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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Here at Go Fjords, we want you to have an enjoyable travel experience which meets your expectations in every way. With this in mind, please read through our general conditions of travel before departure.