As the first of our World City guides to the very best places to stop by bike we venture over to the Norwegian capital Oslo. Nestled at the soft nuzzley neck of Norway, Oslo is a cultural centre and a perfect weekend destination. According to the Lonely Planet - Oslo "is home to world-class museums and galleries rivalling anywhere else on the European art trail. But even here Mother Nature has managed to make her mark, and Oslo is fringed with forests, hills and lakes awash with opportunities for hiking, cycling, skiing and boating."
Rumour has it that you are never more than 15 minutes away from a bush in the city, due to its plethora of parks and as it is sat at the head of a Fjord (Oslofjord no less) the city is also relatively flat making it a mecca for cyclists. Like London, Oslo has a bike hire scheme so you can hire a bike on your weekend away and cycle around the city.
Who better to ask where to visit by bike in this city than the authors of the rather beautiful bike guide book - Bikevibe. A story of cycling in Oslo, featuring some of the leading voices in bikes around the city illustrated with some stunning photography. The authors - Mari & Silje - have also given us one of their handsome Oslo guides to give away to one lucky winner.
To win the copy tweet, facebook or instagram us your favourite place to ride - at home or abroad. Remember to follow us so you find out if you are the winner. The competition closes on the 10th September.
So here are Bikevibe's top 5 places to visit by bike in Oslo:
The best coffee (and drinks), the best people and the best bicycle service in town. Oslovelo recently re-located and expanded their workshop with a daytime café/night time bar.
Do as the Bikevibe-team so often does on hot summer night: take your bike down to Søregna for a swim. Bonus: you get to see the impressive Opera without all the tourists.
Bike over to Tøyen and find yourself a bench inside one of the greenhouses at the Botanical gardens. Daydream while you take in the smell and the relaxing atmosphere (or just look at some seriously impressive plats).
Located on St.Hanshaugen, Rouleur is the perfect place for local beer or cup of coffee while out and about. During winter there is even a fireplace!
Ensemble, Kaibosh, Dapper
Good things come in threes, at least in Nordre Gate 13-15 at Grunerløkka. Here you’ll find our favourite brand of glasses and sunglasses (Kaibosh), lovely, lovely clothes (Ensemble) and beautiful bikes and other nice looking stuff (Dapper). Because looking good and biking goes hand in hand.
And in the words of one of their featured cyclists Jonas Stromberg: "Let's just say if I don't get to ride, I'm not the easiest person to live with. I get cranky." Quite!
Remember, to win a copy of the gorgeous book Bikevibe Oslo, tweet, facebook or instagram us your favourite place to ride - at home or abroad. Remember to follow us so you find out if you are the winner. This competition closes on the 10th September.