Cycletours in the West Of Norway.





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Tour # 5. Norheimssund - Mundheim - Os - Bergen. 100 km.
Tour # 9. Bergen - Mongstad - Oppedal. 100 km.
Tour # 10. Oppedal - Høyanger - Balestrand - Sogndal. 155 km.
Tour # 18. Stryn - Gamle Strynefjellet - Grotli- Geiranger. 100 km.
Tour # 12. Hellesylt - Øye- Sæbø- Ørsta - Festøy- Ålesund. 110 km.
Tour # 13. Stryn - Hornindal- Nordfjordeid - Måløy. 100 km.
Tour # 14. Måløy - Flatraket - Åheim- Koparnes - Gurskøy- Ålesund. 135 km.
Tour # 15. Ålesund - Tresfjord - Åndalsnes. 110 km.
Tour # 16. Voss - Vik - Sogndal. 130 km.
Tour # 17. Florø - Førde - Sogndal. 155 km.
Tour # 18. Sogndal - Turtagrø Hotel. 75 km.
Tour # 19. Turtagrø Hotel - Otta. 140 km.






Tour # 5.
Norheimssund - Mundheim - Os - Bergen.
100 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 450 meters.
Highest point: Holdhus 230 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Minimal.
Severity Rating: ***
Fun Rating: ****

How to get to Nordheimssund: Cycle from Oslo and Kristiandsand (see the Oslo - Bergen and the Kristiandsand - Bergen cross country tours). Bus from Bergen

This tour is an alternative to the heavy traffic on the Norheimssund - Bergen part of the Oslo - Bergen and the Kristiandsand - Bergen cross country tours. This route has almost no traffic at all and it avoids the Kvamsskogen mountain. Most of this tour is moderate undulating with two moderate hill thrown in. One between Mundal and Eikelandsosen and one just before Bergen. There is also one ferry on this route (Fusa- Hatvik). Check out the ferry schedule before you leave Norheimssund. I believe it has regular sailings. This tour is recommended. Shops at Norheimssund, Tørvikbygd, Mundheim, Fusa, Os and Bergen.

The road out of Norheimssund follows the Hardangerfjord before it become undulating past Tørvikbygd and Strandebarm down to Mundheim. But the road never leaves the Hardangerfjord and the brilliant scenery at this fjord. At Mundheim, take the road towards Eikelandsosen. The road climbs up along a river to a small lake, goes round it up a steep, short climb to the highest point of the tour. The descent down to Eikelandsosen is does not take many minutes. Look for the road to Fusa at the bottom of the descent. Take the road along the small fjord to Fusa and over a small hill to the ferry quay. The twenty minutes long ferry takes you over to Hatvik. The road from Hatvik to Os is a bit undulating in the beginning before you enter this small town. Take the road up the valley towards Bergen a small lake. There is a steep climb after this lake. From this hill, you will get some heavy traffic all the way down the hill to Bergen.

Tour # 9.
Bergen - Mongstad - Oppedal.
100 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 400 meters.
Highest point: Matre 250 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate.
Severity Rating: ***
Fun rating: ***

How to get to Bergen: Train from Oslo. Ferry from Newcastle and Aberdeen. Plane from Europe.

With Bergen as a jump off point on a tour north to the Sognefjord area, you have several choices of routes. Most of them have a lot of tunnels and mountains. This tour is the easiest tour between Bergen and the Sognefjord area because it avoid all mountains and tunnels. I do not rate this tour, but this tour is fast and direct. There is only one tunnel on this tour and the traffic is not to bad when you have left Bergen. It is a good start if you are new to Norway. There is some small shops along the tour, but stock up with food and drink before you start the tour. Also check out the ferry schedule on the Leirvåg- Sløvåg ferry.

