Sognefjorden - Bike Norway’s King of the Fjords
Norway Bike Tours
Explore the longest and deepest fjord in Norway by bike
This bike tour and breathtaking experience starts in Bergen, Norway, one of the major hanseatic cities in Europe and an important trade center throughout the ages. Since 1979, Bergen has been included on the UNESCO World Heritage list. From Bergen, an amazing boat journey takes you to Norway's longest and deepest fjord and one of the worlds most magnificent travel destinations. You will be enchanted with the Fjord landscape consisting of impressive waterfalls, small idyllic villages, stave churches, hamlets, and fjordside farms. It is a beautiful and dramatic landscape, one to be experienced, and what better way to do so than on a bike!
- Small, idyllic villages along the fjords and in the valley
- Bergen - Unesco listed
- Sognefjorden, beautiful and dramatic landscape
- Norwegian nature and culture
- Idyllic Solvorn
- Hafslo, beautifully located by the lake
Sognefjorden is in the process of being certified as a Sustainable Destination, a seal of approval given to destinations that work systematically to reduce the negative impact of tourism and to preserve the pristine beauty of a region.
Check out our other Fjord cycling tour in Norway!
Double/twin: £ 1294 $ 2,608 € 1510 NOK 14345 kr 13242 $ 1,721 Single supplement: £ 214 $ 432 € 250 NOK 2375 kr 2192 $ 285
Dinners included: £ 206 $ 415 € 240 NOK 2280 kr 2105 $ 274 Electric bike: £ 129 $ 259 € 150 NOK 1425 kr 1315 $ 171 *
Due note that this does not include the price for an electric bike in Bergen on Day 2. We will provide this price on request.
Double/twin, breakfast included: £ 88 $ 178 € 103 NOK 979 kr 903 $ 117 Double/twin, breakfast and dinner: £ 143 $ 288 € 167 NOK 1587 kr 1464 $ 190 Single supplement: £ 47 $ 95 € 55 NOK 523 kr 482 $ 63 Sogndal:
Double/twin, breakfast included: £ 79 $ 159 € 92 NOK 874 kr 807 $ 105 Single supplement: £ 53 $ 107 € 62 NOK 589 kr 544 $ 71 Hofslund Hotel, breakfast included: £ 77 $ 155 € 90 NOK 855 kr 789 $ 103 Bergen:
Comfort Hotel Holberg,
Double/twin, breakfast included: £ 70 $ 142 € 82 NOK 779 kr 719 $ 93 Single supplement: £ 42 $ 85 € 49 NOK 466 kr 430 $ 56
Hotel Bestebakken to Sogndal:
1 - 3 people by car, total: £ 26 $ 52 € 30 NOK 285 kr 263 $ 34 4 - 12 people, by minivan total: £ 81 $ 164 € 95 NOK 903 kr 833 $ 108 Hotel Bestebkken to Leikanger: £ 34 $ 69 € 40 NOK 380 kr 351 $ 46
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
The closest airport to your tour start is Bergen Airport (Flesland BGO)
From Flesland BGO to Bergen center:
Express bus (20 minutes)
The airport express bus is located right outside the arrival hall. 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.
One way ticket: NOK 115
Roundtrip: NOK 195
www.flybussen.no Light Rail (45 min.)
Several taxi companies operates from the airport. Estimated price between 500 and 600 NOK to the city center.
The Bergen Railway between Oslo and Bergen is considered one of the world’s most scenic train rides. There are four daily departures from Oslo. The 7 hour journey brings you across one of Europe’s highest mountain plateaus, and takes you to through spectacular and varied nature.
From Denmark and Stavanger:
Fjord Line Boat:
Offers travel by ferry between Bergen, Stavanger, Kristiansand, Langesund and Hirtshals in Denmark, and between Sandefjord and Strömstad.
From Tripsavvy: "Bergen is located in more temperate southwestern coast of Norway, and occupies the peninsula of Bergenshalvøyen. It is thanks to this position on the peninsula that Bergen boasts the warmest temperatures in the country. The local climate is mostly oceanic, with mild winters and pleasant cool summers. Despite its northern latitude, the weather in Bergen is considered mild, at least by Scandinavian standards. However, rainfall is frequent! Best times to travel are July and August with May being the month that generally has the least rain. However, do note, every Norwegian knows that the weather changes quickly and if you are lucky you can experience all four seasons during one hour in the fjord landscape. Do check local conditions before you travel and plan on layers! weatherbase.comis a great resource to check on average high/low temperatures.
