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5 days - Norway's most popular bike route, independent departures. Family friendly.

Rallarvegen is the most popular cycling route in Norway, and follows the hand-made service road used during the building of the Bergenbanen railway from 1895-1902. Rallarvegen follows the outskirts of the Hardangervidda Plateau, leads you along the Bergen Railway Line from Haugastøl via Finse, Hallingskeid, Myrdal and down to Flåm. The road by itself is an attraction, but it also brings you through a fantastic highland area starting at 1000 meters above sea level, peaking at 1222 meters for then to lead you back down to the fjords at sea level.

The road is 82 km long and the scenery varies immensely, from Arctic high mountain nature across Hardangervidda to the opulent green Flåmsdalen valley. Although the road standard is rather rough along the route, there is little or no tourist traffic, and there are some asphalted stretches here and there.

This trips is great for families and finishing in Bergen allows you to travel on to other regions of Norway with ease.

Day 1
Arrive in Oslo, Europe's greenest capital
Day 2
Train Oslo to Haugastøl, cycle to Finse
Day 3
Biking ‘Rallarvegen’
Day 4
Flåm to Bergen with fjord cruise
Day 5
Depart Bergen
Start Place
Oslo, Norway tours
End Place
Bergen, Norway tours
Country Visited
Norway tours
Duration
5 Days
Type
Active
Code
50DN0775

Details

Transportation

Train, bike & local ferry.

Included
  • Train tickets Oslo - Haugastøl
  • Bike hire from Haugastøl to Flåm - DBS Rallar Haugastøl Women's and Mens' bike. An electric bike can be hired at an additional cost
  • 1 night in lodge at Finse with dinner, breakfast & packed lunch
  • 1 night in Flåm including dinner & breakfast
  • 1 night in Oslo and Bergen including breakfast
  • Cruise Flåm to Gudvangen, shuttle bus to Voss and train to Bergen
  • Luggage transfer between Oslo and Bergen for your larger luggage
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fees
Not Included

Please note: Due to insurance helmets are not available for rental. They are for sale only and we strongly recommend them for all cyclists.

This active tour is not luxurious.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Oslo, Europe's greenest capital

Arrive Oslo and transfer into the city via the airport train. Oslo is a nature centric city, with greenery and wooded areas never far away. Besides enjoying these spaces, it is recommended to take the ferry down to the island Bygdøy to see the many museums there and stroll through Vigelandsparken, the largest single artist sculpture garden in the world.

Discover the new area of Bjorvika with the new Opera House and Munch Museum and then explore the charming shopping streets, cosy cafés and exciting eateries of Grünerløkka. After going shopping at numerous design boutiques, vintage shops and flea markets, head to the Mathallen food hall for local specialties. Lastly, visit the new National Museum of Norway down by the harbour before finding a spot in one of the local fish restaurants for dinner.

Accommodation
Comfort Hotel Grand Central
Restaurants
Restaurant options in Oslo

Day 2 - Train Oslo to Haugastøl, cycle to Finse

Start in Oslo by taking the train to Haugastøl, on the edge of the Hardangervidda mountain plateau. On arrival at Haugastøl pick up your bike and start cycling towards Finse. Average day trip on good, gravelled roads with boulder railings. Distance: 27km.

We have included a luggage service between Oslo and Bergen, meaning you do not have to bring your main luggage for the trip. Your luggage will be picked up from your hotel in Oslo around 6am and transferred to your hotel in Bergen. You will take an overnight rucksack only for your trip to Finse and Flåm (which is transferred from Haugastøl to Finse).

This evening, stay in the newly renovated Finse 1222 mountain lodge with dinner included.

Meals
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Finse 1222 Mountain Lodge

Day 3 - Biking ‘Rallarvegen’

After breakfast, continue the cycling trip along the railway construction road (Rallarvegen) to Myrdal and on to Flåm. The trip follows a well maintained gravel road through the Hardangervidda. Take your time to enjoy the fabulous scenery, and if you are lucky you might even spot wild reindeer in the area. You will pass by the Fagervatn Lake, which is the highest point of Rallarvegen at 1310m. In the summertime, a café is run in the Fagernut Dwelling, where you can buy freshly made waffles and coffee.

The terrain is reasonably flat with some up and down between Finse and Myrdal (38km). Then at Myrdal you will take off towards Flåm and follow the very steep downhill switchback path to the bottom of the Flåm Valley. These last 20km from Myrdal to Flåm offer stunning views down the valley following the Flåm Railway. Doing the trip by bike allows you to plan a leisurely trip with lots of photo opportunities that those travelling by train will miss.

The trip from Finse to Flåm is an good day-trip following the foot and bicycle path along the railway to Myrdal and down to Flåm valley. Distance: 55km. Drop off bike at the bike depot in Flåm, get your overnight luggage from the train station and check into your hotel.

Lunch is a packed lunch.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Overnight at hotel in Flåm.

Day 4 - Flåm to Bergen with fjord cruise

Spend the morning in Flåm before taking the express boat on the Sognefjord to Bergen. Cast off from Flåm for a two hour fjord cruise through the UNESCO World Heritage listed Nærøyfjord to Gudvangen. In Gudvangen you change to the connecting bus to Voss, taking you through the beautiful scenery and the magnificent Nærøy valley. In Voss you change to a train that takes you to Bergen. Transfer independently from the train station to your hotel, meeting up again with your luggage.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Clarion Hotel Admiral
Restaurants
Cornelius Fish Restaurant

Day 5 - Depart Bergen

Before departing, head out for some sightseeing in Bergen. A hike or Fløibanen Funicular journey up to the top of Mount Fløyen is a must for first-time visitors to the city. There is great shopping in the old Hanseatic wharf Bryggen, as well as numerous fascinating museums and historic sights.

Independent transfer to the airport.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Dates & Prices

All prices listed are per person, based on two people sharing a room. 2023 prices are indicative due to the current uncertainty across Europe with increasing energy and volatile fuel costs.

Dates
Valid From
Valid To
From Price
Status
Accommodation
1 Jul 2023
30 Sep 2023
1 Jul 2023
30 Sep 2023
GBP 853
Available
Standard
1 Jul 2023
30 Sep 2023
1 Jul 2023
30 Sep 2023
GBP 199
Available
Extra for Single

Important Information

DBS Rallar Haugastøl Classic Women's and Men's bike included in price. 8 gears, Front Suspension, Hub-brake in addition to regular brakes (3 brakes in total), Alu frame, Luggage carrier and Flat pedals (no SPD). Upgrades can be requested, electric bikes are now available.

Note for families:

Rallarvegen is at times very steep, and the road is largely unsecured and demanding for children. If you want to ride all the way, we recommend that the children are 12 years old. That being said we have 7 year olds who are fine, and 16 year olds who don't stand stand a chance. Luggage and kid bike trolleys are not recommended between Finse and Flåm. The ride between Haugastøl and Finse is suitable for younger children. The road is in relatively good shape, and not as steep as the Finse-Flåm route.

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