They say that the Golden Road takes eight minutes longer than driving around the main road…or a day, a week, a whole summer, a lifetime… In other words, perfect for anyone on a saddle and in holiday mode. In any case, you’ll want to set aside two days!
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When you land at Trondheim airport, Værnes , pick up your luggage and head straight for the northbound train at Værnes station.
“Rather than starting your cycling tour at the airport, we recommend that anybody wanting to do the Golden Road start their trip in Røra or Sparbu. We’ll meet you there with bikes, saddlebags, pump and map and offer to transport your luggage to your overnight accommodation,” says Anne Haga at Visit Innherred.
Food for history enthusiasts
Follow the road north and look upwards to catch sight of the first attraction, Mære church, a medieval church dating from the 1100s.
“There’s a lot to satisfy history enthusiasts in this region,” explains Haga, who recommends continuing the route around Borgenfjorden.
“Don’t forget to take a detour via Gangstad farm and cheese factory.
They make not only fantastic cheese but ice-cream as well! It’s important to top up your energy levels, and I recommend the liquorice ice-cream!”
House cats and lace curtains
Back to the pedals and the route continues on to Verdal Østre and Gulburet, a farm shop and cafe serving food and drink from its own bakery and brewery.
“This is a small intimate cafe suitable for a light lunch. They have invited the Glasslåven artists workshop into the yard, so this is a nice place to stop en route,” says Haga.
It’s no more than three kilometres from here to Straumen, the administrative centre of Inderøy. There are several places to stay here: Saga, Strømnes, Husfrua Gårdshotell and Jægtvolden Fjordhotell.
“It’s worth booking in advance as some of these only have a few rooms, which fill up quickly. If you’re planning a weekend trip, remember that summer is a popular time for weddings,” she points out.
Inderøy also offers private self-catered accommodation, under the collective name of Fuglekassen.
If you started your trip at Sparbu, you’ve now cycled about 20 kilometres.
Trøndelag’s top national dish
While you’re in Inderøy, make sure you try genuine Inderøy soup. “Many places have their own summer menus but Inderøy soup can be ordered with your accommodation in advance,” says Anne Haga. Restaurant Øyna is also recommended. As well as good food, you’ll enjoy a stupendous view.
“It sits on a plateau overlooking Inderøy and is perfect for relaxing and lowering your heart rate as you rest your eyes on the fjord and surrounding scenery.”
Breakfast followed by cultural nourishment
After enjoying a hearty breakfast, start the new day by rolling down to Straumen to visit the Nils Aas workshop and the Muustrøparken sculpture park.
“Nils Aas grew up in Straumen. Even though he was one of Norway’s most important sculptors, he didn’t want a museum named after him. So the workshop is more of an arena for activities and temporary exhibitions and a place for children to experiment with materials,” Haga explains.
The idyllic Muustrøparken, displaying pieces by Nils Aas, is right next door, with its splendid views of Straumen and the fjord. After this gentle start to the day, it’s time to get back in the saddle and steer a course out of Straumen towards the 30-kilometre stretch ahead.
The route goes back towards Gulburet, but this time you cross right over the peninsula and take the road down to Kjerknesvågen.
“You’ve cycled quite a good stretch by the time you get here so it’s a suitable point to relax and take some refreshment on the quay while admiring the sailing vessel ‘Pauline’,” says Haga.
Back to the start
The route continues along the main road to Berg Gård, which has a farm shop and offers light meals. If you’re touring with a group, you can also arrange an aquavit tasting.
“We started production last year – 116 years after genuine Inderøy aquavit was last tapped!” The route continues along highway 755 back to Straumen, after which the final leg goes along Borgenfjorden and up to Røra, finishing at Sparbu station.
“You might like to pop inside Røra Bakery – makers of crispbread – while you’re here. Have a taste of ‘skjenning’, which is normally eaten with our national dish, Inderøy soup. It’s a special crispbread that has a sweet side and should be eaten with the sweet side against the tongue,” Haga explains.
This is where you say goodbye to your bike as arranged and become reunited with your luggage, hopping on the train back to the airport.
“I can promise you two lovely, peaceful days of adventure and pleasurable meetings with hosts along the Golden Road. You’ll be taken good care of here,” Haga assures us.
“And if you’d prefer to lengthen your stay, just continue on the cycle route north to Steinkjer or south to Stiklestad National Culture Centre and further along the pilgrim’s way to Munkeby in Levanger. We can assist you with your holiday plan,” says Anne Haga of Visit Innherred in conclusion.
Photo at the top of article: Visit Innherred