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åssen går e, komrades!? *and apologies for the user name!*

If thats wrong its because I'm from Australia and not very far along in my Norwegian studies. Long story short, I've fallen for a Norwegian girl who's studying over here and am heading back with her in July for a month to meet the family and also get a bit of a feel for the country before I make the move over there middle of next year.

I'm keen to get a bit of riding in and was wondering if any of you guys or girls can recommend some good riding spots, preferably in the south as we'll be based in Larvik for the stay. And am I likely to be able to find an LBS or organisation that dabbles in bike hire, mountain or road?
 

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aside from biking, anything else an outsider would like to/must see when in Norway over summer? And I guess, anything you heartily recommend i do not do or say in front of the parents that would seem harmless to an Australian?

tussen takk guys and maybe I'll see you soon!
 

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Hey mate, i too am an Australian who fell for a Scandanavian girl!!! Except mine is Finnish!
I moved to Finland earlier this year and have been loving my time over here, except winter is a little hard to get used to even if i did live in Melbourne beforehand!! :)

As for advice on riding etc... i suggest you page geiranders, he lives in Norway and seems to be very active in mtb circles there. I'm sure he can help you out with finding places to ride and people to ride with.
And for advice on dealing with your girlfriends parents, all i can say is to just relax and be yourself. Try not to worry if you can't speak that well, they will appreciate your efforts and your gf can help where necessary.
I am a born Finnish speaker because of my parents being from Finland, however in my school years i resented being 'ethnic' and refused to speak it for a long time. I just wanted to be a normal Aussie like all the other kids. These days i feel kind of silly that i was ashamed of my background, it has also meant that my spoken Finnish isn't as good as it could be. But i am getting better all the time. I wish you all the best with your new language, being immersed in the culture will help enormously!
Good luck buddy, cheers!

p.s. if you ever get the chance go to Stockholm in Sweden, it is the most beautiful city i have ever seen!! I also can't wait to see Copenhagen in Denmark.
 

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thanks mate, great to hear some Aussie specific tales!

I'm from Melbourne myself but the weather was one thing that my girlfriend warned me about. especially since we're looking at living in Bergen for a little bit for study, I've heard it rains there a lot.

I'll drop your mate geiranders a line, thanks for giving me his name.

At the moment going to see Sweden and Denmark while I'm there. Personally I can't wait to see Lego-Land but honestly, have I missed my window of opportunity to really enjoy a visit there? (I'm 24).

Thanks again Mr. Plow!
 

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Bjern Fita said:
I'm keen to get a bit of riding in and was wondering if any of you guys or girls can recommend some good riding spots, preferably in the south as we'll be based in Larvik for the stay. And am I likely to be able to find an LBS or organisation that dabbles in bike hire, mountain or road?
How well do you read Norwegian? You might get the best information by posting your question on terrengsykkel.no. The website has tons of info about mountain biking in norway, but it's all in Norwegian.

http://terrengsykkel.no/

You can post your question (in English) here:

http://terrengsykkel.no/forum/arena/postlist.pl?Cat=&Board=ymse


Do you have transportation? How far are you willing to travel to ride?

There is some good riding in right in Larvik. There are lots of good trails around lake Farris, that range from very easy (gravel roads) to fairly technical. There is not a lot of elevation gain, but lots of up and down. However, I'm not sure about renting a mountain bike in Larvik.

Here is some info about the trail systems around Larvik (click on the Turkart link):

http://www.larvik-turistforening.no/

And a couple of trail maps. For some reason, the lower half of the lake Farris map is missing, and there are more trails down at that end near Larvik, but you get the idea:

http://www.larvik-turistforening.no/kart/eikedalen 29-08 02.pdf
http://www.larvik-turistforening.no/kart/farris.pdf

There are lots of trails in the Oslo area (thousands of kilometers I think). You can rent a good mountain bike in Oslo here:

http://www.skiservice.no/index.htm

You don't really need to have a car to ride in Oslo. You can take the train to Olso. Then, take the T-bane (sort of a combo subway/train type of deal) right to the top of the mountain. Get off at the Voksenkollen station. Skiservice AS (where you rent the bikes) is about 50m from the station. There are tons of trails in the Oslomarka. However, you can end up walking quite a bit if you pick the wrong trail. Here is a zoomable map of the area. The big tower is near where you rent the bikes.

http://www.markakart.net/sommer/nord/index.html


As far as really good singletrack. I have heard that Skeikampen is the closest place with really good singletrack, but it's quite a drive from Larvik. Maybe 3 or 4 hours by car. However, the riding looks to be very good:

http://terrengsykkel.no/?439

It also sounds like you can rent mountain bikes in Skeikampen (look for sykkelutleie or utlieie), but I have never done it. Perhaps the guys at terrengsykkel.no would know the best place to rent a bike in that area.

