After hiking and biking dozens of countries, the founders of Viking Biking and Oslo Active Tours had a vision of a more dynamic way to visit Oslo, one of the most active cities in the world. The inhabitants of this green city enjoy thousands of kilometers of hiking paths and ski trails in the city woods, hundreds of lakes surrounding the city and forty islands dotting the Oslo fjord. We think an active and green city deserves an active and green way to discover it! And our guides, trained in first aid from the Norwegian Red Cross, are the perfect locals to show you the real Oslo, full of endless opportunities for outdoor fun.
Our Viking Chieftans
From the east coast of the USA, Curtis first came to Europe in 1998 and since then has extensively biked around much of Western Europe. Before starting this company, he worked with the International Red Cross for many years. More importantly, that is how he met a Norwegian girl who is now his wife and together they have three young children.
Growing up in the American west, Ben spent weekends of his youth mountain biking. It was in 2006 in Geneva that Ben met Curtis and maintained their friendship across the Atlantic until he excitedly signed on to help launch from afar Viking Biking. Ben and his family now live near Washington D.C.
A guide with Viking Biking since the company launched, Tuva joined the company's Board of Directors in 2017. While not on her bike, Tuva is either making bike themed jewelry for the Viking Biking souvenir shop or making the world a better place, using her master's degree in Peace & Conflict Studies.
The Assistant Manager at Viking Biking, Josh is an expert in outdoor life and tourism in Oslo, with a master's degree in comparative outdoor living from the Norwegian Sports College and plenty of work experience in both the city's forest and islands. Much of the website, maps and brochures have been done by Josh, who is returning for his sixth season.
Christian is manager of the Viking Biking repair workshop, open to the public for all types of repairs. He comes with a long background in bike repair at shops in the Oslo region, and also works with some of the country's largest professional bike races like the Tour of Norway. Expect to see him on a bike tour too, as he is guiding for his third season in 2019.
Our Viking Warriors
Ready for his fourth season of guiding, Patrick is a native who lives along the Akerselva River. He can guide in perfectly fluent Norwegian and English, thanks to growing up in a bilingual household. Involved in singing, Patrick is known to break out in song during tour to share some funny or relevant song from Norway. Don't be shy to ask him to sing!
An international man of outdoor living, Shafiq has perhaps the most interesting background in the company. Raised in London with parents from Germany and Mauritius, he has worked as guide in Thailand, Canada, and of course throughout Scandinavia. Shafiq also has a master's degree in comparative outdoor living from the Norwegian Sports College in Oslo.
A local to the Oslo region, Bekka has extensive experience in outdoor guiding, both in Oslo and all around Scandinavia. While she holds a masters degree in Comparative Outdoor Living from the Norwegian Sports College, Bekka also has a real passion for the arts and all things creative.
Nino is a lover of the outdoors, and turned her passion into a profession. Much like Josh, Shafiq and Bekka, Nino has a master's degree in "comparative outdoor living" from the Norwegian Sports College. Her passion for nature brought her to Oslo, but love is what keeps her here as she is married to a Norwegian.
A man of many talents, Shane is bike mechanic, bike guide and marine biologist! Returning for his 4th season in 2019, Shane knows our main Oslo Highlights tour particularly well since the route goes past his apartment.
A marketing professional with a degree and extensive work experience in the field, Susana brings needed expertise to Viking Biking. But thanks to her time also working in Disney World in Florida, she has great tourism experience and will be guiding as well as working in back-office.
Tobias has covered nearly every corner of Norway: a tour guide north of the Artic circle; manager in a guest house in the stunning Lofoten islands; a network engineer bringing mobile phone coverage to the most remote areas of the country; an officially licensed Oslo tour guide here in the capital. 2019 will be Tobias' fifth season with Viking Biking.
Annika is a native of Germany, but has been studying in Oslo at the faculty of law both during her bachelor's and now in pursuit of her master's degree in International Public Law. While she may seem gentle and kind, always treat her with respect because Annika holds a black belt in the martial arts!
Just as likely to be seen on a surfboard as a bike, Leonardo is from Brazil but has owned his own surf shop in Spain in the past. Now in Oslo for the past couple of years to be with his young daughter, Leonardo brings his positive energy to Viking Biking every day.
A native of Italy but in Oslo due to love, Linda has extensive experience in tourism including work with Expedia and a masters degree of "Tourism Economics and Management". She will primarily be in a back-office role overseeing smooth administration, but expect to see her guiding from time-to-time too.
Orlaith got her first taste of guiding six years ago, and brings that experience to Viking Biking for her first summer season in 2019. A student finishing up her master's degree in international public law, she is known to commute to and from class on bike. When not on a bike, she is often volunteering her time to worthy causes like refugee English courses in Oslo, Amnesty International and the Red Cross.
Another member of Viking Biking in Oslo for love, Romek brings a diverse background to the company. He has organised and led study tours in his native UK, tended bar around Oslo, worked in trade unions and been a sound engineer for live music in Oslo. A real jack of all trades ready to show you a bit of everything in Oslo!
If you are looking for information about the bar and microbrewery scene in Oslo, then Niamh is the guide for you! With extensive work experience and education in wine and spirits, she can lead you to the hidden gems in this city. She'll be quick to recommend a concert venue or two also, as Niamh is a musician at heart who can play numerous instruments.