Cross country tours in Norway.
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This is a compilation of 2 - 14 days long tours I have done between the major cities in Norway. Instead of including them onto the other pages, I have chosen to put them onto an own website. I have partitioned the 2-14 days long tours into daytrips.



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For maps over all the tours; please click on the link below.



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Bergen - Trondheim 920 km. Eight days.

(Almost) The Best Of Norway

Severity Rating: ****** / Fun rating: ******


This tour include most of the best stuff in the Fjords and Mountains between Bergen and Trondheim. It basically include everything you want from a cycle tour in Norway. The scenery is stunning beyond belief, the mountains are steep and the area remote, without being too remote. The tour also includes two stunning beautiful ferry tours, but it avoids the worst of the tunnels which this area is littered with. There are some serious hills, but none over 1000 meters. What more can I say that this tour is highly recommended.


DAY 1
Bergen- Hardanger - Voss
150 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 700 meters.
Highest point: Kvamskogen 450 meters above sea level..
Traffic: Moderate.
Severity Rating: ****
Fun rating: *****


How to get to Bergen:Train from Oslo. Plane from everywhere, ferry from England and Scotland..

This is a spetacular start to this tour. It is also the most scenic and interesting link between Bergen and the fjords. This tour is both hard and tricky because of a lot of tourist traffic. The reason is the stunning brilliant Hardangerfjorden (a fjord). This tour is highly recommended. Shops at Bergen, Tysse, Norheimssund, Øystese, Ålvik, Granvin and Voss.

Head out of Bergen towards south over Fantoft and Ytre Arna. The road are a bit hilly here. Follow the signs towards Voss. The traffic can be very bad here. After 20 km. of not particular funny cycling, you enter a fjord at Arna. There is some small tunnels along the way to Trengereid. Take the road towards Norheimssund and Hardanger over a small hill to Tysse. From Tysse, the road climbs towards the top of Kvamsskogen before it falls down to Norheimssund. You are now at Hardangerfjorden. Cycling along a fjord in Norway and Scotland is sometimes hard and sometimes easy. The cycling along Hardangerfjorden falls down into the "very hard" box. The road rises and falls over several serious hills for the next forty kilometers. The hill just after Øystese is the worst. The views are brilliant though. After Kvanndal, the road calms down a bit before Granvin. The hill between Granvin and Voss is only 262 meters high and quite easy. The descent towards Voss is brilliant though. A nice tour.

DAY 2.
Voss - Nærøyfjorden - Sogndal - Balestrand.
95 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 500 meters.
Highest point: Oppheim 375 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate.
Severity Rating: ***
Fun Rating: ******

The major part of this tour is the two and a half hour ferry trip on Nærøyfjorden between Gudvangen and Kaupanger. The scenery is fantastic along this tour Due to this ferry only sailing two or three times a day, you have to get the first ferry. A very early departure from Voss is therefore essential. The rest of the tour is stunning too, with the might of Sognefjorden between Sogndal and Balestrand. This is an easy day on the saddle before tomorrow's mountain climbing. Shops at Voss, Gudvangen, Kaupanger, Sogndal, Leikanger and Balestrand.

Take the road out of Voss to Gudvangen this early morning. The road is flat in the beginning and give you time to wake up. After reaching the crossroad between Vik and Gudvangen twenty kilometers after Voss, the road start to climb up along a river for some kilometres before it flattens out along a lake. From this lake, take the country lane to Stadheim Hotel to avoid a couple of nasty tunnels. The views are stunning. The road drops vertical down to the valley below. Be careful !! The rest of the road down to Gudvangen descend down the valley and to the fjord and the ferry. The two and a half long ferry tour takes you out the stunning Nærøyfjorden, which alone is worthy the trip to Norway. The ferry eventually reaches Sognefjorden where more stunning scenery awaits. The tour ends up in Kaupanger. The climb up from Kaupanger is quite hard, but short. The descent down to Sogndal offers even more stunning scenery. When you reach Sogndal, take the road to Balestrand and Leikanger. This flat road takes you along the stunning beautiful Sognefjorden, the longest fjord in Europe. After fifty kilometers of flat cycling, you are at Hella ferry quay. Take the ferry to Draksvik. At Draksvik, take the six kilometers short road to Balestrand.

