Mjølkevegen takes you through beautiful mountain landscapes and mountain pastures between Vinstra in Gudbrandsdalen and Gol in Hallingdal, across large parts of Valdres. The total length of the journey is 250 km. But it's possible to shorten it down to shorter stages and even stay at one place for round trips.
The route is signposted in both directions from Ruten Fjellstue in Espedalen to Storefjell Resort at Golsfjellet. Mjølkevegen is one of Norway's finest cycling tours and is part of National Cycle Route No. 5.
Tips and hints
Mjølkevegen takes you through areas where not a lot of people live so it is smart to plan your accommodation and grocery stops ahead of schedule.
Eat and sleep
There are a variety of hotels, lodges, and cabin rentals available along Mjølkevegen. You will be welcomed with a combination of great food, warm hospitality and above all, a memorable experience.
Ruten and Haugseter Fjellstue are beautiful and cozy mountain hotels where you can be sure to be taken good care of. Beitostølen offers many options, but a safe bet is to stay at Radisson Blu hotel.
At Vaset you will find good options to stay at Vasetstølen or Gomobu Fjellstue. And your last stop before heading down to Gol should be at Storefjell Resort Hotel.
Grocery stores can be found in all of the larger towns along Mjølkevegen. If you start in Vinstra, you will find multiple grocery stores there. There is also a Coop Marked store in Skåbu, about 8.5 km from Ruten fjellstue. Note that going to Skåbu is a detour from Mjølkevegen of about 3.5 km each way.
At Beitostølen you will find multiple grocery stores. If you continue on Mjølkevegen, between Beitostølen and Vaset, you can find a Joker store in Ryfoss before you start climbing the hills up to Syndin. At Vaset you will find another Joker store and your last option is Gol, at the very end of Mjølkevegen.
The Mjølkevegen bike route can be found in the eastern part of Norway about 3-4 hours from Norway’s capital Oslo via public transportation. The route goes from Vinstra in the Gudbrandsdal Valley to Gol in the Hallingdal Valley. Most people start the route in Vinstra, although there is no reason why you can not go in the reverse direction. From Vinstra you can ask Ruten Fjellstue for transport up to the mountain and similarily from Gol you can ask Storefjell Resort Hotel to be transported up to their hotel. Between Vinstra and Gol, you can also choose to start your route at Beitostølen or Ryfoss.
It is possible to rent a bike if you don’t have your own.
Getting to/from Vinstra
You can travel to Vinstra from Oslo by train. The train ride takes about 3 hours and if you book tickets early you can get them for 200-300 NOK. Book tickets and check the schedule at entur.no.
Getting to/from Gol
Gol has a train station on the train line going between Oslo and Bergen. The train ride takes about 3 hours from Oslo and 4 hours from Bergen. Book tickets and check the schedule at entur.no.
Getting to/from Beitostølen
Beitostølen is a small town along the Mjølkevegen Route. This is your final destination if you bike the Minature Mjølkevegen. You can also choose to start from Beitostølen and bike towards Gol or Vinstra. Beitostølen is just 225 km from Oslo city. Buses run between Beitostølen and Oslo several times daily on route NW161 Valdresekspressen and the journey takes around 4 hours.
Driving yourself to Beitostølen from Oslo takes around 3.5 hours
Getting to/from Ryfoss
Ryfoss is situated along main road 16 in the Valdres Valley. You will bike through Ryfoss going from Beitostølen to Vaset. If you choose to start your route from Ryfoss, be aware that you will experience some tough uphill climbs in both directions.
You can get to Ryfoss with the Valdresekspressen bus. From Oslo, choose route NW160 Valdresekspressen with Norway Bussekspress. The bus ride from Oslo takes about 4 hours and costs 300-400 NOK.
From Bergen, choose route NW162 Øst-Vest Ekspressen with Norway Bussekspress. It takes about 5 hours from Bergen to Ryfoss and the ride costs about 500 NOK. This bus continues on to Lillehammer which takes about 2.5 hours.
Where to rent a bike
There are ways to rent a bike along the route, although it is a bit tough without a car, as you have to return the bike to the same rental company. Unfortunately, there are currently no options that let you rent a bike and return it to a different location.
Your easiest options for renting a bike is at the sporting goods stores Intersport at Beitostølen or Intersport at Vaset. You can also rent bikes at Ruten Fjellstue, Storefjell Resort Hotel, and Gomobu Fjellstue. If you are biking the Minature Mjølkevegen, you can ask Ruten Fjellstue about the possibility of renting a bike there and returning it to Beitostølen.
- 3 Stages