climbs up and drop down again towards the sea before the last hard climb to North Cape. Return the same route back to Honningsvaag.

DAY 2.
Honningsvaag - Alta.
185 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 500 meters.
Highest point: Sennalandet 385 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate .
Severity Rating: *****
Fun rating: *****

The second day of this tour takes us along a long fjord over and a large moor. The landscape is very open and exposed. Due to these reasons, this is a highly recommended tour. This tour can be very serious in bad weather or wind from south. There are only reliable shops at Honningsvaag, Skaidi and Alta.

Take a bus or taxi through the tunnell from Honningsvaag. The cycling on the mainland is very exposed over a small mountain just above sea level. The cycling and the landscape is very good. The road comes down to the Porsangen fjord at Repvaag. The road follows this fjord for the best part of sixty kilometers. The road is flat and the views are great. There is a 3 km long tunnell at the end of the fjord. At Olderfjord, the road takes off to the right (E 6) up over the mountain of Hatter. The climb is quite steep. At Skaidi (shops), take the road towards Alta (E 6 again). The road climbs slowly up to Sennalandet along a valley. The cycling over the top of this valley over Sennalandet is very exposed and open. But it is also extreme beautiful. The road falls vertical down from the top of the mountain to a small lake before it climbs again over a small mountain before the road falls down to the fjord at Alta. The last flat ten kilometers follows this fjord to Alta.

DAY 3.
Alta - Nordreisa (Storslett).
175 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 800 meters.
Highest point: Kvænangsfjellet 428 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate .
Severity Rating: *****
Fun rating: *****

A hilly, but not too serious day through the northern part of the Troms county. The climbs are very steep and just like those climbs in Scotland. The same can also be said about the landscape. This part of Norway is very, very like the west coast of Scotland. This is one of my favorite tours in Norway because of the varied cycling and interesting. The climb over Kvænangsfjellet is the best part of the tour. This tour can be very serious in bad weather. There are only reliable shops at Alta, Burfjord (??) and Nordreisa.

The road goes over a small mountain and in Kåfjorden from Alta. Kåfjorden very is famous for being the place were the German battleship Tirpitz was almost sunk during the WWII. The road follows the fjord straight north past Talvik (shops) before is turns sharply to the west and follows Langfjorden for over forty kilometers. The road is flat. There is a small climb at Langfjordbotn. The road drops down to Alteidet and Burfjorden. The first big climb comes at Hadderen mountain at 360 meters above sea level. The road drops vertical down to the sea again at Sørstraumen where it cross the fjord. The road then follows the fjord for some kilometers before it climbs vertical up to Kvænangsfjellet. The views are fantastic. The road then drops down to Straumsnes and goes over a small mountain to Nordreisa.

DAY 4.
Nordreisa (Storslett) - Nordkjosbotn.
165 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 300 meters.
Highest point: Sørkjosen -Rotsund 227 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate .
Severity Rating: ***
Fun rating: ***


This tour is an alternative to tour 10 and 12. I recommend those two tours in combination instead of this tour. I was stupid enough to do this tour one year and I live to regret it. But it is not a bad tour. Most of this tour is flat along fjords with only one hill worth mentioning. The scenery is very good throughout the tour. There are only reliable shops at Nordreisa, Olderbakken and Nordkjosbotn.

The road out of Nordreisa goes past the airport at Sørkjosen before it start to climb vertically up to the top of the 227 meter high hill. The view towards the Lyngsalpene is among the finest views in Norway. The descent down to Rotsundet is twisty. The road along Rotsundet is flat before it enters Lyngenfjorden at Djupvik. The views are truly brilliant. The road climbs over a hill before Olderdalen. The road then goes mostly flat in and out of Kåfjorden before it re-enter Lyngsfjorden again. There is a small tunnell on this flat road before Olderbakken. The road leaves Lyngsfjorden at Storfjord and then goes over a small hill to Nordkjosbotn.