Head out of Bergen north past the ferries towards Knarvik The road are a bit hilly here. Follow the signs towards Knarvik over the bridges. The traffic can be very bad here. Take the road to Lindås and Mongstad. The road is mostly almost flat with some small hills thrown in. The road goes past Mongstad and ends up at the ferry quay at Leirvåg. Take the ferry to Sløvåg (half an hour). When at Sløvåg, take the road to the right to Matre. The road is a mostly flat, with some small hills. At Duesund, the road follows the Matre fjord. At Solheim, take the road to the left towards Instefjord. The road climbs up to a mountain at 250 meters above sea level. The descent towards Instefjord is funny and with a good view towards the almighty Sognefjord, the longest fjord in Europe. At Instefjord, follow the road through a fairly flat 1 000 meters long tunnel to the Oppedal ferry quay.

Tour # 10.
Oppedal - Høyanger - Balestrand - Sogndal. (Sognefjorden)
155 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 400 meters.
Highest point: Torvund 250 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate.
Severity Rating: ***
Fun rating: *****

How to get to Oppedal: Bus from Bergen.

Most people goes straight north from Oppedal towards Førde. Which is a big, big mistake. Those who really want to see Norway at it's most spectacular, should take this route along Sognefjorden to Balestrand and Sogndal. I have entered Sogndal as the end point of this tour, but I would also recommend Balestrand as the end point. Which shortens the tour to 110 km.
This route have some tunnels. The longest tunnel (Høyanger) is over 7000 meters long. But all tunnels is well illuminated and quite easy to cycle. The majesty of Sognefjorden is breath taking. It is truly one of the finest fjords on this planet. The cycling is a bit hilly, but very rewarding. The views along this tour is brilliant. This tour is recommended and should be a part of every visiting cyclist's tour of Norway. There are reliable shops at Lavik, Vadheim, Høyanger, Balestrand, Leikanger and Sogndal.


Take the fifty minutes long ferry from Oppedal to Lavik (frequent sailings). Take the road to the right towards Vadheim. The road to Vadheim had a rather big mountain at Torvund (the highest hill of the day), but is mostly flat. There is a couple of tunnels along the way. Take the road towards Høyanger. There is a long and rather steep tunnel out of Vadheim, but the road is then quite flat to Høyanger. This city, based around a steel mill, is high on my list of least favorite places in Norway. The longest tunnel of the day, Høyangertunellen, follows straight after Høyanger. The climb up to the tunnel is quite steep, but the road flattens out straight after you are inside the tunnel. It then goes fairly flat and downhill down to the end of the tunnel. On the outside again, the road is not particular hilly before a big hill at Kvamsøy (an approx. 100 meters hill). The road from this hill to Balestrand is rather flat. Balestrand is on of the prettiest places in Norway, with a lot of good views in all directions. Take the road around Esefjorden to Dragsvik ferry quay (frequent sailings). Take the road to the left for tour # 16. The ten minutes ferry trip take you over to Hella ferry quay. The road from Hella past Leikanger and Hermansverk to Sogndal is pretty flat with a couple of short tunnels at the end. Sogndal (one of my "home cities" in Norway) is a very nice town with a good campsite just before entering Sogndal.

Tour # 11.
Stryn - Gamle Strynefjellet - Grotli- Geiranger
100 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 1700 meters.
Highest point: Gamle Strynefjellet 1139 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate.
Severity Rating: ******
Fun rating: ***

How to get to Stryn: Bus from Bergen and Oslo.

Yes, I know I am an idiot.... This tour is probably not a tour you would choose because of the extreme climbs. The road past Vidseter at Gamle Strynefjellsveien is very extreme. This is not a recommended tour. There are reliable shops at Stryn and Geiranger.

Take the road up the valley past Oppstryn to the beginning of the climb. The main road goes through some long tunnels. But you take the road to the right, marked Gamle Strynefjellsveien. The climb itself is extreme zig-zag with 20 + bends. The road climbs past Vidseter before it reached the highest point and goes down to Grotli again. Take the road towards Geiranger and over a new mountain. The road descends down the valley to Geiranger and the very famous Geiranger fjorden.

Tour # 12.
Hellesylt - Øye- Sæbø- Ørsta - Festøy- Ålesund
110 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 500 meters.
Highest point: Hellesylt - Øye 380 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Almost none.
Severity Rating: ***
Fun rating: *****

How to get to Hellesylt: Ferry from Geiranger.

