This breathtaking biking experience starts in beautiful Bergen, Norway, a Unesco World Heritage city, historically an important trade center throughout the ages. The fjords were once the market gateway to the world and today they are your gateway deep into the stunning natural beauty of the Norwegian landscape.
From Bergen, you travel by boat on Norway's longest and deepest fjord. There is no other way to describe the scene that will unfold before you than to resort to cliches; magnificent. dramatic, inspiring.
Cascading waterfalls, small idyllic villages, stave churches, hamlets, and fjord side farms greet you around every turn.
- Bergen - Unesco listed city.
- Small, idyllic villages along the fjords and in the valley
- Sognefjorden, a beautiful and dramatic landscape
- Norwegian nature, culture, and history
- Idyllic Solvorn
- Hafslo, beautifully located by the lake
Day 1: Bergen
Day 2: Discover Bergen. 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 and extra overnights booked in any of the overnight towns during your itinerary.
Day 1: Bergen
You will have time to explore Bergen as you will overnight here. We recommend that you add an extra night or nights before or after the biking tour to have more time in Bergen and the surrounding area.
The vibrant and historic city of Bergen is Norway's second-largest and has much to offer. It is the gateway to the Fjords of Norway, a UNESCO World Heritage City and a European City of Culture. The Hanseatic museum provides wonderful insight into the daily life of German merchants living and working here during the Hanseatic era. Norway's best-preserved fortresses, the Bergenhus is located quite close. 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 fish market beside Bryggen, the old town, where you find fresh fish and seafood and several restaurants serving a large selection of local dishes. You can visit the Bergen Aquarium, stroll the Nordnes parc and the city center.
If you would like to explore Bergen by bike tomorrow before departing for Vik, you can book your rental here.
Comfort Hotel Holberg or Hotel Havnekontoret (supplement)
Day 2: Discover Bergen. Travel to Vik by fast boat (3 1/2 hrs)
After breakfast, you have the day to discover Bergen. If you have booked a rental bike, you will find the necessary route information for a 15 km ride in your road book. There is much to do and see and it is advised you do some research before you arrive and have your plan ready!
The famous pastel-colored wooden houses in the old town are a perfect start to your day. It is a beautiful entrance to one of Northern Europe’s oldest port cities.
The port for your afternoon departure is close to your hotel. You will first need to retrieve your luggage from the hotel and proceed to the port.
Boat departure is at 4:30 pm, and estimated arrival in Vik is at 8:10 pm. You pass the western islands before entering the stunning Sognefjorden Glacier waters. Snow-covered majestic mountains are mirrored in the pristine waters and waterfalls cascade into the fjord. Your hotel in Vik is less than 100 meters from the quay.
Blix Hotel: Located in the heart of tiny Vik, surrounded by cultural treasures, majestic mountains, and the fjord. Blix hotel is simple and family-owned and you will find small-town hospitality awaiting you. It is not possible to upgrade here as there are no other hotel options.
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 then begin at Hotel Blix in Vik and pedal along Sognefjorden and Arnafjorden. You will bike close to the fjord the whole day surrounded by high mountains and thundering waterfalls. You ride back the same way as you came.
There is one tunnel (at 16,5 km) so you need your light. You will cycle through Eitrestrondi nature reserve which is known to have several unique plants. You will have several possibilities to go for a swim. The road ends in the small hamlet of Arnafjord, here you can enjoy your picnic lunch on the quai. Back in Vik, be sure to stop in the dairy café Ostebaren to tast the local delicassy "old cheese" made only in Vikl at the last remaining tradtional dairly outlet in Norway.
Day 4: Vik - Vangsnes - Dragsvik - Balestrand, 15 mi. (24 km)
Your route today is a cultural and historical experience know as the Sylvringen, named after a ring found in the old burial mounds that you will visit. Also included on your route are the ancient Hoppestad Stave Church and Hove Stone Church.
The Hoppestad stave church is one of the oldest stave churches in Norway, dating from 1130, and it hasn’t been changed since the 17th century. The church was restored in the period 1885 – 1891. Older parts have been found under the church floor and indicates that there have been another churches there before.
Moahaugane is one of the largest collections of burial mounds of its kind in the Nordic region, dating from the periord 3 - 500 AD and was used as tombs for the wealthy and prestigious farmers.
Hove Stone church is the oldest stone building in Sogn and probably one of the oldest in the country, dating from the 1100s.
Your cultural exploration also includes cycling among the small wooden houses, Vikøyri, by the fjord.
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 a popular tourist destination in Europe. Wealthy and distinguished people and artists from other parts of the country and from abroad came to its shores and 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 Swiss style which was 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.
