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Mjølkevegen: North Route
6 days, self-guided
This week-long adventure will see you cycling through beautiful mountain landscapes along popular Jotunheimvegen, and you’ll see plenty of the traditional farm life and landscape in this stunning region of Norway. You will cross Jotunheimen by bike and boat and experience delicious local food along your way. The length of the route is almost 200 km.
Jotunheimen National Park
Boat ride with M/B Bitihorn
Delicious local food
- Bus transport from/to Oslo
- Luggage transport
- Boat transport on Bygdin
- Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner
- Detailed tour description
- Bike transport, when bringing own bike
Season and Price 2024
June – August
First Arrival: 25.06.2024
Last Arrival: 18.08.2024
Person in double room:
Single room Suppl.:
Mjølkevegen – a cycling adventure
The beautiful route Mjølkevegen has been named one of the best cycling routes in Norway. The full route stretches over 250 km, from Vinstra to Gol. We have prepared a variant of the Mjølkevegen tour that takes you over the north side of the well-known, long route. The northern route is a great cycle ride that will take you from Lemonsjø to Beitostølen (around 200 km) within a week.
This great cycle tour is perfect for cyclists with some experience who are in good shape, and who want a fantastic cycling experience in one of Norway’s most beautiful areas. The northern route will take you through beautiful mountain and mountain landscapes such as Jotunheimvegen, and can offer great nature experiences. This great week-long tour is perfect for a real Norwegian holiday where you get to experience the best the Valdres region has to offer.
This is the route you will cycle!
Day to day
Dag 1: Oslo - Lemonsjøen
Arriving by bus from Oslo to Lemonsjo
Accommodation: Lemonsjø Fjellstue
Day 2: Lemonsjøen - Ruten
Cyckling from Lemonsjøen to Ruten
Time: 3-6 hours, Distance: 59 km, ↑ 750 meters
On your first day, you will travel on a gravel road through wooded Murudalen and along several mesmerizing rivers until you come to the village of Skåbu. From there it is not far to your next accommodation.
Accommodation: Ruten Fjellstue
Day 3: Ruten - Bygdin
Cycling from Ruten to Bygdin
Time: 4-5 hours, Distance: 63 km, ↑ 870 meters
Today you will follow “Jotunheimvegen”, cycling from wooded Espedalen 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.
Accommodation: Bygdin Høifieldhotell
Dag 4: Bygdin - Tyinkrysset
Hiking suggestion: Sysnhorn
Time: 1-2 hours, Distance: 5 kilometers, ↑ 450 meters
Synshorn is located at 1457 m.a.s.l. and offers a fantastic view of Jotunheimen. The trails are easy to walk and vary between some soft terrain and more rocky terrain near the top.
Boat: (M / B Bitihorn) Bygdin → Eidsbugarden
Cruise with the historical M/B Bitihorn over lake Bygdin (1,5 hours).
Cycling from Eidsbugarden to Tyinkrysset
Time: 2-3 hours, Distance: 23 km, ↑ 400 meters
After you reached Eidsbugarden by boat you can follow the gravel road to Tyin along the big Tyin Lake. You can do a detour into Koldedalen from Tyinholmen crossroad, to come closer to the iconic mountains like Falketinden, Uranostinden and the impressive glaciers along the way. From Tyin you cycle down the paved road to Tyinkrysset, where you can find Filefjellstuene.
Day 5: Tyinkrysset - Beitostølen
Cycling Tyinkrysset to Beitostølen
Time: 5-8 hours, Distance: 65 km, Ascent meters: 987 meters
This is probably the toughest stretch on the Mjølkevegen. You will follow the main road and the “Kingsroad” down to the lake Vangsmjøse. From there you will cycle on a gravel road along the lake and impressive steep hillsides with many waterfalls. Then, the most difficult climb takes you to the highest point on the tour, Slettefjell. It is not particularly long, but it is steep. At the top of Slettefjell, you reach 1315 m.a.s.l. From there you can enjoy a gentle downhill ride towards Beitostølen.
Accommodation: Radisson BLU Mountain Resort Beitostølen
Day 6: Departure
Bus from Beitostølen to Oslo
Below you will find practical information about this trip.
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When you rent a bike from us, you can pick it up at your first accommodation and leave it at the last one. The price includes a helmet, lock, and a rep kit. All pedals are flat.
Extra costs for luggage tray and bag.
E-Bike, NOK 3.850 (4 days)
Oplympia Performer 900 (or simular)
Mountain bike, NOK 1.650 (4 days)
Trek Marlin 5
To fully enjoy your cycling adventure in the mountainous areas, it’s important to dress appropriately for the weather conditions and local temperatures. For a comfortable and enjoyable experience, we recommend wearing warm, waterproof clothing, sturdy shoes for cycling, and bringing sunscreen and sunglasses.
We will send your luggage from cabin to cabin, so you only need to bring a daypack.
All the accommodations have double/twin beds with private bathrooms.
Lemonsjø Fjellstue og hyttegrend:
Lemonsjøen fjellstue og hyttegrend offers a serene and tranquil atmosphere surrounded by stunning natural landscapes. The air is crisp and clean, with the sounds of birds and wildlife providing a peaceful soundtrack. The cozy cabins and warm hospitality of the staff make for a comfortable and relaxing stay.
Ruten has been welcoming tourists since 1939. Berit and Arthur, who own and run the lodge today, are 3rd generation Hosts. The kitchen is the heart of our lodge, we preferably serve local ingredients, based on recipes that have been used here for generations, but with new twists.
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.
Here you will get a cozy cabin feeling. Food is served in the main building close by. Once a traditional mountain farm, now a modern mountain lodge with comfortable rooms in cabins with en suite bathrooms, and a great restaurant in the main lodge.
Beitostølen Raddison Hotel:
Radisson BLU Mountain Resort is centrally located in the middle of the small mountain village of Beitostølen not far away from the bus stop, many shops and other services. A comfortable and nice place to enjoy your last day.
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. Use your food scarf. It is possible to fill a thermos, check with the accommodation. Dinner will be served in the afternoon/evening.
You will be given a physical hiking map, as well as gpx coordinates you can use on your mobile or GPS. Most of the trail runs on nice gravel roads, they can have some holes but are generally of a good standard. Short parts are on asphalt.
Kilometers: 20-65 kilometres
Altitude: up to 1000 meters elevation
Terrain: fine gravel roads or asphalt, can be short sections with a path
Trips are mainly on good gravel or asphalt roads, but there may be shorter sections where you will have to wheel a bit in rough terrain. 1-2 daily stages can reach up to 60 kilometers and over 1000 altitude meters. There may be somewhat longer climbing stages. If the Easy level suits you with a pedal bike, you can perhaps manage the Medium level with an e-bike
When you book with us, we’ll provide you with a packing list to ensure you have all the necessary clothing and gear.
Enjoy the trip from the big city towards Valdres and Jotunheimen! The express buses take you straight from the capital to the heart of Norway. On the way you will pass mountains, valleys, rivers, and beautiful farms. The buses have free WiFi, power outlets with USB chargers and toilets.
Experience the convenience of choosing from various departure times and travel destinations along our express bus routes. Share your travel plans with us, and we’ll take care of the arrangements, ensuring a stress-free experience for you.
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