Photo: Kristin Westby


Cycling is permitted on private roads and trails in the lowlands, and anywhere in the mountains.

You can ride your bike wherever there is a right of public access. You may also cycle across fenced land on private roads and established paths leading to open country, although organized groups and commercial users are not allowed to do so. Just be sure that the road, path or terrain you are using is suitable for cycle traffic. Some greenbelt land, recreational areas and nature reserves may have special rules or even a complete ban on cycling. Check whether there are designated cycle routes and a cycling map of the area.

When cycling in open country, remember:

  • to avoid areas prone to erosion such as bogs and dry rock
  • that not all trails are suitable for bikes – choose those that are
  • to use trails that are less popular with hikers, in order to avoid arguments
  • to make sure you don’t disturb wildlife or livestock
  • to slow down when approaching and passing hikers
  • to use established rest areas and firepits, and to be especially careful around fire
  • not to pitch a tent close to an inhabited house or cabin (no closer than 150 m/500 ft unless local bylaws provide otherwise)
  • to respect the interests of people who live and work in the countryside