Kviknes Hotel: This historic establishment was constructed in 1752. The Kvikne family, which owns the hotel today, took over in 1877. You have your choice here, to stay in the more modern part of the hotel or in the historical building (a supplement applies). Either way, this establishment exudes old-world charm and atmosphere and is graced with an extensive collection of artworks and antiques, which give it its special style. Upgrade to the historic part of the hotel is available.
Day 5: Balestrand - Dragsvik - Sværefjord - Vetlefjord - Menes - Balestrand 37 mi. (59 km)
Ride to Esefjord and two other small "arms" of Sognefjord, ending in tiny Menes with a population of only eight! The 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 riding quiet roads, beside the fjord, the majesty of the mountains as your backdrop. Picturesque farms and hamlets dot 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. For 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) or extend to 32 mi. (51 km)
Today you enter the inner part of Sognefjorden and take the ferry from Balestrand to Leikanger at 11:50. It is also possible to bike directly from Balestrand, cycling the Esefjorden again to Dragsvik, and then taking the ferry to Hella. From Hella to Leikanger it is an additional 12 km.
Sogn is the oldest fruit-growing area in Norway and if you visit in spring, all the fruit trees are in blossom, from August they will be ladened with red apples and purple plums. You will have to share the road with cars except for the last part entering Sogndal. Norwegian motorists are very accustomed to and respectful of cyclists.
As you pass through Sogndal, you follow a bike path by the fjord. Continuing on to Hafslo, you bike another 18 km, along the Barsnesfjorden. The route climbs here for 2 km but at the top of your ascent, you are afforded a lovely view of Lake Hafslo and the town. The last 2 km down to Hafslo is on a dedicated bike path. The hotel is up a steep dirt driveway but once there, you have an exquisite view of the surrounding countryside.
BesteBakken Boutique Hotel*: this unique hotel is an experience in and of itself. Once a small family farm, now completely restored and renovated, the establishment is located on a hilltop overlooking the lake. Each of the 15 rooms are different and eclectic, retaining the farmhouse feel but with a modern twist. The culinary experience is based on fresh local food and is a highlight of a stay here.
*Please note that this boutique hotel is small with limited capacity. If it is fully booked there are other options:
Hotel Eikum: located in Hafslo. Discount will apply.
Hotel Walaker: this establishment is located in Solvorn which is just a few miles from Hafslo (the best hotel along the entire fjord)
Villa Solvorn: also located in Solvorn, it is a small family-run guesthouse. There are 6 rooms which shared two bathrooms. This establishment is perfect for families.
Day 7: Hafslo - Solvorn - Skjolden - Hafslo, 24 mi. (38 km)
After breakfast, you cycle the same bike path as yesterday to Galden before descending 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 art gallery. You will want to spend a little time here before you take the small ferry that leaves every hour from 10:00. The cost is NOK 50 (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 ).
Note: You need good shoes if you want to walk up to the waterfall, the ground can be very wet and slippery.
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 are to either Sogndal or Leikanger. Ferry departure time from Sogndal is at 7:05 am. The early departure from Leikanger is 7:30 am. There is also a later departure at 4:30 pm. Travel time is 4 hours 20 min.
If you want to extend your tour, one option is to cycle on this day to Sogndal (35 km) and overnight.. The ferry departure the next day is at 7:05 and is just a short walk from your hotel.
At end of the tour, you will be provided an included transfer either to Sogndal (20 min.) or to Leikanger (40 min.)
The ferry departure time from Sogndal is at 7:05 am. The early departure from Leikanger is 7:30 am.
You could plan on taking the later ferry (4:30 pm) from Leikanger to Bergen and spend an additional night in Bergen or take the 12:20 ferry from Leikanger to Flåm, enjoy the scenic train ride to Myrdal, and then travel onward from Myrdal to Bergen. Again, you will need an additional night in Bergen.
By ferry from Sogndal to Bergen:
Ferries depart from Sogndal at 7:05 am Monday through Saturday.
By ferry from Leikanger to Bergen
The ferries depart from Leikanger to Bergen at 7:30 am or 4:30 pm Monday through Saturday.
By ferry from Leikanger to Flåm, scenic train to Myrdal, and then onward to Bergen
The ferry from Leikanger to Flåm departs at 12:20 (travel time is 1 hr. 20 min). Flåm railway scenic train ride from Flåm to Myrdal (1 hour), then train from Myrdal to Bergan (1 hour and 50 min).
By bus from Sogndal to Bergen
There are buses that depart from Sogndal for Bergen.
Option 1: Jostedal Glacier
Book an extra night at Hotel BesteBakken, and 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. The cost is NOK 60 per person. The boat has departures close to where the bus stops.
Guided glacier walks can be resesrved, in advance, or at the Breheimsenter upon your arrival. 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.
