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Sognefjorden - Norway’s King of the Fjords Bike Tour

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!

    Highlights:

    • Small, idyllic villages along the fjords and in the valley
    • Bergen - Unesco listed
    • Sognefjorden, beautiful and dramatic landscape
    • Balestrand
    • Norwegian nature and culture
    • Vik
    • 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.

  • Double/twin:
    Based on two people:  $ 2615 £ 1362 $ 2,371 1586 $ 2721 kr 16970 $ 1,788 From four people: $ 2549 £ 1327 $ 2,311 1546 $ 2653 kr 16542 $ 1,743 From six people: $ 2466 £ 1285 $ 2,237 1496 $ 2567 kr 16007 $ 1,687 Single supplement: $ 462 £ 240 $ 419 280 $ 480 kr 2996 $ 316

    extra options

    Electric bike:  $ 264 £ 137 $ 239 160 $ 275 kr 1712 $ 180 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.

    Dinners included  
    5 dinners, excluding beverages: $ 396 £ 206 $ 359 240 $ 412 kr 2568 $ 271   (2 dinners in Vik, 1 dinner in Balestrand, 2 dinners in Hafslo)

    Fast boat tickets:
    Bergen - Vik and/or Sogndal -  Bergen: 
    Roundtrip:  $ 214 £ 112 $ 194 130 $ 223 kr 1391 $ 147 One way: $ 115 £ 60 $ 105 70 $ 120 kr 749 $ 79  

     

    Bergen:
    4 star Hotel Havenkontoret in standard room, approx:  $ 59 £ 31 $ 54 36 $ 62 kr 385 $ 41 4 star Hotel Havenkontoret in superior room with sea view, total per person: $ 84 £ 44 $ 76 51 $ 88 kr 546 $ 58

    Hafso:
    Balestrand Kviknes Hotel in Historic building (two nights), total per person: $ 99 £ 52 $ 90 60 $ 103 kr 642 $ 68 Balestrand Kviknes Hotel Demi suite Historic building (two nights), total per person: $ 160 £ 83 $ 145 97 $ 166 kr 1038 $ 109

    Solvorn:
    Information pending

    All pricing pending.

    Hafslo:
    BesteBakken Hotel
    Double/twin, breakfast included: $ 173 £ 90 $ 157 105 $ 180 kr 1123 $ 118 Double/twin,  breakfast and dinner: $ 280 £ 146 $ 254 170 $ 292 kr 1819 $ 192 Single supplement: $ 87 £ 46 $ 79 53 $ 91 kr 567 $ 60 Sogndal:
    Sogndal Hotel
    Hofslund Hotel, breakfast included: 
    Double/twin: $ 132 £ 69 $ 120 80 $ 137 kr 856 $ 90 Single supplement: $ 82 £ 43 $ 75 50 $ 86 kr 535 $ 56 Bergen:
    Comfort Hotel Holberg,
    Double/twin, breakfast included: $ 124 £ 64 $ 112 75 $ 129 kr 802 $ 85 Single supplement: $ 82 £ 43 $ 75 50 $ 86 kr 535 $ 56

     

    Guided tour in Bergen, 2 hours: NOK 700
    Guided cultural path in Vik, 2 hours: NOK 750
    includes guide, entrance to two churches, and cheese and raspberry juice tasting
    Guided tour Balestrand, per hour: NOK 750
    Boat transfer from Tor to Menes (Day 5), minimum of 2 ppl.: NOK 500

     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    The closest airport to your tour start is Bergen Airport (Flesland BGO)

    Local Travel

    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.
    Price:
    One way ticket: NOK 115
    Roundtrip: NOK 195
    www.flybussen.no

    Light Rail (45 min.)

    Taxi:

    Several taxi companies operates from the airport. Estimated price between 500 and 600 NOK to the city center.

    Train

    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.

