The Scandes

From and back to Oslo, this five-day point to point itinerary will take you to the capital’s North-West. An adventure between fjords, lakes, forests, and unforgettable gravel tracks, this is the perfect introduction to what Scandinavian gravel biking has to offer.

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Book now your stay for the 2023 season and take advantage of the "Early Bird" rate of 2490 € (instead of 2990 €) 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 (340 euros extra charge)

Possibility to privatise the group from 8 people - contact us for more information.

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A program co-created by GravelUp and Fara

We’ll meet in Oslo, the Norwegian capital located between the Oslofjord and the Oslomarka forests, where you will discover the city and get kitted out with our partner Fara cycling. Fara makes gravel bikes built for Scandinavian trails and you will love riding them during these five days of adventure.

Once you’re fully equipped, we’ll start our expedition by bikes, crossing the Nordmarka, the forest at the edge of Oslo’s Northern border. You will immediately feel immersed in nature! Our itinerary will then take us to the North-West, towards Honefoss, Gol and Bygdin, before arriving in Lillehammer.

Over these five days, you will ride through typical villages and their red houses, speed down the Milky Road and cycle through gorgeous forests and alongside deep fjords. Quite the change of scenery!

Our guide will introduce you to the Norwegian culture and to this unique gravel experience; they will show you the perfect places 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 forest-filled landscapes.

Our passionate hosts will happily share their their love for their land with you. We will sleep in cozy mountain lodges equipped with all the mod cons you need after a beautiful day on the bike. 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 take it all in and enjoy this unique experience to the fullest.

This is an unforgettable expedition in the Great North, in the middle of nature, where adventure is always around the corner. You will discover a territory, and a lifestyle, where nature, sports and wellness hold a very special place.

Date range:
June - August 2023
Duration:
5 days / 4 nights
Daily distance:
60 - 80 km
Daily elevation:
1000 - 1500M+
Difficulty:
6 / 10

Gravel Up benefits

This is included

At the camp

  • Return transfer from Oslo airport
  • All food for the stay
  • Accommodation 4 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 get the most out of this expedition, we recommend that you practice an endurance sport such as jogging, swimming or cycling several times a week. Having already done long bike rides of at least 4 hours will allow you to feel more comfortable and better enjoy the breathtaking landscapes you will cross. At least 2 days in a row of cycling experience is a plus.

Use of automatic pedals is mandatory, ability to maneuver the bike on all types of terrain and good braking technique.

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

Equipment

Level

Logistic

Magical experience! An outstanding organisation before, during and after the stay. An idyllic and playful setting to have fun with friends. To be repeated as soon as possible with friends, experienced or not, integration and good humour will do the rest! All inclusive!

Christophe B. - May 2022

Bravo GravelUp for the impeccable execution! The destination is crazy, the environment extraordinary, but it's your sense of organisation down to the last detail and the gravel spirit you carry that makes the difference. Well done, the adventure has just begun.

Cyril F. - June 2022

Gravel Up in Grands Causses was awesome! Unforgettable experience and guaranteed change of scenery in this French region, off the beaten tracks. The organization of the trip was perfect and the team very professional and always there to make sure we had an amazing time. Looking forward to my next trip with GravelUp!

Olivier H. - October 2021

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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