Headwater - Cycling the Oslofjord, Self-Guided

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Trip code: 
C06OF
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided
Activity:
Cycling
Min age:
8

With its gentle coastline, hilly little roads through forests, tranquil beaches and charming coastal towns, the Oslofjord region of Norway is a cyclist's paradise.

Quaint harbour towns and villages stretch along the coast - each with its own unique history and attractions. And tranquil country lanes meander around the fjord, leading up to Oslo. Cycling from one beautiful destination to the next, you'll pedal back in time to a more simple life - where the locals embrace a stress-free culture and the astonishing nature that surrounds them.

Highlights

  • A cyclist's paradise: a gentle coastline, forest paths, peaceful beaches, charming coastal towns
  • Historical towns including Fredrikstad, founded in 1567
  • Asgardsstrand, inspiration for artists and home to a very interesting cafe!
  • Roald Dahl's favourite childhood summer holiday destination

Key information

  • 6 nights hotel-to-hotel
  • 5 Days cycling (including 1 optional ride)
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps 
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels 
  • Tickets included for 3 boat trips on the Oslofjord

What's included

  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps 
  • High quality bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels 
  • Tickets included for 3 boat trips on the Oslofjord

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and Vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
+91 80 4213 6106
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

5 (including one optional ride)

Days of Cycling
Terrain:

The suggested cycling is mainly on hilly little roads through forests and coastal paths along tranquil beaches and through charming coastal towns.

Day by day breakdown
Day 254.0km/34.0miles
Day 356.0km/35.0miles
Day 417.0km/11.0miles
Day 564.0km/40.0miles
Day 625.0km/15.5miles

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here

Itinerary

Oslo
to
Oslo
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Oslo

    Take the train to Drammen then it is a five-minute walk to your hotel, or you can catch a taxi from outside the station. Take a stroll into the city this evening to enjoy dinner, visit one of the welcoming coffee shops or wander along the river. (Staying at the Comfort Hotel Union Brygge)

  • Day 2

    Drammen to Horten

    Leaving Drammen behind, a small climb rewards you with stunning views of the Drammenfjord, before passing through lush green meadows and small villages. Cycling on a series of cycle lanes, you'll drop through the pretty village of Sande then pass through lively Holmestrand - 'the city under the mountain' - which nestles just below the steep fjord edge. You'll cycle right into the centre, to the little harbour, tightly packed in summer with small boats, where pavement cafes promise a well-earned break. You then make a long descent into Horten, perhaps stopping at the marine quarter before making your way to your hotel. Dinner is taken at the restaurant across the road overlooking the fjord and the local ferry line. (Staying at the Thon Hotel Horten)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Horten to Sandefjord

    A wooded trail takes you out of Horten, following the fjord, passing through incredibly cute Asgardsstrand, with its streets of wooden houses, to where Edvard Munch was born. Admiring pretty bays and small farms, you'll arrive in Tonsberg 'the Viking town'. An undulating ride through green meadows giving occasional glimpses of beautiful bays brings you into Sandefjord, a lovely town, formerly the capital of Norway's whaling industry. It is now a lively town with some lovely bars and restaurants on the fjord shores. (Staying at the Scandic Park Sandefjord)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Sandefjord to Stromstad (Swden) by boat. Optional ride , then Stromstad to Fredrikstad

    An early ferry at 8.30am takes you across the opening of the Oslofjord to Stromstad in Sweden, where there is an optional 17km cycle ride through the forest and around the bays. Back for lunch in the town famous for prawns, then a boat up the fjord and a small stretch on Norway's longest river into Fredrikstad. Time for a quick visit of the impressive old town before heading to your hotel for in the centre of the newer part of town. (Staying at the Quality Hotel Fredrikstad)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Fredrikstad to Son

    Today's ride takes you through stunning countryside mixed with pretty villages, passing old farms, quaint churches and beautiful fjord-side towns. Passing through the larger town of Moss, its tiny Old Quarter has been beautifully restored. A forest track takes you out of town and onto Son, a stunning village on the fjord, to the Son Spa hotel, is a real treat. (Staying at the Son Spa)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Son to Drobak , then boat to Oslo

    You'll cycle to the pretty port of Drobak where you'll leave your bike and jump on a boat back to Oslo, passing many of the islands along the fjord. From there, it is a short walk to your hotel, which is ideally located in the centre of Oslo. (Staying at the Hotel Bristol)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Leave Oslo

    Make your way to the train station and back to the airport, or enjoy extra nights to explore the Viking capital.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Norway

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Norway

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts.

