Norway Fjords Cycling

Trip Length 7 Days
Group Size 6-16
Difficulty
Starting from
$4,999 for REI Members
$5,499 for non-members
Departures Jun 2020-Aug 2020

With majestic fjords, cascading waterfalls and Viking-era villages, this is an ideal landscape for an unforgettable cycling adventure.

Discover Norway?s legendary Fjordland by bike. Rendezvous in Voss, the adventure capital of Norway, where we ride past the rushing waterfalls and serene lakes. Next, we visit the Hardangerfjord region, which offers Norwegian nature at its best. More than just fjords, this area contains abundant waterfalls, lakes, mountains and fruit farms. Overnight at charming hotels in the quaint fjord-side villages of Utne and Rosendal, and enjoy the fresh farm-to-table cuisine. Wander through local apple orchards tasting delicious cider. Ferries crisscross the fjord, so we hop on board with our bikes and cruise toward some of the region?s best cycling routes. We cycle past small farms and the crystal-clear fjord waters to the quaint village of Herand, famous for its boat building. Bike across the famous Hardangerfjord suspension bridge, high above fjord-side villages, and join the Norwegians for a cold-water swim in the deep blue fjord! When the roads end, there?s a ferry waiting to?carry us to our next beautiful destination.

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Trip Highlights

  • Scenic ferry rides deliver us to the best cycling around Hardangerfjord
  • Overnight in the quaint fjord-side villages of Utne and Rosendal
  • Bike across the Hardanger Bridge, Norway?s longest suspension bridge
  • Ride to Ulvik for a farm tour and cider tasting
  • All the fjords, mountains, waterfalls, glaciers and orchards you can dream of

Activities

This trip is rated Moderate [3]. Trip members should be experienced cyclists in good physical condition, capable of riding on a variety of surfaces including paved and gravel bike paths, city streets with vehicle traffic, country back roads and through mountain tunnels. You should have cycling experience that includes shifting gears, braking, riding in groups and riding safety. You should be capable of cycling up to 42 miles per day (4?6 hours per day) without major discomfort over rolling terrain and some steeper hills. Vehicle support will be available throughout the trip when needed. E-bikes are available but must be requested in advance.

  • Cycling

What's Included

Double occupancy hotel accommodations on 6 nights; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; professional guides; private vehicle transportation within Norway; ferry transportation throughout trip; 24-speed hybrid or road bike or E-bike; one group airport transfer on Day 7 plus drop off at central downtown Bergen location.

Accommodations

Hotel, 6 nights

Your wheels for the journey

Every great tour begins with a great bike, and our top-flight fleet has been carefully curated for your cycling adventure.

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Your Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Voss, the gateway to the fjords

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'

Day 2

Voss biking?waterfalls, lake views and traditional farms

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'

Day 3

Day 3: Cycle to the fjords and the charming village of Utne

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'

Day 4

Hardanger Bridge, cider tasting and ferry hopping

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

Day 5

Eastern shores of the fjord, historic villages, family farms and harbors

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

Day 6

Charming village of Strandebarm and dinner in a 17th-century manor house

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

Day 7

Breakfast in Rosendal and farewell

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

Gear List

This gear list has been created to help you choose the best equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary, as this will help you and the field staff. The weather and other conditions at the time of your arrival will dictate what clothing and equipment you will be required to use each day and what (if anything) can be left behind. It may be a necessary precaution that you bring certain items on the list, even if it is uncertain whether or not they will be needed.

Collection of selected R E I Co-op cycling merchandise and snacks laid out to pack for a bike tour

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