Private self guided bike tour in Fjord Norway
Private self guided bike tour in Fjord Norway
Private self guided bike tour in Fjord Norway
Private self guided bike tour in Fjord Norway
Private self guided bike tour in Fjord Norway
Private self guided bike tour in Fjord Norway
Private self guided bike tour in Fjord Norway
Private self guided bike tour in Fjord Norway
Private self guided bike tour in Fjord Norway
Private self guided bike tour in Fjord Norway

Norway - Fjord Country Bike Tour

from US$1,877

Sognefjorden – The longest and deepest fjord, is one of the most magnificent travel destinations in Norway. Rich in culture, history and tradition, it is the perfect cycling destination. Explore the city of Bergen by bike, one of the major Hanseatic cities in Europe and great trade center throughout ages, ... Read More

  • Reviews
  • Difficulty
    Moderate: 2/5
  • Tour Type
    Self guided bike tour
  • Availability
    Available May 1 - September 30
  • Duration
    6 Nights / 7 Days
  • Distance
    38-64km/day

Day 1 | Arrival in Bergen

There are several options to get from the airport to the city centre and your hotel. The airport bus departs often and stops several places in the city center. Taxis are also available and private transportation can be booked in advance. See details under the Highlights tab.

The vibrant and historic city of Bergen is Norway's second largest city and has a lot to offer. Most famous is Bryggen, the wooden buildings on Bergen's iconic wharf , which are reflections of its history in the Hanseatic League. Visit the lively fish market, St. Mary's Church, The Hanseatic Museum, Bergenhus and its oldest structure on site, Håkon's Hall, which dates back to 1250 and was a royal residence during the Middle Ages.Take the cable car to the top of the famous Mount Fløyen and enjoy a bird's eye view at 1049 feet above the city.

It is also possible to book a 2 hour guided city tour:
2 people: 700 NOK pp, 4 People: 350 NOK pp

Highlights: Bergen exploration
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 ';
Private self guided bike tour in Fjord Norway

Private self guided bike tour in Fjord Norway

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Day 2: | Bergen City by Bike: 14 km / 9 miles

After breakfast, you will pick up your bikes at Bryggen. This famous harbour on the west coast of Norway is one of northern Europe’s oldest port cities, established as a centre for trade before the 12th century. Though many recent fires have ravaged the old wooden houses, the rebuilding has remained faithful to the original style. Today, some 62 buildings remain of this former townscape. As you cycle, you will have the opportunity to visit, many of the city’s attractions. All of them shortly presented in the information you will receive.

Note about lodging: the base price includes a comfortable 3 star hotel. We recommend the upgrade package for superior experience and without substantial increase in price. The upgrade hotel offers larger rooms and waterfront views, as well an inclusive buffet that can suit as dinner.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 14 km / 9 miles
Highlights: Bergen exploration
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 ';

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Day 3 | Vik Cultural Route - Balestrand: 24 km / 15 mi

Early start! Your hotel is close to the boat terminal and your trip will take 3.5 hours. The fast boat takes you among the islands of the western coast and the outer part of Sognefjorden. The boat takes you to the western islands before entering Sognefjorden, whose glacieal waters mirror snow covered majestic mountains. From here, you can admire small villages along the fjord and the many waterfalls, cascading down from the mountains. Disembark in Vik, where you will be met by your Norwegian hostess for an orientation and bike set up.

Option 1: This is a cycling cultural visit of some of the area's important historical sites, dating to the age of the Vikings, including the pristine UNESCO Hopperstad Stave Church, the statue of Fritjof, King Bele's Way and Scandinavia's largest concentration of dragon style houses, many of which are well preserved.

Option 2: This longer option has you cycling peaceful back roads to the hamlet of Arnafjord, where high mountains and spectacular waterfalls surround you. Cross through the beautiful Eitrestrondi Natural Park, where you also pass a public area with a small beach suitable for a swim, if you like! Pass by the impressive Botnafossen Waterfall, which you can visit by leaving the main road for a few km. Enjoy a picnic lunch before cycling back to Vik.

OPTION:
Guided visit includes: guide, entrance to the two churches, plus a delicious local cheese and fresh-from-the-farm raspberry juice tasting. We highly recommend this!
2 hours guided cultural visit from 790 NOK per person for 2
3 hours guided cultural visit from 1110 NOK per person


Meals: breakfast
Distance: 24 or 62 km / 15 or 39 mi
Highlights: high mountains, waterfalls, natural park & beach
Overnight: Balestrand - Historic Hotel Kviknes -ask about this hotel and its 2 parts! You stay in the historic part, and the upgrade package includes a Demi Suite with fjord views.