DAY 3.
Balestrand - Gaularfjellet - Førde
95 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 1000 meters.
Highest point: Gaularfjellet 720 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate.
Severity Rating: *****
Fun rating: ***

This day mainly consist of two serious mountains. Gaularfjellet at 720 meters above sea level and Haukedals fjellet at 543 meters above sea level. The latter one only have 250 meters real height difference, but it still offers some serious resistance. The rest of the road is OK, with no problems. This is a nice tour, which links Sognefjorden and Nordfjord. The best part of this tour is the spectacular climb up to Gaularfjellet. There are reliable shops at Balestrand and Førde.

Take the road around the spectacular Esefjorden to Draksvik and Vetlefjorden. The road is flat with one small tunnel at the end. The dramatic and very steep zig-zag climb up to Gaularfjellet starts some kilometers after leaving Sognefjorden at Vetlefjorden. The gradient is mostly steep. There are some more climbs after the big and scenic car park at the top of the climb. But one kilometer after this car park, you are at the top of Gaularfjellet. A nice descent to Eldalsosen follows before the climb up to Haukedalsfjellet starts. The view are very good throughout this steep climb. The descent to Moskog is fast and furious. Follow the road to the left down to Førde town.

DAY 4.
Førde- Byrkjelo - Stryn
110 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 800 meters.
Highest point: Utvikfjellet 640 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate.
Severity Rating: ****
Fun rating: ****

Day four only consist of one serious hill and some nice cycling through some valleys. Stryn and Jølster is among the most famous places in Norway and that is the main pleasure of today, except from the lack of serious climbing. It is a nice tour. There are reliable shops at Førde, Moskog, Skei, Byrkjelo, Utvik and Stryn.

Take the road up the valley past Moskog to Vassenden. The road follows Jølstervatnet (an inland lake) for the next 25 km. After passing Skei, the road climbs up through a not particular steep valley before it drops down to Byrkjelo. Take the road to Stryn. Then the road climbs up to Utvikfjellet. The descent is vertical to Utvik at the sea at Utvik. The road follows the fjord through some small tunnels, past Olden and Loen to Stryn.

DAY 5.
Stryn - Hornindal - Hellesylt - Geiranger
50 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 500 meters.
Highest point: Hornindal - Hellesylt 400 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate.
Severity Rating: ***
Fun rating: *****


This day is to be regarded as almost a resting day before tomorrow's suicide in the mountains. The main attraction on this tour, is the fifty minutes long and extreme scenic ferry trip between Hellesylt and Geiranger. The rest of the tour is decent, but nothing more. This is a recommended tour. Check out the ferry schedule before you leave Stryn. There are reliable shops at Stryn, Hornindal, Hellesylt and Geiranger.

Take the road out of Stryn towards Hornindal. A small hill follows. At Hornindalsvatnet (the lake), take the road towards Hellesylt through Hornindal. A climb up a narrow valley to approx. 400 meters above sea level follows. The descent to Hellesylt and the ferry is nice. The ferry trip is simply brilliant and worthy the whole trip to Norway alone. But my lips are sealed about this….

DAY 6.
Geiranger - Ørnefjellet- Eidsdal - Trollstigen - Åndalsnes
80 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 1600 meters.
Highest point: Trollstigen 900 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate.
Severity Rating: ****** ++
Fun rating: *****

Also called The Golden Route. This day is desperate, desperate steep and takes in some fantastic landscape too. Both Ørnefjellet and Trollstigen is on the top five when it comes to spectacular roads in Norway. In particular, Trollstigen is out of this world. It is simply breath taking. I did this tour the opposite way (which is recommended) back in 1990. I am still proud of this epic tour. There are reliable shops at Geiranger, Eidsdal, Valldal and Åndalsnes.

The vertical climb up to Ørnefjellet starts two kilometers after Geiranger. And this climb is vertical, bordering to impossible. The view along the way is brilliant though… The top of the climb is on 625 meters above sea level. The views are fantastic. The road now goes through a small tunnel, which I recommend that you avoid by following a small road to the left. Back on the road, it goes down past a small lake before it drops vertical down to Eidsdal and the ferry (frequent sailings). The ferry takes half an hour. The road from Linge ferry quay to Valldal is flat. Stock up with drink at Valldal because the next forty five kilometers are climbing through and through. The climb is not too bad during the first thirty kilometers. But it is quite steep at the top. From the top, the road drops down to Trollstigen. And what a view !!! This is Norway's most famous road. The road drops vertically for approx. 11 kilometers in a zig-zag fashion. Be carefully !!! Stop at the viewpoint at the bottom of the descent and take in this view. The road goes over a small hill before you end up in the small town of Åndalsnes.