The tour is easily extended or shortened and if you wish to try something besides cycling, there is a large menu of other activities for you to choose from such as glacier hiking, kayaking on the fjord, or canyoning or rafting in the river. You can request a cider or beer tasting paired with local, delicious food. Kayaking can be enjoyed in Balestrand, in Marifjøra, and in Flåm.
Cycling in this area gives you the opportunity to experience breathtaking locations, pedaling on small main roads, with little or no traffic. The itinerary is approximately 260 km in length, to which distance can easily be added. The route is mostly flat but there are some minor ups and downs. There is one major hill of 2 km from Sogndal to Hafslo and two small uphills from Urnes to Skjolden.
Where You’ll Stay
Three and four star accommodations.
- 7 nights in 3 and 4 star hotels with breakfast
- 24 speed Scott hybrid bike rental, front suspension, mudguards, bottle holder, back carrier, bags, lock, and helmet
- Road book, map, GPS files
- Luggage transfer
What’s Not Included
- Lunches and dinners (in your road book, you will be provided information regarding lunches and dinners and where to enjoy them)
- Fast boat tickets: Bergen - Vik and Sogndal (or – Bergen (€120). This can also be purchased as a one way ticket if you are not returning to Bergen. Price on request.
- Entrances churches, museums, etc.
- Ferry from Solvorn to Urnes (NOK 42)
- Transfer from Skjolden on Day 8
- Bicycle Protection
- Travel Insurance
Always recommended. Consider extending your vacation in Bergen, Flam, or glacier walking in Jostedal. Just ask!
Day 1: Bergen
Day 2: Bergen by bike, 9 mi. (14 km). Travel to Vik by boat (3h, 30 min)
Day 3: Vik - Arnafjord, 32 mi. (52 km)
Day 4: Vik - Balestrand, 15 mi. (24 km)
Day 5: Balestrand - Menes, 37 mi. (59 km)
Day 6: Balestrand - Leikanger - Sogndal - Hafslo, 24 mi. (39 km)
Day 7: Hafslo - Skjolden, 24 mi. (38 km)
Day 8: Departure
*Daily distances can easily be extended.
Day 1: Bergen
You will have time to explore Bergen as you will overnight here. We recommend that you add an extra night(s) before or after the biking tour to have more time in Bergen or Sognefjorden.
The vibrant and historic city of Bergen is Norway's second largest and has much to offer. The Hanseatic museum provides wonderful insight into daily life of German merchants living and working here during the Hanseatic era. Located beside this is Norway's best-preserved fortresses, the Bergenhus. The oldest structure on site, Håkon's Hall, dates to 1250, and was a royal residence during the Middle Ages.
You can take the cable car to the top of the famous mount Fløyen and enjoy a bird's eye view 1049 feet above the city. Enjoy the lively fishmarket beside Bryggen, here you find fresh fish and seafood and several restaurants serving a large selection of local dishes. Or meet the sea lions, the creepy - but great crocodiles, fish and the fascinating snakes at Bergen Aquarium close to the Nordnes parc and the city centre.
If you arrive early the cycling tour of Bergen can also be done day 1 and you will have all day 2 to explore more on your own before the boat leaves at 16.30 to Sognefjorden.
Day 2: Bergen by bike, 9 mi. (14 km). Travel to Vik by fastboat (3h, 30 min)
You will pick up your bikes at Bryggen and can then discover the city by bike. Bryggen is a historic harbor district in Bergen, one of North Europe’s oldest port cities on the west coast of Norway which was established as a center for trade by the 12th century. Though many recent fires have ravaged the old wooden houses, the rebuilding has remained faithful to the original. Today, some 62 buildings remain of this former townscape. As you cycle, you have the opportunity to visit, many of the city’s attractions. You will leave your bike (s) at the pick up location. The port is very close to the bike rental shop and your tour hotel so after dropping the bikes, you will pick up your luggage, and walk to the boat. Boat departure is at 16.30, estimated arrival in Vik 20.10, but first you pass the western islands before entering Sognefjorden, whose glacier waters mirror snow covered majestic mountains. Waterfalls cascade into the fjord. Your hotel in Vik is less than 100 meters from the quay to which your arrive with the boat.
Day 3: Vik - Arnafjord - Vik, 32 mi. (52 km)
Once you arrive in Vik, you will be met by our local representative for bike hand off, welcome meeting, and tour explanation. You cycle on small, peaceful, back roads alongside the fjord to the hamlet of Arnafjord. We suggest a picnic in the port before biking back to Vik.
Day 4: Vik - Vangsnes - Dragsvik - Balestrand, 15 mi. (24 km)
Today a bit of culture is on the agenda as you cycle in Vik. You can taste the famous cheese only made in Vik and discover some amazing history as well.
