Biking

Gravel roads, asphalt, and trails, the experience will be versatile. Biking S:t Olavsleden is more than a biking-project, it is an experience of a lifetime.
Biking is a popular and pleasant way to experience the St. Olavsleden trail a little faster. You can bike many parts of the trail with a normal bike (although a road bike isn’t recommended) as the trail goes along trails and gravel roads.

Plan your bike ride

St. Olavsleden is approximately 580 kilometers long. Thousands of markings and signposts indicate the way. About 45% of the trail is along gravel roads, 36% on asphalt and 19% on trails. In some places the cycle path takes an alternative route. The map, at the bottom of this page, indicates where the cycle path differs from the normal hiking trail.

Rent or bring

If you don’t have your own bike, you can rent either an electric bike or a 7-gear bike.

Contact the local Tourist information office to find the nearest bike rental to your starting point.

Carry the bike

If you only want to bike one section of the trail, you can take the bike with you on the train that follows the trail. It only works on the local train, Norrtåg, where there are spaces for four bikes per train. The long distance trains, run by SJ, does not allow bikes unless you can fold them into a bag with a maximum measure of 140x85x30cm and maximum weight of 25 kg.

Bed or tent

There are accommodations all along the trail and you can see them all listed on the accommodation page. We advise you to book in advance since many places are small with not very many beds.

Using a tent in Sweden and Norway is easier than in many other countries. But, there are rules (The right of public access) to follow. You can not tent in the same spot for more than two nights and you can’t put it up in someone’s private yard. When tenting you also have to be extra careful about littering and take well care of the nature.

Package tours

With its 580 kilometers, planning to bike St. Olavsleden might feel a bit overwhelming. Luckily there are tour operators that can help you with the details.

Choose between preplanned packages or a tailor-made experience, with or without guide. In group or by yourself, in stages or the complete route.

Read more about the different options at the Package tour page.

Join the community

The Facebook group “Hiking along St. Olavsleden” is an open group where you can exchange experiences with other pilgrims. The group is for anyone interested in St. Olavsleden and is a great place to get help with your planning. You can post in whatever language that works best for you.

There are also a few ambassadors that you are welcome to contact. The ambassadors have all hiked or biked St. Olavsleden and can help you with your questions.

Pilgrim Stories

Meet pilgrims from all over the world that share their St. Olavsleden experiences.

Visit our page Stories.

Map

The map below shows you the biking trail. The St. Olavsleden is divided into three different trails: Hiking, Biking and Horseback riding. Most of the time the three trails are combined but at some parts you need to be careful and choose the correct trail in order to get the best experience to your needs. In the map you can choose to also show accommodation, service points, rest stops and more.