Out trip begins in Voss, Norway, the gateway to the fjords. We meet our cycling companions at our host hotel, an old restored farmhouse sitting above a beautiful lake. After a brief orientation with our guides, a short warm-up ride lets us make sure our bikes are fitted properly for the week. Enjoy a three-course meal as we get to know each other. Dinner included.
Cycling: 6 miles (1 hour, paved road), Elevation gain/loss: +150'/-150'
Our ride begins in Hordaland at Tvindefossen, a beautiful waterfall just outside Voss. We ride on a smooth rural road originally designed for horse and carriage use. We cycle past small farms around Lake Vangsvatnet, taking in the stunning views. As we follow the undulating road, our guides provide insight into the region?s history and culture. We stop in Voss for an early lunch, after which we can continue cycling around the lake or walk back up to our lodging. The ride around the lake is as popular with locals as it is with visitors, offering us an authentic day-in-the-life experience. We return to Voss with a short climb up to our accommodation. All meals included.
Cycling: 27 miles (4 hours, paved road), Elevation gain/loss: +2,150'/-1,950'
Today we head for the fjords. We begin with a gentle six-mile climb and a short break at Skjervsfossen Waterfall. This waterfall consists of two falls in succession, and drops?an impressive 452'. A steep switchback descent over 1.2 miles awaits us and we take our time riding down to the town of Granvin. After lunch, we bike to the fjords and take a scenic ferry ride to the tiny waterfront village of Utne. The ferry drops us off right at our hotel for the next two nights, one of Norway?s best-preserved wooden hotels with spectacular views of the fjords and mountains. All meals included.
Cycling: 28 miles (4?5 hours, paved road), Elevation gain/loss: +3,100'/-3,500'
After breakfast, we walk over to the dock and board the ferry to the village of Kinsarvik, standing on a glacier-formed ridge at the mouth of the Kinso River. We cross the famous Hardanger suspension bridge, offering amazing views of the fjord landscape. After 20 miles we stop at an Ulvik cider farm for a tour, cider tasting and lunch. The Hardangerfjord region is famous for their fruit and delicious ciders. Afterwards, continue cycling over the Espelands road to Kvandal where a ferry takes us back to our hotel for the night. All meals included.
Cycling: 42 miles (5?7 hours, paved road), Elevation gain/loss: +5,158'/-6,207'; Shorter option available
Today we cycle from our hotel to the quaint and historic village of Herand. We bike through the heart of the region?s fruit production, with small farms and fruit trees on both sides of the fjord before we reach the harbor. Boats were being built in this harbor for thousands of years before the Viking Era, and through the nineteenth century it was one of the most important boat building sites in Norway. Time allowing, we visit the boatbuilding museum or a restored general store dating back to the 1500s. After lunch, we continue cycling to Jondal, part of the Folgefonna peninsula, with views dropping in and out of the forest and the fjord. In the afternoon we check into our hotel in beautiful Rosendal at the mouth of the Hardangerfjord. All meals included.
Cycling: 23 miles (3?4 hours, paved road), Elevation gain/loss: +1,794'/-1,815'; Van transfer: 1 hour
The Rosendal ferry takes us over to the village of T�rvikbygd, with the region?s distinct red and white homes hugging the shoreline. From there we bike to Mundheim through the charming village of Strandebarm, filled with wooden houses and pine-tree forests. We continue by the fjords to Hatlestrand, where we stop to enjoy our self-packed lunch along the fjord. We hop back on the ferry to the other side of the fjord, then bike back to our lodging in Rosendal.?Head down to the beach for one last chance to swim in the fjord or kick back until dinner time. Later this evening, we meet up at our hotel for a short walk to a 17th-century manor house with a lovely Renaissance garden. While enjoying our farewell dinner we share a toast to the wonders of Norway and our new friends. All meals included.
Cycling: 35 miles (5?7 hours, paved road), Elevation gain/loss: +5,355?/-5,311'; Van transfer: 1 hour; Shorter option available
After breakfast we depart Rosendal by van, heading for downtown Bergen and the Bergen airport. We arrive around 11:30am and all departing flights should be scheduled for 2pm or later. You could also stay to enjoy beautiful Bergen and continue exploring Norway. Breakfast included.
Van transfer: 2.5 hours