ANDREA'S FAMILY REGION
Fjords, Mountains, Lakes, Glaciers and Waterfalls: explore Andrea's family home region with the locals!
STAVANGER - BERGEN
10 DAYS - 9 NIGHTS
In 2009, Norway was voted the world’s best tourism destination by National Geographic. Come and see why for yourselves. Visit some of the most beautiful and panoramic fjords, such as the famous Pulpit Rock, l’Hardangerfjord and the Lysefjord. Along the way, we will visit the picturesque coastal towns of Stavanger, Haugesund and Bergen. We will venture inland following the fjords, rivers, and mountains, skirting the glaciers and dropping in on several quaint villages, such as Odda and Voss. Thanks to Andrea’s connections, we’ll experience the real Norwegian lifestyle and savor the best local foods! Beautifully paved roads, great hotels, hearty meals, and incredible scenery…you won’t want to leave!
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Regions visited: Fjords region in southwest Norway
Famous Locations: Pulpit Rock, Lysefjord, Bergen
WHO WOULD ENJOY THIS EXPERIENCE?
The experience is built for all riders able to ride for 3-5 hours.
This is not a race or high intensity riding, but rather a true cycling adventure across one of the most picturesque countries in the world.
We will ride as a group on the rolling terrain and as individuals or small groups on the short climbs, so that everyone will enjoy the ride. On top of each major climb we will regroup to celebrate and refill our bottles, and then enjoy the descent together. As a team, we’ll support each other during the ride and make sure everyone finishes safe and happy!
All cyclists interested in exploring a new region and learning about local culture while amidst magnificent scenery will enjoy this incredible experience!
THE TOUR INCLUDES
A fantastic tour itinerary designed by Andrea (and his Norwegian family!)
All hotel accommodations in beautiful hotels, generally 4-star, in twin-double room
All breakfasts, 1 lunch, and all dinners except one
2 professional guides on tour (one fully qualified mechanic)
Van support throughout the tour
All in-tour transfers
Snacks and food supplements including electrolytes, gels, and energy bars during rides by OTE Sport
Garmin 810-820 loan unit with maps for duration of tour
1 top quality cycling kit made by DAMA (jersey, bibs, socks)
Detailed printed tour information booklet
Extra activities besides cycling: luxury picnic at a farm, fjord cruise, family dinner at Andrea’s place, and more!
Small group of max 12 riders.
MORE ABOUT THE TERRAIN
We have selected some of the best routes, offering a mix of all terrains, but the terrain will be mainly undulating.
The start from Stavanger is perfect, as it mostly flat. Then route becomes hilly with some climbing towards the end when approaching Bergen.
The climbs are never hard, as the gradient is always around 5-7% and generally limited to short distances.
The roads are well-paved and safe, with drivers showing incredible respect for cyclists!
ON REQUEST, NOT INCLUDED
High-end rental bike
Massage at hotel
Personal airport transfer
Day One - Stavanger warm-up ride
Main Route: 40km, 25mi | Total Ascent: 800m, 2625ft
Tour introduction and warm-up ride around the town of Stavanger and the Rogaland region. Stavanger was nominated European Culture Capital for 2008, but the real attraction remains its fjords, mountains, and seascape. This is the perfect departure point.
Day Two - Stavanger Loop to Preikestolen (Norway’s Pulpit Rock)
Main Route: 70km, 43mi | Total Ascent: 1200m, 3900ft
Today we ride, cruise, and hike! We’ll ride to the base of the famous Pulpit Rock, take a mini cruise on the spectacular Lysefjiord, and conclude with a hike along the panoramic trail that reaches the famous rock that rises vertically to 604m (1980ft). This is one of the most spectacular vistas in the world!
Day Three - Stavanger to Haugesund
Main Route: 90km, 55mi | Total Ascent: 1000m, 3280ft
Today we’ll cross many islands and take 2 ferries along the way. We’ll arrive in Haugesund, the town with a strong Viking heritage and symbol of the reunification of Norway. Our route is an undulating one, and we’ll come across many fishing villages and breathtaking fjords.
Day Four - Haugesund loop Skudeneshavn
Main Route: 90km, 55mi | Total Ascent: 1500m, 4900ft
On today’s ride, we’ll enjoy the view of the North Sea and ride on the island of Karmoy, where we’ll reach the town of Skudeneshavn, famous for its sailship building industry and its ancient port. This is another day of undulating terrain, with views over the white sandy beaches.
Day Five - Haugesund to Sauda
Main Route: 110km, 68mi | Total Ascent: 1800m, 5900ft
Today we ride through the scenic region of Hardangervidda, featuring an ancient glacier and many alpine lakes. We then move inland and encounter an even more dramatic landscape, featuring waterfalls and mountain peaks. Our destination is Sauda, the beautiful fjord town which is surrounded by mountains.
Day Six - Sauda to Voss
Main Route: 90km, 55mi | Total Ascent: 1900m, 6230ft
A challenging ride, with a couple of real climbs thrown into the mix on our way to Odda. This town is situated at the bottom of the Hardangerfjiord, well-known for its dramatically steep waterfalls. Odda has two glaciers on either side; we will visit one of them after this day’s awesome ride.
Day Seven – Voss rest day
If you feel like a day off the bike, then this is the place to do it. Rafting, rock-climbing, paragliding—it’s all available here. This is a great place to spend two days and enjoy nature at its best.
Day Eight - Voss loop to Nearfjiord
Main Route: 90km, 55mi | Total Ascent: 1800m, 5900ft
Today there’s a fantastic loop to the very scenic Nearfjiord, which is a UNESCO world heritage spot. We’ll ride along the Fjord for approximately 60km, after which we’ll cross it by ferry, then return on the mountain train crossing the glacier!
Day Nine - Voss to Bergen
Main Route: 100km, 62mi | Total Ascent: 1800m, 5900ft
A great ride to one of Norway’s best tourist destinations, the town of Bergen, which will also be our home until the end of the tour. On our way to Bergen, we will encounter many short climbs, cross lakes and fjords, and end up on the North Sea coast. Bergen will steal your heart, with the old town featuring quaint timber houses and its wonderful location close to the mountains and the sea. There is a lot to do in this idyllic town, and you’ll love the view from the surrounding hills, which are accessible by cable-car.
Day Ten - Bergen
Goodbye! We recommend you stay at least one extra night in the beautiful town of Bergen!