DAY 7.
Åndalsnes - Molde -Atlanterhavsveien - Kristiandsund
140 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 400 meters.
Highest point: Skaret 240 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate.
Severity Rating: ***
Fun rating: ****

A nice day through some of the best landscape this area can offer. The tour is not too hard either, with only one decent climb. Both Molde and Kristiandsund is towns who deserve praise. But the main attraction is Atlanterhavsveien, who takes you out in the sea. A true magnificent five kilometers of road. This tour include a short sub-sea level tunnel and a couple of other small tunnels. Check out the Åfarnes-Sølsnes and Bremnes-Kristiandsund ferry times before you decide to take this tour. Shops at Isfjorden, Molde and Kristiandsund + other small villages along the route.

The road from Åndalsnes take you around Isfjorden before a small hill takes you over to the first ferry at Åfarnes ferry quay. After ten minutes on the ferry, another hill take you over to a bridge and a short sub sea level tunnel. The descent is fast and the climb is steep. At the end of this tunnel, you come to a crossroad between Molde and Kristiandsund. I suggest that you take the road two kilometers into Molde and spend an hour or two in this town. It is really worth it. You then double back and take the road up the hill towards Kristiandsund. At the top of Skaret, you have some brilliant views over the area. The road down from Skaret brings you down to Indre Fræna. Take the road to Elnesvågen and Farfstad because this road is flat and fast. It also have some very good views. At Farstad, you approach Atlanterhavsvegen. This masterpiece of road engineering, takes you on bridges and viaducts out to sea before it reaches land again at Averøya. This road can be quite exposed, so take care. The road over Averøya to Bremnes ferry quay are a bit hilly. The ferry to Kristiandsund town is very nice indeed. The same can be said about this brilliant town.

DAY 8.
Kristiandsund - Kanestraumen - Vinjeøra - Trondheim
200 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 550 meters.
Highest point: Søvassli 330 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate.
Severity Rating: ***
Fun rating: **

The most direct route from Kristiandsund to Trondheim. It is a rather dull and very long tour, without any spectacular scenery. The route follows some fjords before it goes over a long hill and then some fjords again before a hill take you over to Trondheim. That's about it. A long sub-sea tunnel just outside Kristiansund complicate matters a lot. You need to take taxi or bus through this tunnel. I believe that the only ferry of the day (Kanestraum - Halsanaustan) does have regular sailings. But check this out before leaving Kristiandsund. Shops at Kristiandsund, Vinjeøra, Orkanger, Heimdal and Trondheim + other small villages along the route.

Take the road towards Molde out of Kristiandsund. The road is mostly flat. When you approach this six kilometers long sub sea tunnel, order a taxi or wait for a bus to take you through it. The tunnel is extreme steep up and down and totally a no-go area for cyclists. At the other side, take the road towards Trondheim over a bridge and a small hill towards Kanestraumen ferry quay. This twenty minutes ferry tour take you over to Halsanaustan. The road towards the crossroad at Betna is quite flat. At this crossroad, take the road towards Rendal/Vinjeøra and Trondheim. The road is now medium hilly until you come to some bridges at Hendset and Valsøy. The road rise over a hill before Rendal. The next thirty kilometers are mostly flat (although with a small hill) along a fjord and past Vinjeøra. The climbs up to Søvassli starts four kilometers past Vinjeøra and the climb is quite hard. At the top, the road goes down again before a short, steep climb takes you over to the long descent down to Orkanger. The road now follows a fjord for thirty kilometers before a sharp, short climb takes you over the hill down to Trondheim.

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Oslo - Bergen. 480 km. Three days.

Crossing that mountain..

Severity Rating: ***** / Fun rating: *****

This tour between the two biggest cities in Norway is a classic tour. This tour is also the easiest route between Oslo and Bergen. Which still makes this a very serious tour over a very high mountain and two other serious hills. This tour is very varied with stunning scenery throughout. This is a hard, but recommended tour.


DAY 1
Oslo - Hønefoss -Krøderen - Gol.
200 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 600 meters.
Highest point: Sollihøgda 385 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate to Heavy.
Severity Rating: ****
Fun Rating: *****

How to get to Oslo: Plane and train from the rest of the world
This is a rather hard start of the tour between Oslo and Bergen. It takes you over Nordmarka, down to Tyrifjorden, through Hønefoss and over to Krøderen and Hallingdalen. The start is hard, but the last half is dead flat. This is a highly recommended tour. Shops at Sandvika, Hønefoss, Sokna, Noresund, Flå, Nesbyen and Gol.