DAY 5.
Nordkjosbotn - Narvik.
185 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 800 meters.
Highest point: Gratangsfjellet 428 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate.
Severity Rating: *****
Fun rating: ****


This is the hardest day of the tour. This tour have some very heavy cycling at the beginning and in particular at the end of this tour. In particular, the 90 km. from Setermoen to Narvik is relentless heavy with some major hills. The tour has a lot of nice views in the valleys and over the mountains. The best views are between Bjerkvik and Narvik. There are only reliable shops at Nordkjosbotn, Olsborg, Bardufoss, Setermoen and Bjerkvik. This is a very serious, bordering to impossible, tour in bad weather and wind from south.

The road follows the flat road at Balsfjorden for the first 15 km. Then it goes up a valley to Takvatnet at 250 meters above sea level. The climb is steep. The road goes down a valley to the bridge at Olsborg where it crosses the bridge. For the next forty kilometers, the road follows the flat Bardudalen (the Bardu Valley). There is plenty of military activity in this area because most of the Norwegian army is situated in this valley. This army also included myself in 1989. There is a small hill after Bardufoss, but that is all. The second major hill of the day start after Setermoen (where I spent most of 1989, by the way). The climb is steep in the beginning and it goes vertical down to the Salangen valley from the top at 170 meters above sea level. The road goes up the Salangen Valley in a steady, unspetacular climb. The third major climb of the day takes you up to the top of the mountain at 330 meter above sea level. The climb is quite steep and hard. A short descent take you down to Fossbakken, where the steepest and hardest climb of the day takes you up to the top of Gratangsfjellet at 428 meters above sea level. The view is magnificent. The road goes along a small ledge in a vertical mountain down to a lake. The road climbs again to the top of Bjerkvikfjellet at 330 meters above sea level. The descent down to Bjerkvik is both twisty and vertical. You now have a good view over to Narvik, which make the last desperate hilly and spetacular 35 km. to Narvik very souldestroying. Narvik is a brilliant city though.

Narvik - Trondheim. 955 km. Eight days.

The road towards the south.

Severity Rating: **** / Fun rating: **(*)



This tour is mostly done as a part of the North Cape - Lindesnes (Norway from top to bottom) tour. And this is the only reason you should do it. The coastal road between Fauske and Trondheim is a far better alternative than this tour. I have never done it, though.. Most of this route is through forest, but also over two big mountains. This is not a tour with the great scenery. The great scenery is mostly finished after day two. The rest is OK. The highlight is maybe the crossing of the Polar Circle at Saltfjellet. This is also the highest point of the tour at 707 meters above sea level. This tour is not particular hard. There is some cities along the route. Fauske, Mo I Rana, Mosjöen, Steinkjær, Levanger and Stjördal. There is also some small places with shops. There is no reliable shops between Mosjöen and Grong (200 km.). Some extra food and drink is required on this tour. The same goes for midge repellent and first aid kit. Bring a good light for the many tunnels just before Fauske.
Due to the remoteness of this tour, tent and sleeping bag is a necessity. You are free to put up a tent anywhere you want, except from in the middle of the cities and the villages.


DAY 1.
Narvik - Ulvsvaag
100 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 400 meters.
Highest point: Ballangsfjellet 210 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Minimal.
Severity Rating: ***
Fun Rating: ****


How to get to Narvik: Plane from Oslo. Train from Stockholm and Oslo (recommended). Bus from Fauske. Boat from Svolvær
The opening day has some very dramatic scenery, a ferry and some superb cycling. The traffic is not too bad either. It is a nice start on this tour. Shops at Narvik, Ballangen, Skarsberget, Bognes and Ulvsvaag.

The road out of Narvik is reasonably flat along the fjord down to Ballangen. The views are great in all directions. After Ballangen, there is a steep hill up to Ballangsfjellet. The views down from the mountain is brilliant. After the nice bridges over Efjorden, there is another steep hill before you get to the ferry at Skarsberget. The ferry between Skarsberget and Bognes has regular sailings and is no problem. After Bognes, there is twenty-kilometers of undulating road before you arrive at Ulvsvaag. There is some superb view towards Lofoten along the road.

