Photo: Sverre Hjørnevik / Fjord Norway AS
 

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HARDANGERFJORD

The ultimate Hardanger Fjord experience

This stunning signature ride along the beautiful west Norwegian Fjords lasts for eight days, and lets you have nice meals and a good rest at The Historical Hotels & Restaurants along the route. A support vehicle will transport your luggage and further be at your service if needed. On request, an additional option of electrial bikes is possible for the whole ride. Our guides will join you to assure that you will be on track and give you the best experience. The average biking distances per day is about 50 km and requires that you are normally fit and have some bicycling experience. You can read more about the trip day by day further below.

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HARDANGERFJORD TRIP DAY BY DAY (guided)

Day 1: Arrival – Welcome to Voss

We meet in the afternoon for a warm welcome at Store Ringheim Hotel & Restaurant. This is a most special hotel in agricultural surroundings in the outskirts of Voss centre, all the rooms are uniquely designed and nicely decorated. 

We get toghether with the crew and the rest of the group who will join us on our trip. A glass of wine or mineral water and some Norwegian “tapas” will be served. Information regarding the forthcoming trip will be given, and we will have a look at the bicycles to adjust the equipment for you.

You can choose between three different Scott bicycle types, read more about the bicycles here, and please let us know when you have decided. 

There will be possibilities to go for a short evening trip to test the bikes, where we head for the Mølstertunet open air Museum nearby, with a wonderful view to the centre of Voss and the lakes and mountains beyond. Three course dinner is included and will be served at Store Ringheim Hotel & Restaurant in the evening.

  • Highlights: Transfer to Voss, Voss Folk Museum Mølstertunet 
  • Bicycle lenght: 2 km (to check the equipment)
  • Meals: Norwegian “tapas”, 3 course dinner
  • Accommodation: Store Ringheim Hotel & Restaurant
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Day 2: Biking around Voss

We enjoy a lovely breakfast at Store Ringheim Hotel & Restaurant before we head for the Tvindefossen waterfall. We will come quite close to this famous waterfall, and there will be possibilities to buy a ice cream and enjoy the lovely view. Afterwards we pedal the same route back and there will be several possibilites for lunch when we return to the centre of Voss. After lunch we go for another bike ride around Lake Vangsvatnet. This ride around the Lake takes you through old farms and lovely scenery. You can read more about the two trips, Tvindefossen Waterfall and Lake Vangsvatnet here. 

  • Highlights: Tvindefossen waterfall, Lake Vangsvatnet, Voss town center 
  • Bicycle lenght: 54 km, 31km before lunch and 23km after lunch
  • Meals: Breakfast, 3 course dinner
  • Accommodation: Store Ringheim Hotel & Restaurant
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Day 3: We head to the fjords!

After a hearty breakfast we are ready to leave southwards heading for the Hardanger Fjord. There will be a gentle grading climb at the start of our trip, we will have a short stop at the top of Skjervesfossen waterfall where we will feel the refreshing spray of the waterfall close to the road. We will continue our descent through some hairpin bends towards Granvin, a charming little village where we will have a coffee break and possibilities to buy a snack. At Granvin we will also see the Hardanger Fjord for the first time, and we will be biking along the fjord side to Kvanndal, where we will be waiting for the ferryboat to carry us over to Utne, crossing the fjord.

  • Highlights: Voss, Skjervesfossen waterfall, Granvin, Utne, Kvanndal, ferry crossing the Hardanger Fjord
  • Bicycle lenght: 40 km
  • Terrain: A long but gentle gradual climb to start with, then downhill and flat to the Hardanger fjord, somewehat hilly with climbs along the fjord to Kvanndal
  • Meals: Breakfast, 3 course dinner
  • Accommodation: Utne Hotel
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Day 4: Crossing the Hardanger Fjord kind of day!

