National Cycle Routes

In total there are 9 routes that offer something for everyone. For example, if you’re looking for relatively flat terrain then Route 1 from Trondheim to Tromsø is a great option. If you’re after remoteness with traffic-free roads then perhaps try Route 9 which follows the far east of the country. And if glaciers, mountains, and fjords are what makes you pedal harder check out Routes 3, 4, and 6 for some of the most outstanding beauty anywhere on the planet. Over 80% of the routes are on paved roads and the rest are on cycle paths, gravel roads, and mixed surfaces.

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Good to know

Many people may imagine that a signed cycling route means quiet back roads away from traffic and danger. Indeed, the routes try to follow this script but unfortunately, there are several occasions when only main roads are available. For example, on route 7 there is a 20km section on the E6 which is far from ideal. On route 3 you have the E39 to contend with and road 13 on route 1 can be unpleasant at certain times of the day. Having a high-visibility vest and lights should be an essential part of your setup. 


Sometimes the surface of the route can be less than pleasing removing you from a flat well paved road and off on a hilly detour through demanding forest terrain. Use your own judgment and never just religiously follow every sign. Sometimes it might be best to stick with a paved road if the traffic is light and your legs are tied. Other times the forest detour might be a welcome adventure to experience. 

Degree of Difficulty

On each individual route page, we have stated the difficulty using a scale of 1-10. Some routes are demanding and a good level of fitness is recommended. Other areas are more manageable for less experienced cyclists. However, Norway is a mountainous country. Feedback from European cyclists from flatter countries finds Norway more challenging than they had expected. E-bikes will certainly be a part of Norway’s growing cycling industry and if you’re unsure about what you can manage we recommend this be a good option to consider.


Around half of the routes are signposted, but it varies from area to area depending the popularity of the route and it’s location. The good news is more signs are going up each year in collaboration with county councils and municipalities. The signs are reddish-brown with green route numbers from 1 to 9. Even with the development of advanced gps cycling computers. Many people find having them on a route a psychology reassurance and it also gives drivers a warning to expect cyclists. 

Public Transport

On some of the routes, you will need to take ferries across the fjords, lakes, and, islands. On rare occasions, you may prefer to take a bus through a long tunnel. In addition, there are many opportunities to take a bus, train, or boat to skip or bypass certain sections of a route. You will find more info about this on the specific route pages.

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