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Around the Hardanger Fjord – by bike

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from 6 950 NOK
Length 3 days
Travel period May - Jun - Aug - Sep
Degrees of difficulty
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The price includes

  • Accommodation x 4 – sharing room
  • Breakfast according to programme.
  • Packed lunch according to programme.
  • Dinners according to programme.
  • Luggage transport acc. to the progr.
  • Ferry tickets on the programme.
  • Own tour leader from Expa Travel.
  • Local crew and support vehicle.
  • Tour is covered by the Norwegian Travel Guarantee Fund.
Availability : May, Jun, Aug, Sep
Around the Hardanger Fjord – by bike
A cycling experience to remember!

In May, June, August and September 2021, we invite you to take part in a new and exciting cycling experience. This time, we’ll take you on a cycling tour around the idyllic Hardanger Fjord!
Hardanger is possibly Western Norway’s most beautiful, lush and fertile fjord landscape. 

If you come in May or June, we’ll hopefully experience the blossom when the hillsides are white and pink with flowering fruit trees. One of spring’s most beautiful adventures.
If you decide to come in August or September, the same hillsides are full of colourful fruit and we’ll HAVE TO try some of the juicy, sun-ripened apples…
We cycle along the famous fjord for three days, on roads with very little traffic and in natural surroundings where the fjord and the mountains compete for your attention.

Biking in Norway
Around the Hardanger Fjord by bike / Photo 1: Sverre Hjørnevik, Fjord Norway // Photo 2: Expa Travel

Start in Eidfjord

We start and end the tour at Eidfjord. The best way to get to the starting place in Eidfjord is by driving there yourself. There are plenty of parking spaces.

This is a trip that most regular cyclists can do, but we have allowed for extra challenges for the fittest. We’ll do this by splitting up into two groups!

Once again, we hope that we will experience some of the best that Norway has to offer – from the saddle.
As usual, there will be a great social atmosphere, amazing cycling experiences, home-made local food, old and new friends, but perhaps best of all, fantastic Norwegian scenery.

Support vehicle

We will have a support vehicle with us the whole way. In other words, you have the chance to take shorter routes than those we have set up, although we hope everyone will be able to take part in each stage.

We will split up into two groups according to each participant’s physical fitness but also in case there is a lot of traffic. 

For the trip to go ahead, it must be approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs/The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH).

Biking in Norway
View over Lofthus / Photo: Niels Johansen, Hotel Ullensvang
A bit about the trip

You make your own way to the starting point in Eidfjord. The tour also ends here.

On the first day, we cycle on relatively flat terrain before we finish for the day by taking a ferry over to Utne.
On the second day, we cycle along the fjord, passing many of Hardanger’s idyllic apple orchards. The terrain is hilly without any major climbs but it’s still challenging enough in terms of length and metres of altitude.
On the third day, we head towards Ulvik, it’s a bit of an uphill ride before we have a fantastic descent with a magical panoramic view on the way down to the fjord. At the bottom, we will have a coffee and ice cream break!
We then follow the fjord all the way back to the Hardanger bridge and further towards Eidfjord – then we will have cycled around the entire fjord.

We cycle a minimum of 50km on the first day, approx. 115km on the second day, and around 60km on the last day.
We have a support vehicle for luggage and it has a few extra seats for anyone who would like a lift at any point on the trip. 

This will be a tour rich in memorable experiences and fantastic scenery. Socialising is also an important part of the trip.
We will stay in Utne and Granvin in lovely, family run Hardanger hotels. On the last day, we have dinner together in Eidfjord before we get changed and make our own way home.

Luggage transport, support vehicle, accommodation and all meals are included in the price.
You bring your own bike, cycling clothes and casual clothes for evenings. Please refer to the recommended packing list further down the page.

Highlights
  • Cycling on the road from Utne to Jondal.
  • The idyllic Norwegian Hardanger scenery.
  • Spring blossom / appletrees around the Hardanger Fjord.
  • Being part of a close-knit group.
  • The sense of achievement after three days of cycling.
Biking in Norway
Omaholmen and Ulvik / Photo 1: Sverre Hjørnevik, Fjord Norway // Photo 2: Reinhold Kager, Destination Hardanger Fjord

Accommodation

On the first night, we stay in Jaunsen Gjestgjevarstad, and the second night is spent at Jondalen Hotell.
Sharing double rooms.
If you would like a single room, please notify us on the booking form. There will be an additional single-room fee.

