River Glomma, two charming towns and a unique fortress
1 800 NOK/pers (2 nights)
Glommastien is a fantastic round trip following the river Glomma between Sarpsborg and Fredrikstad. The tour goes on paths and roads, through forests and residential areas through an exciting and interesting cultural landscape. The first day, you can take a short cycle tour to get to know Sarpsborg.
Glommastien runs between Sarpsborg and Fredrikstad on both sides of the Glomma, through heritage-worthy cultural landscapes with memories of former sawmill and brickworks industries. The beautiful path takes you through woodlands, wetlands, parks, marinas and residential areas. Along Glomma you can see traces of the rich industrial history and businesses that existed here until approx. 1980. There are also fishing spots, rest areas and barbecue areas in several places along the way.
The trip is very light cycling on dirt roads and cycle paths. The Glommastien is approx. 35 km long, and from Quality Hotel Sarpsborg it is an extra 5 km down to the path. If you want to have dinner at the hotel, you can book a table in the restaurant.
Please note that the price may be higher during high season.
You arrive to Sarpsborg and your hotel. Check-in from 15:00. If you drive an electric car you can park at INSPIRA charging park next to the hotel. You can take a short cycle tour at the southern end of Tunevannet to get to know Sarpsborg. This trip is part of "Green Cycle Tours" produced by the Cyclist Association in Norway.
In the city centre, there is a good range of restaurants, cafés, culture and nice shopping.
Start the tour at the Quality Hotel Sarpsborg in the direction of Sarpsborg centre. Past the Borgarsyssel Museum and the old workers' settlement at Tarris, you cross Sarpsfossen. From there, the path runs along the east side of Glomma. Feel free to take a detour to the venerable Hafslund Hovedgård with its large park, which is located on the other side of national highway 22. The park is open to the public all year round.
The path winds further south and past Roald Amundsen's birthplace. Between Moum and Torp you can see remains of a former brickworks and sawmill. In Nedre Glomma there were as many as 27 brickworks and 10 large sawmills in its time. At Nabbetorp you cycle through the charming wooden housing area and further down to the Old Town in Fredrikstad. The Old Town is the Nordic region's best-preserved fortified town, with idyllic, cobbled streets, small shops, eateries, galleries and much more. From the Old Town, the trip goes across the river with the city ferry to the West Side and the ferry berth at Cicignon.
The path now follows Glomma northwards. At Lislebystranda there is a barbecue area and the opportunity to take a breather on the ground. You then drive past the remains of several old brickworks and sawmills. At Hauge, a short distance from the trail is Hans Nielsen Hauge's birthplace, which is a nice place for a break. Along the way up Glomma you will find several places where it is great to eat the packed lunch. On Ombergsfjellet you sit high and with a good view over the river. At Vallestrand there is a rest area with information signs over the area. Take a look up when you pass the Rolvsøysund Bridge. Then you will see Greåker fort, which was part of the defense of the area in the 20th century. From Sannesund, the Glommastien goes into the center of Sarpsborg, through the city streets, past Borregaard Fabrikker and back to the Borgarsyssel Museum. Feel free to end your trip with a well-deserved bite to eat at one of the pleasant eateries in the city.
After cycling along Glommastien and a visit in the cozy and historic Gamlebyn in Fredrikstad, it is time to travel home. If you want to extend your journey with an extra night, there are many nice cycle tours to choose from in the area.
Cancellation or change at least 24 hours in advance without charge.
Cancellation later than 24 hours in advance or no show will be charged with the full order amount.
The bicycle package is paid directly to the hotel on arrival.