Norway Bike Tour and Culinary Experience
Norway Bike Tour and Culinary Experience
Norway Bike Tour and Culinary Experience
Norway Bike Tour and Culinary Experience
Norway Bike Tour and Culinary Experience
Norway Bike Tour and Culinary Experience
Norway Bike Tour and Culinary Experience
Norway Bike Tour and Culinary Experience
Norway Bike Tour and Culinary Experience
Norway Bike Tour and Culinary Experience

Norway - Trail to Table

from US$4,362

The adventure starts in Bergen, one of the major Hanseatic cities in Europe and a UNESCO world heritage city. An amazing boat ride takes you to Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, one of the world’s most magnificent travel destinations. As part of the fascinating fjord landscapes you’ll see impressive waterfalls, ... Read More

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  • Difficulty
    Moderate: 2/5
  • Tour Type
    Guided Bike Hike Foodie Tour 8N
  • Availability
    2019 June 1-June 9; June 29 - July 7 (Private departures available)
  • Duration
    8 Nights / 9 Days
  • Distance
    Bike: 40km/day | Hike: 10km/day

Day 1: Arrival Bergen

The trip starts on the coast in the vibrant town of Bergen. We recommend flying into Bergen and from the airport, we will transfer you to your hotel. Time to explore Bergen! This vibrant and historic city is Norway’s second largest and has so much to offer, including its most famous site, Bryggen. The wooden buildings on Bergen's iconic wharf are reflections of its history in the Hanseatic League. Be sure to visit the lively fish market, St. Mary's Church, The Hanseatic Museum and Bergenhus, where the oldest structure on the site, Håkon's Hall, dates back to 1250 and was a royal residence during the Middle Ages. From the top of the famous Mount Fløyen, you can enjoy a bird's eye view of the city from 1049 feet above.

Meals: dinner
Highlights: Bergen city exploration, Mount Fløyen
Overnight: Bergen

Comfort Hotel Holberg


Bergen

Comfort Hotel Holberg

Open Parking '; Pets Allowed '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Mini-Bar '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Restaurant ';
Norway Bike Tour and Culinary Experience

Norway Bike Tour and Culinary Experience

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Day 2: Bergen by Bike - traveling to Balestrand by boat

After breakfast, we pick up the bikes at Bryggen. As we cycle, we pass and have the opportunity to visit several of the city’s attractions. After biking, we take a boat to the western islands before entering Sognefjorden, whose glacier waters reflect snow-covered majestic mountains. You’ll admire the small and charming communities nestled along the side of the fjord and the many waterfalls cascading into its waters. Arrival to Balestrand at 20.30.

You’ll stay at the historic Kvikne's Hotel (1870,) with its imposing façade facing the fjord. We recommend cycling along the fjord on what is called King Bele's Road. Here you’ll see a number of historical residences built in the dragon style, another popular architectural style from the same period, and common to many of the artists that flocked to the area. Many of these houses are well-preserved today and represent Scandanavia’s largest concentration of dragon-style houses.

Meals: breakfast, dinner
Distance; 14 km / 9 miles cycling
Highlights: Bryggen, Bergenhus fortress, Old Bergen Museum, Mount Fløyen, Nordnes, coastal boat & Sognefjorden
Overnight: Balestrand

Kviknes Hotel


Balestrand

Kviknes Hotel

Kviknes Hotel's traditions of hospitality go right back to 1752. The Kvikne family, which owns the hotel today, took over in 1877. Kviknes is a modern hotel with old-world charm and atmosphere and with 190 guest rooms is one of the most traditional hotels in Norway. The hotel is graced with an extensive collection of artworks and antiques, which give it its special style. The hotel is placed in beautiful Norwegian national romantic scenery. The list of prominent guests is a long one. Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany was a frequent guest in Balestrand. Royalty, emperors, presidents, prime ministers, film stars and artists from many countries can be found on the guest list.

