The Classic Fjord Cycling Tour

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Biking Level 3 7 days 4-10 participants

Overview

Highlights

  • Visit Ålesund, one of Norway's most beautiful cities. 
  • Atlantic Road
  • Visit Geiranger Fjord
  • Bike up the Troll Road to reach the Troll Wall-our hiking destination for one day.
  • Beautiful vistas of dramatic fjords.

The Classic Fjord Tour is filled with endless highlights, from the beautiful Atlantic road to the mighty Trollsladder, and to the majestic fjords. You will enjoy this trip if you want to explore the deep beauty of Norway, visiting some of the top tourist highlights while also exploring the less-visited and remote areas of Norway only the locals know about. 

The scenery along this biking tour is magnificent, and if you want to experience the Norwegian mountain landscape at its absolute best, this is an excellent option. This tour starts and ends in the city of Ålesund. This coastal city is a famous seaport, and it is widely known for its concentration of Art Nouveau architecture. Ålesund airport offers good connections (direct flights) to several foreign cities (KLM, among others, operates daily flights). Norwegian and SAS also operate several daily flights to Oslo. 

If you have the time, we recommend that you plan an extra day in Oslo before or after the tour. Oslo is among Lonely Planet's top 10 cities on their Best in travel 2018 list

Please let us know if you have any questions. You can contact us at hvitserk@norrona.com

What's included

  • All accommodations
  • All meals
  • Professional nature guide
  • All transport within itinerary

See more of what's included under the "details" tab

Contact

Questions about the trip? Don't hesitate to contact our project leader below, or contact our office here.

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Details

Difficulty

Level 3 out of 5. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. The length of each day varies in km and climbs, from 50km to 120km, from 100m climb to 2500m climb.You should have some roadbiking experience to join this tour. Come prepared to be challenged in the Norwegian terrain on some days of this tour, and on others simply sit back and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you!

What to bring?

Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. 

How to get there?

Ålesund is where the trip starts. Norwegian and SAS also operate several daily flights to Oslo.

Accommodation

We stay at high standard hotels in double room. If you travel alone, you will share a same-sex twin room, but on some nights single rooms are possible, please let us know if you would like to pay extra for this. The single supplement is 4500 NOK for the whole trip. All meals are included as described in the day to day program.

Baggage

Due to limited space in the transportation, we ask that you bring one piece of luggage (we recommend a duffel bag, which is easier than a rolling bag to transport on this tour).

Insurance

You need a travel and health insurance, which also includes transportation back to your country. Remember to bring your insurance card/information. 

Languages

The guide will speak English.

Changes may occur

We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions

Number of participants

Minimum: 4 people; Maximum: 10 people.

What's included?        

  • Guide
  • Accommodation for 6 nights in double room
  • Breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner (as described in the day to day program). 
  • All local transport
  • All activites during the trip
  • Snacks during the days

Not included in the price:

  • International and domestic flights (our program starts in Oslo and ends in Ålesund)
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Snacks

Day by Day

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1

Arrival Ålesund

Accommodation Fishermans Cabins
Meals D

We meet up in Ålesund Airport and we have a transfer towards Håholmen, the first night of our week-long trip. Håholmen Hotel is an original cluster of houses, the guests roam between the builingds here, just like they did in a living fishermens community in the olden days. Håholmen is known for their exquisite food. They use local ingredients and prepare the food from scratch. We eat and drink together and during the evening the guide will go through the program and we will go through the equipment together. 

 

day

2

Cruising along the fjords

Accommodation Hotel
Meals B, L, D
Distance 100km

Today, the famous Atlantic Road awaits! This architectural masterpiece has eight bridges connecting the many islands with the mainland. We bike along the Kvernefjorden to Angvika. In Angvika we arrive at the accommodation, a little gem hidden in this region. Enjoy som free time at the spa, swim in the fjords and get ready for an incredible five-course-dinner. The chef presents the menu, and we will be served local delicacies. and the gentle soun dof waves and ocean breezes will help you fall asleep. 

day

3

Angvika - Åndalsnes

Accommodation Hotel
Meals B, L, D
Distance 115km

After a good night's sleep, make sure you have enough energy for todays leg. This will be the longest leg in km and a pretty descent climb uphill as well. Today we will bike the route 666, so be on your best behaviour! Going from the coastal landscapes we are moving towards higher mountains and peaks. The little town of Åndalsnes is a base for mountaineeers and cyclists, and is called the mountain capital of Norway. 

day

4

Trolls and kayaking

Accommodation Hotel
Meals B, L, D
Distance 50km

Today we have the shortest leg in km, but the toughest climbs of the whole trip! We bike up the famous switchbacks up to 705masl, and from there the road is mostly flat and downhill to Valldal. We reach Valldal around 12pm, and after lunch we get ready to explore the fjord from the water! Enjoy a stunning kayak tour from Fjøra to Tafjord. In the evening we enjoy dinner together.

day

5

Geiranger

Accommodation Hotel
Meals B, L, D
Distance 80km

We leave behind the charming village Valldal, and head towards Geiranger. We take a ferry to Eidsdal and climb up towards the Ørnesvingen viewpoint. We have a short stop there to take photos of The UNESCO World Heritage Fjord landscape. We get back on our bikes, and go down the switchbacks to Geiranger. In Geiranger we stop for lunch and rest. After lunch our next challenge is the viewpoint Dalsnibba. The view from the glass platform viewpoint at 1500masl is breathtaking and so is the climb! We go back down again to Geiranger towards our dinner and accommodation for the night.

