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Norway

Classic Fjords

Guided Road Cycling Holiday

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Duration

9 days

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£3,850 P.P.
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This stunning new deluxe tour of Scandinavia’s most dramatic country combines the best riding and most spectacular scenery imaginable. By day we explore Norway’s magnificent landscape, forged by millennia of glacial activity, whilst in the evenings we indulge ourselves in a luxurious, full-board experience, inclusive of high quality hotels and the finest cuisine, designed to satisfy the desires of even the most discerning traveller. 
Bergen, the beautiful Capital of the Fjords and Norway’s second city is our entry point and it is from here that we will transfer to Voss, the country’s adventure playground, where our journey really begins. Voss and the surrounding countryside is emersed in natural beauty and its towering snow-capped mountains, lush green valleys, white water torrents and plunging waterfalls are a perfect introduction to Norway and a tantalising glimpse at what lies ahead in the coming days.
Our adventure begins to unfold almost with our very first pedal stroke, with the thrills, and challenges, coming in rapid succession as we head north and deeper into the fjords to acquaint ourselves more intimately with the country’s natural wonders.
After three days of mountain riding we tone things down a little with a change in both intensity and scenery, as we make an excursion to the seafarer’s Havlandet region on the west coast. This relatively tranquil stage is perfectly timed, offering us an opportunity to conserve our energies a little in anticipation of the Queen Stage of our tour, when we embark on the famous Trollstigen Pass, Norway’s most spectacular climb.
Things draw to a conclusion with a final, incredibly scenic, exploration of a historic route that has been drawing attention from the world’s rich and famous for centuries, ending in beautiful Ålesund, a city famous for its Art Nouveau architecture, where we will spend our final evening.

Holiday Highlights

  • The natural beauty of the Norwegian landscape, fjords, mountains, waterfalls and coastlines
  • High quality accommodation and fine dining throughout
  • Scenic, pollution-free, quiet roads
  • The freshest, cleanest air you can breathe
  • Cruising along the UNESCO listed Geirangerfjord by ferry
  • Trollstigen Pass (The Troll’s Ladder) Norway’s most spectacular mountain road
  • Ålesund, Norway’s most beautiful city showcasing its impressive Art Nouveau architecture

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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival: Bergen / Voss
Non Riding Day
  • Meals: Dinner

Well-served by air and rail connections, Bergen, Norway’s second largest city and so-called Capital of the Fjords, is the ideal entry point for our tour. The city’s beautiful setting, quaint streets, vibrant urban centre and many cultural attractions are well worth exploring and although our itinerary doesn’t allow us to spend an evening here, many travellers choose to arrive here a day or two before hitting the road in order to soak up the unique atmosphere.

The transfer to Voss, where we spend the first evening of the tour, takes approximately 90 minutes by road. We will arrive in good time meet the team, build bikes and enjoy an introductory meal together.

Day 2
Voss to Balestrand
57 Miles / 92 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ascent: 1,500 Metres Approx.

Leaving our hotel, we find ourselves, almost immediately, in the heart of Norway’s pristine and tranquil countryside. Voss prides itself as the country’s adventure capital and as we leave the village, surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks, plunging valleys and white water rivers, it is easy to understand why thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies from around the world have been flocking here for years to get their fixes.

The quiet road leads us past a series of beautiful lakes, occasional roadside waterfalls and through a number of small traditional Norwegian villages. After around 30km of rising gently, we encounter our first real challenge at the ski resort town of Myrkdalen. The town is the gateway to Vikafjellet mountain, and it is here that the gradient begins to increase noticeably for the first time and we start to gain altitude much more rapidly.

The whole climb is approximately 15km and features a dramatic section of hairpins which deliver us ultimately to our first 1000m summit. A steep and technical descent follows which leads us all the way back down to sea level and the shores of beautiful and world-famous Sognefjord which, upon reaching the village of Vangsnes, we must cross by ferry.

We end the day riding a few final, easy kilometres as we follow the coastal road to our luxurious waterside hotel in the idylic village of Balestrand.