Open Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Handicap Accessible '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';
Norway Bike Tour and Culinary Experience

Norway Bike Tour and Culinary Experience

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Day 3: Balestrand - Hiking Raudmelen

After breakfast, we head out to follow the well-marked red route to Raudmelen. With many glorious scenic overlooks along the way, the path features good stopping points for photos or resting. At the top, we are rewarded with fantastic views over Balestrand and the majestic Sognefjord. It is 2.5 to 3 hours up depending on stops. We carry our lunch and enjoy a picnic at the top. It is also possible to bike to the start of the hike, and there are plenty of options to take shorter routes in case of bad weather or for other reasons. Cider tasting and dinner at the Ciderhuser Ciderhuset.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, cider tasting & dinner
Distance: 8.5 km / 5.5 miles hiking
Highlights: hiking with beautiful views of fjords and mountains, picnic and cider tasting
Overnight: Balestrand

Kviknes Hotel


Balestrand

Kviknes Hotel

Kviknes Hotel's traditions of hospitality go right back to 1752. The Kvikne family, which owns the hotel today, took over in 1877. Kviknes is a modern hotel with old-world charm and atmosphere and with 190 guest rooms is one of the most traditional hotels in Norway. The hotel is graced with an extensive collection of artworks and antiques, which give it its special style. The hotel is placed in beautiful Norwegian national romantic scenery. The list of prominent guests is a long one. Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany was a frequent guest in Balestrand. Royalty, emperors, presidents, prime ministers, film stars and artists from many countries can be found on the guest list.

Open Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Handicap Accessible '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';
Norway Bike Tour and Culinary Experience

Norway Bike Tour and Culinary Experience

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Day 4: Balestrand - Cycling Balestrand - Menes

After breakfast, we leave Balestrand by bike to discover other small “arms” of the Sognefjord. Just before Dragsvik we can visit the historic Arboretum, which covers an area of about five acres, stretching from the road to the fjord. The collection is unique and is a great place for a refreshment break and a swim in the fjord. The views and water here are divine! From here, we pay a visit to the local salmon smoker, Mr. Inge Menes, for a taste of the most delicious smoked fish we have ever tasted.

Next, we continue along quiet roads beside the fjord, passing mountains, picturesque farms and hamlets along the way. All day you will enjoy wide and wonderful views of the fjord with different peaks and valleys coming into view as we go along. Arriving in Menes, we enjoy a picnic lunch before heading back to Balestrand the same way we came. If desired, it’s also possible to book a transfer or a boat ride back to Balestrand (cost depends on number of people.) Back in Balestrand, we enjoy another fine dinner in the Kviknes Hotel.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Distance: 60 km / 37 miles cycling
Highlights: Esefjorden, smoked salmon tasting, Lunde Arboretum, Menes
Overnight: Balestrand

Kviknes Hotel


Balestrand

Kviknes Hotel

Kviknes Hotel's traditions of hospitality go right back to 1752. The Kvikne family, which owns the hotel today, took over in 1877. Kviknes is a modern hotel with old-world charm and atmosphere and with 190 guest rooms is one of the most traditional hotels in Norway. The hotel is graced with an extensive collection of artworks and antiques, which give it its special style. The hotel is placed in beautiful Norwegian national romantic scenery. The list of prominent guests is a long one. Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany was a frequent guest in Balestrand. Royalty, emperors, presidents, prime ministers, film stars and artists from many countries can be found on the guest list.

Open Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Handicap Accessible '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';
Norway Bike Tour and Culinary Experience

Norway Bike Tour and Culinary Experience

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Day 5: Balestrand - Hafslo, Cycling Leikanger - Sogndal

Today we enter the inner part of Sognefjorden and take the ferry from Balestrand to Leikanger, with our bikes in tow. Sogn is the oldest fruit growing area in Norway. If you visit the area in the spring, all the fruit trees are in blossom, and We will visit our friends that have the award-winning, northern most winery in all of the world! We will sample the delicious and unique wines, take in the views of the orchard, vines and surrounding gardens, while enjoying some delicious and fresh, local food over lunch.

We will then bike Sogndal, where there are shops and cafes, before either biking or driving to Hafslo to your historic hotel, the Walaker. You cycle along Barsnesfjorden and when it ends, you will see Hafslo, beautifully situated on the lake of Hafslo. The last 2 km from Galden to Hafslo is on a bike path.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Distance: 25 or 44 km / 16 or 27 miles cycling
Highlights: cycling through fruit regions, fjord views, traditional lunch & dinner
Overnight: Hafslo

BesteBakken Hotel


Hafslo

BesteBakken Hotel

BesteBakken is located in the heart of Luster in Sogn og Fjordane. The place is created and built around the original Bestestova in Bakken, majestically placed high up on the hillside overlooking the entire Hafslo. Here lived Ola Alme.