    Fjord Line Boat:

    Travel by ferry between Bergen, Stavanger, Kristiansand, Langesund and Hirtshals in Denmark, and between Sandefjord and Strömstad.

    Climate

    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.

    Remarks

    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.

    Documents

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.

    Extra Options

    Payble on arrival (Churches, museums, and other attractions)

    • Hoppestad, Vik (70 NOK)
    • Hove, Vik (50 NOK) 
    • Unesco listed Urnes stave church, Urnes (90 NOK)
    • Ciderstasting, Balestrand (270 NOK) 
    • Aquarium and travel museum in Balestrand
    • Ferry from Solvorn to Urnes (NOK 42)

    Must be reserved in advance (guided city tours). See pricing.

    Guided tour in Bergen
    Guided cultural path in Vik
    Guided tour Balestrand
    Boat transfer from Balestrand to Menes with Mr. Tor (Day 5)


Skill Level

Cycling in this area gives you the opportunity to experience breathtaking locations, as you pedal 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.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels with breakfast
  • 1 night in Bergen at the 3 star Comfort Hotel Holberg
  • 2 nights in Vik at the 3 star Blix Hotel
  • 2 nights in Balestrand at 4 star Kviknes Hotel
  • 2 nights in Hafslo at the 4 star BesteBakken Boutique Hotel
  • 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
  • Transfers from Skjolden to Hafslo on Day 7
  • Departure transfer on Day 8 to Sogndal or Leikanger for onward travel by ferry back to Bergen or by bus to Oslo

What’s Not Included

  • Lunches and dinners (in your roadbook, you will be provided information regarding lunches and dinners and where to enjoy them. Dinners may be included for a supplement.)
  • Fast boat tickets: Bergen - Vik and Sogndal - Bergen. 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)
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance

Extra Stay

Always recommended. Consider extending your vacation in Bergen, Flam, or glacier walking in Jostedal.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

2020

Daily arrivals possible from mid-May through until mid-September.  This tour can be guided for a minimum of 4 people. Supplement will of course apply. Please ask!

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Bergen
Day 2: Bergen by bike, 9 mi. (14 km).  Travel to Vik by boat (3h, 30 min)
Day 3: Vik - Arnafjord - Vik, 32 mi. (52 km)
Day 4: Vik - Balestrand, 15 mi. (24 km)
Day 5: Balestrand - Menes - Balestrand, 37 mi. (59 km)
Day 6: Balestrand - Leikanger - Sogndal - Hafslo, 24 mi. (39 km)
Day 7: Hafslo - Skjolden - Hafslo, 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. 

Suggestions: 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. 

Accommodation:
Comfort Hotel Holberg*** or Hotel Havnekontoret****(supplement)

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 and waterfalls cascade into the fjord. Your hotel in Vik is less than 100 meters from the quay to which your arrive with the boat.

Accommodation:
Blix Hotel***

Day 3: Vik - Arnafjord - Vik, 32 mi. (52 km) 
Today, you will be met by our local representative for bike handoff, 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.

Accommodation:
Blix Hotel***

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.

Accommodation:
Balestrand Kviknes Hotel****

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.

Mr Tor in Balestrand can take you and your bike in his boat on the fjord and let you off in Menes. The distance will be 30 km cycling back to Menes – unless you want to cycle 15 -20 km more and go up to the view point on Gaularfjell mountain. For the boat ride you have to add a supplement of 500 NOK pr person. Must be preordered.

Accommodation:
Kviknes Hotel****

Day 6: Balestrand - Leikanger - Sogndal - Hafslo, 24 mi. (39 km)
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 into 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.

Accommodation:
BesteBakken boutique hotel

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. Cost is NOK 42 (payable on arrival) and 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 halfway 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 can be very wet and slippery.

