Aftermath of Storm Hans

On the 7th and 8th of August, the East and South of Norway experienced one of its most significant storms of the past 25 years. Unprecedented rainfall caused local flooding, landslides and damage to many regions, including, Ål, Hol, Nesbyen, & Hønefoss.

Even though the worst is now over, natural hazards are still possible, and we strongly advise you to take extra care when cycling. Train lines are still disrupted, making travelling around parts of the country difficult. Below are links to useful sites that provide more information about the current situation.

Is it safe to cycle in Norway right now?

Generally, most of the country is running as usual, especially in the North, the South & West coasts. In the map below, you will see the area’s worst hit. In these areas, a little extra preparation before setting off is advised!

What are the conditions of the famous gravel roads?

Feedback from cyclists last week informed us many gravel areas, including Rallarvegen, are fine to cycle. But, like with any bike adventure, do your own research before setting off. 

  • Check your route with the Traffic and road map and ensure none of it is closed.
  • If you plan to use public transport, check that it is running, and you can take a bike.
  • Limit wild camping to places you are certain are safe. Camping in a deep valley where landslides are a risk is not advised!
  • Always check the weather forecast before setting off. If you experience unsafe weather, try to find shelter and sit it out.
  • If unsure about a situation, speak with locals in the areas you pass.
  • Lastly, ensure you have the right clothing and gear to handle your experience in nature. 

If you use your common sense and the information provided, we are sure you will have a wonderful time cycling in this incredible country – Cycle Norway 14.8.23