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 ';

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Day 4 | Balestrand - Dragsvik - Sværefjord - Vetlefjord - Menes - Balestrand: 58 km / 36 mi

Today you will discover other small “arms” of the Sognefjord. Just before Dragsvik, you can visit the Arboretum which covers an area of about five acres, with about 150 different varieties of trees and bushes from all over entire world. Take time for a refreshment and a bath at the nice recreation area by the fjord; the views are stunning. As you continue along quiet roads, you will have wide and wonderful views over the fjord all of the way with different mountains and valleys coming into view as you go along. Enjoy your picnic lunch by the fjord before cycling back to Balestrand.

OPTION:
Cider tasting at 16.00, Mon-Fri, from 295Kr, up to 6 persons max. We highly recommend this experience - the location is stunning and the food and ciders are simply divine. Popular with the locals - must book in advance!!!

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 58 km / 36 miles
Highlights: Sognefjord exploration, Arboretum, picturesque views
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 ';

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Day 5 | Balestrand - Leikanger - Sogndal - Solvorn: 44-64 km / 27-40 mi

Today you take your bike on the boat from Balestrand to Leikanger. Sogn is the oldest fruit growing area in Norway and if you visit the area in spring, all of the fruit trees are in blossom. From August, they will be decorated with red apples and purple plums. Through Sogndal, there is a bike path by the fjord. Make a stop in Sogndal, if you wish to visit a cafe and then continue to Solvorn. You will reach Hafslo, which is beautifully placed on the sparkling Lake of Hafslo. Then you start a 3 km downhill ride to the town of Solvorn, on the shores of the fjord. Your hotel is one of the oldest in all of Norway; dating to the 1600's and still run by the same founding family. A delicious dinner is included here tonight and will likely be a culinary highlight!
Note: Upgrade package includes the historic part of the hotel which is truly unique and very historic!

Meals: breakfast & dinner
Distance: 44 km / 27 mi
Highlights: boat then bike, fruit region, Sogndal exploration, Solvorn
Overnight: Solvorn

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Day 6 | Solvorn - Skjolden: 35-70 km / 22-43 mi

After breakfast, you can take your time before catching the ferry across to Urnes. The ferry leaves every hour and takes 20 minutes. Once here, cycle up the 700 meters that takes you to the UNESCO Urnes Stave Church. The stave churches are Norway’s most important contribution to European cultural heritage. Enjoy a great view to Solvorn from the nice wooden church, beautifully situated in the Norwegian fjord landscape.

Leaving Urnes, you will be on the small roads along Lusterfjorden, the innermost "arm" of the Sognefjord. About half way, you pass the impressive 218 meter high Feigumfossen Waterfall. It is around a 40 minute walk up to have a natural shower – or you can admire the view of it from the road and have a swim in the fjord – or both! Arriving in Skjolden, the far end of the Sognefjord, you can have a drink on the terrace of the hotel, in the café, or enjoy a swim from the beach.

OPTIONS:
If you prefer to take the return transfer to Solvorn, we will pick you up at an agreed time unless you want to cycle back to your hotel (+ 35 km and two tunnels that are not possible to bike around). The return transfer here must be booked in advance. Rates vary by number of persons: 2-4 persons is 550Kr (approx US $66).

Visit the inside of Urnes Church visit - 90Kr (Tickets cannot be booked in advance.)

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 38 km / 24 miles
Highlights: Solvron, Urnes Stave Church, Feigumfossen Waterfall, Skjolden
Overnight: Hafslo

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Day 7 | Extension Options

Departure is the standard option today. The Fastboat leaves Sogndal today only 2 times to return to Bergen. 3.5- 4 hours travel time needed. A transfer to Sogndal boat dock is not included but can be arranged in advance. An alternative is a ferry/boat to Flam where you can travel on with a visit to Flam and take the famous Flam Rail Road.

An extra night is an option, with a long ride that offers a little bit of the same route as yesterday, plus a visit to a glacier at the end of the fjord. A very full day is possible with a slightly hilly ride.

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Day 8 | Departure

Today, transfer to the fast boat to Bergen that leaves from either Sogndal or Leikanger. A transfer for 2-4 persons is available for a supplement of 440Kr (US $53) to catch the fast boat. The first boat departs at 7:05 am arriving Bergen at 11:50. A departure from Leikanger is possible at 4:40 pm arriving Bergen at 8:45 pm.

