By bike


Let the Wheels Take the Lead

Find your rhythm. Head off on the asphalted and gravel roads. Through woodlands, over hills and through open landscapes. Feel the wind playing with your hair, and smell the salty sea air. The North Sea Trail on a bicycle is a brilliant way of experiencing western Norway. The journey is an experience in its own right, and provides both mental and physical exercise.
The cycle route all the way from Kristiansand to Stavanger gives you the opportunity to visit skerries and fjords, villages and large urban centres, all in scenic surroundings.

You will find an ocean of activities along the route. There are experiences for the family, for the adventurer, for the nature lover and the culture vulture.

Coastal fishing, rafting, rambling, concerts, ballet, and festivals, museums and bathing on expanses of white beaches – those are just some of the innumerable things to see and do that you will come across on your journey. City shopping means a wide selection, and village shopping means you get the chance to buy those special souvenirs and visit speciality shops.

Fancy spending the night in a lighthouse, historical hotel, or perhaps a tent? All along the North Sea Trail, you will find exquisite little hotels, B&B, cabins to rent and campsites, always beautifully situated in scenic surroundings, or in a town centre surrounded by characteristic architecture. We advise you to book your accommodation well in advance.

Culinary adventures are part of the overall experience. There are good restaurants with local delicacies and internationally inspired menus. Or you could choose the local version: buy fresh prawns from the fishing jetty, buy white bread and mayonnaise, and find a rock or bench with sea views while you tuck into your meal.

Even villages – perhaps particularly so – have pleasant cafés and restaurants, and roadside eateries will surprise you with something entirely new.

A trip along the North Sea Trail on a bicycle is an adventure that can take you a day, a week or a month to complete.

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Nordsjø bike route
The North Sea Cycle Route is a 6,000 kilometer long signposted cycle route that runs around the North Sea through Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. The route has been in the Guinness Records book since 2003 as the world's longest, continuous signposted cycle route.

The cycling route officially opened in 2001 after international cooperation between the countries and the EU project Interreg IIC in the North Sea program and further developed through the Interreg IIIB program between 2003 and 2006. 68 partners in the participating countries have collaborated on the signposted route linking new and existing cycle routes around The North Sea. The goal of the cycle route is to provide environmentally friendly and sustainable tourism, and increase the focus on cycling in the local area and the bike as a healthy and sustainable mode of transport.

Norways part of the North Sea Cycle Route (113 mil):
From Svinesund to Bergen through the seven counties of Østfold, Vestfold, Telemark, Aust-Agder, Vest-Agder, Rogaland and Hordaland. The bicycle box is marked with red sign with national route number «1». The largest cities passing through the Norwegian border are Haugesund, Stavanger, Kristiansand, Arendal, Larvik, Sandefjord, Tønsberg, Fredrikstad and Sarpsborg. Along the cycle route there have been several Syklist Welcome companies with accommodations of various kinds. Rogaland County Municipality has held project management for the North Sea Cycle Route.