In August 2016, we had the crazy idea, to drive from Copenhagen to Oslo – by bicycle! The countries, we drove through were Denmark, Sweden and Norway. This post is about the last day (day 12) of our tour – from Moss to Oslo.
Going by bicycle from Copenhagen to Oslo was a fantastic 12-days-drive, in total about 790 km, with many ups and downs (literally, physically and mentally 😉 ). But I don´t regret not even one single moment of it. And a trip like that is feasible and possible, if you really want it. With my journey, I want to demonstrate this!
Google maps shows a lesser amount of km, but that´s not really accurate, since we usually used the signed bicycle routes. In Denmark the Route 9, in Sweden Kattegattleden until Gøteborg. Then we usually used our Garmin GPS and the Cyclespåret (an older route), and in Norway we followed the Route 7.
The route, that google proposes is a bit different, since it just found the big streets, and we wanted to avoid them as much as possible.
Below the map with the complete route:
What you need for a long bicycle trip like this:
I prepared a packing list for long bicycle trips. Based on own experiences and recommendations.
I will write a short post about every day (stage) of the trip, in total 12 days (and posts) – including some of our stories behind, a short description of the stage, and a map.
Day 1 – Copenhagen to Ödåkra
Day 2 – Ödåkra to Båstad
Day 3 – Båstad to Haverdal
Day 4 – Haverdal to Träslövsläge
Day 5 – Träslövsläge to Åsa
Day 6 – Åsa to Särö
Day 7 – Särö to Romelanda, through Göteborg
Day 8 – Romelanda to Ellös
Day 9 – Ellös to Dingle
Day 10 – Dingle to Ned Färingen
Day 11 – Ned Färingen to Moss
Day 12 – Moss to Oslo
This post is about:
Day 12 – Moss to Oslo
Today was our big day and the highlight of our bicycle tour from Copenhagen to Oslo. Today we reached Oslo!
We started from our hostel in Moss, where we slept very well and deep last night. 65 km divided us still from Oslo.
The clouds were grey and hanging deeply on the sky, so that we expected rain for our last day on the bicycle.
It was cold, but the pedalling warmed us up quickly. Doesn´t matter what will come, we want to reach Oslo today! – we thought. Our energy was already really on the lowest level it could be, but we had our fixed target, and we wanted to reach it.
Most of the time, we drove along the regional streets, on a separate bicycle way.
We were a bit surprised, when we came by a Buddhist monastery on our way
Today, we had to tackle many steep ups and downs, which didn´t actually contribute to to well-being of our legs today, but we were fighting
After the village called Ski, we had to manage 180 m altitude difference!
There were also more signs now, that confirmed us, that we are on the right way to Oslo!
Nevertheless, the landscapes continued to be stunning, with a lot of lakes, rocks and hills.
As expected, rain was coming slowly slowly, but luckily not that heavily.
Where cars had to drive though tunnels, we always had to avoid them and drive around the tunnels, which meant climbing up the rocky hills with our bicycles.
The last big effort was driving up the Ekeberg, before we reached Oslo. From here, we had a gorgeous panorama view to the Oslo Fjord and Oslo. It was fantastic, that we were now so close to our target – Oslo! The Oslo Fjord looks very beautiful with a lot of little rocky island covered by mosses, shrubs and little trees, Scandinavian wooden houses, ships and boats were moving around.
Ekeberg is one of the most expensive areas to live in and around Oslo. There are a lot of villas and high-society residences. There is also a camping ground, and we thought about to stay there, but camping there was almost as expensive as staying in a hostel, and so we decided to look for a hostel in Oslo.
After 12 days on the bicycle, almost 800 km through Denmark, Sweden and Norway, completely tired and exhausted, but happy, we reached Oslo!
Reaching Oslo, we came by some strange high modern buildings, that looked a bit like the 5th avenue in NYC.
Generally, Oslo is kind of a strange city with a lot of contrasts- a lot of luxury and well-being, busy and hectic people in suits, a lot of constructions, cold and grey, and a lot of beggars in the city center, close to the railway station.
We found a hostel in the center of Oslo, “Hostel Saga“, which had good reviews. There we asked for options, and the receptionist offered us a dorm bed with breakfast included for 45 € per night/person. It was really expensive, but what do you expect from one of the most expensive cities of the world?
So we agreed to stay there for one night. We thought, that we really deserve it after such an adventurous outdoor tour 😉
The receptionist was very friendly and offered us a place in the warehouse of the hostel, for putting our bicycles there safely and dry. Also, we can only say good things about the hostel – good service, fantastic and divers breakfast in the morning, clean rooms and bathrooms, with everything needed. It was a good choice to spend the night there!
In the evening, we made a little exploration tour around Oslo, including a visit of the restaurant New Delhi, which offers delicious indian food – for a dramatic price! But that was our celebration dinner and we enjoyed it the most
The next day, we roamed a bit around Oslo with our bicycles, exploring the castle, the harbour, the nobel price center with murals about worldwide human right issues, the city hall, the theater, outskirts of Oslo where the Viking and folklore museum are located, etc. It´s quite interesting, to explore the city!
It was raining a lot today, but we didn´t mind
There is a harbour for private sailing boats – the biggest that I have ever seen, with an unbelievable, never ending amount of boats.
Today, in the afternoon, we left Oslo already by ferry overnight, to Copenhagen. We were lucky and found a last-minute offer for a cabin, for just 50 Euros per person. Like that we saved a night in Oslo and a part of the trip back to Berlin
It was an adventure, to sail back over night from Oslo to Copenhagen, the city, where our bicycle adventure began!
Oslo said goodbye to us, with a lot of rain and grey skies. We were exhausted and happily on the ferry, thinking back of our adventure, proud that we did it, and thinking about, what to do with the rest of our time in Copenhagen, and more important, how the hell we´ll get back from Copenhagen to Berlin 😀
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Below the link to the solar charger, we used on our journey! It´s really useful, and I can recommend it to every outdoor traveller On our whole journey, we didn´t need to charge our GPS, Phone, Camera, etc. not one single time on a normal plug-in. I was also very surprised!