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If you’re looking for active day trips from Bergen this boat and biking excursion is just what you’re looking for! You don’t need to dedicate yourself to a long distance cycling holiday to experience the spectacular scenery that the Norwegian fjords have to offer.
There are various national cycling routes across Norway and it is possible to cycle a shorter distance. Our excursion includes bus, boat and biking tour and gives you the opportunity to explore one of Norway’s most popular fjords, the Hardangerfjord.
The trip begins with a transfer bus from Bergen bus station to Norheimsund, where a fjord cruise will take you to Herand, a picturesque village in the Hardanger region of Hordaland county. It’s here where you’ll begin your biking adventure! Cycle hire, helmets and reflective vests are all included in the cost of your ticket. Once you’ve been allocated a bicycle, you’re ready for your bike trip. The bicycle tour follows the 25 km stretch of road between Herand and Utne and takes around 3 hours to complete. With 7 hours between your arrival in Herand and your departure by boat at Utne. That means you have plenty of time to explore- and there’s plenty to see!
This isn’t a guided bike tour, which means that you can decide your own itinerary. You must leave yourself some time to explore Herand, which is rich in history, culture and tradition. Herand has been voted as Norway’s most beautiful village, so it is definitely time well spent. You can take a break from your bike tour at the small village of Lothe. Here, you’ll find a gorgeous beach, so take a swim in the water and cool down. Also plan a short stop at Hardanger Folk Museum, which exhibits Hardanger embroidery and traditional costumes. It’s a great way to explore the region’s unique culture.
Sights on the trip
If Sognefjord is the King of the fjords then Hardangerfjord is the Queen. Stretching for 179 km, it is the second largest fjord in Norway and the fourth largest in the world. Surrounded by towering cliffs, snow-capped mountains and blossoming fruit trees, this part of Norway is a masterpiece of nature.
Part of the Hardangerfjord between Kvam, Jondal, Granvin and Ullensvang. The fjord is 30 km long, and over 800 metres deep in some places. The characteristic mountain of Samlen (686 metres) marks the divide between the outer and inner parts of Samlafjord and offers some very photo-friendly views both into and out of Hardangerfjord.
The small rural community of Herand is located in the municipality of Jondal, the gateway to Folgefonna National Park. Herand has been voted Norway's most beautiful rural community, with its well-preserved cultural landscape and beautiful location. Here, you can experience authentic Norwegian cultural history with old farmyards, marketplaces, Bronze Age carvings, a boat-building museum and local flavours.
A Destination Guide
Hardanger is a traditional region in Western Norway in the county of Vestlandet. The area offers an abundance of natural beauty including the captivating Hardangerfjord, two national parks, waterfalls and national tourist routes through rural areas.