There are over 1 000 tunnels in Norway. As a cyclist it is advisable to be aware of any tunnels along your route before you start your tour, and it is not always easy to spot the tunnels on a map. It is also important to check that the information you read is up-to-date since the road systems changes and new tunnels pops up. Most tunnels is found along the coastline, and undersea tunnels replaces ferries more and more.
A good advice to find up-to-date information about tunnels in Norway is to check the online map from Cycletourer. This map is updated with information from volunteers, and provide good information about length, lightning and if it is allowed and/or suitable for cyclists or not. The color coding makes the map easy to get a quick overview.
Green tunnel: ok for cycling.
Yellow tunnel: allowed for cycling, but can be challenging.
Red tunnel: not allowed for cycling – alternative transportation is necessary.
White tunnel: little or no info about the tunnel.
Example of alternative transportation
- Alternative road
- Bus transportation
If you need to cycle in a tunnel – remember…
- To use a reflective vest.
- To have lights on the bike. Make sure they are bright and provide good light in front of the bicycle since a lot of tunnels can be very dark.
- To bring enough clothes. Tunnels can be surprisingly cold.
- That sounds are magnified and traffic noise can seem scary.
- That there may be a lot of vehicle fumes and poor ventilation in the tunnels, this may feel unpleasant.
Some tunnels have a button outside which can be pushed before cycling in to give a signal to the drivers that there is a cyclist in the tunnel.
The Norwegian Roads Authority decides which tunnels are prohibited to cycle through.
Photo: Visit Norway