The Scandes

Welcome to a long weekend in Oslo, between fjord and forests. With just a few pedal strokes, we’ll take you to Normarka, Østmarka and Sognsvann, gorgeous woodlands and a gravel biking paradise.

HURRY UP!

Book now your stay for the 2023 season and take advantage of the "Early Bird" rate of 1490 € (instead of 1790 €) valid until December 1st 2022.

Join a group of 12 people to live a unique experience. Bring your bike or rent ours from the local brand Fara cycling (255 euros extra charge)

Privatise your group with a minimum of 8 people - contact us for more information.

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A program co-created by GravelUp and Fara Cycling

We will start from our basecamp in the Norwegian capital, located between the Oslofjord and the forests of Oslomarka, for three adventure-filled day trips.

We will depart from our Norwegian partner Fara cycling’s base, where they make state of the art gravel bikes built for the trails of the Great North. Their passionate team will welcome you in their cycling center and kit you out for the next three days of adventure.

During these three days, you will ride through typical villages and their red houses and speed down the slopes of Normarka, Østmarka et Sognsvann, gorgeous forests that stretch around Oslo. Quite the change of scenery!

Our guide will introduce you to their culture and to this unique gravel; they will put you in perfect conditions to enjoy these fantastic tracks, while improving your riding. Our goal is for you to be as comfortable as possible and to enjoy the lakes and forests-filled landscapes.

Our passionate hosts will happily share their their love for their land with you. Relaxing moments will allow you to disconnect, with yoga, meditation, relaxation - and of course, the famous Scandinavian sauna. They will be key to helping you enjoy this unique experience to its fullest.

This is the ideal expedition for a taster of what adventure on bikes is in the great Scandinavian outdoors. You will discover a territory, and a lifestyle, where nature, sports and wellbeing hold a very special place.

Date range:
June - August 2023
Duration:
3 days / 3 nights
Daily distance:
40 - 60 km
Daily elevation:
500 - 1000M+
Difficulty:
3 / 10

Gravel Up benefits

This is included

At the camp

  • Return transfer from Oslo airport
  • All food for the stay
  • Accommodation 3 nights in a double room (single option at extra cost)
  • A great welcome pack
  • A mechanic who will share his secrets with you

On gravel

  • A professional and local guide
  • Unique tracks designed by the GravelUp and Fara Cycling Team
  • Assistance and transportation van

Beyond gravel

  • Wellness activities - Yoga, meditation, relaxation
  • Visits to various historical and cultural sites
  • An evening of celebration
  • A community of enthusiasts

This is not included

  • Transportation from your home
  • Travel insurance for repatriation and civil liability
  • Personal drinks and other souvenir purchases
  • Anything not specified in "What's Included"
  • Bike rental (extra charge)

Preparation & equipment

Guide

We select for you local guides, passionate about their territory. Anecdotes, encounters and sharing of experiences, our guide will make sure that you have an unforgettable stay and above all that you soak up as much as possible of this fabulous territory.

Spoken languages: French, English

Certified for bike guiding, our guide will make sure you are safe and will share with you various tips and tricks on how to ride the Scandinavian trails.

Gravel bikes designed in Norway

You will be able to ride on the F/Gravel made by the local brand Fara Cycling. This bike is a purpose built gravel bike designed to take you to the most incredible places. Extremely capable of tackling the roughest terrain, with wide tire clearance, low standover height and Fara Cycling’s own Integrated Bikepacking System.

Built of robust carbon materials making it ready to tackle anything nature can throw at it. As on all of their frames, Fara combine simple, user-friendly solutions and clean, Nordic design into the perfect package.

Equipment

The complete list will be sent to you a few weeks before your expedition. You will find here the few essential items that you may not have at home:

  • Cycling shorts with chamois to be more comfortable

  • Bike gloves to avoid blisters

  • Cycling shoes

Physical preparation

The territories we cross offer an environment that can sometimes be demanding depending on the weather conditions. We evolve in a mountainous landscape where the cumulative difference in altitude can quickly be important.

To fully enjoy this expedition, we recommend that you practice an endurance sport such as jogging, swimming or cycling, at least once a week. Having already done at least 3 hours of cycling will allow you to feel more comfortable and to better enjoy the breathtaking landscapes you will cross.

The use of automatic pedals is recommended but not mandatory, we allow the use of flat pedals. It is important to be able to stand up on the pedals in order to negotiate certain descents and climbs.

Cycliste pédalant près d'un canal

How to get there ?

  • By plane : Oslo airport

  • By train : Oslo central train station

  • By car : Meet us directly at Fara cycling experience center, Hoffsveien 10A, Skøyen, 0275 Oslo.

As soon as you arrive, our teams will take care of you and drive you directly to Fara cycling experience center in the heart of Oslo where the experience will begin.

On your first day, we will meet you at 6pm. For the last day, plan a departure after 5pm.

Any questions?

All questions

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Level

Logistic

I can highly recommend GravelUp, great organisation, nice accommodation, great team! Thanks for everything!

Johannes H. - June 2022

Wonderful experience: a magnificent itinerary, varied landscapes, total nature and great encounters. Thanks to the professionalism and commitment of the GravelUp team.

Matthieu B. - April 2022

This was my first experience on gravel and it could not have been a better destination to try it. The Gravel Up team were very welcoming, highly organised and confidently handled riders of quite varying abilities and fitness. It says a lot for an event, and those who lead it, when the time off the bike is almost as good as time on the trails. I would recommend Gravel Up to anybody wanting to test themselves a little (or a lot!) and to enjoy great company and excellent food in the best surroundings.

David F. - April 2022

David Firth

Gravel Up, our expeditions to discover Norway on a gravel bike.

Our team has designed three routes to satisfy all types of riders, from sporty riders to bikepacking enthusiasts.

Together we go for a 3 to 5 days adventure, to discover breathtaking landscapes of the Oslo region. During your adventure, GravelUp takes care of everything for an unforgettable gravel experience: comfortable accommodations, breakfasts, meals and snacks adapted to the effort of cycling.

But not only that: our guides will introduce you to some of the local figures for some authentic and picturesque gourmet breaks. All you have to do is choose your formula and prepare your gravel for this memorable expedition.

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