Ask the tourist information about the easiest cycling route between Oslo and Sandvika. Alternative, take the frequent train on this 15 kilometers very busy and flat stretch of this tour. From Sandvika, take the road up the valley towards Hønefoss. After thirteen kilometers, the road goes into a vertical climb up to Sollihøgda. The view from Sollihøgda and Skaret one kilometers after Sollihøgda is stunning. Take the old and rather flat road towards Hønefoss along Tyrifjorden. The road crosses the fjord on a bridge and goes over a couple of small hills to Hønefoss. Take the road through this chaotic town towards Gol. After five kilometers, the road falls vertically down to a river. The road follows this river through Sokna and to the start of the last hill of the day. The climb is vertical over a couple of kilometers before the road flattens out over this 250 meters above sea level hill. The descent down to Krøderen at Noresund is quite fast. At the lake of Krøderen, the road becomes more or less dead flat for the next 100 km. The road takes you along this stunning beautiful lake and up to the beginning of Hallingdalen (a valley) at Gulsvik. This valley is very open in the beginning, but it soon narrows into a kind of a gully before it opens up again. Hallingdalen is one of my favorite stretches of road in Norway. The road is mostly dead flat with a couple of small climbs thrown in just to keep you awake. When the valley turn sharp to the left, you are at Gol.

DAY 2
Gol - Geilo - Eidfjord.
145 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 1000 meters.
Highest point: Hardangervidda 1250 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate to Heavy.
Severity Rating: *****
Fun Rating: ****

This is the hardest day of the tour Oslo and Bergen. It takes you over Hardangervidda and down to Hardangerfjorden again. The climb is relentless over the best part of 90 km before the road drops vertical down to Eidsdalsvatnet. Shops at Gol, Ål, Geilo, Ustaoset and Eidsdal.

Follow the road towards Geilo. The road start to climb some hundred meters after Gol. The climb is not steep, but rather steady. The road flattens out again before it start to climb steady through Ål and up to a lake just past Ål. The real climbs start just past this lake up to Hagafoss. The road falls down to Hagafoss, but then start a very hard climb up Ustedalen to Geilo. This is the hardest climb of today. Take a rest at lovely Geilo. The climb from Geilo to Ustaoset is steady and very hard at some places. But the road flattens out at Ustaoset before it get very hilly up and down before Haugastøl. The road from Haugastøl climb up to Hardangevidda (a moor) before it flattens out and become rather docile hilly up and down over the best part of thirty kilometers. The highest point of the tour are just before the road falls down towards Eidsdal. The first part of the descent is not too vertical. But after Vøringsfossen, the descent really become vertical and scary. The brakes has too be very good and you have to be very carefull here. At the bottom of the descent, the road flattens out at Eidsdalsvatnet. A long tunnel are avoided by taking the cycle path outside the tunnel. You are now at Eidsdal and Hardangerfjorden.

DAY 3.
Eidfjord - Kinsarvik - Norheimssund - Bergen.
135 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 700 meters.
Highest point: Kvamsskogen 450 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate to Heavy.
Severity Rating: ****
Fun Rating: ****

Another hard day on the bike awaits. On the positive side; the stunning beautiful Hardangerfjorden. On the negative side; an unrelenting hilly road. But this is really a highly recommended trip. Check out the Kinsarvik-Kvanndal ferry schedule before you leave Eidsdal. Shops at Eidsdal, Kinsarvik, Ålvik, Øystese, Tysse and Bergen.

The road out of Eidsdal is dead flat until Brimnes ferry quay. Don't take this ferry because it leads to a very long tunnel. Take the road over a hill to Kinsarvik ferry quay and village. The ferry crosses the Hardangerfjord. It also stops at Utne. Don't leave the ferry here ! Your destination is Kvanndal ferry quay. The road from Kvanndal is rather flat in the beginning. But it really becomes hilly after some kilometers and it stays hilly until Norheimssund, with the worst hills just before Øystese. At Norheimssund, the road climbs over Kvamsskogen and falls down to Tysse. Follow the road over a small hill to Trengereid and on a very busy road to Bergen.


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Drammen - Sogndal. 360 km. Two days.