We offer tour extensions as well, just ask us for more information on extending your Norway experience! There is a 1 day extension to visit the Jostedal Glacier, either by bike or bus. Another option is the Nærøyfjord and the picturesque Flam Railway, to experience the UNESCO recognized "Fjord by Train." Note: the Flam Railway connects with trains to Bergen and Oslo.

Meals: breakfast

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Private self guided bike tour in Fjord Norway

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

- 6 nights in 3 and 4 star Hotels - Historic hotels
- Breakfast daily
- 2 dinners in Walaker Hotel
- Bike rental in Bergen for easy bike tour
- Bike rental Scott hybrid bikes in Fjords
- Bike is equipped with back carrier, bags, lock and helmet.
- Road book, map, GPS files
- Luggage transfer between lodgings
- Private orientation at tour start
- Local emergency support throughout
- Pre travel documentation
- Pre and post travel support services

Not included: NEED TO BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE
- Fast boat tickets: Bergen - Vik and Sogndal – Bergen
- Transport from Skjolden last day if not riding
- Guided tour Bergen if desired
- Guided cultural tour experience in Vik - if desired
- Guided tour Balestrand - if desired
- Transfer back to Sogndal departure day

Lodging

Accommodation: Deluxe 3 and 4 star hotels. All accommodations include private bathroom and a variety of other services.

Hotels included:
- Night 1&2: Comfort Hotel Holberg *** Bergen
- Nights 3&4: Kviknes Hotel **** Balestrand
- Night 5&6: Walaker Hotel**** Solvorn

** Please see Itinerary tab for more information **

Upgrades available: supplement of 240 euros/person
- Bergen: Clarion Hotel Havnekontoret**** (Superior waterfront view room, buffet dinner)
- Kviknes Hotel in Balestrand: upgrade to a Demi suite in the historic building
- Walaker Hotel in Solvorn: upgrade to Historic building
Prices
Norway Fjord Country Bike Tour Self Guided
Double Occupancy based on minimum 2 participants:
1877 euros/person
Double Occupancy based on 4 participants:
1799 euros/person
Single Supplement:
439 euros
UPGRADE Lodging where available Incl Demi suite:
240 euros
Boat Tickets Bergen-Vik & Sogndal-Bergen:
135 euros


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


Half board - dinners - can be added to Kviknes for 60 euros/person total for both nights - booked in advance. Note that outside of Bergen, most of these places are small and can be quiet without many dining choices. Here, nature is the focus instead of nightlife.

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



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Tour Details

Tour Highlights:
- The Hanseatic city of Bergen
- Boat ride through Sognefjorden to Vik
- Dragon style artists houses
- Bergen – Unesco listed
- Sognefjorden with its beautiful and dramatic landscape
- Must see towns and sites of Balestrand, Solvorn, Urnes stave church – Unesco listed

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, you have an extra day to adjust with optional activities or included bike ride. We are happy to help with stop overs in Oslo or other cities, please inquire.

Need to Know:
- This is a self guided 6 night, 7 day tour. Any date is possible, subject to availability from June 1 -Sept 30.
Please contact us to know more. Email Us
- bike lights are needed for 2 tunnels on ride to Skjolden.
- extra transport costs that are necessary are not included in base tour price; and need advance booking.
- Norway is known to be expensive, the Kroner (crown) is approximately 0.12 USD. A bottle of wine averages $50+USD in a restaurant

Arriving in Bergen: Flesland Airport - Bergen City By Express bus - 20 minutes
The airport express bus is located right outside the arrival hall. The bus takes the fastest way to the city center. The bus makes several stops in the city center. Tell the driver the name of your hotel and he will tell you where to get off. Departure: Every 10 minutes in busy hours or otherwise every 20 min. Latest departure at 23.50 Price: One way ticket: NOK 115 www.flybussen.no

OR: Flesland Airport - Bergen City By Bergen Light Rail - 45 minutes; www.skyss.no/en/timetable-and-maps/ bergen-light-rail . OR By TAXI Several taxi companies operates from the airport. Estimated price between 500 and 600 NOK to the city center.

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
This is a self guided trip with support transportation included.
Level: Level 3+ FIT+; cycling is advanced, distance chosen will impact the difficulty. For experienced cyclists.

Dates: June 1 to September 30. Custom guided groups are possible for groups of 6 or more; Make it Custom - Tell us your Wishes

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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".

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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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