There are over 1000 road tunnels in Norway (we currently have 1062 marked on our map). As Norway improves it's road system there are more opening each year.
Some tunnels are often long (up to 24km), narrow and many are unlit. In one tunnel it was so dark even with reasonable lights and a head torch I got quite disorientated especially after being blinded by the lights of the on coming traffic and this coupled with the traffic noise which seems to be magnified 10 times this can make for a quite scary experience and not for the inexperienced rider!
Some of the tunnels are prohibited for cyclists by the Statens vegvesen the Norwegian roads authority due to various reasons, the amount of heavy traffic on the road, the length of the tunnel or the potential to fill with carbon monoxide from vehicle fumes due to poor ventilation.
A lot of the newer tunnels are an improvement to the old road and quite often the old road is the alternative route for cyclists which can be a nice respite from the traffic and usually much more scenic than the tunnel, although it might be a slightly longer route.
Some tunnels have 'Syklist i tunnel' warning lights outside to warn vehicles that there are cyclists in the tunnel. Look out for them and remember to push the button to activate them!
However not all need caution to ride through. The map below shows the location of the Norwegian tunnels that we know of that are banned to cyclists. It also shows the tunnels that are open to cyclists with comments from the contributors that have cycled through them.
Each of the markers on the map below indicates a tunnel, if you click on the marker
an information window will pop up. Some of the tunnels have photos and if you click on the thumbnail image a larger photo will appear in a separate window.
|Tunnels open to cyclists and considered to be OK to cycle through.||Tunnels open to cyclists but caution required.||Tunnels officially prohibited to cyclists by the Statens vegvesen.||Tunnel that we know of but we currently have no information on it.|
Contributing to the Tunnel Map
If you have additional information about any tunnels then please complete one of the following forms :
For additional comments
on tunnels that are
already on the map.
For reporting new
tunnels that are not
on the map.
Watch our HD Video which shows how to get the best out of the tunnel map including 'Street view' where you can virtually cycle through the tunnels.
If you would like to view the map to the full size of your screen please use this version here.
If you want to use the tunnel map whilst you are in Norway on tour you might find it useful to use this version here which will centre the map on your smartphone or tablet to your current location. You will need to click OK to allow the map to use your current location.
Norwegian Tunnel Database
The Norwegian Tunnel map runs from a database which we have put together with the grateful help of the contributors mentioned below.
You can search the database for tunnels by road number on our tunnels search page.
Norwegian Tunnel POI file
The Norwegian Tunnel map database is also available as a POI (points of interest) file† which can easily be loaded into a Garmin GPS as a Custom POI file. You will need to use the Garmin POI Loader software available here.
There are several databases in the Tunnel map POI file that correspond to the traffic light colour scheme used to denote the type of tunnel.
Each tunnel has a basic description of the tunnel.
It uses the format [name]. [road no.], [tunnel length], [open or closed to cyclists], [lit or unlit], [Comment], [alt. route].
The Tunnel map POI file is available for download as a 111Kb zipped file. Inside the zipped file you will find the POI files in 2 formats csv and gpx depending on what format your GPS uses. To keep up to date with the changes in this file please subscribe to our RSS feed as any changes will be notified there. (File last updated on 10.7.2016)
†We have successfully loaded these POI files onto a Garmin gps but as the files are in gpx and csv format they could be imported into other mapping software and they will probably work with other makes of gps. Due to the Norwegian characters used in some the tunnel names you may find that once imported you may loose some or part of the tunnel names but you should find that the descriptions should be intact. Please let us know if you have any success or problems with these files on other makes of gps, please contact -
If you have an Android phone or tablet with the mapping app 'Locus Pro' installed you can import the tunnel map POI files to view the tunnels on the map screen. We have created a separate set of icons to use with Locus Pro. Once you have downloaded the zip file you will need to use a file manager app such as 'ES File Explorer' to move the zip file to the 'icons' folder in the 'Locus' folder on your phone or tablet. You can find a step by step explanation on how to do this on our 'Installing the Tunnels POI files onto Locus Map' page.
Norwegian Tunnel ebook file
The Norwegian Tunnel Map data is now available as an ebook file which you should be able to load into most ebook readers. This could be useful to anyone who takes an ebook reader with them on tour as you will be able to refer to the data as you plan your route each day.
So far we know this file will work on the following ebook readers:
- Kindle 3
- Kindle Fire HD
- Kindle Paperwhite
- Sony PRS-350
If you have successfully loaded this file on to another make or model of an ebook reader please let us know so we can add it to the list.
The ebook file is in 'pdf' format so if you have a smartphone with a 'pdf' reader app installed you should be able to read the file OK, included in the download is a version more suited to monochrome ebook readers.
The Tunnel Map Data ebook file is available for download as a 1Mb zipped file. To keep up to date with the changes in this file please subscribe to our RSS feed as any changes will be notified there. (File last updated on 25.06.2016)
Contributors to our Norwegian Tunnels Database
Many thanks to the following:
|*Brian & Karen||Jerry Webb||Mark||Olaf Schultz||Alastair Jenkins|
|Grelus||Stan & Damae||Otto Mayr||SLF||Lasse Meholm|
|Durrin||Anthony||Cycling Dude||Cycle tour leader||Andrew McGill|
|Liz & Bernard||Norman Atkinson||SatNavSaysStraightOn||PAL||Gunnar|
|Jim P||Markus||Igor Timoshin||Gu||Steve Selwood|
|Asger Yding Nielsen||meteor2017||PeterM||Bernd||mooncycler|
|Jon Erik Berg-Hansen||John C||SivL||Noel J||Mike Watson|
|Dany||Knut K||Trygve||Frank||Paul Baumann|
|Tomberli||Cristina and Alex||Lars V||htverlid||Stavanger resident|
|Hans Mispelaere||Tristan Bogaard||F. Sanfilippo||JMT||Jan T|
|Eirik Vassenden||Tina||Pascal Picquot||Hans van der Veeke||Downhill|
|Laurence Boye||Trond Gravem||SprengeMobil||Martin Brice||Walter Hoogerbeets|
* Special mention must be made to Brian and Karen of WheelBuddies for allowing us to use the tunnel information of the current banned tunnels from their web site and for providing the data in a very helpful spreadsheet format. The tunnel map would not be the same without their considerable input and encouragement.
Please note that this map, database and associated files are for guidance only to help someone in planning a tour in Norway, we hope that the information supplied by the contributors is given in good faith, however we as owners of this site cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies in the information contained on the map, database and associated files.