On Norway Bike and Hike, we are excited to offer a departure from our usual self-guided, long distance walks with something a little bit different. Here is your chance to combine walking in Norway with some fantastic cycling, a journey on the picturesque Flåm railway and an opportunity to explore the capital city of Oslo, home to the magnificent Holmenkollbakken ski jump. Experience authentic, unspoilt Norway and enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.
Cycle the Rallarvegen, Norway’s most famous cycling trail, which was created during the construction of the Bergen Railway Line at the start of the 20th century. Rallarvegen offers the challenge of a 82 km journey between Haugastøl and Flåm on a mainly downhill trail passing through Finse at 1222m to end at sea level at Sognefjord on Norway’s west coast.
Take this exhilarating trail over 2 days, getting up close to fast flowing rivers and unbelievably high waterfalls. En route you have the opportunity to take time out on a glacier walk, view remote, wild nature and be amazed at the dramatic fjord landscape.
Once you have completed the Rallarvegen, you can choose from a number of walking trails, including the iconic Aurland Valley, “the Grand Canyon of Norway”. Explore the Flåmsdalen Valley at your own pace, perhaps opting to walk to the spectacular Stegastein Viewpoint or the unforgettable Nærøyfjord, one of the incredibly narrow fjord arms in the 204 km long Sognefjord, the ‘King of the Fjords’.
At the end of your tour, you will return to Oslo on the Flåm Railway, Northern Europe’s steepest railway. The 312 km track, has 20 tunnels and a vertical drop of 865 m and offers wonderful views along the route back to Oslo, where you will have time to explore the art parks, grand cafes, bars and restaurants around the city.
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Arrive Oslo in preparation for your onward rail journey to Haugastøl. Take the opportunity to visit the many sights of this beautiful Nordic capital city before you begin your tour in the mountains. Overnight in an Oslo hotel.
Board the morning train from Oslo to Haugastøl on the Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau, where you will collect your bike and begin the journey on the Rallarvegen, surrounded by glaciers in the National Park. A late afternoon arrival in Finse will give you the opportunity to walk out to the Hardangerjøkulen Glacier before returning for evening dinner. Overnight at the Finsehytta Lodge (operated by the Norwegian Trekking Association) in dormitory accommodation. Board is dinner, bed and breakfast.
At the Finsehytta Lodge, a full range of breads, cheeses and meats is provided to make a packed lunch for your ongoing cycle to Flåm. Continue by bike to Fagernut, before descending through Hallingskeid and Vatnahalsen to Flåm on the Sognefjord. The section which passes through fine upland scenery past Myrdal before descending 21 hairpin bends to the Flåmsdalen Valley is the most popular part of the Rallarvegen. This is Norwegian nature at its best. Steep mountains, vertical waterfalls, fast-flowing rivers and green valleys. Enjoy the ride, stop and look back, listen to the sounds of nature, drink the crystal clear water from the streams and breathe in the fresh, invigorating air. From here the road runs adjacent to the rail line into Flåm where you return your bike at the bike shop next to the railway station. Overnight in a typical Norwegian Guesthouse.
Take the morning bus to the starting point of the Aurland Valley and trek back through the valley to finish at the secluded hamlet of Aurland before taking the return bus back to Flåm. The route down the Aurlandsdalen valley from Østerbø to Vassbygdi (6-7 hours) is one of the best treks in Norway. It is mainly downhill and there are fantastic views through the narrow, spectacular river valley that many consider the most beautiful in Norway. You will pass summer pasture farms, waterfalls and wild nature.
Enjoy a relaxing return train journey through breathtaking scenery on the famous Bergen / Flåm railway back to Oslo for onward travel home.
Fixed Price - £775 per person
Single supplement - On application
You can extend your tour by staying an additional night(s) in Oslo at the start or end of your tour, giving you more time to explore the city and surrounding area. It is possible to take a later train to Haugastøl and overnight there in a cosy mountain cabin or at a unique, traditional mountain hotel. Extend your visit to the fjords with an extra overnight in Flåm. We can provide the Flåmsdalen Valley Map and a leaflet with information about day treks, (with public bus connections to and from the locations), kayak trips, and sightseeing cruises on the fjord. Visit the famous Stegastein Viewpoint or select the narrow Nærøyfjord, a branch of the larger Sognefjord. The fjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is 18 km long but only 500 metres wide in some parts. If you would like us to extend your stay or make any other changes, please let us know in the Comments section of the Enquiry Form.
|Overnight Stops and Distances (Optional extra overnights shown in brackets)|
|17 miles / 27 km (by bike)|
|33 miles / 53 km (by bike)|
|Aurland Valley -13 miles / 21 km (hiking)|
|(Various hiking trails)|
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