DAY 2.
Ulvsvaag - Fauske
133 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 750 meters.
Highest point: Kråkmofjellet 390 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Minimal.
Severity Rating: ****
Fun Rating: ****


Today has three big hills, some tunnels and plenty of dramatic scenery. The area the road runs through, is very remote and with only two reliable shops. But there may be some other shops open during the summer season. The hills are very steep. The tunnels and the detour around Sildhopfjellet to avoid a long, steep tunnel, is very annoying though. Due to these things, this is a hard day on the bike. Shops at Ulvsvaag and Fauske.

The tour starts with a big hill just out of Ulvsvaag. The road then get undulating down to the fjord at Innhavet. The climb up to Kråkmofjellet is quite hard. The views along this climb is brilliant. Especially towards Lofoten. The same goes for the view from the top of this mountain. The descent down to the fjord is great too. At this fjord, take the cycle route over Sildhopfjellet. There is no traffic on this pretty decent road. The road along the fjord back to the main road, is annoying bad. When you rejoin the road, several tunnels awaits. Put on the lamp. The road is undulating along the fjord down and over a small hill to Fauske. Choose the local campsite for the night.

DAY 3.
Fauske - Saltfjellet
96 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 800 meters.
Highest point: Saltfjellet 707 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Minimal.
Severity Rating: ****
Fun Rating: ***


Today offer one tunnel, dramatic scenery and a big climb. The area the road runs through, is very remote and with only two reliable shops. But there may be some other shops open during the summer season. Although the climb up to Saltfjellet is long, I have never considered this climb as hard. Just tedious and quite humid through the forest. The top of the mountain is a huge moor that goes well into Sweden. The cycling here is very hard in bad weather or wind from the south. Shops at Fauske and Rognan.

The day start with cycling up to a ledge high above the sea which the road follows. The road goes through a tunnel and follows this ledge down to Rognan (shops). The road gently starts to climb through the forest and the valley (called Saltdalen). The hardest bit is on the top of the valley before the road enters the moor. There is plenty of places to put up a tent on the moor.

DAY 4.
Saltfjellet - Korgenfjellet.
135 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 550 meters.
Highest point: Saltfjellet 707 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Minimal.
Severity Rating: ****
Fun Rating: ***


Today is a day where you go down and up over a new mountain again. You also go through a town called Mo I Rana. This is an industrial town, based on mining and heavy industry. It is a nice town with it's subtle charm. Shops at Saltfjellet, Mo I Rana, Finneidfjord and Korgen.

The day should start with a visit at the visitor centre at Saltfjellet. You actually cross the Polar Circle on this point. A cause for celebration !. The road down to Mo I Rana is long and a bit hilly. Have a look at the town. The road from Mo I Rana towards Finneidfjord is quite flat, with a small hill around Finneidfjord. The rest of the fjord down to Korgen is reasonable flat. The road follows a small valley for some kilometres before it goes straight up the right side of the valley. The climb is almost vertical and sustained over more than five kilometres. Take the road over the top of Korgenfjellet at 550 meters above sea level instead of the tunnel through the mountain. The view are fantastic in all directions. The descent down is very steep. Put up your tent before you get to the bottom of the descent.

DAY 5.
Korgenfjellet - Store Majavatnet.
128 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 400 meters.
Highest point: Korgenfjellet 500 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Minimal.
Severity Rating: ****
Fun Rating: **


Today is a bit similar to yesterday. You are going down a mountain and up a new valley. But the valley you go up, is a pretty flat. Not particular interesting though. Too much forest. There is a small town called Mosjöen. It is a very nice town. Again, this is a day which take you through the wilderness. Only two reliable shops. Mosjöen and Trofors. Due to the severity of tomorrow, you have to buy food in Mosjöen (or Trofors) for at least two days.

The road past Tömmervatnet and down to Mosjöen is quite interesting. Mosjöen is a very interesting town. Visit the timber houses down at the river. The road from Mosjöen up the valley along Vefsn is quite flat, with some steep hills to keep you awake. The waterfall at Laksfossen is great. The highest point at 375 meters above sea level is at Store Majavatn. There is plenty of excellent places to put up your tent at this lake.

