When it comes to mountain biking, Norway is definitely a paradise. We can talk about it for such a long time. However, let us now stay focused on something that will actually help you out a lot. Let’s think about some really great mountain biking trails that you want to consider. We are sure you will love every single one of them.
Lillehammer – Sjusjoen
These two small villages are located 150 minutes away from Oslo and are a perfect starting point for off-road and on-road mountain biking. Sjusjoen is located at an altitude of 800 m. and will offer great round trips in undulating terrains with creeks, mountain birch trees, rounded mountain formations and creeks. Various traditional summer farms and cottages are present, together with different accommodation opportunities and shops.
At first glance, Hemsedal does not look great for mountain biking as the mountain side is steep but this is one of the leading biking spots in the country. There are 21 signposted trails available, ranging from beginner to advanced. You can actually spend one week biking just in this region.
We recommend Hemsedal’s Eastern side as there are some pretty beautiful lakes available. If you are looking for high altitude rides, there is a steep road that will pass by the Hemsedal ski centre, going up to around 1,200 meters.
Hafjell is located 20 kilometers away from Lillehammer and you can locate top speed downhill trails and gentle mountainsides. You can go right to the top of Mosetertoppen through a gondola service. From there, you have access to many rides with various difficult levels. Those that enjoy mountain biking will choose the trails that go towards the Hitfjell, Nevelfjell and Hatfjell tops.
Vaset is a village located in Valdres, Norway. It is a really good starting point for a mountain biking experience in Norway. Those looking for easy trips will want to go towards Reinsennvann or Vasetvann lakes. Long routes are available.
This is a resort located 40 minutes north of Lillehammer. Mountain biking enthusiasts will be able to choose out of 150 kilometers of different marked trails, which is definitely huge. You can easily imagine that this is among the best locations for mountain biking in Norway. The idyllic mountain landscapes are obviously impressive and you can go to an altitude of around 1,000 meters. Those looking for a challenge will enjoy the technical tracks that lead towards Avlundkampen, Preskampen and Skeikampen.
Gala is a well known destination for winter sports. It is also a less known center for different summer tourism activities like cycling. There are many interesting family friendly daytrips available and so many lakes that you have to consider visiting.
Those looking for an off-road profile should consider the roundtrip trails towards Lomsetra, Feforvannet, Svarthaugtjonna, Fagerlivannet and Valsvannet lakes.
On the whole, mountain biking in Norway is wonderful and there are so many opportunities that are available. The ones we mentioned above are just some. Take as much time as you need to see what options are available for you. Read about all the opportunities of interest and start with the ones above!