Norwegian cuisine is a mix of fresh seasonal produce and cured and smoked produce. The harsh winters have kept these traditions going and most homes have their own smoker or curing recipe. The cuisine is fairly simple relying on the flavour of the product.

Meat plays a large part of the diet, lamb and beef is particularly good, but if you get the chance you can try venison and elk. Meatballs and meat cakes are also found regularly on menus and one speciality, in the west of Norway (but gaining popularity in the rest of the country), is Pinnekjott - Lamb or Mutton ribs normally smoked on pine leaves.

Seafood also plays an important part of the Norwegian diet. Smoked salmon, of course, is well known internationally but you can also find Gravlax which is Salmon normally marinated for 24 hours in salt, sugar and a mix of herbs. The other staple fish in Norway is the herring which can be served in many different guises. Freshly grilled is lovely but more often than not it is served pickled using various herbs and spices. Shellfish fans will not be disappointed with prawns, mussels, crayfish and lobster all in abundance.

Wine is not produced in Norway but is readily available and due to the costs associated with importation it tends to be good quality. The after dinner drink of choice is Akvavit (water of life), a caraway seed flavoured liqueur and apparently the maturing process involves being put on ships in sherry casks and crossing the equator and back!

Weather

You should expect some rainfall, even though warm and sunny weather is not infrequent in this area and summer rain is also common. From June to September Lustrafjord has about 15 days a month with some kind of precipitation. When the sun shines, expect temperatures to average around 18-22degC.

Is this trip for you?

Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/moderate)
Average daily distance on move on days: 42.8km ( 27 miles). 
No. of days cycling: 5 (including one optional ride)
Terrain and route: The suggested cycling is mainly on hilly little roads through forests and coastal paths along tranquil beaches and through charming coastal towns.
Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to cycle independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodations, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace. A representative will be there to meet you, make sure the bikes are all set up and will be on call throughout the trip should you need.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. 

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Many coastal towns nestle comfortably below the steep fjord edge, where the ports were once used as important trading points, for anything from timber to shrimp. Crossing over the fjord by ferry to the east from Sandefjord, once the Norwegian whaling capital, to Stromstad in Sweden, you can visit the harbour, famed for its shrimp fishing and dine in one of the pavement cafes or restaurants.

Passing lush green fields and pedalling through woods you can enjoy a pleasant dip in one of the swimming spots en route. Riding through Borre National Park, near Horten, there is a large Viking burial ground. Whilst Norway's only surviving fortified town, Fredrikstad, is home to many historical buildings. Founded in 1567, this historic gem, complete with an immaculately preserved fortress and moats, gives an impression of life in this former garrison town. It also boasts pretty boutiques, inviting coffee bars and art galleries that you can hop off the saddle and enjoy.

One of your best memories will be made in the little town of Asgardsstrand. Since the C19 its quality light has attracted painters such as Munch who set up their easels and interpret the idyllic landscapes. Here you can admire the dazzling wooden houses and for an interesting twist, visit cosy Munch's Cafe in the town centre, owned by Norway's 'most successful' bank robber from the 1970s. Thankfully he's since retrained in baking and Norwegian home cooking, and his cafe is renowned for its delicious cakes and shrimp sandwiches.

Call for general departures:
+91 80 4213 6106
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

You'll stay in a range of HHH, HHHH and HHHHH hotels, from the trendy urban Drammen Hotel to a grand hotel overlooking the harbour in Sandefjord and the modern sleek boutique Son Spa.

Call for general departures:
+91 80 4213 6106
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Call us on +91 80 4213 6106