The easiest way to the fjords

Severity Rating: **** / Fun rating: ******

Why ?? I lived in Drammen and my grandparents lives in Sogndal. Kind of a logic cycle tour.. This is the most interesting and easiest route between Oslo/Drammen and the Sognefjord area (where you can link up with my West Of Norway tours and the Bergen - Trondheim tour). I have chosen to use Drammen as a start off point to avoid two big hills between Oslo and Hallingdalen. The train between Oslo and Drammen is very regular and only takes 45 minutes. In other words; start in Drammen.


DAY 1.
Drammen - Vikersund - Gol - Hemsedal
210 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 650 meters.
Highest point: Hemsedal 550 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate to Heavy.
Severity Rating: ****
Fun rating: *****

How to get to Drammen: Train from Oslo.

This tour is mostly flat, with only a very steep section just after Gol. In fact, over 120 km of this tour is dead flat. The rest, with exception of the above mentioned climb, is moderate hilly. The route takes us up the beautiful Hallingdalen and along the shores of the lake of Krøderen. This is a highly recommended tour. Shops at Drammen, Lierbyen, Sylling, Vikersund, Krøderen, Noresund, Flå, Nesbyen, Gol and Hemsedal.

The most natural choice of route between Drammen and Vikersund is through Hokksund. But I do not recommend this. I rather recommend my choice of route because of it's variety.
Take the road from Drammen towards and through Lierbyen past Sørsdal. At the Sylling/Hønefoss crosroad, take the road towards Sylling and through this village. A small, steep climb follows. At the two next crossroads, take the roads to the right towards Vikersund.. After climbing over a hill, this road offers some very funny and stunning beautiful cycling over the forty kilometers it last. At the next crossroad, take the road over the bridge, throug Vikersund and towards Gol. The thirty kilometers between Vikersund and Gol is not particular hilly. But it offers some very funny cycling. At the lake of Krøderen, the road becomes more or less dead flat for the next 120 km. The road takes you along this stunning beautiful lake and up to the beginning of Hallingdalen (a valley) at Gulsvik. This valley is very open in the beginning, but it soon narrows into a kind of a gully before it opens up again. Hallingdalen is one of my favorite stretches of road in Norway. The road is mostly dead flat with a couple of small climbs thrown in just to keep you awake. The flat paradise stops at Gol. Take the road towards Lærdal and Sogndal up a vertical climb. The climb last for seven kilometers before the road start to get more flat. The last kilometers of road is dead flat . The landscape is very impressive at Hemsedal.

DAY 2
Tour # 34.
Hemsedal - Lærdal - Sogndal
150 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 700 meters.
Highest point: Hemsedalsfjellet 1135 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate to Heavy.
Severity Rating: ****
Fun rating: *****


Today, we are going over the Hemsedal mountain at 1135 meters above sea level . The climb over this mountain is surprisingly easy. This is the easiest 1000 meters mountain I have ever climbed over. The rest of the tour is going through the stunning wild Lærdalsdalen (a valley). Unfortunate, this tour is marred by two long tunnels. The longest is over seven kilometers and the second one is a three kilometers moderate climb. There is one ferry on this tour (regular sailings). This is a highly recommended tour. Please note that there is only shops at Hemsedal, Tuv, Lærdal and Sogndal. Good planning is essential !!

The tour starts with a thirty kilometers rather flat climb. I was very surprised how easy this climb was when I did it some years ago. The climb is only steep just before the top after Bjøberg hill-farm. And that only for a kilometer. The top of Hemsedalsfjellet is very exposed and some good clothes are recommended. The road follows a small lake before it falls down in a vertical drop to Lærdalsdalen. This fifty kilometers valley is wild and beautiful. Some of this (bad) road descend down through a gully. There is a lot of heavy traffic here so be very careful. At the end of this gully, the road flattens out and follows the famous Lærdalselva (a salmon river) down to Lærdal. Stop at this stunning beautiful village. The start of the long tunnel out towards Fodnes ferry quay are just after Lærdal. This seven kilometers long tunnel is mostly flat, but with the danger of loony drivers and their cars who try to reach the ferry. A kilometer after this tunnel, you are at Fodnes ferry quay. The fifteen minutes long ferry trip takes you over to Mannhilleren where a fantastic piece of road engineering awaits you. The road goes directly from the ferry quay into a tunnel. This three kilometers long tunnel climb up to 150 meters above sea level before the road flattens out after the end of the tunnel. The road goes on a ledge over Kaupanger before it goes over a small hill down to Sogndal.

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Kristiandsand - Bergen via Odda. 515 km. Three days.

The direct link to the fjords.

