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 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 two young children and a third on the way.
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, working for the Norwegian Peace Council and the United Nations Association of Norway.
Our Viking Warriors
Josh is the company 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 various capacities in both the city's forest and islands. Much of the website, maps and brochures have also been done by Josh, who is returning for his fifth season with the company.
Christian is company's chief mechanic who runs the Viking Biking bike repair workshop, open to the public for all types of repairs. He comes with a long background in bike repair at various shops in the Oslo region, and also works with some of the country's largest professional bike races like the Tour of Norway. A man of many talents, he also guides our Oslo Nature Walks on the islands and in the forest.
A master's student in Human Geography focusing on biking in Oslo, Ellinor is from the west coast of Norway, raised in a Norwegian-English family. She has worked in tourism for many years, including on her native island south of Bergen. Now in her second year with Viking Biking, Ellinor has yet to come to the shop without a big smile!
Ready for his third season of guiding, Patrick is a native who lives along the Akerselva River. He can guide in both native 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!
At home on both the sea and land, Silje brings a diverse tourism background to the company. She has spent numerous years guiding in Norway's artic north on the island of Svalbard, has run a guest house in the Norwegian countryside, and welcomed thousands of tourists on board the many ships and boats she has sailed along this amazing coastline. Silje currently lives with her husband on a houseboat docked in the Oslo Fjord!
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 a guide in Thailand, Canada and the mountains of southern Norway. With a master's degree in comparative outdoor living from the Norwegian Sports College, he is the perfect guide to show our customers active living in Oslo.
Growing up in an sporty family on the west side of Oslo, Anne is a perfect fit for Viking Biking and Oslo Active Tours. She previously worked as a climbing instructor and knows the best places to rock climb in the city's forest. Currently a student in Scotland, don't let her UK accent fool you as she is an Oslo native!
Tobias has covered nearly every corner of Norway: a tour guide in the far north in Hammerfest; 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. A native of Germany, Tobias is Viking Biking's primary guide for German language tours and is back for his forth season in 2018.
A native of Oslo, Nina has a passion for her home city ... so much, that she is currently pursuing her master's degree focused on the urban planning and development of Oslo. This city is contstantly growing, changing and expanding so if you are on tour with Nina, don't be shy to ask about any of the huge redevelopment projects currently underway and which we pass on many of our tours!