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Bikepacking along Mjølkevegen inspired by Fara Cycling

5 days, self-guided

Discover the stunning Mjølkevegen in central Norway with our thrilling 5-day Bikepacking tour. Crafted in collaboration with Norwegian gravelbike brand Fara Cycling, this exquisite gravel bike journey invites you to experience the finest of Norway’s mountain panoramas. Traverse lush valleys, and alpine meadows, and cross Norway’s highest mountains, Jotunheimen, unveiling the heart of Norway’s captivating landscapes. Embrace a culturally rich terrain and relish the warmth of mountain lodges, creating a lasting 220-kilometer memory of this extraordinary bikepacking adventure.

Highlights

  • Jotunheimen National Park
  • Hard-packed, smooth gravel roads
  • Delicious local food
  • Local summer farm culture

Including 

  • Train transport from/to Oslo
  • Accommodation x 4
  • Breakfast x 4
  • Dinner and  packed lunch x 2
  • Detailed tour description
  • Original Mjølkevegen map

Season and Price 2024

June – August

First arrival: 25.06.2024
Last arrival: 18.08.2024

Price:
Person in double room:
NOK 9.250
Person in a single room:
NOK 2.150

Mjølkevegen – Norway’s most beautiful gravel bike cycling tour

Gravel cycling on Mjølkevegen gives you an unparalleled sense of freedom with open spaces and great views, perfect to turn off the tunes of a busy everyday life. Amidst the raw and untouched nature, pedal through stunning landscapes along spectacular gravel roads. The unassuming beauty of these rugged surroundings in the mountainous Jotunheimen, and the open and tranquil Valdres, inspire awe and adventure and let your mind roll around following the views.

Join us on an extraordinary cycling holiday meticulously crafted for gravel bike enthusiasts! Bring your gravel bike and discover Norway in the coolest way.

The journey along Mjølkevegen offers the ideal terrain for gravel bikes – rugged gravel roads and minimal traffic, set against the backdrop of the stunning Mjølkevegen landscape.

Map

This is the route you will cycle!

Day to day

Day 1: Arrival Oslo

Arrival Oslo

Accommodation: Thon Hotel Oslo

Included meals:

Day 2: Train to Vinstra and cycling to Bygdin

Transport
Take the train (prebooked from us) from Oslo Central Station to Vinstra.

Cycling from Vinstra to Bygdin
Distance: 90 km, ↑ 2240 meters
On your first day, you will cycle on a gravel road from the valley of Gudbransdalen up to Jotunheimen. You will follow “Jotunheimvegen”, cycling from the woods towards the mountains above the treeline. You will pass many summer farms along the way and follow the big lake Vinstra. On the horizon, you can see the mountains of Jotunheimen and the summit of Bithorn, where you will find your accommodation at the lake Bygdin.

Accommodation: Bygdin Høyfjellshotell

Included meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 3: Cycling Bygdin - Syndinstøga

Cycling from Bygdin to Syndinstøga via Slettefjell

Distance: 58 km, ↑ 1670 meters

From Bygdin, you cycle down the road to Beitostølen village and continue towards the mountain pass Slettefjell along a gravel road. This is an active summer farm areaand you will get a lovely view over Valdres. Back in the valley, you have the chance to visit the stave church in Høre . From here you need to cycle up again to the last mountain pass on the trip. Reaching the top of the hill you will find your accommodation.

Accommodation: Syndinstøga

Included meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner

Day 4: Cycling Syndinstøga - Gol

Cycling from Syndinstøga to Gol

Distance: 74 km, ↑ 955 meters

The third day you cycle through a summer farm landscape where you will probably meet many animals grazing along the road, passing cabin villages, lakes and you have a chance to stop at one of the farm to eat a lunch and experience local farm live.

Transport
Take the train from Gol to Oslo (prebooked).

Accommodation: Thon Hotel, Oslo

Included meals: Dinner, packed lunch and dinner

Day 5: Departure

Optional: Deliver Rental bike 

Deliver the rental bike to the shop of Fara Cycling at 10 am.

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Practical information

Below you will find practical information about this trip.
Can not find what you are looking for? See our frequently asked questions page, or send us an email – we will help you!

 

Accommodations

All the accommodations have double/twin beds with private bathrooms.

Hotel Thon, Oslo:
3-star hotel close to the train staion and Bike rental, including breakfast buffet.

Bygdin Høyfjellshotell: 
This hotel has a long tradition of hosting active mountain people who want to visit Jotunheimen. Even tho many rooms were renovated you will get a historical atmosphere. The food is sure to be the highlight of your stay. Dinner is made from local ingredients and comes to taste great.

Syndinstøga:
Here there are 22 beds divided into 2 apartments and 3 hunting lodges. They have a great restaurant and pub, with good atmosphere and beautiful views. Syndinstøga is known for its good food. With a focus on local and sustainable ingredients, the kitchen composes today’s dinner menu. It serves dishes based on moose and deer from local hunters. Lamb and mountain pig from the farms at Syndin and fish from local suppliers.

Bikes

Bring your own bike as this bike fits best to you and your demands. You can take the bike with you by bus/train from Oslo

Meals

All restaurants offer food based on local ingredients. For breakfast there will be buffet. Here you also need to make yourself a packed lunch that you bring to lunch for the day. It is possible to fill a thermos, check with the accommodation. Dinner will be served in the afternoon/evening

Route

Gravel/trail

You receive from us the original Mjølkevegen map and gpx coordinates you can use on your GPS device.
The Mjølkevegen is a well-maintained gravel road, used as well by cars and other vehicles. Some parts will be paved roads.

Difficulty

Hard

Kilometres: 50 – 100 kilometres
Elevation: 800-2000 accent meters
Terrain: fine gravel roads or asphalt

Participation in this tour demands good physical preparation and familiarity with extended periods of gravelbike riding. Daily distances are between 58 – 90 km, involving 1000 – 2000 climbing meters. You can anticipate numerous challenging uphill segments during the day. Our itineraries are tailored for gravel bikes and would prove excessively lengthy for e-bikes without the opportunity for recharging en route.

Equipment list

When you book with us, we’ll provide you with a packing list to ensure you have all the necessary clothing and gear with you.

Transport

This tour includes the train from Oslo to the starting point at Vinstra and back from Gol to Oslo. Travel green just not only feels good but is it as well comfortable and relaxing way to reach your bikepacking adventure.

Day 2: Oslo-Vinstra by train
08.02 am-11.09 am

Day 4: Gol- Oslo by Train
7.28 pm-10.22 pm

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