DAY 6.
Store Majavatnet - Snåsa.
140 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 300 meters.
Highest point: Heia 400 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Minimal.
Severity Rating: ***
Fun Rating: *(*)


Today is probably the most boring day of the tour. It is actually the most boring day I have ever spent on a bike anywhere in Norway. The road is flat, the landscape is dead boring. That is for the first 110 km. The remaining 30 km is quite hilly and interesting. If you want to learn about being patient on a bike or in life in general, today is the perfect lesson. If you are lucky, you will meet an elk today. That is all you can hope for. Shops at Grong.

Today starts with a 110 km flat stretch of road. There is some small hills, but that is all. The biggest problem is to stay awake and not to be run over by the traffic. After 25 km, you join up with the mighty salmon river Namsen. At the end of these tedious 110 km, you are in Grong. This large village offers refreshments and some rest. The road rises from Grong over a small mountain called Heia. This mountain is covered by a forest, but there is some good views down on the descent down to Snåsavatnet (a huge lake). Take RV 763 to the campsite at Snåsa and the end of the day.

DAY 7.
Snåsa - Verdalsøra.
90 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 300 meters.
Highest point: Leksdal 200 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Minimal.
Severity Rating: ***
Fun Rating: ***


Today's cycling is far more interesting than yesterday. It also follows a secondary road. The last bit is a bit hilly. Besides of this, this is a gentle day on the bike. Shops at Snåsa, Steinkjer and Verdalsöra.

Take RV 763 along Snåsavatnet towards Steinkjer. This road is far less hilly than the main road to Steinkjer. It also gives a better view of this large lake. There is some hills on this road, but they are not serious. Steinkjer is a nice town which offer some good local food. Back on the bike, take RV 759 out of Steinkjer. This is another very charming road in some good landscape. The road is undulating. At the end of a big lake called Leksdalsvatnet, you arrive at Stiklestad. 1000 years ago, a christian Norwegian king beat the heathen tribes of this area and Norway became a Christian country. The remaining kilometres of the tour down to Verdalsöra is flat.

DAY 8.
Verdalsøra - Trondheim.
125 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 350 meters.
Highest point: Skatval 200 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Very busy.
Severity Rating: ***
Fun Rating: *


The last day of the tour. The roads are busy main roads which cannot be avoided. Mostly of these roads has been altered after I did this tour ten years ago. The cycling is undulating through villages and minor towns. The landscape is OK, without being great. The big problem of the day is the traffic and finding the roads to avoid it. Besides of this, it is an OK tour. Shops at Verdalsöra, Levanger, Stjördal, Hommelvik and Trondheim.

Please ask for advice at the local tourist information before you leave Verdalsöra. The road over to Levanger and Stjördal has been altered a lot over the last ten years. The road is undulating, without being too hard. It runs through a farming district. The town of Stjördal is quite good. The last thirty kilometers to Trondheim follows the old road and is reasonable flat. Splendid views over the fjord. Trondheim is one of the finest towns in Norway. The cathedral, Nidarosdomen, is a brilliant visit. Climb to the top of it. There is some campsites and youth hostels in Trondheim.


Lofoten (Narvik/Å/Fauske). 475 km. Four days.

The gentle tour in the north..

Severity Rating: ** / Fun rating: *****



The tour starts with the hardest day of the tour. The first fifty kilometres of cycling is hilly and untypical for this tour. Then the rest of the day and the tour are flatter and easier. This tour mainly follow the ocean, with some hills thrown in. The hills are quite steep, but never even remotely serious. The cycling can be compared to the islands of Scotland. Due to being inside the Arctic Circle and out in the Atlantic Ocean, the tour is very exposed towards wind and rain. Or when I did it; sun. There are plenty of shops and hotels along the route. Midges can be a problem. But the biggest problem is the weather. The scenery and the cycling is very good so this should not scare you off doing this tour. This is a very untypical tour in Norway. It is a kind or Norway-Light, but with a lot of very nice scenery.

DAY 1.
Narvik - Bjerkvik - Tjeldsund.
105 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 300 meters.
Highest point: Tangen 165 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Minimal.
Severity Rating: ****
Fun Rating: ****


How to get to Narvik: Plane from Oslo. Train from Stockholm and Oslo (recommended). Bus from Fauske. Boat from Svolvær
The first day is the hardest day. This day is very untypical for the tour. There is also some heavy traffic on this road. After Bjerkvik, the road is far more gentle. Take it easy and enjoy the great scenery along the route. Bring plenty of water because the cycling is hard. Shops at Narvik, Bjerkvik, Bogen and Tjeldsund.

