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The Oslo fjord bicycle tour cat. B

Self-guided tour around the Oslo fjord

This bicycle tour will take you around the fjord leading up to Oslo, the capital of Norway. Discover the hidden charm of the harbour villages along the fjord, while bicycling on small, low traffic roads. Itinerant circuit with overnight stays in centrally located 3-star-hotels.  

Departures every Monday from the 27th of May until the 9th of September 2019
Departures every Sunday from the 16th of June until the 4th of August 2019

 

Please note:

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Prices

Price per person: NOK 7 700

Single room supplement: NOK 2 400

Bicycle rent: NOK 950
Electrical bicycle rent: NOK 1 900

Extra nights: See "Hotels/meals"


Included in the price:

  • 6 nights with breakfast (buffet) in centrally located 3 stars hotels
  • Information material
  • Route descriptions and maps ("Bikeline" style, available in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Norwegian)
  • Luggage transportation
  • Hotline service
  • Boat Sandefjord-Strömstad and Strömstad-Fredrikstad
  • Boat or bus Drøbak - Oslo
  • GPX files on demand

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Drammen 
Arrival day
The heart of Drammen is around Bragernes square 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. We can also recommend a walk in the nearby area of Nybyen with small, white wooden houses and the Drammen Museum with its nice park (www.drammen.no).  

 

Day 2 Drammen – Horten 54 km
First cycling day
 
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. (www.visitvestfold.no).  In Holmestrand you can stop for a nice lunch with a view over the fjord and the harbour. In the afternoon the tour continues along country roads to the town of Horten, which used to be Norway’s most important naval base. The fortified naval museum, called Karljohansvern, is worth a visit. Your hotel is close to the harbour. 

Day 3 Horten – Sandefjord 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. (www.midgardsenteret.no). The famous Norwegian painter Edvard Munch spent many summers in Åsgårdstrand where his small wooden house has been turned into a museum (www.munchshus.no). In the afternoon, the tour continues along the coastline to Tønsberg, the oldest town in Norway. You will pass the beach Skallevollstranda, where you may go for a swim in the fjord. We recommend to visit the local art museum Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum and the lively harbour 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 (Gokstadskipet is on display at the Viking Museum in Oslo). In Sandefjord, you can visit the Whaling Museum (Hvalfangstmuseet) and enjoy the evening in the nice harbor area.

Day 4:  Sandefjord – Strömstad  (Sweden)– Fredrikstad   (17 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 (about 2 h 30 min). Once arrived in Sweden, you will cycle a 15 km loop along small roads and through some villages north of Strömstad  (www.vastsverige.com/stromstad). We recommend you to bring your swimwear and a towel if you want to enjoy a refreshing swim in the fjord. The town of Strömstad is well known for shrimp fishing and has a nice downtown area with restaurants and shops. In the afternoon, you will board the passenger ferry “Sagasund” to the Norwegian city of Fredrikstad, navigating across the fjord and its beautiful archipelago (about 2 h). The old part of the city (Gamlebyen) is the best preserved fortified town in the Nordic countries (www.visitoslofjord.no).

Day 5:   Fredrikstad – Moss  (53 km)
Today´s bike route starts along the fjord, just outside Fredrikstad. The route crosses many small villages and allows you to make a small detour to charming Saltnes. 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 filled with cafés and art galleries. We suggest to cycle along the canal that separates the center of Moss and the island of Jeløya. Your hotel for the night is in Moss.

Day 6: Moss – Drøbak – (+ boat or bus trip to Oslo)   (36 km)                             
This is the last cycling day.
From Moss you reach Son, a nice little harbour village. There 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 one leads you to the beautiful village of Hvitsten. The bicycle tour ends in Drøbak (www.visitdrobak.no), 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 (www.visitoslo.no). You must leave the bike and handle bar bag/rear pannier in Drøbak. Remember to bring your own small bag to store your personal belongings in.

 Day  7:  Departure from Oslo or additional nights
End of service after breakfast. Extra nights on request.

 

 

How to get there

Meeting point:
Your hotel in Drammen

Direct train from Oslo airport Gardermoen (OSL) to Drammen about 1 hour
The airport express train Flytoget.no 
Local train Nsb.no

Train from Oslo Central Station to Drammen about 35 minutes
Local train Nsb.no

From Oslo airport Sandefjord Torp (TRF) about 1 hour
Free airport shuttle bus (4 minutes) from the airport to Torp train station Web page
Local train from Torp to Drammen Nsb.no 

Return from Oslo
Your hotel in Oslo is located only a few minutes walk from the Oslo Central Station. 

(Train tickets available for purchase 90 days before departure. Merlot Reiser does not book train tickets).

Hotels/meals

Our hotels
6 centrally located 3* hotels . The rooms all have en suite bathrooms. 
In the unlikely event of changes you will receive un updated hotel list when arriving at your first hotel. 

Meals
A rich breakfast buffet is included every morning. 
It is not possible to book half board on this tour.

Extra nights
If you wish to book extra nights in Drammen or Oslo before or after the tour, please make a comment about this under the field "Comments to the hotel" in the booking form. 

Prices per person per night with breakfast included:

Oslo - prices on request
 

Drammen
Single room from NOK 840
Double/twin room from NOK 540
 

The bicycle

Included: 

  • Vélo de Ville 24 speed aluminium hybrid bike with two hand breaks and mud guard, the electrical bike has 7 speeds
  • Handle bar bag with map holder
  • 1 pannier to be attached to the carrier
  • Bottle holder
  • Repair kit (1 kit per reservation) and pomp
  • Lock
  • Broad, comfortable seat
  • Mileage counter

 

Not included:

  • Helmet
  • Click pedals. 
  • Gel saddle for the seat. If you wish to bring your own, remember to pick the biggest size available. 

 

Ladies' bike

Men's bike

Electrical bike, 7 speeds

Route profile

Level of difficulty: 2 out of 3

Route profile:
Total length: about 215 km
This tour has been rated category 2 because of some uphill and a relatively curvy landscape on some stretches. 
Day 6 (Moss/Son-Drøbak)is the most challenging, you will also encounter some uphill on day 2 (Drammen-Horten), otherwise the tour is relatively flat and easy. You will bike on a combination of separate bicycle paths parallel to roads and some country (normally) low traffic roads, mostly with asphalt, only a few km on graveled roads.

M.o.h = Meters above sea level

Map

Information material

Sent by email upon booking:

  • Information sheet
  • Hotel list

To be picked up at the first hotel:

  • Route descriptions
  • Map book
  • Luggage tags for the luggage transportation
  • Updated hotel list
  • Booking number for the Fjordline ferry Sandefjord-Strömstad
  • Voucher for the Sagasund ferry Strömstad-Fredrikstad
  • Boat and bus time tables Drøbak - Oslo
  • Ticket for boat/bus Drøbak-Oslo
  • Travelogue from the Oslo Fjord

GPX files on request before departure. You must bring your own device.

Map

Departures and prices

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10/6The Oslo fjord bicycle tour kat. BOn request7,700,-Book on request
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