Stage 1

Årnes – Sarpsborg

20th of May 2015
Total distance stage: 182 km




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Centrally located, near Oslo and the country’s main airport, is one of the largest agricultural municipalities in Norway, Nes. The countryside here has been cultivated for generations and the area is often referred to as ”The Nordic Tuscany”. This is where Norway’s two largest rivers, the Glomma and the Vorma, meet, giving rich opportunities for fishing, bathing and recreation.

The central town of the area, Årnes, was established with the building of the railway line to Stockholm in the 1860’s. About 4,000 people now live in Årnes and the area has a total population of 21,000. Both the town and the municipality are growing rapidly and a large increase in the population is expected in the years to come.

A large number of people commute to Oslo, Lillestrøm and Jessheim, as well as the national airport at Gardemoen for work. Agriculture is the largest industry in the area and there is a growing focus on green industry with the construction of one of Europe’s largest plants for the production of biogas from household waste.

There are many sports and cultural activities in Nes. Possibilities are many, the activity level is high and we have many talented people. For instance we can mention that 3 of the 4 on this year’s winning relay team in the junior World Skiing Chapionships came from Nes.

On the headland where the two large rivers meet stand the ruins of Nes church. This headland has given the area its name Nes,
and has been important since Viking times. The well-preserved ruins of the old church are what remains of the church built in the 1100’s.

Further south along the river Glomma is the old farm Store Hvam. This was one of the richest farms in the larger area of Romerike and its history can be traced back for many generations. People have farmed here for 1500 years. North along the Vorma we find the lock at Svanefoss, enabling boats to travel from the rivers up to the great lake, Mjøsa.

Stein school, or The Fairytale School, as it is called, is beautifully and playfully decorated by some of Norway’s foremost artists in the 1930’s. The school was greatly influenced by Henrik Wergeland, a leading pioneer in the development of Norwegian literature and culture. In the school we find the artist Reidar Aulie’s painting of Henrik Wergeland on his horse.

In adition to boating on the rivers, the great forests which stretch toward the Swedish border provide almost unlimited possibilities for camping and canoing with their numerous lakes both large and small. The Halden watercourse and channel systems along the Swedish border start in this area. Nes also has two 18 hole golf courses, one at Hvam and the other at Vormsund.

Welcome to Nes!


Hvam, gamle hvam, åker


Sarpsborg has 54 000 inhabitants and is the tenth largest Norwegian city. It ́s centrally located in the heart of Østfold, with good communication links to Europe and the rest of Norway.

We have growing businesses, great living facilities and beautiful scenic surroundings both by the coast and in the inland. We also have the largest waterfall in North of Europe, measured in water flow.

Sarpsborg is founded by St. Olav and thus the country ́s third oldest. In 2016 we will celebrate our millennial birthday by hosting a yearlong jubilee, highlighting everything from our Viking past to our promising future.

Sarpsborg is rich on culture, sports and history. We look forward to welcoming Tour of Norway to our city of optimism, vitality, growth and change.

Welcome to Sarpsborg!


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