The road from Narvik to Bjerkvik is desperate hilly over 33 km. After 15 km of hard cycling, you pass the Rombakfjorden bridge. The view are fantastic in all directions. There is a big hill after this bridge. The rest of the road to Bjerkvik is hilly too. At Bjerkvik, take the E 10 towards Harstad. The road rises over Herjangsfjellet. The hill is steep in the beginning, but flattens out after a while. The descent down to the fjord at Bogen is nice. There is a new mountain after Bogen. The road goes up to the top and then gently over some forest and moors down to Tjeldsund.

DAY 2.
Tjeldsund - Melbu.
145 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 200 meters.
Highest point: Kanstadfjellet 150 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Minimal.
Severity Rating: **
Fun Rating: ****


Day 2 takes you along a fjord, over two small hills and over to the Vesteraalen islands. The scenery is really good. Most of the cycling is very exposed to wind. In particular the last part of the day. Shops at Tjeldsund, Kanstad, Sigerfjord, Sortland, Stokmarksnes and Melbu.

The cycling starts quite gentle with a 48 km. stroll along the Tjeldsundet fjord. The road is reasonable flat, with some small hills. At the Lödingen crossroad, the road rises over to Kanstad. The hill after Kanstad over to Gullesfjorden is a bit steep. After following this fjord for ten kilometres, the road rises over a small hill to Sigerfjord. The view over to Vesteraalen islands is great. After fifteen kilometres, the road crosses the Sortland bridge and you are in Sortland and Vesteraalen. The road is follows the flat road down the east side of the island to the bridge at Stokmarksnes and the Hadsel island. The road follows this island (flat road) down to Melbu.

DAY 3.
Melbu - Å.
160 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 200 meters.
Highest point: Skaret 150 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Minimal.
Severity Rating: **
Fun Rating: ******


Day 3 is exclusive done on the Lofoten islands. The road is mostly flat, with a couple of hills. The road also goes under sea at Nappstraumen. The road is mostly gentle and fine, with little traffic. The scenery is brilliant. Svolvær is a great city too. All in all a brilliant day on the bike. It is a long day, but due to the flat terrain, the speed should be great. You can even split the day into two days due to some brilliant places to visit. Henningsvær, Gimsoya. Nusfjord and Stamsund is some of these places. The whole Lofoten is worthy a lengthy holiday. Shops at Melbu, Svolvær, Leknes, Ramberg, Reine and AA.

Take the ferry from Melbu across the fjord to Fiskeböl. Welcome to Lofoten !! The road from Fiskeböl to Svolvær is flat and very scenic. Please note the vertical rock pillar over the road just before coming in to Svolvær. It is called Svolværgeita (the Svolvær Goat). The road from Svolvær towards Gimsöya is a bit hilly. But not much. The worst hill can be avoided through a small tunnel. But take the road over the hill because the view is fantastic. The road crosses a bridge at Gimsöya. At Smorten, take the RV 815 down the coast instead of the busy main road. The road is a bit hilly, but not much. The road joins the main road again at Leknes (shops). The road then dives into a steep sub sea tunnel and rejoins at Napp (shop). The road past Ramberg to Sund, Reine and AA is pretty flat. But the scenery is out of this world.

DAY 4.
Å - Fauske
65 km..
Approx. total hill climb: 300 meters.
Highest point: Löding 100 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Medium.
Severity Rating: **
Fun Rating: ***


Today start with a four hour long ferry from Å to Bodö and ends with a nice stroll along a fjord to Fauske. The day is not a hard day. There are some small hills, but that is all. A nice end to a long tour. Shops at Å, Bodö, Löding and Fauske.

The day start with a long ferry tour. The ferry tour can be rough so take some seasick tablets. The ferry tour is normally uneventful. The destination of the ferry, Bodö, is a great city. The road along the fjord is pretty flat and should be a quick tour. The scenery is stunning across the fjord to the mountains. Train back to Oslo or bus to Narvik at Fauske train station.