This tour is a forgotten jewel and not in particular used by cyclists. Which is a great shame because it really includes some jewels. In particular the road between Hellesylt and Øye. This route is a superb link up between Geiranger and Ålesund. Check out the Leknes to Sæbø ferry schedule before you leave Hellesylt. It is infrequent (which I found out to my cost last time). I believe the other ferry between Festøy and Sunde is regular. But check out this ferry too. There are reliable shops at Hellesylt, Sæbø, Ørsta, Vartdal and Ålesund.

The road from Hellesylt up to the crossroad between Øye and Hornindal is vertical. Take the road to the right towards Øye. This small road (at places, gravel) flattens out after some hundred meters and goes slowly over the 380 meters above sea level high top and down a very narrow valley to Øye. This valley is incredible narrow and scenic. The road now follows a fjord out to Leknes ferry quay, who is situated at the end of one of Norway's most famous fjords; the Hjørundfjord. Due to frequent avalanches during the winter, the roads along this fjord and the fjord itself is isolated during winter. You will understand why when you wait for the ferry.. The ferry is twenty minutes and take you to the small village of Sæbø. The road out of Sæbø takes you gently up along a salmon river and over a 270 meters above sea level hill called Bondalseidet. The descent to Ørsta is gentle too. This small city is beautiful. I dare not to say otherwise because my uncle is the local priest !! The road from Ørsta follows a fjord straight west before it turns around a corner at Rånes and goes north-east along a new fjord to Festøy ferry quay. The road is mostly flat. The thirty minutes long ferry takes you over to Sunde. A short sprint over a small hill takes you over to the town of Ålesund.

Tour # 13.
Stryn - Hornindal- Nordfjordeid - Måløy
100 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 300 meters.
Highest point: Høst 150 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate to Heavy.
Severity Rating: **
Fun rating: ***

How to get to Stryn: Bus from Oslo and Berrgen, see route # 17.

This tour is rather flat, with some hills after Nordfjordeid. The views are quite good along Nordfjord (a fjord). This is a good link between the mountains area and the coastal are of Norway. Just in case you have got enough of the merciless climbs… Shops at Stryn, Hornindal, Hjelle, Nordfjordeid, Maurstad and Måløy.

Take the road out of Stryn towards Hornindal. A small hill follows. At Hornindalsvatnet (the lake), take the road towards Nordfjordeid. The road follows this lake for twenty-five kilometers. The road is mostly flat to the small town of Nordfjordeid. The road from Nordfjordeid to Måløy is quite hilly, with some small hills. There is some small tunnels along the road, but none which should cause any problems. The last kilometers to Måløy is quite fun.

Tour # 14.
Måløy - Flatraket - Åheim- Koparnes - Gurskøy- Ålesund
135 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 500 meters.
Highest point: Stadt 250 meters above sea level.
Traffic: None.
Severity Rating: **
Fun rating: ***

How to get to Måløy: Bus from Oslo and Bergen, see route # 22.

This is the coastal route between Måløy and Ålesund. Just in case you have got enough of the merciless climbs in the rest of Norway, this tour is the alternative. There is some short, sharp climbs on this route, but most of it is flat and quite scenic. It is an OK tour. Check out the ferry times for the Koparnes - Årvik ferry before leaving Måløy. Shops at Måløy, Åheim, Hareid and Ålesund.

The road out of Måløy goes over the bridge up to a short tunnel. Take the road to the left towards Flatråker straight after the tunnel. The next thirty kilometers are quite fun, going in and out of small fjords. The fun end at a very sharp climb just before Selje. Take road up the mountain and over this 250 meter high hill (Stadt). The road drops vertical down to the fjord and the small village of Åheim. The road then follows some fjords and is moderate hilly. Follow the road to Koparnes ferry quay. The short ferry takes you over to Årvik on Gurskøy (the Gursk Island). There are two, sharp medium hills between Årvik and Leikanger before the road flattens out before Hareid. Take the ferry from Hareid to Sula and follow the road to Ålesund.