Closed Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Internet Access '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Restaurant ';
Norway Bike Tour and Culinary Experience

Norway Bike Tour and Culinary Experience

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Day 6: Hafslo - Molden, Hiking Molden

After breakfast we depart by bike and ride to the trailhead. After following the trail and a little uphill, we reach Svarthiller, with its spectacular view over the fjord towards Ornes on the other side. Leaving Svarthiller, the path turns and winds its way past steep crags before leveling out at the top of Molden, at 1116 m above sea level. Molden is described as "the finest viewpoint of the Sognefjord," with its panoramic view of the fjord arms and the high mountains that you can admire from the top. We will take a break in the stone cabin at the top, where we take in the amazing views over our well-earned picnic lunch. We then head back to our hotel to relax and enjoy another delicious dinner.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Distance: 7 km cycling & 8 km hiking / 4 miles cycling & 5 miles hiking
Highlights: cycling & hiking to Svarthiller, amazing views, Molden, picnic lunch
Overnight: Hafslo

BesteBakken Hotel


Hafslo

BesteBakken Hotel

BesteBakken is located in the heart of Luster in Sogn og Fjordane. The place is created and built around the original Bestestova in Bakken, majestically placed high up on the hillside overlooking the entire Hafslo. Here lived Ola Alme.

Closed Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Internet Access '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Restaurant ';
Norway Bike Tour and Culinary Experience

Norway Bike Tour and Culinary Experience

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Day 7: Cycling Hafslo - Solvorn - Skjolden

Today we cycle down to idyllic Solvorn, where we take a ferry over to Urnes to visit Urnes Stave Church, a UNESCO-protected property. Stave churches are Norway’s most important contribution to European cultural heritage. From the church you can enjoy a great view of Solvorn, beautifully situated in the fjord landscape. We leave Urnes via small roads along Lusterfjorden, the innermost arm of the Sognefjord. About half way through the ride, we pass the impressive 218 m high Feigumfossen Waterfall. Admire the view from the road and have a swim in the fjord or take the 40-minute walk up for a closer look and cool-off. Continuing on, we arrive in Skjolden, the far end of the Sognefjord. Time to enjoy a drink on the terrace of the hotel or have a swim at the beach!

This evening, we are making our own Norwegian 3 course dinner. Right by the historic Dale stone church, dating back to the 17th century and adjacent to the fjord, the views are spectacular. We will divide into small groups and make typical Norwegian food. In particular, you will learn to make Norwegian “flatbrød” – flat bread that have been an important ingredient in Norway for centuries. On the flat bread we put different things, meat, fish or cheese with our without rømme – the Norwegian sour cream. The main dish will be fish or meat – with potatoes. Since we are in the most northern fruit growing area in Europe, we will prepare a very special, traditional cake with seasonal fruit!

Meals: breakfast, dinner
Distance: 6 km / 4 miles ride
Highlights: Solvorn, Urnes Stave Church, waterfall, picnic, Dale church, "hands on" traditional dinner
Overnight: Skjolden

Skjolden Hotel


Skjolden Hotel

It is said that Skjolden got the first guesthouse in 1818, run by Rudolf Kramer. Since then it went through several hands before family Galde owned and ran the place from around 1908 to 2013. The hotel was in a period owned by an investor before Aslak and Siri Dalehaug bought it in 2015. During the fall and winter 2015 / 16 the hotel has received a substantial refurbishment to create a new and modern touch.

Air Conditioning '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Internet Access ';
Norway Bike Tour and Culinary Experience

Norway Bike Tour and Culinary Experience

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Day 8: OPTION: Skjolden - Jostedalen - Gaupne/Marifjøra, Hiking to the glacier

OPTIONAL DAY:
In the morning, we drive to Jostedalen. It’s about a 45 minute walk to the front of the glacier and you can visit the Breheimsenter (see below) either before or after. It’s also possible to take the boat across the lake in front of the glacier (cost 67 NOK pr person.) You may also arrange (in advance) a hike on the glacier. The Breheimsenter is an authorized National Park Centre for Breheimen and Jostedalsbreen National Parks. These two National Parks have 9 of the 30 largest glaciers in Norway, with Jostedalsbreen being the largest, at 474 km2. The Breheimsenter has an interactive exhibition that covers Jostedalen, Jostedalsbreen & Breheimen National Parks and focuses on climate and glaciers. Transfer to the hotel in Sogndal for our last night and dinner by the fjord. We strongly recommend a stroll on the fjord path after dinner!

Meals: breakfast, dinner
Highlights: Breheimsenter glacier visit, dinner with beautiful fjord views
Overnight: Hofslund

Hofslund Fjord Hotel


Hofslund Fjord Hotel

Hofslund Fjord Hotel is located in the center of Sogndal and is a family-run hotel from 1912. It is now the fourth generation of hosts who welcome you. Most rooms have fjord views and a balcony. The hotel has its own garden, outdoor swimming pool, jetty and rowing boats. From the garden you can enjoy the beautiful view of the Sognefjord.