From this link, it looks like you can rent bikes at the Hafjell skishop and a few other places:

http://www.lillehammerturist.no/sommeraktiviteter.htm

Another place in Skeikampen that lists sykkelutleie:

http://www.skeikampen.no/index.jsp?c=2262&exp=2262

And a shop in Lillehammer as well:

http://www.kajakkogfjell.com/Utleie/UTLEIE3.htm

Some general info on renting bikes in Norway:

http://www.aktivioslo.no/sykkelutleie.html


Pete Fagerlin has a video with some riding in Norway and Sweden if you need some motivation:

http://www.petefagerlin.com/video_gallery.htm


Ok, well I guess that's a start anyway. The guys at terrengsykkel.no will probably have some other ideas.
 

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aside from biking, anything else an outsider would like to/must see when in Norway over summer? And I guess, anything you heartily recommend i do not do or say in front of the parents that would seem harmless to an Australian?

tussen takk guys and maybe I'll see you soon!
As far as places to see, how far are you willing to travel? As mentioned previously, Stockholm is an impressive city, and it's quite easy to take the ferry to Copenhagen, which is a nice place to visit as well. However, there is lots to see in Norway as well.

Around Larvik (in Vestfold), there are lots of viking mounds, and across the fjord in Ostfold there are lots of mounds, stone circles and rock carvings. The viking museum in Oslo is interesting, as is Vigeland park.

Preikestolen is worth a trip if you have a car, but it's about a 6 hour drive, so plan on spending at least one night in the area. There is a very nice hostle right at the trail head. Stavanger is also a fun place to spend a night or three.

https://www.stavanger-web.com/images/gallery/alone_on_preikestolen.jpg

If you don't have a car, Norway in a Nutshell is a painless way to see some of the country. You can spend one or more nights in Bergen, travel through the mountains on the Bergen railway, and cruise the Naeroyfjord which is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Norway.

https://www.norwaynutshell.com/default.asp

Ryan air has dirt cheap flights from Torp (just outside of Larvik) to England and Scotland, so it's very easy and somewhat inexpensive to see a bit of the UK as well.

https://www.ryanair.com/site/EN/
 

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Wow! That is one of the most detailed replies i have ever seen!! Great work Backmarker, your helpful info should be a great resource for Bjern Fita!
Just wanted to give you a pat on the back for being such a team player!! :)
 

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Wow

I'm keeping this info. I want to go to Norway someday.





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How well do you read Norwegian? You might get the best information by posting your question on terrengsykkel.no. The website has tons of info about mountain biking in norway, but it's all in Norwegian.

http://terrengsykkel.no/

You can post your question (in English) here:

http://terrengsykkel.no/forum/arena/postlist.pl?Cat=&Board=ymse


Do you have transportation? How far are you willing to travel to ride?

There is some good riding in right in Larvik. There are lots of good trails around lake Farris, that range from very easy (gravel roads) to fairly technical. There is not a lot of elevation gain, but lots of up and down. However, I'm not sure about renting a mountain bike in Larvik.

Here is some info about the trail systems around Larvik (click on the Turkart link):

http://www.larvik-turistforening.no/

And a couple of trail maps. For some reason, the lower half of the lake Farris map is missing, and there are more trails down at that end near Larvik, but you get the idea:

http://www.larvik-turistforening.no/kart/eikedalen 29-08 02.pdf
http://www.larvik-turistforening.no/kart/farris.pdf

There are lots of trails in the Oslo area (thousands of kilometers I think). You can rent a good mountain bike in Oslo here:

http://www.skiservice.no/index.htm

You don't really need to have a car to ride in Oslo. You can take the train to Olso. Then, take the T-bane (sort of a combo subway/train type of deal) right to the top of the mountain. Get off at the Voksenkollen station. Skiservice AS (where you rent the bikes) is about 50m from the station. There are tons of trails in the Oslomarka. However, you can end up walking quite a bit if you pick the wrong trail. Here is a zoomable map of the area. The big tower is near where you rent the bikes.

http://www.markakart.net/sommer/nord/index.html


As far as really good singletrack. I have heard that Skeikampen is the closest place with really good singletrack, but it's quite a drive from Larvik. Maybe 3 or 4 hours by car. However, the riding looks to be very good:

http://terrengsykkel.no/?439

It also sounds like you can rent mountain bikes in Skeikampen (look for sykkelutleie or utlieie), but I have never done it. Perhaps the guys at terrengsykkel.no would know the best place to rent a bike in that area.

From this link, it looks like you can rent bikes at the Hafjell skishop and a few other places:

http://www.lillehammerturist.no/sommeraktiviteter.htm

Another place in Skeikampen that lists sykkelutleie:

http://www.skeikampen.no/index.jsp?c=2262&exp=2262

And a shop in Lillehammer as well:

http://www.kajakkogfjell.com/Utleie/UTLEIE3.htm

Some general info on renting bikes in Norway:

http://www.aktivioslo.no/sykkelutleie.html


Pete Fagerlin has a video with some riding in Norway and Sweden if you need some motivation:

http://www.petefagerlin.com/video_gallery.htm


Ok, well I guess that's a start anyway. The guys at terrengsykkel.no will probably have some other ideas.
 

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I don't quite know how to do a response like that justice! Thanks heaps Backmarker!