Tour # 15.
Ålesund - Tresfjord - Åndalsnes.
110 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 400 meters.
Highest point: Rømskogfjellet 350 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Heavy.
Severity Rating: ***
Fun rating: **

How to get to Ålesund: Coastal liner from Bergen.

A nice tour along some nice fjords. There is a hill thrown in and a 6.5 km. long tunnel between Innfjorden and Åndalsnes. The tour is not particular hard. Because of the long tunnel and a lot of heavy traffic, I cannot recommend this tour. But this is the best link road between Ålesund and Åndalsnes. Shops at Ålesund, Sjøholdt, Tresfjord, Innfjorden and Åndalsnes+ other small villages along the route.

The road out of Ålesund has a lot of traffic. The road goes over some small hills before it enters a fjord just before the small village at Sjøholt. A steady climb take you over the hill to Tomra and Tresfjord,. The route now follow the mostly flat road along the beautiful Romdsdalsfjorden. The view across this fjord towards Molde is great. There is one small tunnel thrown in just before Innfjorden. The tunnel just after Innfjorden takes you three kiilometers short of Åndalsnes. A very small hill with a superb view towards Romsdalshornet (a famous mountain) follows and you are in Åndalsnes.

Tour # 16.
Voss - Vik - Sogndal
130 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 800 meters.
Highest point: Vikafjellet 920 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate.
Severity Rating: ****
Fun rating: ***

How to get to Voss: Train from Oslo and Bergen. See route # 3 and 27..

This is another fine link between Bergen/Voss/Hardanger and Sognefjorden. Because Voss is situated on 250 meters above sea level, the climb over Vikafjellet is not as bad as you would expect. I was positive surprised when I did this tour some years ago. This is a nice tour. Vik and Sognefjorden is very nice. There is one ferry on this tour, the Vangsnes- Hella ferry. I believe it has regular sailings, but check this out. Shops at Voss, Vik, Vangsnes, Leikanger and Sogndal.

The road out of Voss is almost flat for the first twenty kilometers. At Vinje, take the road towards Vik. The road climbs steady up to the top of Vikafjellet twentyfive kilometers after Vinje. The road goes into a vertical drop down to the scenic Vik village. The views throughout the descent is stunning. After Vik, the road goes flat along Sognefjorden to Vangsnes ferry quay. Take the ferry to Hella (not Dragsvik !!). The road from Hella past Leikanger and Hermansverk to Sogndal is pretty flat with a couple of short tunnels at the end.

Tour # 17.
Florø - Førde - Sogndal
155 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 1300 meters.
Highest point: Frudalstunnel 580 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate.
Severity Rating: *****
Fun rating: *****

How to get to Florø: Coastal liner and plane from Bergen and Trondheim, bus and plane from Oslo.

A very hard tour through some of the best landscape in Norway. It is a pity that this tour is so littered with tunnels. There is two tunnels over 5 km. and one just below 3. Km. I was really struggling in the last two tunnels. But I still feel that this tour is worthy your attention. But if you are scared of tunnels, forget this tour. It may be a good idea to take taxi from Fjærland to Frudalen because these two tunnels are quite steep. Fjærland itself is worthy the whole trip alone. This trip also takes you past a farm where my grandparents and my uncle live. Which explain why I took this tour in the first place… Shops at Florø, Eikefjord, Naustdal, Førde, Skei, Fjærland and Sogndal..

The first thirty kilometers are rather flat along a fjord, with a two kilometers long tunnel thrown in at the end. The road goes into a climb after Eikefjord and it steady climbs to the top of Naustdalsffjellet at 550 meters above sea level. The descent down to Naustdal is a bit tricky on a bad road. It is also a vertical drop. The road from Naustdal to Førde is dead flat. The road start to rise again to Jølstervatnet. At Skei at the end of this fjord, take the road towards Sogndal. The road climbs a bit up to the start of today's longest tunnel. The tunnel is over six kilometers long, but mostly flat. A couple of meters at the end of the tunnel, you can stop and admire the glacier that almost drop down to the tunnel. You are now in Fjærland, one of the most beautiful places in Norway. The road follows a small valley with outstanding views down to Fjærland. Stop and enjoy the views, because you will now start on the hardest bit of the tour. The first of the two tunnels are only three kilometers long, but it is a steady climb. The tunnel ends at Berge, which have a panoramic view over Fjærland, the fjord with the same name and the surrounding mountains. The next tunnel is almost six kilometers long and very steep. A taxi may be the only solution if you are very tired. I still regret that I did not do this… At the other side of the tunnel, you are now in Sogndalsdalen. And this valley is a true gem. Not only because I have a lot of relatives scattered around this valley, but because of the surrounding mountains and the beautiful lake which dominates this valley. After the drop down Frudalen, the road now follows this lake for some kilometers. The road rises again just after leaving the lake before it goes into a vertical drop down the valley to Sogndal.