After breakfast at Utne Hotel we take the ferry over the fjord to Kinsarvik where we bike towards Ulvik. On this trip we will be crossing the famous Hardanger bridge before lunch which will be at Brakanes Hotel in Ulvik. After lunch we bike from Ulvik to Granvin, Kvanndal and then a ferry boat will carry us back to Utne.

  • Highlights: Kinsarvik, the great Hardanger Bridge, Ulvik, Espeland mountain valley,
  • Bicycle lenght: 65 km 
  • Terrain: To start with both flat and hilly, a major climb after lunch
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, 3 course dinner
  • Accommodation: Utne Hotel

 

Day 5: Biking along The Hardanger Fjord

After breakfast at Utne Hotel with its wonderful surroundings, we head further southwards along the Hardanger Fjord, passing little fruit farms and charming small communities like Lothe and Alsåker. At Herand we will have a short stop for an ice cream and coffee in the tiny, cosy harbour, and we will possibly have a stop to look at soe Bronze Age rock carcings along the route. We continue pedaling towards Jondal, where there will be possibilities to buy a lunch meal on the quay, before entering the ferry boat to take us across to Tørvikbygd, on the other side of the Hardanger Fjord. From here we bike the last stretch to our next hotel, Hardingasete, which is indeed a very special and cosy guesthouse.

  • Highlights: Fruit gardens are blossoming in May/June. In August/September you can pick cherries from your bicycle seatpost. Tiny cosy villages like Herand and Jondal, ferry crossing the Hardanger Fjord to Tørvikbygd, bath tub at Hardingasete
  • Bicycle lenght: 43 km
  • Terrain: A mix of flat and hilly, two minor climbs
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner
  • Accommodation: Hardingasete
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Day 6: Biking to the Steinsdalsfossen waterfall

We will have a roundtrip from Hardingasete and get back in the afternoon. This day we will bike towards Norheimsund, and we will have a look at Steinsdalsfossen waterfall. In Norheimsund you can choose between several places to buy your lunch. After lunch we head back to Hardingasete where we stay for one more night and will enyoy a lovely meal in the evening. 

  • Highlights: Norheimsund, Steinsdalsfossen waterfall, The Hardanger Fjord
  • Bicycle lenght: 43 km 
  • Terrain: Mostly flat, some small hills
  • Meals: Breakfast, 3 course dinner
  • Accommodation: Hardingasete
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Day 7: Last day of biking, ending the day in the spa!

We continue the last part of the route along the fjord to Mundheim, where we head for a small climb as we are leaving the Hardanger Fjord. Slightly the landscape changes, the mountains come closer, and a couple of lakes come up as we are approaching Skjelbreid for lunch. This day we need to bring a lunch packet and enjoy our lunch outside. After admiring the wonderful view from this place during the lunch, we continue pedaling downwards to the Fusa Fjord and ferry crossing at Venjaneset. From Hatvik on the other side of the Fusa Fjord, there is a short distance of biking to our next grand hotel, Solstrand Hotel & Spa which is wonderfully situated on the Bjørna Fjord. With its beautiful garden and luxury facilities like the spa and the pools, you must make sure to relax and enjoy it all before dinner is served. 

  • Highlights: Strandebarm a cosy village, lunch at Skjelbreid, ferry ride across the Fusa Fjord
  • Bicycle lenght: 63 km
  • Terrain: Mostly flat, a couple of climbs
  • Meals: Breakfast, 3 course dinner
  • Accommodation: Solstrand Hotel & Spa
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Day 8: Last day – transfer to Bergen

After breakfast at Solstrand Hotel & Spa there is possibility to add on a night accommodation in Bergen (on request), for sightseeing in the lovely city of Bergen. 
Alternative: transfer to Bergen Airport Flesland on your own.

Voss

 

Skjervsfossen waterfall

 

The Hardanger Fjord. Photo: Sverre Hjørnevik / Fjord Norway AS

 

After bike at Hardingasete!

 

Skjelbreid

 

Pool at Solstrand Hotel & Spa