Accommodation:
BesteBakken boutique hotel

Day 8: Departure from Hafslo

There are a couple of options for this last official day for your onward travel. Your included departure transfers to either Sogndal or Leikanger will depart very early in the morning so as to arrive to the ferry in time. You could plan for your last day to be on a Sunday for a later ferry time or cycle today to Sogndal (35 km) and book an extra night here to either depart at 7:05 Monday through Saturday or plan this extra night to be on Saturday so that you can depart by ferry from Sogndal at 10:40 am. You will find more details below:

 

At end of tour, you will be provided an included transfer either to Sogndal (20 min. drive from Hafslo) or to Leikanger (40 min.drive from Hafslo). Since the ferry leaves quite early from Sogndal and from Leikanger, your transfer time will be quite early in the morning. You could plan on taking the later ferry from Leikanger to Bergen and spend an additional night here or plan your tour so that you end on a Sunday fo allow for a later transfer time. Read the details below:

By ferry from Sogndal to Bergen:

Ferries depart from Sogndal at 7:05 am Monday through Saturday.

On Sunday, the ferry departs at 10:40 am. 

By ferry from Leikanger to Bergen

The ferries depart from Leikanger at 7:30 am or 16:30 pm Monday through Saturday.

On Sunday, the ferry departs at 11:10 am and 16:30 pm. May we suggest planning your tour so that you end your tour on a Sunday fo allow for a later transfer time?

By bus from Sogndal to Bergen and onward to Oslo by bus

Transfer/or cycle to Sogndal:

There are buses that depart from SOGNDAL at 11:35, 14:30, and 22:30. Travel time is just under 7 hours.

Option 1: Jostedal Glacier
From your Hotel BesteBakken on the morning of Day 8,  you take the bus that leaves at 8:50 from Hafslo. You change bus in Gaupne and arrive in Jostedalen at the Breheimsenter, the National Park Center at 9:55. From the parking by the lake, you walk approximately 45 minutes before you are in front of the glacier. The Breheimsenter, National Park Center,  can be visited before or after you walk up to the glacier. 

It is also possible to take a boat transfer across the lake.  This lessens the distance and walking. Cost is 60 NOK per person. The boat has departures close to where the bus stops.

Glacier walks can be ordered, in advance, or at the Breheimsenter. The Breheimsenter is the authorized center 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 474 km2. The center has an interactive exhibition that covers Jostedalen, Jostedalsbreen, and Breheimen National Parks and focuses on climate and glaciers. In addition, there is a cinema which takes you on a tour around the glaciers through the years. http://jostedal.com/en/breheimsenteret/

Do you prefer to cycle? You can do that as well from your hotel in Hafslo. Distance is 47 km. If you prefer you can rent an electric bike for just that day from the hotel for NOK 600 per day.  Overnight once again at Hotel BesteBakken in Hafslo.

Private transfer can be booked on request.

Option 2: The Nærøyfjord and Flåm railway
The narrow and spectacular Nærøyfjord and Aurlandfjord, arms of the Sognefjorden, are surrounded by steep mountains with snow-covered tops that stretch up to 1600 meters above sea level. Waterfalls cascade down the mountains and picturesque villages dot the landscape. UNESCO has included the Nærøyfjord in its famous World Heritage List. The fjords have also been awarded first place in the prestigious list of the National Geographic Traveller magazine. 

To arrive, you could take the famous railway from Flåm to Myrdal. This railway has been named one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world and is one of the leading tourist attractions in Norway. Over the course of one hour, the train takes you from sea level at the Sognefjord in Flåm to the Myrdal mountain station, situated at 867 meters above sea level. Myrdal is also a station on the Bergen Line, meaning the Flåm Railway connects with trains running between Bergen and Oslo, allowing you to return to Bergen or continue on to Oslo.

To get to Flam to access the famous railway, you can take the fast ferry from Leikanger at 12:20 pm. This is a very popular train ride so it is important to book in advance. We can provide any details you may need.

Other arrival options include bus travel. You can then book extra nights in Bergen or Oslo.

Option 3: Book a cruise! Travel with Hurtigruta from Bergen along the coast to the north of  Norway

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