Swimming Pool '; Air Conditioning '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Internet Access ';
Norway Bike Tour and Culinary Experience

Norway Bike Tour and Culinary Experience

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Day 9: Departure

Departure after breakfast, returning as a group via the fast boat to Bergen. This ticket is included in the tour. From Bergen you can fly out directly or connect through Oslo. Ask us for extra nights or help with stop overs; we are happy to help you coordinate and extend your stay in this beautiful country!

Meals: breakfast

Norway Bike Tour and Culinary Experience

Norway Bike Tour and Culinary Experience

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

• 1 night in Bergen, Comfort Hotel Holberg
• 3 nights in Balestrand, Kviknes Hotell
• 2 nights in Hafslo, BesteBakken Hotel
• 1 night in Skjolden
• 1 night in Sogndal
• Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Bergen
• Transfers; from Sogndal to Hafslo, From Skjolden to Jostedalen and the glacier, and from
Jostedalen glacier to Sogndal.
• 5 picnic lunches without drinks, served outside with local products
• Lunch without drinks in Henjatunet in Leikanger, 2 courses and welcome cider
• 8 dinners without drinks, in a restaurant in Bergen, 2 buffet dinners in Kviknes Hotel, 1
dinner in Ciderhuset in Balestrand, 2 in BesteBakken, and 1 in Skjolden Hotel. 1 dinner in
a private place.
• Cooking course with dinner included
• Bike rentals in Bergen
• Entrance to Mount Fløyen cablecar in Bergen
• Fast boat ticket; Bergen - Balestrand, Balestrand - Leikanger and back to Bergen from Sogndal
• Bikes along the fjord, bike is equipped with light, rear rack with one bag, lock and helmet.
• Salmon tasting
• Cider tasting
• Entrance to Urnes stave church
• Entrance to the glacier center Jostedalen
• Guide and picnic cook/driver
• Luggage transfer

Lodging

Accommodation: Deluxe 3 and 4 star hotels. All accommodations include private bathroom and a variety of other services. Hotels included:
- Night 1: Hotel Holberg*** Bergen
- Nights 2,3 and 4: Kviknes Hotel**** Balestrand
- Nights 5 and 6: Bestebakken Hotel B&B Hafslo
- Night 7: Skjolden Hotel**** Sognefjord
- Night 8: Hofslund Fjord Hotel*** Sogndal

** Please see Itinerary tab for more information **
Prices
Norway Trail to Table - Land of the Fjords
Double Occupancy based on minimum 6 participants:
36350 NOK;/person (approx $4362 US)
Single Supplement:
3688 NOK;/person (approx $450US)
Rates are based on minimum of 6 participants.
for groups of more than 8 contact us for rates.


Private departures available: Contact us with your dates and we will send a quote.

Hybrid Bike Rentals are included. See the Bikes and Gear tab for details.



The Pure Adventures Difference
Pure Adventures is a premier, boutique biking and hiking tour operator that offers private, custom, independent and guided travel in Europe, Asia, South and North America. We specialize in hand crafted travel for couples, families and groups who want active, immersive and meaningful experiences with their family and friends. Our travel experiences are customized around outdoor activities including: cycling, hiking, water sports, trail running, mountain biking and more.

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Tour Details

Tour Highlights:
- The Hanseatic city of Bergen
- Boat ride through Sognefjorden to Balestrand
- Dragon style artists houses
- Picnic lunches overlooking the fjords
- Cider tasting
- Smoked Salmon tasting
- Farm to table lunch
- Esefjorden, the most painted of the fjords
- Hiking to the top of Molden with fantastic views of the fjords
- Feigumfossen waterfall
- Hiking to a glacier (option to hike on the glacier, but must be booked in advance)
- The Breheimsenter, the national park center for Breheimen and Jostedalsbreen National Parks, which contain 9 of the 30 largest glaciers in Norway
- Cooking class for learning authentic Norwegian cuisine, dinner included

Arrival Info: Participants can fly directly into Bergen or transfer in Oslo and come by air or train from there. Norwegian Airlines has well known low fares that travel directly to Bergen from key international cities. Once you arrive in Bergen, we will transfer you to the first hotel. We are happy to help with stop overs in Oslo or other cities, please inquire.