Infection control

In collaboration with our partners, we arrange our trips in accordance with the infection control advice from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. In order for you to feel safe, we have made adjustments to our tours to ensure that we always comply with the advice from the authorities.
It is, of course, also important that you yourself take responsibility and follow the rules at all times, uphold social distancing, wash your hands, use antibacterial hand sanitiser, and wear a mask where necessary.

You must bring your own antibacterial hand sanitiser and masks.

Dining

On this tour, all meals are included. From lunch at Eidfjord on the first day, to dinner on the last day.
The lunches are your own packed lunches made at breakfast. These will be kept in the support vehicle and eaten in a suitable place along the road!

Drinks with dinner are not included.

Bikes

All participants must bring their own bike, water bottle and helmet.

Participants must take responsibility for their own bikes throughout the entire tour, in terms of both damage and theft.

Bike Insurance

It is up to the participants themselves to take out insurance for their own bikes.

Biking in Norway
Around the Hardanger Fjord – A cycling experience to remember! / Photo 1: Øystein Haara, Visit Hardangerfjord // Photo 2: Morten Knudsen, Hotel Ullensvang
Programme

Day 1Start at Eidfjord

We meet at the pier in Eidfjord. There are plenty of good parking spaces here.
We begin with a bit of sightseeing and a light lunch. There will be a briefing and we’ll load the luggage onto the support vehicle before we get on our bikes.

We split up into two groups. The first part of the tour is mainly downhill towards Eidfjord. After that it gets a bit hillier along the fjord. Most of it is on good cycling roads in fantastic scenery. At Kinsarvik we take the ferry for a short trip (20mins) over to Utne.

Cycle stage: approx. 50km.

Day 2Utne - Jondalen - Tørvikbygd - Norheimsud - Granvin

There are lots of kilometres today! We take the idyllic road between the apple orchards along the Hardanger Fjord. Fun, beautiful and hilly roads all the way to Jondal. Here we take a break on the ferry over to Tørvikbygd – where we continue all the way to Granvin. We have to expect a bit more traffic on this side of the fjord as this is the tourist road to Voss.
We pass lots of lovely places on the way!

Our route follows the fjord all the way around, and we’ll be surrounded by mighty mountains, the beautiful fjord and apple orchards.
In Granvin we’ll have some “afterbike” before showering and changing for a well-deserved dinner.

Cycle stage: approx. 115km and approx. 1,000 metres of elevation.

Day 3Granvin - Ulvik - Eidsfjord

The day begins relatively early with a good breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, we will load the luggage into the support vehicle before we return to our bikes. There’s a bit more of a climb over the mountain on the old road to Ulvik.
It’s beautiful wheeling down small roads towards the fjord again – for a coffee break at the pier. From here, we follow the fjord towards the famous Hardanger bridge and onwards back to Eidfjord. We have now cycled around the whole fjord. Fantastic scenery the whole way!

There will be a final dinner together in Eidfjord before we make our way home after three exciting days.

Cycle stage: approx. 60km and approx. 1,500 metres of elevation.

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Price & dates

Dates

We are offering this tour on the following dates in 2021, Friday – Sunday inclusive:

  • 7 – 9 May 
  • 28 – 30 May
  • 11 – 13 June
  • 27 – 29 August
  • 03 – 05 September

P.S.! Contact us if you would like to do this tour on your own, on a date of your choice.

Price

The total price for this trip is NOK 6950,- per person, sharing in a double room.

Included in the price

  • All meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. From lunch in Eidfjord on the first day, up to and including dinner on the last day.
  • All accommodation on the programme. Sharing in double rooms.
  • All ferry tickets on the programme.
  • Guides from Expa Travel 
  • Support vehicle and driver, room for a few bikes and all the luggage.

Not included in the price

  • Drinks with dinner.
  • Personal travel insurance (compulsory on all our tours).
  • Any energy bars/snacks throughout.
  • Bike, helmet and water bottle.

Payment / Conditions

Coronavirus terms and conditions

We make it safe for you to book your travel with us. If the scheduled trip cannot go ahead due to travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we offer a full refund. This means that you will receive a refund directly from us if the Norwegian Directorate of Health/Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against travelling to the area where the trip is planned at the time that your trip would have taken place.
This also applies to the paid deposit, minus the administrative fee of 495NOK.
We aim to refund you as soon as possible, and a maximum of one week after a cancelled trip.

