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Hardangerfjord Cruise and First-class Fjord Cycling Trip

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A reflection of a small village with houses in red, white, red and orange mirrored in the Hardangerfjord.

Overview

Close to nature at your own pace
  • Season
    Wed, 2 May - Sun, 26 Aug
  • Departure point
    Bergen Bus Terminal or Norheimssund
  • Duration
    11.5 hours

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 Utne, 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 Utne and Herand and takes around 3 hours to complete. With 7 hours between your arrival in Utne and your departure by boat at Herand. 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. 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. You can take another 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. You must also 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.

Hardangerfjord cruise and bike ride itinerary

07:25- Depart by bus from Bergen bus station (terminal O)

08:55- Arrive by bus at Norheimsund quay

09:00- Depart by boat from Norheimsund quay

09:55- Arrive by boat at Utne quay

(You have just over 7 hours to rent your bikes and explore)

17:10- Depart by boat from Herand quay

17:30- Arrive by boat at Norheimsund quay

17:45- Depart by bus at Norheimsund quay

19:10- Arrive by bus at Bergen bus station (terminal O)

Road cycling in Norway

While this particular cycling route is relatively short, it’s important that you are aware of the safety requirements and the law. We want you to have a day that is memorable for all the right reasons, so here are some safety tips:

  • When cycling on the road, keep to the right
  • Always give way to those coming from your right
  • It’s fine to cycle on the pavement but reduce your speed appropriately
  • Only children under 10 years of age can be carried as passengers
  • Don’t ride a bike under the influence of alcohol
  • Always wear a helmet


Prices and departures

Prices

From Bergen


Adult NOK 940
Child (4-15NOK 595

From Norheimsund


Adult NOK 599
Child (4-15NOK 420

Quoted prices apply to online bookings. An additional charge may apply on trips where purchasing on site is available.

Departures

From: Bergen


07:25 from Bergen Bus Terminal, Exit O

From: Norheimsund


09:00 from the quay


Map

Highlights

Sights on the trip

  • Hardangerfjord

    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. As the Hardangerfjord ferry departs from Norheimsund, have your camera at the ready. From the top deck of the boat, you’ll be able to capture the true magnificence of the fjord. You’ll also be able to admire the beautiful scenery by bike as the cycle route mostly follows the water’s edge.

    The Hardangerfjord with brown and red wooden houses in the foreground.
  • Samlafjord

    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 above sea level) marks the divide between the outer and inner parts of Samlafjord and offers photo-friendly views both into and out of Hardangerfjord.

    The steering wheel of a bike facing the blue waters of the Hardangerfjord backed up by rock mountains.
  • Herand

    The small rural community of Herand is situated in the municipality of Jondal, the gateway to Folgefonna National Park. Herand has been voted Norway's finest 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 view of the small town of Herand located in Hardanger from the boat deck sailing into to the port. The view covers a small boat harbour as well as green hills with wooden houses.

Practical information

Top tips and advice

Facilities on the boat 

  • Toilets are available on board
  • A kiosk selling drinks and snacks

Facilities between Utne and Herand

  • Bike rental shop at Utne
  • A grocery store at Utne
  • Cafe, gift shop and toilets at Hardanger Folk Museum
  • Restaurant and toilets at Herand

What to wear

You’re going to be cycling Norway’s fjords, so you need to dress appropriately. If you don’t own proper cycling gear, wear clothes that you feel comfortable in. You should also carefully consider which layers to take with you. The weather can be changeable in Norway, even in the summer months. You will be provided with a helmet and reflective vest as part of your bike rental. For your safety, you must wear these at all times.

What to eat

Before you experience the bike tour, think about where you’d like to eat. As outlined above, there are a few cafes and restaurants on the way. However, these can get very busy. It’s important to keep your energy levels up so that you can pedal faster, so we recommend that you take food and water with you. You can bring a packed lunch with you or stop at the grocery store in Utne before you begin cycling to Herand.

Additional Information

Please note that this tour is not suitable for children under the age of 12 years old. Remember that if you have an accident or encounter something unexpected on your cycle trip, you can call us on our helpline on +47 971 64 700.

If cycling doesn’t appeal to you, enjoy stunning views of the Hardangerfjord by foot. Check out our Pulpit Rock hiking tour or Trolltunga adventure- two of the most popular places to visit in Norway.

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