doneThree nights (price per person in a double room)
done3 x breakfast
doneFree use of pool and saunas
doneDigital bicycle maps (gpx) to download in your smartphone
doneExtra nights, the package is easily supplemented with one or two days
doneSupplement for single rooms
doneBicycles for rent
Kongsvinger is a small charming town near the Swedish border. Here, the beautiful Kongsvinger fortress watches over the river Glomma with lots of exciting history in the walls. It is nice to cycle in the area all seasons. You stay at Vinger Hotel, centrally and discreetly located in a private park in Kongsvinger with fantastic views of the city, Kongsvinger Fortress, Glomma and part of Finnskogen.
Foto: Vidar Moløkken
Kongsvinger was founded during Hannibal’s feud in 1644 (a short period of conflict between Sweden and Denmark-Norway). When the railway made its entrance in the 1860s, it became a market town and new buildings were built around the train station. Kongsvinger fortress is a star-shaped fortress with fine old buildings and a museum. The view over the city and the river towards Sweden is fantastic. By the way, the fortress has never been conquered by foreign enemies. Finnish immigrants settled in the woods between the Glomma river and the Swedish border during the 17th century. You don’t need to cycle far from Kongsvinger to enjoy the deep tranquility of Finnskogen.
Vinger Hotel has long traditions with a very good kitchen. As a guest at the hotel, you get free access to the relax area. Here you can enjoy a hot sauna or go for a swim in the pool after a day on the bike.
Arrival to Kongsvinger and a Tour around Vingersjøen
This tour is a great way to get to know cycling in the area around Kongsvinger. You follow the roads with little traffic, Konduktøreveien and Lerkeveien out of the city southwards, before you enter Kongeveien towards Tarven. You follow the road through the golf course and north to Granli and from there the road continues on the east side of Lake Vingersjøen. Cross over the E16 and continue up the road walk past Skansegarden and Nesteby, here there is little traffic and a great view of the sea.
The last bit goes along Glomma and the railway towards the center and the hotel. If you want to have dinner at the hotel, you can book a table in the restaurant.
Vinger Hotel, Kongsvinger
Long trip via Skinnarbøl, Lysen and Roverud
This half-day round from Kongsvinger is relevant both as a training trip or a trip for those who just want to experience some of the tranquility found in the forests north and east of Kongsvinger. The only demanding uphill comes early in the trip from about 6 to 8 kilometres, where you climb a hundred metres. At the highest point, you are 260 meters over the sea. The rest of the round must be said to be relatively easy cycling.
The surroundings are mostly forest, but somewhat more cultural landscape at the end the trip. The tour also passes several half-sized lakes. The amount of traffic on the roads up to 11 kilometers is relatively low, from where you take off E16/Masterudvegen at Nordre Øyungen, traffic will be very low. There are few catering options along the route, so it's a good idea to bring some snacks.
Vinger Hotel, Kongsvinger
Half-day tour via Nordre Øyungen, Lysen and Smestadtjennet
This half-day tour from Kongsvinger is relevant both as a training trip or a trip for those who just want to experience some of the tranquility found in the forests north and east of
Kongsvinger. The only slightly demanding uphill comes early in the trip from about 6 to
8 kilometres, where you climb just over a hundred metres. At the highest, you are about 265 meters above sea level. The rest of the round must be said to be relatively easy cycling, with a couple of long ones downhill, but be aware that the surface after you turn off from the E16 is a gravel road of slightly varying quality. The surroundings are characterized by forests and cultural landscapes, but you also pass several lakes. It can be great to rest here.
The traffic is low, but there can be some heavy traffic and timber transport. When exiting the E16/Masterudvegen at Nordre In Øyungen, the traffic will be very low. There are no catering options on this route, so it's a good idea to bring some snacks.
If you want to extend your journey with an extra night, there are many nice cycle tours to choose from in the area.
Discover Kongsvinger and Tranquil Forests by the River Glomma
Kongsvinger is a small charming town near the Swedish border. Here, the beautiful Kongsvinger fortress watches over the river Glomma with lots of exciting history in the walls.