Cycling in Norway

Norway is a lovely cycling country – there are many cycling trails and lanes available for cyclists. Cycling in Norway entails much of the same rules as cars and motorcycles: keep to the right, give way to those coming from your right, and don’t drink and cycle. Getting caught drunk cycling can cost you a stiff fine or your driver’s license, or both.

It is important to note that it is compulsory for your bicycle to be equipped with:

  • A white or yellow light in the front
  • A red light in the back.
  • A red reflector in the rear.
  • White or yellow reflectors on the pedals.
  • Two brakes that work independently of each other.
  • A bicycle bell.

You may cycle on the pavement/sidewalk if there are no bicycle lanes is available, as long as you adapt your speed to that of the pedestrians.

You may cycle across pedestrian crossings, but cars are not be obliged to stop for you unless you dismount and cross on foot. In the winter, be aware that the weather and darkness can lead to poor visibility so drivers may not be able to stop in time if you do not dismount from your bicycle at a pedestrian crossing.

You must not cycle on motorways and dual carriageways, as well as in some tunnels. This will be clearly indicated by traffic signs.

Before you make a turn, indicate the direction by extending your hand left or right.

You must not cycle against the direction of traffic in a one-way street, unless permission to do so is specifically indicated on traffic signs.

Always wear a helmet when biking.

Wearing a reflectoris not mandatory, but is highly recommended for your safety and visibility. Also note that only children under the age of 10 may be carried as passengers on a bicycle.

Norway is safe country in general but bicycles can get stolen. Be sure to lock your bicycle or keep it in a locked storage or garage when not in use.

It is possible to purchase insurance for your bicycle or have it included in your home contents insurance.


More information on Cycling in Norway here.

Map of National Cycling Routes in Norway.