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Along Mjøsa, Norway's largest lake

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This tour is on request, please contact us for information and booking

Due to extensive damage to the ship, Skibladner has been suspended until 26 July. We are therefore forced to cancel the departures on this trip this summer.

A bike ride around Lake Mjøsa offers beautiful cultural landscapes, tempting beaches and nice towns and villages.
You start in Lillehammer, host of the 1994 Olympic Winter Games, with time to explore the pleasant pedestrian street and all the city's attractions. The first cycling leg goes to Brumunddal with accommodation in Wood Hotel, the world's tallest timber structure, Mjøstårnet. 
From Brumunddal, you go on a day trip to Nes and Helgøya. The route goes through lush cultural landscapes with abundant cornfields and orchards. Nes and Helgøya are known for their many beautiful farms and wooden houses.
You continue further along the shoreline to Hamar. From Hamar you get a ride with Skibladner across Lake Mjøsa to Kapp. Skibladner is the world’s oldest paddle steamer still in regular operation, having sailed for over 165 years.  You spend one night in Gjøvik before cycling back to Lillehammer.
The trip follows parts of the waymarked cycle route 'Mjøstråkk' which goes around the entire Lake. Mostly you cycle through open landscapes with a great view of the lake and the surroundings. There are many opportunities to extend your daily stages every day. How about a detour to Atlungstad Brenneri - Aquavit distillery?

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Program

  • This is a self-guided tour. This means going on your own and decide your own speed. You can take a break, shortcut or detour whenever you want. The tour includes luggage transfer.

    TOUR DATES 2022: Starts every Sunday from 26 June to 7 August. Other dates on request.

    NUMBER OF DAYS: 5, Sunday - Thursday

    LEVEL: Moderate. For people who are in generally good condition, and have previous cycling experience. In bad weather with rain and/or wind, the trips become more strenuous.
    For safety reasons, we recommend that at least two people ride together.

  • Day 1: Arrive in Lillehammer

    Discover the cultural city of Lillehammer or take a walk or a bicycle tour out of town. The hotel offers e-bike rental for day-trips. 

    Points of interest in Lillehammer:
    - The picturesque pedestrian street
    - Maihaugen open-air museum
    - Lillehammer Art Museum
    - Norwegian Olympiske museum
    - Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jumping Arena

    Day trips:
    - A walk along the Mesnaelva river
    - To the Norwegian Road Museum in Øyer
    - To the Norwegian Vehicle Museum in Øyer

    Accommodation at Stasjonen Hotell

  • Day 2: Bike Lillehammer - Brumunddal, 47 km

    Go south along the old main road and on on a gravel road where it is possible to take detours to nice beaches. Back on the old main road after approx. 16 km. Easy cycling on a paved road through Moelv and onto Brummundal. Follow the sign for the cycle route, Mjøstråkk.

    Points of interest along the way:
    - Nice beaches
    - Ringsaker church
    - The Prøysen Museum
    - The square in Brumunddal
    - Mjøsparken recreational area

    Accommodation at wood Wood Hotel

  • Day 3: Day trip around Nes peninsula and Helgøya Island

    The route is varied and leads through the rolling and lush cultural landscape that is so characteristic of this region. Along the way, you cycle past beautiful old farms, cultural monuments and local shops and cafés. There are many roads to choose from. Helgøya is Norway's largest inland island.  A trip around the whole of Nes and Helgøya is approx. 84 km.

    Accommodation at Wood Hotel

  • Day 4: Bike Brumunddal - Hamar, boat Hamar - Kapp, bike Kapp - Gjøvik

    Slightly hilly gravel roads and eventually down to the beaches north of Hamar. You pass Domkirkeodden medieval museum and enter the center of Hamar by the port. It is a total of 16 km from Brumunddal to Hamar. From Hamar, it is possible to take a detour to Atlungstad Brenneri - Aquavit distillery (6.5 km each way). You go by the old paddle steamer, Skibladner, from Hamar at 16.45 and arrive in Kapp at 17.40. Bike from Kapp to Gjøvik, 15 km. Slightly hilly on nice paved roads. Views of Lake Mjøsa and across the lake to Helgøya and Nes.

    Points of interest in Hamar:
    - Norwegian Railway Museum
    - Domkirkeodden medieval museum
    - Koigen beach park
    - The Food Quarter

    Points of interest in Kapp:
    - Mjøsas Ark - Mjøsas museum
    - Deatour to the Peder Balke-center (3 km each way)

    Points of interest in Gjøvik:
    - Gjøvik farm
    - Eiktunet cultural history museum

    Accommodation at Quality Hotel Strand Gjøvik

  • Day 5: Bike Gjøvik - Lillehammer, 47 km

    Some uphill the first kilometres. Then slightly hilly. The road runs parallel to the main road E6 past the communities in Biri and Vingrom.

    Points of interest along the way:
    - Fjordheim Gallery

    Departuer or an extra night in Lillehammer

Departures and prices

Tour dates 2022: Starts every Sunday from 26 June to 7 August
Number of days: 5 (Sunday - Thursday)
Level of difficulty:  Level 2 - see useful information

Number of participants:
We need a minimum of 2 bookings on each date to complete the tour.

Price 2022:
Per adult in double room: NOK 7 950.-
Single room suplement: NOK 1 600.- 

NB! Book early discount before 1 June: NOK 250.- per adult.

Price includes:
4 x accommodation with breakfast and self-packed lunch
1 x 2-course dinner (Gjøvik)
Map and tour description
Luggage transfer (1 item pr. person)

Bike Rental 2022:
Hybrid bike 4 days: NOK 1 950.-
E-bike 4 days: 2 900.-

Included in the bike rental:
Helmet, bicycle lock, luggage rack, bottle holder, extra inner tube, pump and handlebar bag.
All e-bikes come with a charger for a standard wall socket and a key to remove the battery. No extra battery.


Extra:
Extra night in Lillehammer: NOK 850.- per person in a double room including breakfast and self-packed lunch. Single room NOK 1 495.-.
Train to and from Lillehammer: Ask for price.

Bike rentals

Bike Rental 2022:
Hybrid bike 4 days: NOK 1 950.-
E-bike 4 days: 2 900.-

Included in the bike rental:
Helmet, bicycle lock, luggage rack, bottle holder, extra inner tube, pump and handlebar bag.
All e-bikes come with a charger for a standard wall socket and a key to remove the battery. No extra battery.

E-bike: Scott Aspect E-ride - male
Fender, e-bike display, luggage rack, bottle holder.


E-bike: Scott Aspect E-ride - female
Fender, e-bike display, luggage rack, bottle holder.


Hybrid bike: Scott Scale 970
Luggage rack and a bottle holder.

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