Cycling tour by Lake Mjøsa
Distance bike tour: Approx. 127 kilometers.
Price: NOK 6700 per person, which includes:
Cycle hire (five days):
Available with 7 gears, helmet and lock. Price 5 days: NOK 400.
Helmets and locks are included.
• Drinks with meals.
For more information/booking, please contact Bente tel: +47 912 41 229 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Day 1 Saturday
Arrival in Hamar. Boat trip on board DS Skibladner to Gjøvik. At the Skibladner quay in Gjøvik, you will be issued with your bikes, and your luggage will be transported to the guest farm.
We have a few hours to visit the city center, such as Gjøvik Farm built in 1810. Here the town’s history is explored, from glass and industry to aquavit and potatoes, centered around the notable people who have lived at Gjøvik Farm. For fans of chocolate, Gjøvik Chocolate Factory outlet in the pedestrian street, is the place to visit. Nearby is Gjøvik Olympic Cavern Hall. The hall is the world’s largest subterranean auditorium and can only be found 120 metres underground.
Guided bike trip from Gjøvik to Annexstad guest farm, which is beautifully situated at Lake Mjøsa. The farm´s history can be traced back to the 14th century. Accommodation in well kept old buildings.
Day 2 Sunday
Today we will pedal south along Lake Mjøsa. We will visit he Peder Balke-center, a listed building from the 18th century. Inside is the ballroom which Peder Balke decorated with 12 wallpaintings in 1834. There have been exhibitions of the painter both at the National Gallery in London and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The next stop is Balke church, which has an imposing position in the landscape and is visible from afar. The oldest parts of the building date back to around 1170. We will also make a short visit to Helen Fredholm´s «Cottage garden»; a serene, verdant, romantic garden surrounding a house in Swiss chalet style.
From the quay in Totenvika, we return to the other side of Lake Mjøsa on board DS Skibladner. After a short bike trip, we will soon see the towers of the outbuilding on the venerable Hoel farm, where we will stay the night. This farm is filled with beauty, culture and meals based on local traditions.
Day 3 Monday
Leaving Hoel farm the tour starts by following a scenic gravel road at Lake Mjøsa. From the village of Brumunddal, the route follows tarmac and gravel roads through forest and farmland. After some up- and downhills we continue on an easy and idyllic trail featuring many beautiful stopping points for breaks and swimming by Lake Mjøsa.
The next stop is Domkirkeodden, one of the largest medieval museums in Norway. Here we will experience the medieval Hamar, taste the Herb Gardens´s herbal drink and relax to the sound of chants in the well-preserved ruins of the main attraction; the Glass Cathedral. At Hamar Pilgrim Centre, we will hear about the Pilgrim Path to Nidaros and served coffee and waffel.
We continue south along Lake Mjøsa passing the town of Hamar’s popular recreational areas and beaches. At Stange Bridge there is a fine view towards the Åkersvika nature reserve and the Hamar Olympic Hall known as the Viking Ship. After a gentle slope running up to Ottestad Church, the cultural landscape opens up in all directions. We continue along the quiet country lanes towards Bryhni Søndre, a guest farm founded on the remnants of a medieval farm. Dinner is served in the main building.
Day 4 Tuesday
Today we will enjoy a beautiful ride through Stange Vestbygd. Here are some of the most fertile agricultural areas in the country, as well as a large part of Lake Mjøsa. This cultural landscape offers burial mounds,idyllic country roads, a medieval church, beautiful farmyards and farm cafées.
In Stange Church, we will join a guided tour in one of Norway’s oldest medieval churches, mentioned as early as 1225 in the Saga of Haakon Haakonson. We will also be told why this church was an important site in the medieval age and for the pilgrims, and of the connection of this area to the Viking age. There are also some large old farms and manor houses on this westward facing slope towards Mjøsa, some of them described in the Old Norse Kings’ Sagas and in the Saga of St Olav.
Every autumn Atlungstad Brenneri (distillery) produces 25,000 liters of liquor made of potatoes. Join the guided tour and see the whole process from the potato until the liquor is distilled and later filled in oak barrels to mature. After the guided tour we will have a taste of the distillery´s aquavit.
From Atlungstad there is a short ride to Hamar city centre and Clarion Collection Hotel Astoria, where we will stay the night.
Day 5 Wednesday
Before saying farewell and departure for your onward journey, we will spend an hour in the The Kirsten Flagstad Museum, in the city centre. The museum opened for the public in 1985, in the self-same house where one of the world's most famous opera singers was born on July 12th, 1895.
Rural landscape in Stange Vestbygd.
The Glass Cathedral at Domkirkeodden.
Enjoy local food in beautiful surroundings in Stange Vestbygd.
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