 

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6

The queen stage

Accommodation Hotel
Meals B, L, D
Distance 100km

We wake up with the view of beautiful Geiranger and we eat our breakfast and drink our coffee. We start the day by taking the ferry through the Geirangerfjord, a breathtaking fjord with old farms on the mouintainsides and waterfalls to many to count. 

When we reach Hellesylt, we start the tour through Norangsdalen, known as the Queens stage. The narrow valley is full of cultural memories and beautiful landscapes. We reach the Hjørundfjord, a lesser known fjord, but just as stunning as the more famous fjords. Some of the communities in this fjords is only reachable by ferries but is still inhabitated. The jagged paks of the Sunnmøre Apls and the narrow valleys make this fjords very popular for adventure seekers. 

We arrive Ålesund in the afternoon, and we get together to enjoy the last meal of the week. Thank you for the good times! 

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7

Goodbye in Ålesund

Meals B

We eat breakfast together at the hotel, and maybe you will have some time to look around in Ålesund. It is always sad to say goodbye to new friends, but we hope that you have time to do some reflection on the bus trip back to the Ålesund airport. 

 

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Equipment List

Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring everything you need. We encourage you to use what you have for this trip, and purchase items if you're missing something important on the list below. We have divided the gear list into three categories:

  1. Required: If you do not own this gear, you must acquire it for your trip.
  2. Recommended: Gear we suggest to be comfortable, but it is not imperative.
  3. Optional: Fun, additional luxuries.  

Layering is extremely important in a variable climate like Norway. This list will guide you through the essentials. Remember the Norwegian saying "There is no bad weather, only bad gear", and prepare appropriately for any weather. You can read about the weather where you're traveling here.

Advice on other essentials to pack in your pack from Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure on Vimeo.

How to pack for your trip to Norway from Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure on Vimeo.

Please contact us at hvitserk@norrona.com if you have any questions and check out our gear page to learn more.

We always recommend wool in the Norwegian Mountains, but if you already have synthetic layers and don't want to buy new ones, synthetic is okay. 

Required:

BASE LAYER

Wool long-sleeved top and bottom.

MID-LAYER

A medium thickness wool or fleece top.

INSULATED JACKET

A warm jacket for breaks and before after biking. We recommend a puffy jacket with down or synthetic. Something equivalant in warmth is also okay.

WATERPROOF SHELL PANTS

We strongly recommend having a water proof layer for your legs in case the weather is cold and rainy. You will enjoy the biking more when warm and comfortable.

SHELL / RAIN JACKET

Gore-Tex or similar is mandatory. Extrememly important in Norwegian climate. The jacket must be waterproof, have a hood, and make sure you don’t get wet even if it rains all day. We recommend jackets with pit zips for ventilation. 

CYCLING PANTS

Hiking pants comfortable for all day wear. Should fit your long underwear beneathe and fit under your rain shell pants if you choose to bring some. Zip off into shorts or an additional pair of shorts is option. 

CYCLING JERSEYS


CYCLING GLOVES


HATS

1 sun hat, 1 warm hat.

CYCLING SOCKS

2-4 pairs, we recommend wool, above the ankle, in your preferred thickness.

CYCLING SHOES

Bring footwear you know fits you and is comfortable.

BACKPACK

Daypack for warm layers, food, snacks, water and needed items. 20-40 liters.

SUNGLASSES

UV rated, we recommend a strap to keep them in place and so they don't get lost.

SUNSCREEN / CHAPSTICK

Make sure the Chapstick has UV rated sunscreen in it. 

WATER BOTTLE / CAMELBACK

2 liter capacity. 

TOILETRIES

Personal basics: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, etc...

PERSONAL MEDICATIONS

Make sure you bring any personal meds you need on your trip, and ensure the Hvitserk office is updated on your allergies or needs. 

Recommended:

WOOL UNDERWEAR

We highly recommend bringing wool underwear and bra for hiking. No cotton.

SCARF OR BUFF

A layer to protect your neck or face. 

THERMOS

We recommend a thermos for hot drinks to have with you all day.

SWIMWEAR

A bathing suit and small towel if you would like to swim, hot tub or sauna depending on your trip. 

BIKE SHORTS

For the sunny days

HEADLAMP

Important item to always have in your pack. Emergency back up and useful for long days. 

FIRST AID KIT

If you have certain hiking aids specific to you: i.e. blister care or ibuprofen, etc...

CAMERA

Its important to be present while hiking, but also a great joy to bring some snapshots home with you for memory lane. 

CASUAL CLOTHES AND SHOES

A reminder to bring a set of clothes for transfers, relaxing in the evenings, and non-hiking time. An extra, dry pair of shoes is recommended.

Optional:

ANTIBAC

If you need it for the bathroom or lunch. 

WET WIPE OR TOILET PAPER

If you have a bathroom emergency while hiking. We use "pack it in pack it out" ethics, so you will need to carry out your used items and throw them away later.

EAR PLUGS

If youre a light sleeper.

JOURNAL

In order to take notes and write about the trip.

SNACKS

Chocolate, nuts or energy bars if there is something particular you enjoy eating. You will have the opportunity to buy snacks on your trip.

SLEEPING MASK

To cover your eyes when sleeping in 24 hour light. You can aslo use your buff.


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