Day 3
Balestrand to Førde
64 Miles / 103 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ascent: 2,000 Metres Approx.

As difficult as it may be to drag ourselves away from the comfort and beauty of the hotel, we really will not be disappointed once we are back on the road, because, what lies in store today is even more dramatic than yesterday.

We begin with a gentle warm up along the coast of Esefjord, an extension of Sognefjord which branches off to the north. We need to make the most of these first 25 or so gentle kilometres because things will take a significant turn when we begin our assault on Gaularfjellet, a challenging but spectacular multi-switchback climb which never disappoints!

We’ll take some time to catch our breath and admire the sensational views from the ultramodern viewing platform which has been constructed at the summit. Once recovered and with obligatory photos in the can, we will press on via the mountaintop lake of Nystølvtanet and take the narrow road, plunging 20kms, into a magnificent green valley surrounded by more mountains, waterfalls and densely forested valley walls.

More thrills and more challenges await us and having enjoyed lunch in the valley, we are greeted, just beyond the village of Vik, by Rørvikfjellet, our second significant climb of the day. Another epic descent follows before we end the day rolling on gentler roads to Førde which will be our home for the evening.

Day 4
Førde to Gloppen
65 Miles / 105 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ascent: 1,100 Metres Approx.

As is now becoming a custom, we begin our day gently as we leave Førde via the fjord’s shoreline road. As we turn inland after approximately 12kms, we leave the main road to divert from the entrance of the Naustdal tunnel. To avoid the 6km of underground unpleasantness beneath the Ramsdalsheia mountains we take the old road which, unsurprisingly leads us up into, and over, the same mountains.

We ascend sharply for 5 kilometres before descending, again sharply, for the same distance, on a narrow road that is thankfully free of the traffic which, these days, heads almost entirely through the tunnel.

The rest of the stage, as we make our way to Gloppen, is spent on a scenic, minor road surrounded by a typical Norwegian landscape of mountains, lakes and rivers. The latter part of the route, whilst never flat, is somewhat less challenging than what we have experienced so far and offers some welcome respite and an opportunity to really take in the natural beauty of our surroundings.

Day 5
Gloppen to Ulsteinvik
75 Miles / 120 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ascent: 1,000 Metres Approx.

We begin the day with a brief transfer, in order to avoid riding through a lengthy tunnel, to the town of Nordfjordeid where we will unload the bikes and begin our ride. It’s going to be a different kind of day, having temporarily left the mountains in favour of the oceanic landscape of Norway’s western coastline. The mountains may be behind us now but what lies ahead is by no means uninteresting, and with plenty of challenges awaiting us, it’s most certainly not a flat stage!

We ride, initially along the Norfjord, before turning right after approximately 30kms and heading north through a very different terrain towards the pretty coastal village of Fiskåbygd. Pushing on towards our second ferry crossing of the day, we shouldn’t be too surprised to spot the occasional alpaca grazing in the roadside fields. It won’t be because we’ve taken a very wrong turning and somehow arrived in the Andes, they’re simply residents of the local Hakkallegarden farm at Hakkallestranda.

Once we’ve disembarked at Larsnes, we end the day with around 18 spikey kilometres to arrive at our destination. Ulsteinvik is the capital of the country’s offshore industry where deep sea fishing and shipbuilding are a way of life. In the winter months the Havlandet or “Sealand” region is notorious for high winds and rough seas which can hinder the progress of even the largest of vessels. Thankfully we won’t need to worry about that as we look forward to spending the evening in one of the town’s most luxurious hotels.

Day 6
Ulsteinvik to Vestnes (Transfer to Andalsnes)
71 Miles / 115 Km Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ascent: 1,000 Metres Approx.

A short ride from our hotel takes us to the ferry terminal at Hareid where we will board and set sale to Ålesund, a town famous for its concentration of Art Nouveau architecture and considered by many to be the most beautiful in Norway. We will have time only to get a brief flavour of Ålesund today as we still have many kilometres ahead of us, but we will return later in our journey for an opportunity to really appreciate its many charms.

