Day 1: Arrival in Drammen
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
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