Severity Rating: ***** / Fun rating: ****

This is an excellent tour if you are coming to Norway with the ferry from Hirtshals - Kristiandsand to Norway and you want to experience the Fjords of Norway. This tour is a hard tour with three quite bad mountain. But this is without doubt a better and faster alternative than the tedious Kristiandsand - Stavanger -Bergen route if you want to experience the fjords and mountains of Norway. This is a highly recommended tour, although a very hard tour..



DAY 1
Kristiandsand - Setesdalen - Hovden.
200 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 900 meters.
Highest point: Hovden 800 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate.
Severity Rating: ****
Fun rating: *****

How to get to Kristiandsand: Train from Oslo and Stavanger. Ferry from Hirtshals in Denmark. Plane from Europe.

If you start your bike tour in Kristiandsand after coming over with the ferry from Denmark, this tour is a brilliant introduction to Norway. It is also the shortest way to get into the fjords and mountains in Norway. The tour follows the finest valley in Norway, Setesdalen for most of the tour and ends up on Hovden just below the highest point of the Setesdalheiene mountain. This is my definate favorite valley tour in Norway and I cannot recommend it highly enough. The first fifty km is a bit hilly and technical though. But except from that, it is a gentle tour with some medium hard climbs at the last fifty kilometers.

Head out of Kristiandsand towards Evje. The road is reasonable flat for the first ten kilometers before the road goes over a hill and become very undulating through the forest over the next thirty kilometers. The rest of the road is flat past Evje (shops), Byglandsfjorden (a lake) and up to Hovet. That is a distance of seventy kilometeters of flat road. The scenery is great. The road rise above Hovet before it become flat again past Valle (shops). After Valle, the road start to climb again. First slowly, but then quite hard up to Bykle (shops), where the hardest climb is. The scenery is brilliant and you will totally forget the hard cycling. After Bykle, the road climbs slowly, but steady up to Hovden (shops).

DAY 2
Hovden -Haukeligrend - Odda.
140 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 1000 meters.
Highest point: Haukelifjell 1085 meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate.
Severity Rating: ******
Fun rating: ***(*)

This is the hardest day of this tour, as I found out to my cost. Three substantial climbs is the main course of the day. One long tunnel which is obligatory and one you can avoid also dampens the spirit. But it is a good gateway to Hardangerfjorden. If you start your cycle tour in Kristiandsand, this is an obligatory tour you cannot avoid unless you take the coastal road. The climbs up the second big mountain are steep. The first mountain is OK.

From Hovden, there is a short and gentle climb to the top of the mountain at 917 meters above sea level. The road then drops down to Haukeligrend again. Take the road out of Haukeligrend up the valley to Haukeliseter. The road rises gradually towards the mountain. There is a tunnel you can avoid just before Haukeliseter (hotel, café). The next tunnel after Haukeliseter is unfortunate unavoidable unless the snow has been cleared. Ask in the hotel if this is the case. The five kilometer long tunnel is quite bad. The road drops down from the end of the tunnel to Røldal and climbs a bit to the hotel (shop) with the same name. The road now climbs very steeply over Røldalsfjellet (the Røldals Mountain). Avoid the tunnel by taking a zig zag road up and over the mountain to a pass 1065 meters above sea level. The road down again is a zig zag road. Take the road past a lake down to the small town Odda (shops, hotel, youth hostel) at Hardangerfjorden.

DAY 3
Odda - Utne - Bergen
165 km.
Approx. total hill climb: 600 meters.
Highest point: Kvamskogen meters above sea level.
Traffic: Moderate.
Severity Rating: ****
Fun rating: ***(*)

After yesterday's bloodletting in the mountains, today is a nicer day with some brilliant scenery and cycling along the Hardanger fjord. Only the last half of the tour is reasonable hard. This is a very nice tour and highly recommended. There is some small tunnels between Odda and Utne. Please check out the Utne- Kvanndal ferry schedule before you leave Odda. Shops at Odda, Utne, Ålvik, Øystese, Tysse and Bergen.

Take the road on the left side of the fjord towards Utne. There is some small tunnels along this very scenic fjord. The road is mostly flat, with some smaller climbs just to wake you up. The village of Utne is very scenic if you get some time before the ferry take you over the Hardanger fjord to Kvanndal. The road from Kvanndal is rather flat in the beginning. But it really becomes hilly after some kilometers and it stays hilly until Norheimssund, with the worst hills just before Øystese. At Norheimssund, the road climbs over Kvamsskogen and falls down to Tysse. Follow the road over a small hill to Trengereid and on a very busy road to Bergen.