I got in touch with bloke who runs the Norwegian site you mentioned through ridemonkey and he posted my question over there so hpoefully I'll get a bit of feedback through that.

The travel plans around Norway aren't really finalized as of yet as the trip only really came together over the past weekend. My girlfriend is pretty keen to show me the sights, We're going to see the amazing fjord you mentioned (I think), is that the one with the imense vertical cliff? Seen some breath-taking shots of that one. We'll be going on a boat throught the fjord before we go up to the top of that, can't wait.

Also keen to see the park in Oslo, I'm guesing it might be the Vigeland one you mentioned. Is that the one full of the nudes and the human obelisk? Seen photos of that one, amazing stuff.

This is going to be a relatively quick trip, only four weeks, so I'm not sure if I'll be able to get all the riding in you outlined. That said, I'm pretty sure this chick is one of the ones you're not supposed to let go of once you get them so all things being equal, I'll be posting the bikes over to Norway middle of next year and following them myself permanently, hopefully continuing my studies at NHH, so I'll have all the time I need to see the amazing sites.

And if anyone else needed anymore convincing, here's the link to a post the bloke I mentioned from ridemonkey posted. Hopefull Trond (and francois!) doesn't mind me doing this.

http://www.ridemonkey.com/forums/showthread.php?t=80811

best advertisment for a country I think I've ever seen.

Cheers to everyone, can't believe the response I've gotten to my queries, I can't thank you all enough!
 

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Backmarker I wanted to add to the resounding chorus of "you kick ass!!!"

My ex wife and two children live in Oslo (I live in AZ) and the last time I went, I took my roadbike and on a ride in Nessoden got hit by a truck (first time going down on the road in 10 yrs of riding). Next time I get to Oslo (this fall), I figure I'll try mountain biking there - maybe it will be safer :rolleyes:

That bike rental site is a great link - if only I could read norwegian. It looks like a four day rental is like 75$ - that is super cheap. I wonder if the rental bikes are as nice as the one that is pictured.

On that Oslo area map you linked, are the blue lines singletrack and the red doubletrack?
 

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I don't quite know how to do a response like that justice! Thanks heaps Backmarker!

I got in touch with bloke who runs the Norwegian site you mentioned through ridemonkey and he posted my question over there so hpoefully I'll get a bit of feedback through that.

The travel plans around Norway aren't really finalized as of yet as the trip only really came together over the past weekend. My girlfriend is pretty keen to show me the sights, We're going to see the amazing fjord you mentioned (I think), is that the one with the imense vertical cliff? Seen some breath-taking shots of that one. We'll be going on a boat throught the fjord before we go up to the top of that, can't wait.

Also keen to see the park in Oslo, I'm guesing it might be the Vigeland one you mentioned. Is that the one full of the nudes and the human obelisk? Seen photos of that one, amazing stuff.

This is going to be a relatively quick trip, only four weeks, so I'm not sure if I'll be able to get all the riding in you outlined. That said, I'm pretty sure this chick is one of the ones you're not supposed to let go of once you get them so all things being equal, I'll be posting the bikes over to Norway middle of next year and following them myself permanently, hopefully continuing my studies at NHH, so I'll have all the time I need to see the amazing sites.

And if anyone else needed anymore convincing, here's the link to a post the bloke I mentioned from ridemonkey posted. Hopefull Trond (and francois!) doesn't mind me doing this.

http://www.ridemonkey.com/forums/showthread.php?t=80811

best advertisment for a country I think I've ever seen.

Cheers to everyone, can't believe the response I've gotten to my queries, I can't thank you all enough!
Viegland Park doesn't have trails for riding, but it is by far the one MUST SEE in Oslo. I usually go there twice each time I am in Oslo. The whole park is one giant 420degree view...
 

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Backmarker I wanted to add to the resounding chorus of "you kick ass!!!"

My ex wife and two children live in Oslo (I live in AZ) and the last time I went, I took my roadbike and on a ride in Nessoden got hit by a truck (first time going down on the road in 10 yrs of riding). Next time I get to Oslo (this fall), I figure I'll try mountain biking there - maybe it will be safer :rolleyes:

That bike rental site is a great link - if only I could read norwegian. It looks like a four day rental is like 75$ - that is super cheap. I wonder if the rental bikes are as nice as the one that is pictured.

On that Oslo area map you linked, are the blue lines singletrack and the red doubletrack?
Last time I checked, which was a couple of years ago, they had Scott hardtails but I don't remember seeing any full suspension bikes. However, they were good quality bikes. I looks like the webpages states that the bikes they have are Scott hardtails of the current year with front suspension, so that matches what I remember them having.

Yes, the blue lines are summer hiking trails and the red lines are gravel roads. The summer trails vary from intermediate single track to very technical to unrideable (hike-a-bike) type stuff.

There are also winter ski trails that are usually rideable in the summer as well. Not always though, sometimes they head out across what would be a frozen lake or swamp. Here are the winter trails (the red lines on this map):

http://www.markakart.net/vinter/nordmarka/sor/index.html
 
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