Need to Know:
- This is a guided 8 night, 9 day tour. Open departures are shown but Private Group departures are always possible. Please contact us to know more.
- this tour is multi sport with both cycling and hiking; glacier walking possible
- good hiking shoes recommended, but minimal cycling gear necessary; we recommend functional fitness wear

Duration: 9 days / 8 nights
This is a guided trip with support transportation included. Specific departure dates are available for individuals and couples to book into. Private groups of 6 or more can request custom dates. - please inquire

Level: Level 3 Moderate; cycling is rated as easy, hiking as moderate, all activities require some experience

Dates: June 1 - 9, 2019 and June 29 - July 7, 2019. This is a guided tour with pricing on these departures based on 6 participants minimum. A departure can go with as few as 4 with a supplemental fee added. Note this tour has a short season; custom departures are available between June 1 and September 15. Custom guided groups are possible for groups of 6 or more; Make it Custom - Tell us your Wishes

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Why Pure Adventures
As a premier boutique biking and hiking tour operator that offers private, custom, independent and guided travel in Europe, Asia, South and North America, we specialize in hand crafted travel for couples, families and groups who want active, immersive and meaningful experiences with their family and friends. Our travel experiences are customized around outdoor activities including: cycling, hiking, water sports, trail running, mountain biking and more.

Local Coordinator

Merete and Yngvar:
Merete: your guide leader and trip support contact on the ground throughout this trip, Merete is from the region and knows it so well! "After a degree in marketing, I have spent the last ten years working with cycle tourism, ensuring quality and great service for biking enthusiasts. My greatest wish is for you to discover how wonderful it is to travel alongside the Sognefjord by bike and really have time to see the fjord landscape at it´s best"

Reviews

June 2019: The biking and hiking tour was fabulous – and I mean that. If there is a more delightful way to experience Norway, learn about its food and culture, and meet friendly Norwegians in 9 days ---- I can’t imagine what it would be. Our local guide and her crew did everything possible to make our vacation memorable. Bergen is a beautiful and historic town and we arrived when the rhododendrons were blooming and the city was holding a cultural festival. We were glad we had arrived a few days early to enjoy the parks and museums. Transport by bike and ferry worked very well and the boat ride from Bergen to Balestrand was very scenic despite the rain. This corner of Norway is very rainy but has the waterfalls and vast meadows of spring flowers to show for it. We saw 25 species of flowers and many birds we were not familiar with. Our guide helped us identify them, thereby greatly expanding our introduction to Norwegian flora and fauna. Since she grew up on a farm on Sognefjord she knows everything and everybody. The cooking class with her family and friends was delightful and I now have a totally unique recipe for strawberry rhubarb pie!

The hotels/B&Bs were carefully selected. We particularly enjoyed the historic Kviknes and the Bestebakken Hotels. In both we had a beautiful room overlooking the fjord and the dinners were memorable. All the food – what picnics!-- was fresh and skillfully prepared. We literally ate farm to table meals and met the farmers, fisherfolk and cider maker as well as her mother who is a champion flat bread maker. The salmon, shrimp, langoustine, cod and hake were fresh and delicious. I have not tasted better. The hikes were rewarding because of the fantastic views over the fjord. They are short, but steep, so boots with some ankle support are a bonus. The bike rides were scenic and well paced, and on low traffic roads. We were generally able to ride around tunnels on a secondary bypass road except in one case when we cycled into Skjolden through 2 unlit tunnels. Merete provided bike lights and reflective vests but we were glad to have brought headlamps to see better. You might want to suggest future clients bring headlamps.

All in all -- the care taken to craft and execute this itinerary and make every day informative, surprising and enjoyable was exceptional. I honestly cannot think of anything to improve that you would have control over. Thanks to Pure Adventures for offering this tour. It really is a one-of-a-kind experience!
Rental Bike Available: Scott Sub Cross 45


Our vehicle of choice is a sporty hybrid bike model from Scott. Keeping the weight down and the comfort level high, we aim to give you a nice riding position and an easy way of getting on and off. This bike works well on the road as well as gravel surfaces. The bikes are fitted with a lock-out suspension fork and hydraulic disc brakes to make sure you stop in all weather conditions. Our bikes are regularly maintained and well-looked after. We offer hybrid bikes in different sizes with bags, lights, luggage rack, kickstand and reflective panels.

Overview:
- Frame - SUB Cross aluminium frame
- Fork - Suntour NEX-HLO with 63 mm travel and lock out
- Derailleur - Shimano Alivio 27
- Brakes - Tektro hydraulic disc brakes
- Handlebar and stem - Syncros
- Rims - Syncros X - 39 disc
- SIZES: Small - Xtra large

Hybrid bikes included in the tour rate.

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