You cycle around the lake Maridalsvannet, where you can enjoy the peace and quiet gravel roads as you pass farmland and the old ruin Margaretakirken. This is a very popular roundtrip for the Oslo people as well as for visitors, both cyclists and hikers.

On the way back, you follow the river Akerselva, and there are several places to eat, drink or even swim by the river banks. It is a very nice, easy ride down to the city center all the way to where the river meets the ocean. I you want to make the trip easier and skip some of the elevation gain you may take the Metro to Nydalen or the train to Kjelsås and start from there.

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    Ruins at Margaretakirken

    Margaretakirken was a stone church built in the 13th century. The ruin was partially excavated and restored in 1934, and is beautifully situated at Kirkeby at the northern end of Maridalsvannet.

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    Kjelsås Train Station

    You can take the train back to Oslo from Kjelsås if you want to shorten the trip.

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    Nydalen Metro Station

    You can take the metro back to Oslo from Nydalen if you want to shorten the trip.

Some practical tips

This cycling tour doesn't require any special prior knowledge. You cycle mainly on bike lanes and paths, short distance on road with traffic. The trip starts from Oslo Central Station, and there you can rent a bicycle if you don't have your own. Bring your swimwear, there are many opportunities for swimming along the way.

Distance: 30 km roundtrip
Elevation gain: 328
Time: 2-3 hours cycling
Surface: 40 % asphalt, 60 % gravel
Difficulty: Medium

Getting Here

Public Transport in Oslo (Ruter)
Bicycles can be taken on the metro, buses and ferries if it´s room. Avoid rush hour. Check for more info.

Train (Vy, SJ, Go Ahead)
Bikes may be taken on trains. See more info at
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