If you wish to cancel the trip without the Norwegian Directorate of Health/Ministry of Foreign Affairs having advised against travel to your planned destination, our normal cancellation policy applies (see below).

Cancellation due to your own quarantine?

If you have to cancel your trip due to your own quarantine, insurance such as European Travel Insurance will cover your cancellation.
NB! It is important that you check the terms that apply to you with your own insurance provider.

Normal cancellation policy

FREE REBOOKING or FREE CANCELLATION up to 35 days before departure!

When you book a tour with Expa Travel, you will immediately receive a booking confirmation e-mail. The confirmation will also include login details for ‘My pages’, where you can log in at any time. Here you can monitor your order, make any desired changes or additions, update your details and find all your payment information.

  • The payments are made by bank transfer with a KID number. You will find your KID number on ‘My pages’. All bookings are binding.
  • The first instalment (deposit) of 3,000NOK must be paid within 7 days of your booking. Any unpaid deposit gives Expa Travel the right to cancel the booking.
  • The final payment is made 35 days before departure. You will receive a reminder by mail a few days before the final payment is due. Any unpaid instalment gives Expa Travel the right to cancel the booking.
  • If you book the trip less than 35 days before departure, the full amount will be required on booking.

If, for any reason, you need to cancel the tour, you will receive a 100% refund (minus an administrative charge of 495NOK) up to 35 days before departure You can read our full terms and conditions here.

Tick the box on the registration form to indicate that you have read and accepted our terms and conditions.

There will be an additional fee for a single room/other types of room than those included in the price. See more under ‘single room/room sharing’ further down the page.

Expa Travel’s tours are covered by The Package Travel Act and our membership in the Norwegian Travel Guarantee Fund Reisegarantifondet gives you, as a consumer, the best possible protection.

Number of participants

The minimum amount of participants on this tour is 15 and the maximum is 20. The price requires there to be a minimum of 15 people per group. If there are fewer participants the price will increase, or the trip may be cancelled.

Single room/room sharing

Room sharing
In order for the tour to be both reasonable and sociable, we will stay in double rooms at the hotels. You can indicate who you would like to share a room with in the comments section on the registration form.

Single rooms
Single rooms available on request and according to capacity.
Additional fee for a single room for all nights is 1,000NOK, per person, per tour.

Biking in Norway
Vøringsfossen & Granvin / Photo: Expa Travel
Practical information

Equipment

Here are some suggestions on what to pack:

  • Your own bike.
  • Cycling jerseys and cycling shorts.
  • Cycling shoes.
  • Cycling helmet.
  • Repair kit with spare inner tube.
  • Extra arm and leg sleeves.
  • Long-sleeved cycling jacket.
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers. These should be tight fitting.
  • Cycling gloves.
  • Shoe covers.
  • Thermal underwear.
  • Hat and buff.
  • Sunglasses/cycling glasses (with water repellent lenses).
  • Lights for your bike, front and back.
  • Change of clothes for cycling stages.
  • Warm jacket.
  • Casual morning and evening clothes.
  • 2 bags. One for your main luggage and a smaller one for each cycling stage.
  • Energy bars.
  • Water bottle x 2.
  • Your own thermos flask.
  • Power bank for mobile phone.
  • Antibacterial hand sanitiser and masks for your own use.
  • Travel insurance certificate (compulsory on our tours).

Ordering cycling clothing?

In our online store we sell our own brand of top-quality cycling clothing from the Italian company Rosti. Our cycle wear is produced in Italy.

Luggage

Pack 2 bags; one as your main luggage and a smaller one for each cycling stage – this will be easily accessible in the support vehicle/bus.

Pictures from the trip

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Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory on our tours. Read more here.

Help us to help others

One of the organisations close to our heart is “SuperSelma” – a Norwegian organisation that supports children with cancer and their families. Every year, SuperSelma organises various activities that they call Glimmers of Light – a respite in the everyday lives of cancer patients and their families. It’s a fantastic organisation that we are proud to support.
Read more here www.superselma.no.
We organise our own SuperSelma cycling trip in Spain every year, and the proceeds from the trip go directly to SuperSelma.

Everyone who registers for an Expa Travel tour is given the opportunity to donate 100NOK to SuperSelma.
We appreciate all contributions!

Expa Travel reserves the right to make typing errors and currency/price changes. The programme is preliminary and subject to changes.

Send Enquiry
Questions / enquiry?

Please contact Aina on +47 918 19 556 / mail aina@expa.no or Eric on +47 926 18 805 / mail eric@expa.no

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