We’ll spend most of the day exploring the low-lying coastlines of the Romsdalfjord and the beautiful Midfjorden. With altitudes rarely reaching even 100m above sea level this will likely be the least strenuous stage of our journey – no bad thing considering what awaits tomorrow!

On arrival in Vestnes we will load the bikes onto the vehicle and transfer approximately 45 minutes to Andalsnes, our destination town, situated on the banks of the Rauma river and surrounded by majestic mountains, one of which we will get to know intimately in the morning.

Day 7
Andalsnes to Geiranger
56 Miles / 90 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ascent: 1,100 Metres Approx.

Whilst the statistics are definitely not unimpressive, with more than 12kms averaging 7%, 11 hairpin bends and an altitude gain of almost 850m, Trollstigen Pass (The Trolls Ladder) is no giant when compared to some of its alpine cousins. When it comes to dramatics and scenic beauty however, this little mountain is absolutely outstanding.

Our stage begins gently as we ride away from Andalsnes, but with so many mountain peaks looking over us as we warm our legs during those first few kilometres, the challenge ahead is never far from our minds. As soon as we reach the first rungs of the ladder and start rising out of the valley it becomes clear why Trollstigen has earned its reputation as Norway’s number one cyclist’s climb. The beauty is breath-taking all the way to the summit where, on arrival, we can take it in all over again from one of the strategically-placed viewing platforms.

The views are not our only reward as we have over 30kms of superb descending through similarly beautiful scenery to look forward to. The narrow, sweeping road delivers us to Valldal, a fertile region renowned for cultivation of berries and nicknamed The Strawberry Valley.

After lunch we’ll hop onto a ferry for a short crossing to Eisdal from where we will embark on our second challenge of the day. The 25km climb that leads us to Ørnesvingen (The Eagle’s Wing) is not as steep as Trollstigen but the scenery is equally fantastic, especially from the summit where we are able to look down towards Geiranger and the perfectly engineered switchback road that we must navigate to reach it.

Day 8
Geiranger to Ålesund
56 Miles / 90 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ascent: 1,100 Metres Approx.

Alas we have reached the final leg of our epic journey, happily it is a stage packed with so much natural beauty that it will likely stick in our minds for years to come.

We start the day with a relaxing ferry journey along the Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Norway’s primary attractions. Even though we are not on our bikes, the journey by ferry is an unmissable highlight of our tour and a great opportunity to just kickback and soak up some of the most magnificent natural and cultural landscape that Norway has to offer. As we sail, we will be looking out onto precipitous mountainside walls peppered with ancient farming hamlets that cling precariously to their tiny green patches of land. We will also observe a series of huge waterfalls cascading into the fjord far below.

The rest of the day, after reaching Hellesylt, will be spent on the bikes and we begin by riding through the valley of Norangsdalen, one of the narrowest in the country. Over the years this incredibly beautiful valley has attracted the rich and famous from far and wide, many of whom, historically, would enjoy the spectacle from the relative comfort of a pony and trap. Spectacular enough to impress royalty, Norangsdalen was designated Dronningruta status (The Queen’s Route) after the Royal Family visited in 1992 as part of national silver wedding anniversary celebrations of Queen Sonja and King Harald.

We end the day, surrounded by towering mountains, lush green forests and tiny villages as we explore more beautiful valleys and the coastal roads of Hjørundfjorden. One final ferry hop takes us back to beautiful Ålesund where we will spend our final evening together, relaxing in style and celebrating the conclusion of a fantastic adventure.

Day 9
Departure: Ålesund
Non Riding Day
  • Meals: Breakfast

Airport transfers will be arranged in accordance with scheduled flight departures.

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The Cycling

Terrain

We’ll mainly be riding on rural roads with low levels of traffic, featuring everything from gently rolling hills to significant mountain ascents. Generally speaking the route is moderately challenging with enjoyable and manageable climbs featuring most days. Road surfaces are generally very good however, as is the case in all mountainous regions, winter weather can take a toll and there are occasional sections of rough tarmac and surfaces. The entire route is however suitable for standard road bikes fitted with 700×25C tyres.