Tour # 18.
Sogndal - Turtagrø Hotel
75 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 1050 meters.
Highest point: Turtagrø 800 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate.
Severity Rating: *****
Fun rating: *****

How to get to Sogndal: Bus from Bergen and Oslo.

This tour is highly recommended for it's outstanding beauty. The first sixty kilometers of this route has a couple of nasty hills at Hafslo and Dale, but is flat besides of those hills. The last fifteen kilometers are vertical though. Don't blow your lungs before you have started this climb. Also keep an eye on the clock because the last fifteen kilometers will take an eternity. But this is a tour to saviour and enjoy. Shops at Sogndal, Gaupne, Luster, Skjolden and Fortun

Take the road through Sogndal towards Lom. The landscape along the first fjord is very nice. The climb up and past Hafslo is not too bad. It is only on around two kilometers and with a height difference of 150 meters. The road flows nicely along Hafslovatnet (a small lake) before it ends up with a short, nasty climb. The views are brilliant in all directions. The descent towards the fjord is fast and furious. The road along the fjord to Gaupne includes a short tunnel. Gaupne is a nice place, with some good shops. The road out the fjord includes a tunnel who climbs up towards Dale and a corner. The road drops again to the sea and follows it for a long while. The road passes Luster (shops) and a small tunnel before you reach the end of the almighty Sognefjorden at Skjolden (shops). The road is pretty flat to Fortun petrol station. If you raise your head to a couple of ledges in the vertical mountain wall above the petrol station, you may spot the hill farm Fuglesteg. That's where my family is from. Which may explain why I am into extreme cycling… Anyway, Fortun is a nice place with some scenic views. The road start to climb after the church (all my relatives is buried at the graveyard to the right of the church) and the first climb last for five kilometers before a small, flat stretch follows. This first climb is zig-zag, but not particular steep. The part after the small flat stretch and the bridge is steep though. The road climbs up this valley. The views are brilliant throughout this climb. The steepest part is just below the hotel at Turtagrø. The views from this hotel towards Hurrungane mountains is just fantastic.

Tour # 19.
Turtagrø Hotel - Otta
140 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 800 meters.
Highest point: Sognefjellet 1450 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate.
Severity Rating: ****
Fun rating: ******

How to get to Turtagrø Hotel: Bus from Bergen and Oslo, see route # 30.

This is a very nice tour over the highest road (Sognefjellet) in Norway and down again to Otta in Gudbrandsdalen, one of Norway's main valleys. Besides of the first brutal fifteen kilometers, the rest of the route is either a descent from the mountain or flat. The views along this tour is brilliant. This is a truly brilliant tour through the heart of Norway. Shops at Lom, Vågå and Otta..

This tour opens with a vertical ten kilometers climb before the road flattens out a bit before the last desperate hill. The views along this climb is brilliant and the air is normally crisp, so it is not such a bad climb. When you are on the top of the climb, you follow the roof of Norway for around seven kilometers before the road falls down into a valley. There is a short climb over to another valley, but from the top of this climb, the road drops down all the way to Lom. The views along the descent is brilliant. This valley is in many ways the heart of Norway. At Lom (shops), you take the road along the lake and over a small hill down the valley again to Otta. The road is mostly flat along these fifty kilometers. A true brilliant tour through the heart of Norway. Train to Oslo, Åndalsnes or Trondheim.