What to expect
Cycling through Sunnhordland on the west Norwegian fjord coast will leave you breathless – from the scenery. This tour brings you so much beauty; fjords, mountains and green hills. Island hopping each day on the fjord’s ferries allows you to take some time off the bike to appreciate the stunning scenery.
Picturesque villages with their old wooden houses and coastal and glacier views and mountain backdrops are the perfect places to overnight. Cycling along varied and rolling terrain this tour involves a certain degree of fitness as this beautiful part of the world is certainly not flat but days can be shortened by taking ferries meaning you don’t miss out on the scenery.
At a glance
- Stunning coastal fjords and high mountains
- Picturesque villages with old wooden houses
- Peace, tranquility and fresh salty air
Day 1 (Sun):
Arrive in Bergen
Arrive in Bergen, gateway to the fjords.
Day 2 (Mon):
Bergen to Rosendal
Spend the day exploring the beautiful city of Bergen with its wonderful waterside setting and mountain backdrop. Stroll through the old cobbled streets, visit the famous fish market and the old fortress. Take the late afternoon Hardangerfjord express boat across Norway's second largest fjord to the pretty village of Rosendal. Dinner is included on this day.
Day 3 (Tue):
Rosendal - Skånevik
31 miles (50 km)
Explore the village of Rosendal and visit the Barony, Scandinavia’s smallest castle, before cycling through beautiful countryside with stunning views of the Hangerford fjord and on to the islands of Tysnes, Stord and Halsnøy. Take a short ferry ride to the idyllic village of Skånevik on the Skånevik fjord with its open coastal landscape and mountain backdrop. Dinner is included on this day.
Day 4 (Wed):
Skånevik - Leirvik
32 miles (52 km)
Cycle through stunning scenery to Etne. Those not wanting to tackle the hilly route back to Etne can take a local boat or bus back to Skånevik. The express boat takes you to Leirvik, a town on the island of Stord, with a pretty harbour. Dinner is included on this day.
Day 5 (Thu):
Leirvik - Bekkjarvik
24 miles (39km)
Today is the longest stage following the North Sea Route that runs from Egersund to Bergen. Initially uphill from Leirvik to Sagvåg, it is then easy cycling through farmland to Bekkjarvik, an old merchant town with a wonderful gallery and exhibition of boats from the 1800s to today. Dinner is included on this day.
Day 6 (Fri):
Bekkjarvik - Bergen
12 miles (20 km) - or as long as you want!
Cycle to Hufthamar ferry terminal to return to Bergen or alternatively take a detour and island hop; cycle on to the island of Selbjørn, continue over the bridge to the island of Stolmen, and then north to Storebø before returning to Hufthamar or you can even go all the way out to the island of Store Kalsøy.
Day 7 (Sat):
Depart from Bergen
Check out after breakfast or extend your stay to explore this beautiful city further.
Small local guesthouses
We use a pool of small local guesthouses with good restaurants to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.
- Full board included on 4 days (with packed lunch)
- Breakfast included on 2 days in Bergen
- Secure bike storage
- Luggage transported each day
Dates & Prices
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- 6 nights accommodation
- Board: Full board x 4 days (3 course dinners plus packed lunch), B&B x 2 days (in Bergen)
- Luggage transportation
- Maps and route information
- Local contact number for assistance
- Hardamgerfjord express boat from Bergen to Rosendal
- Ferry Utaker to Skanevik
- Express boat Skanevik to Leirvik
- Ferry Sandvikvag to Husavik (Day 5)
- Express boat Hufthamar to Bergen
- Total cost of ferries above not included is 500 NOK per person (Roughly £45 pp and payable for tickets when boarding - price includes bike tickets)
Extra nights in Bergen available on request - please enquire
This tour is not recommended for children under 12 years
Bikes come with a pannier, handlebar bag, repair kit, pump and lock all included at no extra cost when you hire. A spare inner tube is also provided - local cost applies if used.
Hybrid with 24 gears
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An excellent way to see the beautiful Norwegian landscape by bike and ferry. The food was fantastic too.Katharine King, UK, August 2017
This is a fabulous trip and we had a wonderful time. The scenery is breathtaking and the cycling distances and difficulty were just right for us, allowing us to have a relaxing and comfortable trip. Staying somewhere different each night was really interesting, and in most cases the choice of ferry times meant that we could choose to take a long time on the journey, or do the journey quickly and have time to relax and sightsee at our destination. The hotels we stayed in were mixed - some absolutely outstanding, some less so, but the evening meals included in the trip were magnificent and would definitely appeal to a foodie (so long as they like fish!). It is worth noting that while cycling you don't pass many places to buy snacks along the way, so it is worth bringing some with you. The bikes were excellent - brand new Scott touring bikes with a rack and we had a pannier each which was just right for rain jackets, bottles, snacks etc. However, the bikes didn't have bottle cages. I had issues with some of the documentation received from Freedom Treks about the trip - (contradictory / incorrect ferry times, route information that wasn't detailed enough) and have suggested that these are addressed. I have also suggested additional details that we would have found useful, such as the locations of cafes and the facilities at each ferry port. Despite that we had a wonderful time and wouldn't hesitate to recommend this trip.Caroline Coleman-Davies, July 2016