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 (if you are not already using one) for just that day from the hotel for approximately NOK 600. 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 Traveler magazine.
You will take the fast ferry from Leikanger at 12:20. From Leikanger you then take the famous scenic Flåm train to Myrdal. This stretch of rail 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 by train.
This is a very popular train ride so it is important to book in advance. We can provide any details you may need.
Hotels & Bikes
You will be accommodated in hotels that are rated three and four stars. Please keep in mind that sometimes, depending on your overnight town, options are limited. On each day’s details, you will find the name of the preferred hotel listed. If this cannot be confirmed, you will be informed accordingly and offered alternative accommodation. This may entail slight changes in your daily distances.
Scott Sub Cross
- Men or women's alloy frame
- Sportier riding position
- Sub Cross EVO saddle
- Hydraulic lockout front suspension
- Shimano Alivio 8 x 3 gearing
- Tektro hydraulic disc brakes
- Felmin flat pedals
- 29-inch rims
- Approx. weight 30 lbs. (13.64 kg)
- Bottle holder
- Rear rack
- Accommodation for 7 nights with breakfast
- 1 night in Bergen at the Comfort Hotel Holberg (upgrade possible)
- 2 nights in Vik at Blix Hotel (the only option for accommodations here)
- 2 nights in Balestrand at the historical Kviknes Hotel in the modern section of the hotel (upgrade to the historical building is possible)
- 2 nights in Hafslo at BesteBakken Boutique Hotel (upgrade in room possible)
- 6 dinners (2 in Vik, 2 in Balestrand, & 2 in Hafslo)
- 24-speed Scott hybrid bike rental, front suspension, mudguards, bottle holder, back carrier, bags, lock, & helmet
- Roadbook, map, & gps files
- Luggage transfer (only one piece of luggage permitted)
- 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 to the Flåm station for scenic train ride
What’s Not Included
- Dinners not mentioned as included
- Beverages with included dinners
- Bike rental in Bergen
- Fast boat tickets: Bergen - Vik & Sogndal (or Leikanger) - Bergen. A mandatory one-way ticket to Vik will be ordered and invoiced to you
- Entrances churches, museums, etc.
- Ferry from Solvorn to Urnes (approx. NOK 50)
- Bike protection
- Travel Insurance (mandatory)
Dates & Pricing
Wednesdays from mid-May until mid-September.
This tour can be guided for a minimum of 4 people for an additional cost. Just ask!
There are two dates in June that may not be possible due to group requests. They are June 21 & June 28, 2023. Please do not hesitate to ask us about the status of these requests if you are interested in only these dates.
2 people 4 people 6 people Double/twin $ 3278 £ 1821 $ 2,999 € 2121 ₪ 7574 NZ$ 3505 NOK 21275 kr 23001 $ 2,232 $ 3201 £ 1778 $ 2,929 € 2071 ₪ 7396 NZ$ 3423 NOK 20775 kr 22461 $ 2,180 $ 3124 £ 1736 $ 2,858 € 2021 ₪ 7218 NZ$ 3340 NOK 20275 kr 21920 $ 2,127 Single supplement $ 524 £ 291 $ 479 € 339 ₪ 1210 NZ$ 560 NOK 3400 kr 3676 $ 357 Solo traveler supplement On request
Twin/double Single Bergen: Hotel Havnekontoret $ 85 £ 47 $ 78 € 55 ₪ 196 NZ$ 91 NOK 550 kr 595 $ 58 On request Balestrand: Kviknes Hotel, historic building $ 54 £ 30 $ 49 € 35 ₪ 125 NZ$ 58 NOK 350 kr 378 $ 37 On request Hafslo: Bestebaken Hotel, superior room $ 68 £ 38 $ 62 € 44 ₪ 157 NZ$ 72 NOK 440 kr 476 $ 46 On request Double/twin Single Bergen: Comfort Hotel Holberg w/ breakfast $ 127 £ 71 $ 116 € 82 ₪ 294 NZ$ 136 NOK 825 kr 892 $ 87 On request Balestrand: Kviknes Hotel, modern building, w/ breakfast & dinner $ 193 £ 107 $ 176 € 125 ₪ 445 NZ$ 206 NOK 1250 kr 1351 $ 131 On request Hafslo: BesteBakken Hotel w/ breakfast & dinner $ 300 £ 167 $ 275 € 194 ₪ 694 NZ$ 321 NOK 1950 kr 2108 $ 205 On request
Price $ 308 £ 171 $ 282 € 199 ₪ 712 NZ$ 330 NOK 2000 kr 2162 $ 210
Bergen to Vik and Sogndal to Bergen (or Leikanger to Bergen):
Roundtrip: $ 277 £ 154 $ 254 € 179 ₪ 641 NZ$ 297 NOK 1800 kr 1946 $ 189 One way, Bergen - Vik, mandatory: $ 139 £ 77 $ 127 € 90 ₪ 320 NZ$ 148 NOK 900 kr 973 $ 94
*A mandatory one-way ticket will be booked for you after tour confirmation. Travel within this part of Norway is complicated and due to the logistics of the tour, arrivals and departures must be organized within tight guidelines. If you are planning on returning directly to Bergen after your tour, please request a roundtrip ticket. Or if you are planning on experiencing the Flåm railway, please indicate this and your ferry and train ticket from Leikanger to the Flåm station, Flåm railway pass to Myrdal, and onward train travel to Bergen will be ordered and invoiced. See extra activity pricing below. We will need:
- Names as they appear on Passport
Please see the section Returning to Bergen in the Day to Day for more details.
