fbpx
Rate in Euros
From1,915
Rate in Euros
From1,915
Save To Wish List

Adding item to wishlist requires an account

2262

Have Questions?

Call toll-free from the United States or Canada:

1.800.960.2221

International calls:

(001) 970-230-5896

info@pure-adventures.com

Norway – Fjord Country Bike Tour

0

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, before an amazing boat journey takes you to the King of Fjords – Sognefjorden. Your adventure begins here, on easy cycled, asphalt roads along the blue and green Fjord. You are sure to be enchanted with the fjord landscape, consisting of impressive waterfalls, small idyllic villages, stave churches, hamlets and Fjorside farms. Calm and easy-biked small roads take you to the most breathtaking places in the region.

Arrival & Departure Location

We recommend flying in and out of Bergen; tour starts and finishes here. You can also fly into Oslo and make your way to Bergen.

Bergen Airport Arrival Info:
Express bus – 20 minutes: The airport express bus is located right outside the arrival area. The bus goes the quickest way to the city center and 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 is at 23.50 Price: One way ticket: NOK 115

Light Rail 45 minutes to city center. Taxi: Several taxi companies operate from the airport. Price is 500-600 NOK to the city center.

Price Includes

  • 6 nights in 3 & 4 star historic Hotels  
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 delicious dinners in the Walaker Hotel
  • All bike rentals – Good Scott hybrid bikes
  • Personal meeting in Vik
  • Transport (people and bikes) from Skjolden last cycling day
  • Transfer back to Sogndal departure day.
  • Bike is equipped with back carrier, bags, lock and helmet.
  • Road book, map, GPS files 
  • Luggage transfer between lodging 
  • Local emergency support throughout
  • Pre-travel documentation & details for trip preparation
  • Pre and post-travel support services available, as requested, in advance

Not Included: MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE 

  • Fast boat tickets: Bergen to Vik & Sogndal to Bergen  
  • certain experiences and entrances
  • Any city & cultural tours

Lodging

Included Standard Hotels:

  • Bergen: Comfort Hotel Holberg ***   
  • Balestrand: Kviknes Hotel **** 
  • Solvorn: Walaker Hotel**** 

Upgraded Options: supplement of 335 euros/person 

  • Bergen: Clarion Hotel Havnekontoret **** (Superior waterfront view room, buffet dinner)
  • Balestrand: Kviknes Hotel (Demi-Suite in the historic building) 
  • Solvorn: Walaker Hotel (historic building)

Optional Add-Ons

  • Cooking Class & 3 Course Dinner: 2000 NOK
  • Guided City Tour of Bergen: 2 @700 NOK pp, 4 @350 NOK pp
  • Guided Cultural Tour in Vik
  • 3 hr Guided Tour of Balestrand: 2100 NOK
  • Cider Tasting: 270 NOK
  • Local Wine Tasting & Vineyard Visit: 500 NOK
  • Travel Insurance

Guides & Local Support

Local Expert: Merete, your trip support contact on the ground throughout this trip, is from the region and knows it so well! “After a degree in marketing, I have spent the last ten years working with cycling tourism, ensuring quality and great service for all 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 its best.”

Tour Highlights
  • The Hanseatic city of Bergen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Scenic boat ride through Sognefjorden to Vik with dramatic landscapes; Norway is pristine!
  • Quaint, quintessential Norwegian villages, full of charm; Balestrand, Solvorn
  • Beautiful, historical lodging unlike anywhere else, owned for many generations
  • Dragon-style architecture and rich artisan history
  • Sognefjorden – Norway’s longest & deepest fjord
  • Cycle along fjords, waterfalls, high mountains, natural parks & beaches
  • UNESCO listed Urnes stave church, from the 12th century 
  • Delicious, fresh, healthy Norwegian food to keep you fueled for your riding

Need to Know: 

  • Recommended travel is from June 1 -Sept 30.
  • Bike lights are provided for 2 tunnels on the ride to Skjolden.
  • Norway is known to be expensive; the Norwegian Kroner (NOK) is approximately 0.12 USD. Ex: A basic bottle of wine averages $50+USD in a restaurant.

 

Photos
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival 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

Day 2Bergen 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

Day 3Vik 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 visits include: 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.

Day 4Balestrand - 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

Day 5Balestrand - 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

Day 6Solvorn - 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! You will use provided bike lights for 2 short and very lightly used car tunnels to arrive 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.

We pick you up for transfer back to Solvorn and the same hotel as last night at an agreed upon time. You have the option to ride 35km back the same way to get the ferry from Urnes over to Solvorn. (passing the 2 tunnels again)

OPTIONS:
Visit the inside of Urnes Church visit – 90Kr (Tickets cannot be booked in advance, you pay on arrival.)

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 35km one way / 22 miles
Highlights: Solvorn, Urnes Stave Church, Feigumfossen Waterfall, Skjolden
Overnight: Solvorn

Day 7Departure Day

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 included and pickup time booked at least 24 hours in advance. 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.

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.

Meals: breakfast

Extend this itineraryExtension Option

We can offer to extend this tour in several ways. 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.

Extra nights in Bergen, Vik, or Balestrand are possible with added riding.

*The Breheimsenter is an authorised National Park Centre for Breheimen and Jostedalsbreen National
Parks. These two National Parks have 9 of the 30 largest glaciers in Norway, with Jostedalsbreen as the
largest, at 474km2.

Map
Rates

Tour Rates: (based on double occupancy)

Superior Three & Four Star Hotels:

  • 2 persons:  1995 euros/person
  • 4 persons:  1915 euros/person
  • Single Supplement:  466 euros/person (applies when 2 or more traveling but in separate single use rooms)
  • Solo Supplement:  ask us for rates

UPGRADE Lodging where available Incl Demi suite:  335 euros/person

Boat Tickets Bergen-Vik & Sogndal-Bergen:  165 euros/person

Hybrid Bike Rentals are included
Road Bike Rental: not currently available
E-bike Rental: not currently available – pending for 2020

Note:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Make it Custom: Do you like this tour but want to make it different? Tell us your wishes & we will quote it!

 

How do our tours compare to similar trips? You Get MoreIf you compare price, we are much less than guided trips with similar experiences. In our private, independent format, you get much more than what most traditional self guided tours offer, plus it’s a better experience! Our team has gone to great lengths to build and create exceptional tours all over the world, vacations that will give you lifelong memories. From the accommodations to the bikes, to the routes themselves, we hold each component of our tours to a very high standard. We are dedicated to empowering people through travel!
 
Ready to book? Our well-traveled, knowledgeable and dedicated team is standing by and eager to make your travel dreams come true. Call now at 800-960-2221 (USA/Canada 8 am-5 pm MST) +1.480.905.1235; or email us.