Continuing to Vangsnes, it is recommended to visit the big statue of “Fritjof” before crossing the fjord with the ferry to Dragsvik. From here you cycle the last 10 km to Balestrand. As early as the 18th century Balestrand was known as a popular tourist destination in Europe. Wealthy and distinguished people and artists from other parts of the country and from abroad came to the shores of Balestrand, attracted to the special fjord landscape you find here. You stay at Kvikne's Hotel (1877) with its imposing façade facing the fjord, it is an excellent example of the so-called Swiss style, an extremely popular building style in this period. It is suggested to cycle along the fjord on what is now called King Bele's Road. A number of artists built their summer residences in the dragon style, another popular architectural style from the same period. Many of these houses are well preserved today, forming a building environment that is unique, even in a national context and Scandinavias largest concentration of dragon style houses
Day 5: Balestrand - Dragsvik - Sværefjord - Vetlefjord - Menes - Balestrand 37 mi. (59 km)
Ride to Esefjord and two other small "arms" of Sognefjord, ending in Menes with population of eight! First stop is Esefjorden where you can admire the famous mountains that inspired so many artists. Just before Dragsvik you can visit the Arboretum which covers an area of about five acres, stretching from the road to the fjord. Today there are about 150 different varieties of trees and bushes from the entire world. The collection is not presented systematically according to family or genus, as is often the case in other Botanical Gardens and Arboreta, but after the geographical connection, such as Europe, Caucasus, Himalaya, China, Korea, Japan etc. Make time for a refreshment and a bath at the nice recreation area by the fjord. You continue along quiet roads, beside the fjord, the mountains and some picturesque farms and hamlets along the way. You have wide and wonderful views over the fjord all the way with different mountains and valleys coming into view as you go along. The last 5 km you bike on a lovely little branch road to Menes. A picnic lunch soaking in the panoramic view is the perfect break before you cycle back to Balestrand.
Day 6: Balestrand - Leikanger - Sogndal - Hafslo, 24 mi. (39 km)
You enter the inner part of Sognefjorden and take the boat again to Leikanger. .
Today you enter the inner part of Sognefjorden and take the boat from Balestrand to Leikanger at 11:50. It is also possible to bike from Balestrand, cycling Esefjorden again to Dragsvik and taking the ferry to Hella. From Hella to Leikanger it is 12 km. Sogn is the oldest fruit growing area in Norway and if you visit the area in spring, all the fruit trees are in blossom, from August they will be ladened with red apples and purple plums. You will be cycling outside two big tunnels and will have to share the road with the cars except for the last part in to Sogndal.
Through Sogndal there is a bike path by the fjord.In Sogndal, you will find shops and cafes and a shopping center as well. Continuing to Hafslo another 18 km, you cycle along Barsnesfjorden until the end. The route climbs here, for 2 km, until you see Hafslo, beautifully located by the lake. Last 2 km from Galden to Hafslo is a bike path and your hotel is up from the small center of Hafslo with a good view.
Day 7: Hafslo - Solvorn - Skjolden - Hafslo, 24 mi. (38 km)
After breakfast you cycle the same bike path as yesterday to Galden before you cycle down to Solvorn. This idyllic small village with small, white wooden houses was built up when the fjord was the most important source of communication. Here the fjord is deep enough so larger boats could come to dock. Solvorn has a small grocery store and the hotel has a nice gallery. You will want to spend a little time here before you take the small ferry that leaves every hour from 10:00. The crossing takes around 20 minutes. Upon arrival in Urnes, you should cycle up the 700 meters to Urnes stave church, a Unesco site. The stave churches are Norway’s most important contribution to European cultural heritage. You will have a great view to Solvorn from the church.
Leaving Urnes on the small roads along Lusterfjorden, the innermost arm of the Sognefjord. About half way you pass the impressive 218 meter high Feigumfossen waterfall. A 40 minute hike will allow you to get up close and personal, or you can admire the view of it from the road and have a swim in the fjord – or both! There is a small café by the fjord, but if it is closed, it is a lovely spot for a picnic. The last stage to Skjolden has two tunnels and you will need your light. Arriving in Skjolden, at the far end of the Sognefjord, you can have a drink on the terrace of the hotel, in the café, or enjoy a swim on the public beach. You are picked up at the agreed time unless you want to cycle back to your hotel (+ 39 km and two tunnels that are not possible to bike around).
Note: You need good shoes if you want to walk up to the waterfall, the ground is really wet due to the waterfall.
Day 8: Departure from Hafslo
There are a couple of options for this last official day for your onward travel.