(The following should be requested at the time of booking.)
Scenic Flåm Railway, ferry from Leikanger to Flåm, and train tickets, approx.: $ 169 £ 94 $ 155 € 110 ₪ 392 NZ$ 181 NOK 1100 kr 1189 $ 115
Any changes in the booking after official confirmation will incur a change fee of €50 per booking. If the changes/revisions result in higher hotel prices or higher fees in general, this expense will be your responsibility.
Skill Level — Easy–Moderate
Cycling in this area gives you the opportunity to experience breathtaking views. As you pedal the small roads that snake along the towering mountains, you will be sharing the road with car traffic. Whenever possible, your route will veer off onto roads with little to no traffic The itinerary is approximately 260 km in length and consists of both flat and undulating terrain. There is one major hill of 2 km from Sogndal to Hafslo and two small uphills from Urnes to Skjolden. You can easily add more distance if you prefer.
The closest airport to your tour start is Bergen International Airport (Flesland BGO). If you are planning on arriving or departing from Oslo, pleae let us know and we can provide travel details.
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. Departures every 10 minutes in busy hours or otherwise every 20 min. Latest departure is at 11:50 pm. Price for a one way ticket is approx. NOK 105 if you purchase the ticket from the machines in the arrivals hall. If you purchase the ticket directly from the driver, there is an additional NOK 30.
Light Rail (approx. 45 min.)
This is the cheapest option to travel to the city center. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket machines located at the baggage claim area. One way ticket is approx. NOK 40
Taxi: Several taxi companies operate from the airport. Estimated price is between 500 and 600 NOK to the city center.
Due to Bergen’s southwest position on the peninsula, you will find the warmest temperatures in the country. The oceanic climate here means mild winters and pleasant cool summers. 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. Don’t forget your raingear! See below for Average Monthly Weather.
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. Extra nights can be booked before, after, or during your itinerary.
Important to know
It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure that you are in compliance with the country or countries you plan to visit. This includes and is not limited to passport validity, visa requirements, and acquisition, blank passport pages required for your destination (s), etc.
US citizens: A good website to research the requirements of the Schengen Agreement and entry into other countries is travel.state.gov.
Non-EU and EU residents: Please research the requirements of your country of residence for international travel and your destination country or countries.
*Important note: Please check on the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) status as once implemented, this 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.
Churches, museums, and other attractions along your route
Payable on arrival. (Exact pricing is not yet available for 2023)
- Hoppestad Stave Church, Vik (approx. NOK 90)
- Hove Stone Church, Vik (approx. NOK 50)
- Ferry from Solvorn to Urnes (approx. NOK 50)
- Unesco listed Urnes stave church, Urnes (approx. NOK 100)
- Ciderstasting, Balestrand (approx. NOK 350). For more information, ask at the reception at Kviknes Hotel or visit the Ciderhusit site.
- Aquarium and travel museum in Balestrand (price pending)
To do and see in Bergen
We encourage you to do your research before you travel to determine which if any of the following activities you would like to participate in and plan accordingly. Many of these activities can be reserved and paid for online. Check out the Visit Bergen site for ideas and information.
- Mount Floyen and the Funicular (you can hike on several trails and utilize the cable car at many points). You can also book guided hiking tours here.
- Guided city walks (culture, history, & food)
- Guided bike tour (approx. 2 hours)
- Specialty museums
- Bike rental and self-guided cycling in Bergen
Country Entry Requirements
Due to the changing requirements for entry, it is imperative that you stay up to date on requirements set by the country/countries that you are visiting. Please visit our Travel Restrictions Tool page and the country/countries government webpage for this information.
Consider extending your vacation in Bergen, Flåm, or any of your overnight destinations.
This tour is run by Fjord Cycling.
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We do not inflate tour prices.
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