Gradients on climbs are generally moderate, manageable and enjoyable. There are however occasions when the gradients increase and the climbs become more challenging. These steeper climbs are relatively short and are therefore still achievable by most enthusiastic road cyclists.

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Road Cycling Grade

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Grade 3 : Moderate

45-60 miles / 70-95 kms per day

For riders with experience, good fitness & a decent level of skill

Some features that may be experienced more frequently in a higher grade tour

Most days include a couple of significant climbs

Some long days & some steep to very steep sections

Not for beginners

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

You’re definitely not a novice rider, you’re fit, you ride regularly at weekends, sometimes staying on the bike for much of the day, you love your bike! You also enjoy a challenge and if you haven’t already done so you’re keen to attempt a semi-serious to serious mountain pass or two. You’re as comfortable with the prospect of descending from the top of a col as you are with the idea of climbing it and you’re confident that you have the skills to do so safely. You’re not necessarily a “racer” but you can crank up the pace a little when it’s necessary and you don’t mind forgoing a coffee stop if the schedule demands it occasionally. You probably own and use clipless pedals. You have good control of your bike and can take a drink from a water bottle without having to unclip and put your feet on the ground. Whilst you find a full day in the saddle fulfilling you’re not obsessed and as much as you are looking forward to the riding on your holiday, you’re also looking forward to a little local culture and cuisine. Grade 3 would be a good option for you.

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Dates & Prices

Private Departures

Private Departures

Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.

Start Date
End Date
Duration
Price p.p.
Start Date
04/09/2021
Guaranteed
Return Date
12/09/2021
Duration
9 days
Price
£3,850.00
Start Date
18/06/2022
Return Date
26/06/2022
Duration
9 days
Price
£3,985.00
Start Date
03/09/2022
Return Date
11/09/2022
Duration
9 days
Price
£3,985.00

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms)

B) Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

C) Full tour service, including Skedaddle guides

D) Unless stated, at least one leader qualified in first aid

E) Support vehicle and luggage transfers

F) All ferry crossings integral to the itinerary

G) Airport transfer on scheduled arrival day from Bergen Flesland airport (BGO)

H) Airport transfer on scheduled departure day to Alesund Vigra airport (AES)

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike rental (available if required)

B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

C) Meals not stated in the itinerary

D) Single room (available if required)

E) Travel insurance

F) Personal clothing and equipment

G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)

H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route

I) Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days

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The Essentials

Travel Options

This tour starts in Voss and finishes in Alesund.

Group airport transfers are included in the cost of your holiday and both the arrival into Bergen Flesland airport (BGO) and return transfer from Alesund Vigra airport (AES) will be co-ordinated with the group flight schedule.

Please note – If you make travel arrangements that fall outside of the scheduled transfer windows, there may be an additional charge for individual transfers.

We will provide you with details of suitable arrival/departure schedules as timetables become available. Please check with us before making any travel arrangements to make sure we have reached the minimum number required to guarantee your holiday and to ensure your arrangements fit with our scheduled transfers.

Accommodation

For this deluxe tour we have handpicked a selection of stylish, high-quality hotels. All of them are beautifully furnished and well-located, enabling you not only to relax in comfort at the end of each day, but also to enjoy each destination as much as the journey getting there.

Bike Hire

If you have opted to hire then your bike will typically be a carbon framed Cannondale Synapse endurance road bike, equipped with Shimano Ultegra groupset. They are excellent bikes with high quality components including hydraulic disc brakes and low gearing appropriate for the terrain (22 speed, 50/34, 11/32).

Hire bikes will be provided complete with water bottle cages, a seat post bag and a small pump. We can also include a helmet which, if required, should be requested at time of booking. Please note that your bike will come with flat pedals as standard, so please do bring your own with you if you ride with clip-in pedals.

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