The event was first organized in 2005 with 70 participants and already by 2007 some 270 cyclists from 18 nations signed up. Like the professionals` Tour de France, the route is changed every year but will typically include several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and places popular with tourists such as Geiranger, Nærøyfjorden, Sognefjell, Sognefjord and Aurland.
Daily stage distances vary considerably from 70 to 170 kilometres, depending on ascent. During the seven days, well over 10 000 meter of ascent is conquered. Most stages are started with a non timed transport stretch where all riders of all classes ride together at an easy speed.